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.Continue reading “Overhaul Procedure – Baume & Mercier Clifton (ETA 2893)”
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.Continue reading “Restoration – Waltham 18 Size, Model 1883”
The vintage Seiko’s seem to still be coming in thick and fast. Here we have a beautiful example of a vintage Seiko chronograph. The reference in question is a Seiko 6139-7030.
The watch needed a new crystal and the case needed a good clean. Here is the watch in question.Continue reading “Overhaul Procedure – Seiko 6139-7030”
I recently had a very old English chain fusee pocket watch come in. The watch needed a new balance staff because of a broken pivot. Due to parts not being available, I had to make one with my lathe.
Here is the lathe that I use. It is an 8mm G. Boley watchmakers lathe with a variable speed motor.Continue reading “Making A Balance Staff”
After a spate of vintage restorations making their way through the door, I have had a few modern watches come through. Up today is an Omega Speedmaster with the 1861 movement. It was a straightforward overhaul with only a few parts needed. It needed a new setting lever screw and operating lever.Continue reading “Overhaul Procedure – Omega Speedmaster (Omega 1861)”
Up today is a fairly straightforward overhaul of an Omega Seamaster 300 with an Omega 1120 movement. An 1120 movement is basically a glorified ETA 2892. There are a few differences that Omega made, but nothing major. The ETA 2892 is a great workhorse of a movement which doesn’t always get a lot of love, but it’s a solid caliber.
Here is the watch in question.Continue reading “Overhaul Procedure – Omega Seamaster 300 (Omega 1120)”
I have been getting a lot of requests lately for Seiko servicing and restoration. Traditionally, it wasn’t something that I did as I stuck to Swiss movements but the more I have been doing the Seiko 6139 the more enjoy them. I think they are going to be something that I start taking in a lot more of. I know that many people collect them but there aren’t many watchmakers who take them on.
Vintage Seiko’s can be had for not much money in today’s insane vintage market. They are an incredibly reliable movement and having been designed in 1969 they still stand up today. They share a lot of similar architecture with the Rolex 4130 movement which was developed several decades later.
Here is the Seiko 6139-7100 ‘Helmet’ chronograph. Such a great design in my opinion.Continue reading “Seiko 6139-7100 ‘Helmet’ Chronograph”
In the below video I show the correct procedure for fitting watch hands. The watch in question is a Rolex Day-Date with diamond dial. It also shows the correct time that the day and date should change. Please enjoy.
Re-bushing a barrel is such a crucial aspect of watch servicing, but it is seldom done. Anytime a watch doesn’t have a jeweled barrel or center wheel, there will be wear.
A barrel and center wheel have steel arbors or pivots. When they use a jeweled bearing the jewel is the harder of the two materials. When they just sit in the brass mainplate and bridge the steel is the harder of the materials.
Due to this fact, the plates wear before the pivots and arbors.
When this happens the plates must be drilled out and new brass bushings need to be installed.
The arrows below point to the plates that have worn holes. That is where we will drill and install the bushings.Continue reading “Re-Bushing A Barrel – Omega Speedmaster 321”
I see a lot of people on watch forums these days have purchased a watch timing machine to be able to see how their mechanical watches are running. I have noticed that most of them don’t know how to accurately read those results to get a clear idea of what is going on. I have made this video to hopefully clear up some of that confusion and help you to understand exactly what the numbers mean.