I’m back from my holiday in Cornwall, and we had a lot of luck with the weather and lots of sunshine.
This Zenith came all the way from Singapore, and Gerard sent it in.
He wants the dial restored, and the case polished.
The case back has terrible scratch marks, and some run over the case number.
The movement is in good condition.
The winding stem is bent, the pendant tube damaged, and the crown needs replacing as well, as it’s not original.
The dial goes off to David Bill & Sons for restoration.
I scrape off the paint and luminous compound from the hands.
Then it’s time to take apart the movement.
All looking good, with not too much dirt.
The mainspring barrel.
Ready for the cleaning machine.
One of the case screws is broken off, and I have to get that out of the plate.
Time for some alum.
The hands repainted and re-lumed.
The new mainspring has arrived, and I can put the movement back together.
The barrel and barrel bridge back on the plate.
The base movement is ticking again.
Not fully wound, this is looking good.
All ready for the dial.
David Bill didn’t have the original template, but used the one from the sub-second version of the Sporto.
A new pendant tube. A bit too long, and I take a bit off on the lathe.
Charles did a great job polishing the case.
That does look rather nice!Charles excelled himself on the case back. As the scratches were so deep, he had to re-engrave the case reference.