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”
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”
As we are not all watch savants I thought it might be a good idea to add a link to a short article explaining the Chronograph.
The people over at the Gentleman’s Gazette have a wonderful explanation of this complication as well as a bit on the history of the movement. Continue reading “Explanation of the Chronograph”
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”
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”
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”