Condition As Received
· The minute wheel post was heavily worn on 2 sides. This was causing the setting area to bind resulting in unnecessary pressure on the setting components increasing wear in this area.
· The gear train bound but the escapement was free. This was due to excessive wear between the pivots and bearings causing extra deep depthing of the gear teeth into the pinion leaves, jamming them up.
· Dial had previously been repainted with not the best of results, but the customer wished to pass on getting the dial properly repainted and printed.
· The hands were scratched and fit loose to the posts. The luminous material was very discolored but intact.
· Case and bracelet had been poorly refinished. This was evident by “overspray” of the polish into the satin areas and vice versa due to a poor prep work prior to put the metal to the wheel. Excessive rounding of the edges of the center gold links told me a soft buff was used which only rounded the links even more. Refinishing is an area where many people incorrectly feel they have done a good job when a particular area could be checked off in a box on paper without any other qualifier such as maintaining sharp edges.
· The bracelet was quite worn from decades of use but in solid shape. One of the pins in the clasp was loose and would need retightening.
· The case tube was an old style nickel that had just been put in new. As there isn’t a good way to remove this style of case tube intact a new case s/s case tube was installed in order to properly complete the refinish. My other reason for needing to remove the case tube is that I need insure the tube had been sealed properly. I did not have a lot of confidence in this previous installation based on the quality of the other work on the watch and since my name was on the final repair, I made sure it was done correctly.
· The winding stem was generic but was severely damaged from a previous watchmaker using incorrect tools to secure it to the crown. There was a heavy amount of debris accumulated in the setting area from this damaged stem eating away at the mainplate, like a milling bit. Proper installation and care of a winding stem is one of the most basic things to learn in watch repair education and is used on virtually every modern watch.
· The balance cock was noticeably bent up and twisted in toward the center of the movement. No loupe was necessary to see this hallmark of fine watchmaking!
· The hairspring was also severely mangled. Beside the extreme damage to the body of the spring, the overcoil had an additional set of vertical bends put added to increase the height of the overcoil in order meet the incorrect height of the balance cock. This is the butterfly effect of untrained “watchmakers” attempting watch repair.
· Metal shavings from the setting area were present in the escapement area. This just shows how much all aspects of a watch movement are connected well debris from the stem area are clogging up the escapement.
· The upper pallet jewel was dirty. This was again just lack of a proper watchmaker. The residue on the jewel was simply a sign of poor cleaning methods and quality control inspection. Easy to remedy during a normal quality service.
· The seconds pinion driving wheel was very crooked and had not been properly trued after installation.
· The lower balance setting was dirty and had metal shaving from the setting area inside.
Overall condition of the movement is very dirty (by professional standards) and is in need of extensive service before running properly again.