Sold off as scrap this lovely US Import pocket watch has been brought back to working order with some tlc.
Not often but every now and again a little unwanted bargain can come your way, this Omega was given up on and sold off as a non starter, often problems are simple to solve but not trying is easier.
The movement is a calibre 140, quite slender and well finished, this poor thing had suffered as many do with a broken balance and snapped mainspring. Fortunately i had one balance staff left and that was just enough to get it back in action, shortly after that the original blued mainspring decided to snap so a new one had to be ordered. After some cleaning and tlc the watch was cleaned up and all back together again.
This particular model differs from most as this would have been imported into the USA in pieces and then assembled and cased in the US. The casing is made by the well known Wadsworth casing company, whilst normal gold plating may be 10 or 20 microns thick this beauty is a full 80 microns !! There is still some wear & tear and the dial has some age related marks but it all adds to the history of the watch, and now its working again it's history has not been resigned to a drawer.
Whilst i don't think pocket watches are making a come back there is still a market for collectors and those who still treasure these stunning pieces. Solid gold pocket watches hold massive value but as gold plating goes , this is probably as good as it gets :)
This particular watch is for sale so if it catches your eye then feel free to get in touch or visit my sister site at www.welwynwatchparts.co.uk
It's been a while since my last post and for any of you frequent readers then apologies :) This year has seen a massive increase in watch repairs which has taken me away from the PC and more time at the bench, but fear not as i have a few little projects to share. To increase content i shall be simplifying the posts and reducing my waffling on, with only exception to those special jobs which require further exploration.
Whilst some work can take time and require many hours at the bench, there are occasions where it is a simple thing that prevents a watch being enjoyed. This little Tissot Seastar had been missing a crown for some time so it was impossible to wear or use the watch. Being of sentimental value ( the best kind ) this watch needed some simple but but much need work, a new working crown & stem and a light polish for the glass.
Such a simple thing to lose a crown but such a difference it can make ! Case back scratches removed, glass polished, new crown tube & crown, and then refitted with new stem, a quick check of the running and the watch is back and ready to use. Without doubt this much treasured watch can be enjoyed again, after a long period of rest this workhorse can get back on time.
Repairing watches is not just for its own sake but in many cases it reconnects us with those we love and care about, you can't put a price on that kinda happiness and i love what i do :)
Hertfordshire based watch restorer. Follow my blog for new watches under restoration/repair