Bradley Mickey Mouse Watch

Back in the day even children’s watches were mechanical

This is a Mickey Mouse watch made by Bradley from the 1970’s. Like most of the watches I’ve worked on it is a manual wind movement (quartz movements still being a bit pricey at the time of manufacture). The movement is a Baumgartner 134 which is Swiss made, but instead of using a Swiss Lever escapement, this movement utilizes the cheaper Pin-pallet escapement. Continue reading “Bradley Mickey Mouse Watch”

Fossil “Felix the Cat”

Minor repair for my first watch

Here we have the very first watch I ever purchased for my own use: a 1995 Fossil Felix the Cat timepiece.

I discovered Fossil watches one morning by perusing the inserts which are dispensed with the Sunday paper. An advertisement featuring this and another watch by Fossil intrigued me enough to make a run over to the Emporium. Continue reading “Fossil “Felix the Cat””

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”