Breitling Navitimer 806

Servicing an Iconic Pilot’s Watch

Before joining the echelon of luxury Swiss watchmakers, Breitling was one of the earliest purveyors of chronographs for the common man.  In the late 1920’s they sold their patent portfolio to Hann-Landeron and began using movements almost exclusively from the Venus company.  Chronographs from Breitling were very much in demand during the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  Their most popular models were the Navitimer, Top Time, and Chronomat. Continue reading “Breitling Navitimer 806”

Black Dial Pierce Navigator

Restoration of another Pierce Navigator

As anyone who has invested a little time perusing this blog will know, I have a hard time passing up an affordable chronograph that is in need of some TLC and so it is that I found myself with another Pierce Navigator in less than pristine condition. Continue reading “Black Dial Pierce Navigator”

Pierce Navigator Restoration

Restoration of a vintage single button chronograph

In sticking with the theme of repairing old chronographs, I picked up another Pierce Navigator a few months back from eBay in non-working order.  This chronograph is a little bit different from the others that I have repaired in that it’s a single button chronograph.  A single button chronograph is a closer relative to the stop watch since only one button is utilized for the start, stop, and resetting action. Continue reading “Pierce Navigator Restoration”

Radioactive Dials

Minding the risk of radium based paint

A popular feature of most wrist watches is the ability of the hands and hour markers to glow in the dark.  This feature makes it possible for the wearer to read the time when sufficient light may not be readily available.  We take this for granted now, but in the early twentieth century glow in the dark paint was an exciting new technology. Continue reading “Radioactive Dials”

Pierce Navigator

Service and repair of a gold filled Pierce Navigator

Today I wrapped up service of the second Pierce Navigator chronograph that I purchased back in February of this year.  This watch was purchased at the same time as the nickel plated Pierce that I serviced earlier but it took much longer to complete as there were numerous issues on the inside and it needed a bit more restoration work on the outside. Continue reading “Pierce Navigator”

Bulova A-11 Hack Navigation Watch

Vintage military watch service and repair

I wasn’t actually in the market for another timepiece when I stumbled upon this one.  I have a habit (a bad one) of perusing websites where vintage watches may turn up at a price point that tickles my fancy.  This can be a problem when I have little money in my pocket but sometimes I’ll find a watch that I really cannot pass up and in the case of this fine watch I feel I had no option other than to make the purchase. Continue reading “Bulova A-11 Hack Navigation Watch”