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”

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 were 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)”