Once of my favourite watches of all time. The Tudor Submariner ‘Snowflake’. It’s so similar to the Rolex Submariner reference 1680, but those hands truly make it shine. This one was in bad shape when it made its way onto my bench and had not been serviced in many decades.Continue reading “Tudor Submariner ‘Snowflake’ – 9411/0”
This Rolex Datejust came in for overhaul recently and the movement was in pretty rough shape. The crystal was cracked around the edges and the movement had seen better days.Continue reading “Rolex Datejust – 16030”
Up today is a beautiful hand-wound, vintage Rolex Oyster Precision. It arrived in generally good condition but was in need of a new mainspring as it had snapped.Continue reading “Rolex Oyster Precision – 6426”
I recently had an Omega Cosmic come in for an overhaul from a customer who purchased it on eBay. The seller claimed the watch had recently been serviced and even mentioned he had an affiliation with several respected watchmaking organizations in the United States as if to say that imparted some measure of confidence in the work that had been performed.Continue reading “Omega Cosmic”
A vintage Omega Constellation is the staple of any good vintage watch collection, an this example is one of the nicest I have ever seen. I don’t think it had seen the inside of a watchmaking workshop many times in its life.Continue reading “Omega Constellation”
I love vintage Breitling Navtimer’s. Whilst the 806 is probably my personal favorite Navi, the pre-806 is still an amazing watch.Continue reading “Breitling Navitimer – Pre 806”
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.Continue reading “Heuer Autavia GMT”
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.Continue reading “Vintage Zenith Automatic”
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.Continue reading “Harwood ‘Bumper’”