Sometimes, we are very tempted to send a watch back, rather than attempt to repair it. The risk for us is pretty high, as we don’t charge for unsuccessful repairs, so we can get stuck with hours and hours spent on a watch without getting any money for our work.
This Breitling looked a bit challenging of first sight …The next challenge was to open the case back. Ray told me that the watch had been with Breitling for an estimate, but I couldn’t get the case back open… I have the normal Breitling dies with an odd number of corners, but this one had an even number. £50 later, I had the right die.
I take the lever out, and there is even still some water in there. If I hadn’t invested £50 in the case opener die, I would probably send the watch back, but also, I do like a challenge, and this is a nice watch with a nice movement.
The hour wheel has some corrosion as well. To the right of the hour wheel sits the little wheel that drives the centre second pinion (removed in this photo), which sits just above the wheel in the little hole that you can see.
I couldn’t find new original screws for the chronograph bridge, so the old ones go back in. They have been cleaned and won’t cause any harm. If new screws can be obtained, they can be changed later without any problems.
On it’s bracelet, a real stunner.
Now for some testing. For the chronograph, it’s best to run it against a stop watch, as any problems with the minute and hour recorders will show up that you otherwise wouldn’t detect. And I wanted to show off my lovely Junghans stop watch with 1/10s function 😉