Francis Barker Mk III Prismatic Compass

Restoration of a vintage marching compass

There are many tragedies that can befall a mechanical watch: dirt or grime can gum up the works, a slight fall will break pivots and jeweled bearings, moisture will oxidize steel pinions in a heartbeat, and magnetism can enchant a hairspring ruining the balance wheel’s consistent beat. When examining a malfunctioning movement under the loupe, grime and oxidation are easy to discern. Broken pivots and jewels will also come to light during early testing. A magnetized hairspring can sometimes be difficult to discern. Continue reading “Francis Barker Mk III Prismatic Compass”

A Second Hula Girl Lamp

Another antique lamp repair

Well here is a another hula girl lamp from the 1940’s! I didn’t expect to see one of these so soon but I was contacted by an gentleman named Scot inquiring about a repair. This lamp has the exact same defect as the one I serviced earlier- one of the fasteners for the skirt had failed. Continue reading “A Second Hula Girl Lamp”

Seiko Hi-Beat Automatic 2206-0180S

A fully featured women’s timepiece

Early in the hunt for serviceable timepieces I noticed how difficult it is to find watches for women which share the same features as those for men. While it’s expected that a quality mens automatic watch will have a day and date feature, should you try to find the same features in a watch designed for a woman you often have to accept a quartz movement. Continue reading “Seiko Hi-Beat Automatic 2206-0180S”

Tissot Seastar Automatic PR 516 GL

Full service of a classic Rally watch

This is a sad looking Tissot Seastar from 1968. I purchased this watch back in January of this year as it looked like it had some potential for restoration and I could see the previous owner was clearly a “watch guy” as he kept on a Rolex bracelet; I haven’t decided what will become of the Jubilee bracelet yet but for the price, it was a nice toss in. Continue reading “Tissot Seastar Automatic PR 516 GL”

Bulova Accutron 218D

The Railroad Approved wristwatch

Lately it’s begun to feel as if I’m proficient at starting a project but deficient when it comes to finishing one. I have a chronograph on the bench which has been in pieces since January, the Sprint chronograph I purchased in July is still incomplete, and I’ve been chasing my tail on a nice little Seiko for what seems like ages. Beginning to feel as though I was spinning my wheels I decided to switch gears and get organized. Continue reading “Bulova Accutron 218D”

NASA Moonwatch Strap

Final outfitting for my Speedmaster project

If you scroll way down to the bottom of my blog you’ll find a link to the Speedmaster project that I completed many months ago. At the time I considered the job “done” even though there was a very important piece missing to the watch- the steel bracelet. Continue reading “NASA Moonwatch Strap”

Bradley Mickey Mouse Watch

Back in the day even children’s watches were mechanical

This is a Mickey Mouse watch made by Bradley from the 1970’s. Like most of the watches I’ve worked on it is a manual wind movement (quartz movements still being a bit pricey at the time of manufacture). The movement is a Baumgartner 134 which is Swiss made, but instead of using a Swiss Lever escapement, this movement utilizes the cheaper Pin-pallet escapement. Continue reading “Bradley Mickey Mouse Watch”