This one beats 10 times a second, so 36000 times an hour. All good stuff, but you need a pretty strong mainspring, which delivers more uneven power over its winding cycle (e.g. from fully wound to almost unwound) than the less strong mainspring of a slower beating movement. Also, these high-speed movements need precision oiling, especially on the escape wheel, to function properly. So over time, performance also degrades more than in slower beating movements.
Zoom in and check out the tension ring at 1 o’clock. Somebody without a case press wanted to put a crystal in … Not succeeding, he took out the tension ring and just cut out a bit. Things like these don’t bode well for the rest of the watch.
This one doesn’t beat at all, so it’s time to have a closer look.
Somebody has taken his bathroom sealant gun to the watch, at least that’s what it looks like. Black gunk everywhere. There is so much of it (e.g. on the rotor and even on the balance), that this can’t be a dissolved gasket. This is sealant.
Lovely. After some trials, I find out that methylated spirit dissolves the stuff.
Another one of my favorites – big screwdriver on small screw. Here, the set lever screw was opened with a big screwdriver, thus damaging the plate.
You can see the black sealant on the balance wheel. Lucky it didn’t get on the hairspring.
Date and day rings.
Note the unusual quick-set date construction. The long lever at the bottom of the photo pushes the date changer in when the crown is depressed. Releasing the crown will then forward the date by one. It works surprisingly well.
I completely clear the bottom plate before turning the movement over.
Now it’s time for the top plate. First, the auto winder assembly.
I nudge the movement into some action, just to see what I’m up against.
Oh dear, all this does not bode well. Something is wrong.
Note the construction of the lever for the hacking second. Other manufacturers use a small lever the presses directly on the balance. I always found this a bit rough. Here is another approach.
A piece of advice I will heed. You have to buy the complete barrel if you want to change the mainspring. I will put the movement together and see what the amplitude is like before making any decisions.
I remove the balance jewels, and put the balance back on the plate. Ready for the watch cleaning machine.
Time to put the movement back together. Everything shiny and clean as I like it.
Enlarge this photo and check out the balance cock. The top bit that holds the hairspring stud stands up a bit where it shouldn’t. Somebody tried to push it down, probably with some pliers, and left some rather ugly marks. Also, he didn’t succeed 😉
When trying to put the balance back in, I noticed that the hairspring wasn’t parallel with the balance. This was due to the stud not being at a right angle, but slightly tilted, caused by the above problem.
So I have to take that apart, and put it back together as it should be.
Back together as it should be.
That’s better 😉 I will do a final adjustment after a couple of days running. You now may see my point about the mainspring – absolutely no reason to replace that.
It’s quite something to watch that balance swing 10 times a second.
Bottom plate ready for the dial.
The dial and hands go back on.
How is that? 🙂
Gunk removed, new crystal pressed in, and we’re back in business.
Nice looking watch, and a great piece for a collection.