Anders sent over two Tissot Chronograph watches, so I can make one decent watch from them. First impression is that the one on the left is the good one, and the one on the right will serve for spares shall I need them.
Looking into the movements, I go with my initial choice.
The movement on the right.
The one on the right is slightly better, but still pretty terrible.
The dial and hands are still in pretty good shape. The central second hand is somewhat bent, but that’s no big problem.
This looks very familiar, and for a good reason. The Lemania 873 is the base for the Omega 321, which you can find in the Moonwatch.
The top plate. Yes, that looks very much like the Omega 321.
The infamous friction clutch on the barrel arbor drives the hour recorder.
No lack of dirt and rust on the pushers.
No lack of parts here 😉
After having put a new mainspring into the barrel, I start on the bottom plate, as the barrel can only be put into place once the lower barrel bush is screwed onto the bottom plate.
And the wheel train goes onto the plate.
I start off by putting the base movement together to check that everything is fine.
After a bit of adjusting, this is looking rather good.
And we’re back in business. I test the chronograph and adjust the depthing.
Anders found a new bezel, but as it’s plastic and quite old, it has shrunk with time. The solvents in the plastic evaporate with time, and you get shrinkage. Anders proposes to boil the ring. As I wanted to have pasta for lunch anyway, I’m game…
45 seconds, and the ring is al dente, and I roll it in with the back of a corn-on-the-cob spike. There isn’t much time, so the 60 of the tachymetre doesn’t quite line up, but this is as good as it gets. Now for my pasta with pesto …