Minding the risk of radium 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”
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”
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)”
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”