Navitimer 806 Restoration: Part Two

Continuation of the Navitimer project

Having finished the service of the Navitimer movement I needed to find a stainless steel case to house it, so I began scouring the internet for one of the right vintage. I deduced that the movement was from the late 1960’s from the flat hairspring, beat corrector, and general finishing so I was on the lookout for a case with a serial number in the 1130000 – 1350000 range (which would place production between 1967 and 1970). As luck would have it the first one available happened to fall right within range. Continue reading “Navitimer 806 Restoration: Part Two”

Navitimer 806 Restoration: Part One

A 1967 Breitling restoration project

In October of 2016 I purchased a second vintage Breitling Navitimer which I knew would be a long term project. The watch consisted of only a Venus 178 movement, dial, slide rule, and hand set. I would need to service the movement and find a case and strap for it before the project was complete. I’ve continued working on this project off and on now for a little over a year and although it’s not yet complete, I have enough documented to put up a blog post or two detailing the journey thus far. Continue reading “Navitimer 806 Restoration: Part One”

Kerr-McGee Accutron 2181

Service of a 1975 Bulova Accutron

Here is yet another Bulova Accutron 2181. This one came to me as a toss-in with a second Railroad Grade Accutron I purchased for restoration. The dial is customized featuring the Kerr-McGee logo and on the caseback is the engraving “Presented to Willard Lane 25 years of service 1976 Kerr-McGee”. I don’t know much about Kerr-McGee outside of the Silkwood incident so I’ll refrain from opining. Continue reading “Kerr-McGee Accutron 2181”

Ernest Borel Valjoux 23 Movement

Resurrection of a dead chronograph movement

This post pertains to a Valjoux 23 chronograph movement which was received in the same freezer bag from China as the Universal Genève Uni-Compax I recently serviced. The bag contained multiple chronograph movements which were all in bad shape. I actually received two Valjoux 23 movements, but this one had a working balance and Incabloc shock protection thus making it the better candidate for restoration. Continue reading “Ernest Borel Valjoux 23 Movement”

Universal Genève Uni-Compax

Service of a Martel chronograph movement

Here is what I consider to be a very special piece even though it’s missing some of its most important bits. This is a Universal Genève Uni-Compax chronograph from around 1942. The movement was most probably fitted in a solid gold case which at some point went to the smelter and may not be replaceable. Regardless, I was excited to get my hands on the piece because it’s a chronograph movement I’ve not worked on before. Continue reading “Universal Genève Uni-Compax”

Women’s Tissot PR516

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”

Favre Leuba Chronograph

Service of a Valjoux 71 Chronograph

As I was flipping through a price guide published for watch collectors I halted on a picture of a timepiece with a very interesting complication. The watch in question was produced by Favre Leuba in the early 1960’s and in addition to the standard mechanical movement it also housed an aneroid barometer for the purpose of determining altitude. The watch is known as the Bivouac and is quite rare and prized by collectors. Continue reading “Favre Leuba Chronograph”

Tissot Seastar Automatic PR 516 GL

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”

Bulova Accutron 218D

The Railroad Approved wristwatch

Lately it’s begun to feel as if I’m proficient at starting a project but deficient when it comes to finishing one. I have a chronograph on the bench which has been in pieces since January, the Sprint chronograph I purchased in July is still incomplete, and I’ve been chasing my tail on a nice little Seiko for what seems like ages. Beginning to feel as though I was spinning my wheels I decided to switch gears and get organized. Continue reading “Bulova Accutron 218D”

NASA Moonwatch Strap

Final outfitting for my Speedmaster project

If you scroll way down to the bottom of my blog you’ll find a link to the Speedmaster project that I completed many months ago. At the time I considered the job “done” even though there was a very important piece missing to the watch- the steel bracelet. Continue reading “NASA Moonwatch Strap”