Another watch with a bit of history … It all started off with saskwatch at watchuseek.com giving away this watch in a competition. I wasn’t even close, but Guan won the watch and I threw in a service.
The watch reached me yesterday, sent by Jon from Canada. And I couldn’t wait to take it apart and have a look!
I am writing this post with my new born daughter Ruby asleep in my lap. She was born at 0:21 this morning. And she is of course gorgeous!
The Bao Xuan has 17 jewels, and a quite minimalist movement – the SN2. My guess here is that it was made for the Chinese market, with a keen eye on production cost. The movement sits between two sheet metal plates that have a minimum amount of machining done to them.
Nice dial, reminding me very much of the double rhomb
The watch is in incredibly good state. No scratches, no dirt
First look inside - you can see the bridge made from a piece of sheet metal
Balance and escapement wheel have capped jewels. The movement is as new - the screws show no sign of ever having been opened, no dirt, incredible state
Couple of things to observe here: the amplitude is quite feeble, and there are a lot of erratic beats outside the pattern. A bit slow, but that doesn't matter. There is also a bit of a wave in the pattern
Lovely dial in great nick - no scratches, no dirt
As usual, the hands come off first
Then I take the dial off and keep it wrapped in watch paper in a safe place
The balance cock is a hollow construction made from sheet metal. The hairspring is pegged and you can't adjust the beat error without re-pegging it
The movement is in immaculate state - just a bit dry
The wheel bridge serves as barrel lid as well. The barrel has two wheels, one drives the second wheel (not a centre wheel), and the other drives the cannon pinion directly - this is a cheap and efficient way to have a central second. The two barrel wheels have a friction clutch between them which allows the setting of the watch
A closer look at the wheel train
The bottom plate with the cannon pinion still in place
Not an awful lot of parts - a minimalist movement, but one up from the pin lever no jewels type
After very little cleaning, time to reassemble and oil
The capped jewels are oiled before the bridge is mounted, and the open jewels afterwards. I'm using Moebius 9010 here, just because I can and to double the value of the watch 😉
And the top plate is back together again - and the balance wheel is turning
Just to get rid of any dust, I give the dial a quick brush
The hands get a quick wipe with a polishing cloth and go back on
And back together. This is a great piece for a collection as it's in super condition
The amplitude is quite a bit better, there is a small beat error that I will not attempt to fix as I will end up with a hairspring wrapped around my neck, and there is a bit of a wave - this could be the third wheel being a bit wonky, or it's just because this isn't a marine chronometer 😉 But you can tell that the watch needed some oil if you compare the before and after timegrapher image
Jon was even kind enough to supply a new watch strap, so I put that on and the watch is ready for shipping! And yes, it's 16 past 10, and my daughter will be born in 2 hours - better get my skates on and help the wife (we are having a home birth)
Balance and hairspring