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.