Some watches back from service

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Some watches back from service

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » January 22nd 2018, 10:21am

So, just today, I picked up a parcel from my friend in the Netherlands, to whom I've sent six of my watches for a service. He did a great job, and I'm really glad to see all six working and looking great.

While three of them received no major treatment other than a movement maintenance, the other tree went from "fugly duckling" to "proper fucking lookers."

First, the final chapter of "The Saga of My 4th Tissot", i.e. the final update on the 1947 Antimagnetique in a solid 14ct gold case - the watch received a new dial and hands from a parts donor piece (original hands were worn, the dial has been tampered with and had flakes of paint falling off of it, posing the threat of jamming the pinions). New crown, and obviously a new crystal.

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After:
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The watch had so many technical issues, that it earned the nicknames "The Golden Nightmare" and "The Golden Problem." Obviously, neither a nightmare nor a problem anymore - just a good-looking (and working fine!) vintage dress watch now.

My great-grandfather's Start, dating to circa 1958, in a gold plated aluminium case - just how much can a new crystal change? Before:
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After:
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Can't seem to find the photo of my 1976-ish Certina prior to the cleaning, service and installing a new tension ring (armoured) crystal. So, here it is:
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The Certina also had issues - the case back let humidity in, with the crystal fogging up with just the slightest sweating of the wrist, the crystal was knackered, and the mainspring was broken.
I'll post up the pics of the other three watches ('72 Caravelle, c.1967 Raketa, 1939 Tissot Antimagnetique), when I get some proper straps for them.
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Re: Some watches back from service

Postby svaglic » January 22nd 2018, 11:02am

It is amazing what a cleaning and crystal change can do.
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Re: Some watches back from service

Postby smellody » January 22nd 2018, 11:27am

Great stuff. Thanks for sharing the before and after shots!
   
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Re: Some watches back from service

Postby conjurer » January 22nd 2018, 12:01pm

Those look fucking great, Mr. Bloke! What does your guy charge for a vintage service like this?
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Re: Some watches back from service

Postby Racer-X » January 22nd 2018, 12:21pm

The patina on the Tissot dial is great.
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Re: Some watches back from service

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » January 22nd 2018, 12:54pm

Thanks, folks!

conjurer wrote:Those look fucking great, Mr. Bloke! What does your guy charge for a vintage service like this?

30-40 quid/45-55 USD/35-45 euro for a basic COA, depending on the movement. Obviously, excluding the cost of replacement parts. An amateur watchmaker, but a talented one, and a friend of mine.
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Re: Some watches back from service

Postby artman » January 23rd 2018, 5:29am

Beautiful! Awesome work.
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Re: Some watches back from service

Postby biglove » January 23rd 2018, 6:24pm

Dang! And very reasonably priced work.
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