This stunning vintage Zenith came through the workshop recently. It is a very special watch for the customer as it was his grandfathers – making it a priceless family heirloom, not to mention an incredibly well-made timepiece.
It was clear that the watch was in desperate need of an overhaul. The dial had some markings on it due to a previous watchmaker pushing the hands too far down on their respective wheels and that in-turn damaged the dial. There wasn’t anything that could be done about that, unfortunately. The watch was also jammed up and it couldn’t be wound.
The movement was absolutely filthy and needed a good overhaul. You can see from the pictures below that the barrel and arbor were filthy. They looked as if they had axle grease smeared all over them. A watch that is oiled like this just won’t run correctly.
It had migrated everywhere and spread to the mainplate. When watches are oiled like this the oil always creeps to where it shouldn’t go. Fortunately, in this case, it hadn’t made its way to the dial, which can happen. Having a watch badly serviced can affect much more than just the running of it and you always need to vet your watchmaker.
The final picture shows the watch serviced, cased and ready for testing.