In today's blog we take a look at a lovely vintage Seiko world timer from one of my returning customers. This model was actually in pretty good shape all things considered but there was a little work to do to bring it back to its best :) Lets crack on......
Stripping down the movement is fairly straight forward and so i won't bore you with over details and just cover the important bits :)
Every once in a while you may find the oscillating weight can come apart, not just on Seiko's but other automatics as well. Most occasions its best to replace them outright, but sometimes with a little tlc you can repair them back into working order.....
With the casing being cleaned i set to work on rebuilding the movement, checking each component for damage and where needed replace parts. During assembly each small system is checked before adding the next stage, by double checking at each stage you can identify problems early on rather than having to strip it down again later.
With the movement complete and running nicely the case work was then the next stage, taking care not to ruin original lines a light cosmetic clean up was the order of business. As the casing was cleaning after polish we re-dial the movement and fix the hands in place, this stage we also check the hands are moving correctly.
Vintage Seikos are always a pleasure to bring back to life, this model has a most wonderful silver cloth dial mixed with contrasting black & blue print of the 24 hours zone and the orange ring denoting the cities. Overall i was very pleased with this watch, both timing and finish were really good and i was happy to send this one home :)
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Up next..... Seiko Pogue Double Trouble & IWC UTC Automatic !
Quite often with watch repairs, personal projects get put aside with the intention of getting around to them next but inevitably another job comes in and such projects sit waiting longer and longer. However with Christmas and new year out of the way it was time to finally get around to one of the projects that had sat on the " To do " shelf for far too long.
In today's blog we take a look at a very nice and unique Omega model, the Chronostop. Unlike other chronographs the Chronostop works much in the way a timer does, in place of a start/stop button and a separate reset button the Chronostop only has the single operation pusher. In order to use the chronograph the button is pushed once to start it, push it a second time and hold it to take a reading, then upon releasing the button the mechanism resets to zero.
On all chronostop variants there is no continuous seconds nor is there a sub second to measure the minutes, if you needed to mark the minutes then you would have to recall them yourself. Whilst modern chronographs pack far more functionality i still believe the Chronostop has a place in a watch collectors heart.
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