Bulova Accutron 2181

Repairing a family heirloom

My father received this Accutron as a wedding gift from his parents about forty-five years ago. He wore it religiously but at some point in the 1990’s switched to wearing more robust tool watches. The funny thing is that none of those tool watches have held up as well as the Accutron has over the years. Continue reading “Bulova Accutron 2181”

Antique Dodge Hula Girl Lamp

A bit of non-horological repair work

You may have seen this lamp in an antique store, on eBay, or even in the movie Pearl Harbor. Here a bronze statue of a women dressed simply in a grass skirt performs the Hawaiian Hula thanks to the wonders of a small electric motor. The lamp is supposed to convey the art of the Hula, or at least the titillating aspects of the dance, to the amusement of the owner. It is certainly kitschy and it reminds me a bit of the notorious “leg lamp” from the movie A Christmas Story. Continue reading “Antique Dodge Hula Girl Lamp”

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”