This Zenith in need of some attention was sent in by Aki. The crystal is scratched and cracked, and it needs a service.
Also, the winding stem is broken, and the crown is just pushed in so it won’t get lost.
Let’s get stuck in!
The female bit of the split stem has broken off right at the crown, so we will need a new crown.
There are amazing amounts of dirt in there, with lots of little fibres in there.
No lack of dirt here, either.
The bezel is gold filled, but a lot of that has come off.
The dial has aged, but in a very nice way (at least I think so).
The Zenith 2542PC.
The bottom plate.
The base movement with the auto winder removed.
I will put in a new mainspring as usual.
The date pawl.
A bit of dirt everywhere, but nothing permanent.
All ready for the cleaning machine.
The crack in the crystal. I spend quite a bit of time looking for a new crystal, and then remember my customer Michael, as I’ve done a couple of Zeniths for him. After ten minutes, I get an email back, and he has exactly the crystal I need!
The usual new mainspring.
The base movement back together and ticking.
Sometimes, I feel tempted to dig out my old Chinese timegrapher again. The image is so much worse on this one 😉
The movement lift angle is 54 degrees.
The auto winder assembly back together and lubricated.
Only the oscillating weight is missing.
I start on the bottom plate.
The date ring is back in place.
And the dial and hands go back on. I gave the hands a light polish on a polishing cloth.
Michal mailed me the crystal the same day, and it arrived this morning.
As you can’t get hold of the original crystal gasket, I use an O-ring that I put around the crystal.
The rotor goes on before I put the movement in the case back.That looks nice!