Replating Watch Parts

Cases and pushers are received back from RePlateIt in Canada

About a month and a half ago I sent out two watch cases to RePlateIt in Canada for restoration; this past weekend I received them back.

The cases in question belong to two Pierce Navigator chronographs that I’ve had on my bench for a while now.  I’ve completed cleaning and assembly of the watch movements but the since the watch cases were in poor condition I decided having them restored was a worthwhile endeavor.
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Longines 14K Gold Women’s Watch

Restoration of a vintage cocktail watch

Taking a break from chronograph repairs I moved on to a watch that was just as challenging it its own way.  Here I have a Longines women’s watch probably from the 1960’s in a 14k gold case with diamond accents.  When I purchased this piece the watch had a damaged dial with a missing crystal and was more or less non-functional.
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Omega Speedmaster Professional

Restoring the Original NASA Moonwatch

Four months back, convinced that I could repair a broken Omega Speedmaster for less than the cost of a new one, I took a flyer on a collection of parts that was being offered on eBay.  The pieces, when assembled, would compile about ninety percent of the watch in question- a 1967 Omega Speedmaster Professional (model no. 145.012-67).  Still to be acquired would be the dial, bezel, caseback, crown, pushers, and three missing hands. Continue reading “Omega Speedmaster Professional”

Restoration Work (Part 2)

Bluing Steel Watch Hands

Last week I collected the Pierce watch hands in my inventory and set about restoring them to their former glory.  The hands are carbon steel and have oxidized over the years so the first part of the restoration project was to clean and polish each hand.  I started by knocking out the luminous compound from the large hour and minute hands then polishing each hand to a mirror finish using a Dremel tool and jeweler’s polish. Continue reading “Restoration Work (Part 2)”

Restoration Work (Part 1)

Restoring Damaged Watch Hands

Well the past two days I finally got a bit of time in with my hobby again.

On the desk right now I have four Pierce 134 chronographs in various states of repair.  The first is actually the Navigator that I serviced earlier which is now in need of a new balance staff.  The watch was repaired completely but then took an eight inch spill onto the center console of my wife’s Mini Cooper which resulted in a bent pivot.  A replacement is on the way from Australia. Continue reading “Restoration Work (Part 1)”