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”
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.
Continue reading “Replating Watch Parts”
Getting a little bit done in a lot of time
It’s been a slow couple of weeks where I haven’t actually completed any project watches so I thought I’d instead post a few photos of my minor accomplishments. Continue reading “Futzing About”
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.
Continue reading “Longines 14K Gold Women’s Watch”
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”
Heat 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)”
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 a 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)”
Taking on my first apprentice
Well it’s not just me at the watchmaking desk anymore.
Last week while I was feeling a bit under the weather my youngest daughter Ginny, who will soon be five years young, took an interest of the tools at the desk and asked for some wheels to repair. Continue reading “Expanding Operations”
Stepping back for a full recovery
Not too much to report this week as I’ve been under the weather and haven’t accomplished much at the watchmaking desk. As you can see from the image above, my apprentice has taken over during my absence. Continue reading “Under the Weather”
Things don’t always work out as planned
Among the items on my bench today are two Swiss Pierce watches. One I received from the Bay has a series of maladies which are testament of its long life of service. Missing parts, broken bits, and an accumulation of grime and grit inside and out. Continue reading “Momentary Setbacks”