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.
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.
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.