Some time ago I received this watch. It had the crown broken off. Because this is a case without a screwback, it has a split winding stem. The movement comes out of the front. Because the crown broke off at the top, it was not possible to divide the stem where it has to be divided, so it was to long to get it out of the case. After a struggle and help from my collegue the movement came out. As expected it suffered from rust. The movement had a real bad amplitude, aprox 140 degrees, and was contaminated with rust, so a service was needed. And the search for a new crown/stem combination. Cartier parts are not easy to find. The Richemont group don’t deliver parts to the independent watchmaker. But thanks to fellow watchmakers I could obtain a new crown/stem combination and gaskets. They come not cheap though. After servicing the movement it had an amplitude of 300 degrees, of wich I am quite satisfied.
Crown snapped of
Broken, rusted stem
Crown part of the winding stem, aka the female part. Notice the rust
It has been a while but I am back. Last week I worked on this pocket watch. It was in good shape
and apart from 2 broken jewels there were no major problems.
Here are the pics, more to come later.
Here some pics of a service I did on a womans watch.
I placed a 1 eurocent coin next to it to compare it.
The diameter of the coin is 16.27 mm (0.64 inch)
It has been a while but here is another before.after.
It is a beuatiful white dialed 1974 Citizen with original bracelet. I Polished the case, changed the crystal and serviced the movement.
Click to see the after:
This is what you get when you have some time left.
Made it from parts I had lying around in the partsbin.
A quick and dirty wristshot. If you are interested send me an email at john[at]tentotwo.nl
I found in an auction this beaten up Russian watch. I am rather fond of the movements so I thought I make a bid and take my chances.
Here is what I received:
After I opened it up and dismantled the watch, I found a fine russian Poljot movement.
The dial has suffered over the years, but still has its charmes. It turns from eggplant purple to brown, depending on the reflecting of the light.
After polishing the case, changing the crystal and buffing the hands it turned out quite nice.
The movement has had an overhaul and is ticking like in its glory days.
I really like the Doxa Sea Rambler. It is a collectors item and not much for sale. I transformed a Seiko into a Soxa.
As always, the movement had a complete overhaul.
Here the before:
And here the afters:
Before and after: Citizen Promaster
As you may know, (or may not know) we have since April 2013 a King. And he is visiting our little village in April to celebrate his birthday.
This inspired me to make a ‘kingsday watch’, with the colors of the Dutch flag (red, white and blue), and the orange ribbon, wich is showed only on
birthdays, birth or marriages of the royal family, and is a reference to the family name, wich is ‘Orange”
I gave the movement a overhaul, changed the dial, the hands and the bezelinsert. I painted the minute track orange, and put in a new crystal, and a NATO strap. Here the result
Today I started servicing an epic 6105-8100. The owner wanted a new crystal,dial, bezelinsert and hands.
I could convince him to keep it original, and only change the old crystal for a new sapphire.
In November I got this watch. There was a challenge !
In this post you will see al the steps I took to make it wareable again