There is nothing more unsightly than watch movement screws that have been hacked to oblivion my sloppy workmanship. It is, sadly, something that is seen far too often in watch movements that I come across. We can take the below Omega Speedmaster as a perfect example. This reference happened to be 2998-1, a very rare and expensive Speedmaster reference. You can see below how bad the screws were. Fortunately, all was not lost and the original screws could be polished.Continue reading “Black Polishing Screws – Omega Speedmaster (321)”
This Omega Speedmaster recently came across my workbench.
It was in quite a bad way and needed bushings installed for the upper and lower barrel and the upper and lower center wheel. It also had excessive wear on the minute wheel post and the intermediate minute wheel post. Unfortunately, jobs like this are usually neglected by watchmakers and cause poor performance of serviced watches.Continue reading “Remove/Replace Worn Minute Wheel Post – Omega Speedmaster (321)”
This is the 4130 Rolex movement, not the modified Zenith. The 4130 is a very solid, modern chronograph and generally a pleasure to work on.
We are going to go straight to the dismantling process on this one, and follow along with a step by step rebuild. The movement has been through the cleaning machine and is now separated in the parts tray.Continue reading “Overhaul Procedure – Rolex Daytona (4130)”
As soon as I opened up this Rolex Datejust I could smell pool water. It looks like it had taken a dip. The main goal was to save as many parts as possible, and I am pleased to report that only the automatic axle and mainspring were changed, everything else was saved.
As I took of the automatic block, it quickly became apparent that this was going to be a labor-intensive job.Continue reading “Rusty Restoration – Rolex Datejust (3135)”