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.
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.
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.