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  1. I bookmarked this company a while ago with half a mind to try them - this result shows they are good. The trick is in the repolishing. I have a simple philosophy about restoration - if it can be done, then do it.
  2. In 1960 my big sister was working as a typist at a major international - and was entered serrupticiously in the company's beauty contest. Being a somewhat stunning 17 year old, she won hands down. They bought her an £80 dress for the occasion, and the other prize was a 19 jewel, 9ct Rotary watch, engraved suitably. At a time when few typists could even afford a watch at all, this was praise indeed. 52 years on, it was need of repair and dial restoration. She was thinking of turning it in for scrap (£70 worth approx.), but I persuaded her otherwise - but only on condition I paid for the dial restoration. Always did drive a hard bargain did my sister! My watch man had to fit a new bolt plate and crystal etc., so he had to charge me extra - £18 in total for the service. The dial restoration cost me £23, courtesy of the yanks. Ditto the same story with my mother's oblong, link-strapped gold watch bought in 1940 from H. Samuel for £9, still with it's original box. It has a 15 jewel Peseaux movement, but the dial job seems to be taking a little longer! Another family heirloom saved from the melting pot... (can't upload a photo yet..sorry)
  3. As I recall, my 1972 Rockshell MK V was proof to 100m, I think? Probably all were the same. Not difficult to open, they just had a novel case design involving a locking ring. Mine does anyway, but can't speak for the rest..
  4. It would look even better if the dial was restored. It wouldn't cost a fortune and will transform the watch. Well worthwhile because the case is in good nick and movement is clean too. Looks like it could be from 1954 when I believe they introduce the first breveté cases?
  5. That's an MST 352 with an antishock balance, by the looks of it. Quite unusual for the period.
  6. Basically, pull it out to setting position, and pull a bit harder. I usually use tweezers as a lever (one prong on each side of the stem and use the case to pry against the inside edge of the crown) It'll "pop" off so be careful you don't send it flying across the room Also, you might need to push back in the inner stem for the movement to drop out of the case.
  7. I that's chromed case you really need to electrostrip the chrome off first.then polish and replate.
  8. Dunno for sure. I've got a variety of Roamer hands I could use, probably wil stick to the originals as they're in pretty good nick.
  9. Again, apologies for the lousy photo. Just can't figure out how you're supposed to take a picture of gloss black without getting horrofic reflections... Anyway, I thought I'd show you this restoration from Internationaldialco. I changed the entire colour scheme from the original to this classy finish. The photo doesn't show just how stunning it really is. Originally I'd asked for the same serif'd font for the word 'Popular', but they tried and couldn't manage that. Still nice though. The only criticism is imperfect gold paint on the small seconds markers. You can't see it except under a 10x magnifer, so I don't mind too much. What was annoying is that I sent this off back in January! It only arrived back this a.m. Apparently there was a problem with a bad batch of black paint. All is now forgiven.. This is the original.. Just got to lume the hands now..
  10. If you want to be able to tackle the full range of watch repairs, you'll find you need some pretty exotically price tools. Very basic servicing is about all the amateur can aspire to. It's a bit like car repairs. If you want to be able to tackle any job, you need a full workshop's worth of tools! Not really economically viable unless you plan to go into business!
  11. Yes, it can quite a fiddle, but if your balance staff is knackered, why put it back because it won't work anyway?
  12. Looks quite a nice watch, that, and the movement is very clean. Hands and dial will be first to remov. The dial seems to be held in by tiny grub screws which you will see side on somewhere around the outer perimeter It's non-shockproof balance I see. So the wobbling means, yes it has been dropped and a pivot has sheared. Don't know how easy it'll be to get a replacement staff, but it's not a job I would attempt as it involves stripping down the balance/hairspring and collet. Then you'd have to put it back together properly, centering the hairspring etc. Hardly a job for a beginner, but it'll be good practise. The tight crown indicates that it is fully wound (in attempt to make it go). You'll first have to release - slowly - the mainspring, by holding the crown and releasing the click by holding it away from the 'ratchet'. Then let the crown slowly slip through the fingers. Now you're ready to disassemble in earnest, having a proper set of screwdrivers of course. I'd start by removing the balance c**k and then the escapement etc. I wouldn't attempt to remove the barrel spring - you may never get it back in without a proper winder!
  13. Agreed. I still would have preferred to have retained the 5-minute circles under the lume, and I would have preferred a greater difference in shade between outer/inner dial. However, I don't know what complexities would be involved to achieve this. Nevertheless, I'm very pleased that they have achieved such a good result. I would definitely use them again. In fact, I think I'll ask them to do this one for me next... I have in mind a brown/cream colour scheme. Yes, I know the hands are a bit bent, but it adds a certain charm. I've had it serviced, and I've restored the plating already. All it needs now is the icing on the cake.
  14. For some time now I've been puzzled over the cause of dented case backs - especially on gold cases? I mean gold is soft admittedly, but just how do they manage to get those sharp dents - just by wearing them? I mean, even if you toss them down carelessly it shouldn't produce such sharp deep dents...Duh? Well, my old watch repair man knows the answer to most things and came up with the very strange explaination. The reason he knows is that he had occasion to ask a customer one day about all the curious marks on the back of his watch. The answer he got back was - "it's my dog". Would you credit that - damned bite marks from a dog! Unbelievable...
  15. OK, here are the pictures of the finished projects. Again, light reflections are a big problem trying to take a good picture. The black doesn't seem to look as black as it really is 'in the flesh'. Sure really does looks like new now though, so I'm dead chuffed. Likewise the Roamer...but I was thinking maybe I'd would try it in one of my other gold plated cases. Not sure if it would look quite right though. Just dunno..?
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