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”

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”

Replica Submariner Re-Lume

Revisiting the replica Rolex

If you’ve followed the blog up to this point you’ll know that I recently serviced my nephew’s replica Rolex Submariner. During the course of the service the lume plot at the nine o’clock marker went missing. As I couldn’t return the watch with the marker missing I procured a luminous paint kit and set about replacing it. Continue reading “Replica Submariner Re-Lume”

Thoresen Recipro-Register

A proper Landeron chronograph

Having repaired one of the oddball chronographs of the 1950’s, I now set my eye on a more conventional chronograph movement. My options, limited by my wallet, were confined to either a Venus, Valjoux, or Landeron calibre which were the most common of the period. There were others to be sure but the majority fell under these three Swiss manufacturers. Continue reading “Thoresen Recipro-Register”

Rolex Submariner

An iconic watch in need of service

My father’s penchant for demaging watches is almost legendary but to be fair he’s not always had a hiqh quality timepiece on his wrist. His watches are inevitably of the tool watch variety and suffer from the active lifestyle he leads. I should of course note that the Bulova Accutron he received as a wedding gift and wore daily for some twenty years was still functioning properly when last removed from his wrist. Continue reading “Rolex Submariner”

Pierce Navigator

Service of a 1950’s Pierce Navigator chronograph

After acquiring the bits and pieces needed (screwdrivers, staking kit, Rodico, pegwood, various oils, etc.) to properly service a vintage timepiece I set about finding an economical watch to service and settled on a chronograph manufactured by Pierce.

Chronographs in general are a bit more difficult to service than a standard watch. Continue reading “Pierce Navigator”