A Seiko 6105 ‘Captain Willard’ was in for restoration. As you can see, the movement was in a pretty filthy condition. The mainspring had old oil and filth caked on and looks much better after cleaning.
I also performed the lower and upper jewel upgrade, which is a must these days. I also jeweled the second wheel.
The crown was rebuilt with new gaskets and its now waterproof once again. You can see from the before and after pics how crucial it is to overhaul your watches. But a testament to the quality of these vintage Seiko’s is the fact that after all these years of dirt and filth, not a single worn pivot in the gear train.
This Omega Speedmaster with an Omega 1152 movement recently came in for an overhaul. The Omega 1152 is basically a Valjoux 7750 with a few Omega upgrades. It seemed that it hadn’t been serviced in a while, but it was also covered in fingerprints from the previous watchmaker.
The popularity of vintage chronographs is ever increasing and not looking to take a dive any time soon. One of my favorites has to be the vintage Heuer Autavia GMT. This particular watch has it all. The Pepsi bezel, creamy lume, and a small GMT hand.
The condition of the dial on this piece was absolutely stunning. These watches, however, can’t be picked up fora bargain anymore and commanding premium prices. They aren’t quite Rolex Daytona level, but they are creeping their way up.
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.
Up today is a very rare and special treat. This is a watch created by John Harwood. Mr. Harwood invented the first serial produced automatic wristwatch and this particular example is one of those models. The company was only around for a few years before it went bankrupt.
The watch featured a ‘bumper’ oscillating weight as opposed to a perpetual rotor which travels 360 degrees around the movement in order to wind it. The bumper travels around 200 degrees, hits a spring and bounces back. This isn’t a very efficient way of winding, but it was good at the time. This watch was first showcased in 1926 and was produced until 1931.
A few years back you could pick up an Omega Speedmaster for a relatively cheap price and get a very solid watch for the money. These days the ‘Speedy’ as it is affectionately known is hot property and they are flying out the door of Omega boutiques around the world. This particular customer came in after purchasing this one on the second-hand market, and it had been supposedly ‘serviced’ recently.
I recently overhauled this beautiful Zenith El Primero from a customer in Montreal. I am a huge fan of the El Primero movement, as it has been in continuous production since 1969. A true testament to the quality and longevity of this movement. This particular El Primero needed a scheduled overhaul, plus a few new movement parts.
This Tudor Prince Date + Day came to me from California. It was a family heirloom that had huge sentimental value. The watch seemed to be in fairly good condition. It needed a new crystal and as I took the watch apart it became clear there were some movement issues.
A customer from out west of Canada recently sent me through a Baume & Mercier Clifton for an overhaul and refinishing of the case. I don’t refinish a lot of cases in my workshop as most of my clients are collectors of vintage watches who have very clear guidelines around case polishing. However, it is something I enjoy doing and was pleased to undertake here. When the watch came in it appeared to be in good condition. You can see this customer is definitely a watch enthusiast by the way he takes such good care of his timepieces.
I don’t often repair pocket watches, but occasionally one makes its way through the doors. This Waltham was in a pretty beat up condition with a broken minute hand, a very dirty dial, and a filthy movement. The other hands had also fallen off and were floating around the dial.