|And it did.|
|If you do have a Victoria Rail Peerless watch in your collection, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add its number to our database. Thank you.|
|In both cases you can either hire a professional or do it yourself. The Tax Office doesn't care. I suggest that you start building your collection by putting aside "play" money. Let's say a couple thousand dollars. Go online, do your research, buy the pieces you find attractive and learn from there. Yes, most of the pieces will be terrible choices, bordering on junk, but this first phase of collecting is not about building collection, it's rather about learning about pocket watches. In a year or so your success rate will grow. The second option is to acquire your pieces from dealers and fellow watch collectors who are knowledgeable and have years of experience. Not only will the pieces be better but they also come with some kind of guarantee. |
I absolutely hate partial repairs but
sometimes it's hard to say no, especially when it's a matter of undoing a
wrong by doing a right. The owner of this lovely Omega Speedmaster had
a crack on the hesalite and he took his watch to Omega Service Centre.
When the watch arrived back it was also fitted with a new set of hands -
not really something he expected or requested. But he was in luck! He
got his old hands back. Can I simply put his tritium hands back on, he
asked? As any watchmaker will tell you, fitting chronograph hands is
the most delicate of watch servicing. But what could I say? You know
me - I'll do anything for a good Google review!|
Below is the photo of the watch as it arrived with shiny new hands and the final image shows the end result: the old hands, dial and movement reunited. A final touch on the sweep hand as well as timekeeping adjustment and we are done.
... and after
Finally, here is an image of the hands of a Speedmaster Moonwatch. Note that while all sub-dial hands look the same from the top, they fit different diameter wheels so the inner tube is different.
The bottom line: when you put your watch in for a brand service make sure you request that all the parts be returned to you. After all, they are your property and they should not keep them.
|Traditionally in horology, gear and pinion manufacturing are the most difficult tasks. |
For even accomplished watchmakers, the ability to cut a gear in-house has been always been undisputed proof of a Master’s craftsmanship. However, the technical challenge with gear cutting has remained the same for the past 500 years: gear cutting and hobbing machinery and tools are not only very expensive but also very limited: one tool can cut just a few different 'profiles'. This meant a watchmaker was only capable of making a very limited number of gear train combinations and rarely any complicated clocks or watches beyond his 'standard' set.
This challenge presented itself in yet another form: the gear repair and restoration limits. Chances that a Swiss watchmaker in the 1970’s would be able to make a replacement gear for an English pocket watch from 1870 were slim. The problem was not in skills, but lack of variety of gear cutters and hobbers at his disposal.
Over the past 100 years, only a handful of Australian watchmakers were brave enough to tackle the gear making problems and undertake such repairs in-house. Almost in all cases, the new gears were repaired by hand, employing basic techniques rather than made from scratch. And in the cases where gears were damaged beyond repair or missing completely, the end result was always just a fairly crude compromise. In rare cases, when money was not an issue, fabrication was outsourced by sending the drawing to better setup shops and gear specialists in England.
The repair to a pocket watch which required a new gear - as shown below - is our solution to this centuries’ old watchmaking challenge.
1. We started with taking measurements of a broken gear