Fixing my brother’s daily wearer
If you are a long time reader of this blog then you may recall a post made in December of 2017 regarding a similar watch which I restored for my father. I actually had set out to do two watches- one for my dad and the other for my elder brother with the intention of having both ready by Christmas Eve. Well, all went well with my father’s watch but my brother’s turned into a fiasco.
Continue reading “Seiko 7002-700J Diver”
A look at one of the first automatic chronographs
Every time I try to reassure my spouse that I’m close to the end of my journey collecting and servicing chronographs I tick off the movements still on the “To Do List”- Angelus, Minerva, Longines, Eberhard, Citizen, Poljot… and it goes downhill from there.
Continue reading “Hamilton Chrono-Matic 11002-3”
Service of a vintage JDM Seiko Chronograph
Well I’m still struggling to move through my backlog of watches awaiting service but that certainly doesn’t mean the desire isn’t there. I’ve got a lot of stuff coming which I hope to have posted at regular intervals and some exciting calibres to debut. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the goods actually arrive on time and we can all bask in the nerdery that is my chronograph obsession!
Continue reading “Seiko 7018-8000 “One-Eyed Panda””
Restoration of a 1970’s era Seiko chronograph
Even though months have passed by since my last post on this blog I have been keeping busy. In addition to making accommodations at home and at work for the Covid-19 pandemic and moving to a new house, I’ve also been diligently whittling away at the backlog of broken watches on my workbench and today I’m pleased to tell the story of a Seiko automatic chronograph from the late seventies which I just finished servicing. Continue reading “Seiko 6138-8021 “Panda””
First crack at an alarm complication
A couple of years ago when I first got into this watchmaking thing I wanted to share my hobby with the family and figured giving my father and brother a good watch for Christmas was a capital idea. Fast forward to Christmas Eve and my father had a finely refurbished Seiko 7002-7000 and my brother had the empty case of a 7002-700J- it would take another couple of weeks for the movement to be ready! Continue reading “Seiko Bellmatic 4006-7020”
Service of an Omega 176.0012 Speedmaster
It’s been a long while since I’ve worked on an Omega but fortune smiled upon me late last year when I found this 1979 Omega Speedmaster Automatic in need of aid. The seller stated the watch was non-operative on account of parts missing- specifically the Balance, Pallet, and Balance Cock. Continue reading “Omega Speedmaster Automatic”
Restoration of a Seiko 7002-7000 for Christmas
Here is a heavily used Seiko 7002-7000 diver’s watch which I picked up from a seller in the Philippines in non-working condition. I wanted to do something a bit special for the men in my family this holiday and since Seiko watches generally offer the most value, a 7002 diver seemed just the thing. Continue reading “Seiko Diver’s Watch”
A particularly robust women’s watch
Here we have the little sister to the Tissot Seastar Automatic I serviced earlier this year.
When I picked up this piece it was, like many of the rest, in worn condition although it did run and the crown and crystal were still intact. Even better, this watch came with the original bracelet attached which although a little loose, was in fine shape. As usual there was a thick crust of grime and multiple scuffs and scratches which I’m sure deterred other potential buyers, but since I was in the market for another fully featured Women’s automatic I quickly closed the deal. Continue reading “Women’s Tissot PR516”
A fully featured women’s timepiece
Early in the hunt for serviceable timepieces I noticed how difficult it is to find watches for women which share the same features as those for men. While it’s expected that a quality mens automatic watch will have a day and date feature, should you try to find the same features in a watch designed for a woman you often have to accept a quartz movement. Continue reading “Seiko Hi-Beat Automatic 2206-0180S”
Full service of a classic Rally watch
This is a sad looking Tissot Seastar from 1968. I purchased this watch back in January of this year as it looked like it had some potential for restoration and I could see the previous owner was clearly a “watch guy” as he kept on a Rolex bracelet; I haven’t decided what will become of the Jubilee bracelet yet but for the price, it was a nice toss in. Continue reading “Tissot Seastar Automatic PR 516 GL”