Roy Hancocks of Birmingham is one of the few watchmakers in the UK that make their own watches, and, in this case, using an ETA2892A2 as the movement. I checked their web site, and they apparently don’t offer their own brand watches any more …
This one is in a 9k gold case, and it belongs to my father-in-law. A while ago, the auto winder stopped working, and now the watch has stopped altogether, even when hand-wound. Should have given me the watch a bit earlier, but I’m sure there won’t be any damage done.
The case back has a sapphire back, so you can see the dirt on the movement 😉
This is of course meant to be a dress watch, but my father-in-law has a smallholding and wears this watch all the time, so it’s probably been up a couple of cows’ backsides…
Now that I don’t like. For a gold dress watch at the price he paid, I don’t expect a shiny blue case ring. It does of course do the job, but it’s not pretty.
I love the way the date change and quick-set works on this movement.
Nice enamel dial.
The rotor is a bit corroded, but that doesn’t matter much.
This movement doesn’t have a wheel bridge, but a wheel cock, which holds the escape wheel, third and fourth wheel. The wheels don’t move freely, and dirt is the reason the watch has stopped.
Looks like the winding pinion and clutch wheel got a bit too much grease when the watch was last serviced.
The barrel with the mainspring.
Now it’s time to take the bottom plate apart.
And we are ready for the cleaning machine. The mainspring is still in good shape, so I will just clean it and put it back in.
The top balance jewels put back into place. If you enlarge, you can see the nice round drop of oil you want to see there.
The gear train is back in place and moving freely.
Yes, these movements are great – that’s why Omega uses these ETA calibres in their watches as well.
The bottom plate comes back together.
And the dial and hands go back on. The hour hand sits too close to the dial, and I think Roy Hacock should have used a slightly higher hour wheel.
Back to its old glory.A very nice dress watch. Too bad it will end up a cow’s bottom in no time at all 😉