A couple of subscribers were puzzled by my “new found interest” in pocket watches. Is this true love or just a phase – and where are we headed with this? I’m not sure. Perhaps I am just trying to keep myself busy while awaiting delivery of a crucial piece of equipment from Switzerland which will allow us to continue work on our Made in Australia watch. So brace yourselves for at least a couple of weeks of pocket watch talk.
Last week Moeris calibre 19A was mentioned and praised for not just robustness but the refinement of the finishing. As any watchmaker would agree, the silver plated movements, and especially German silver mechanisms, are regarded as a mark of quality. Nowadays German silver is the material of choice of true watchmakers like Lange. I suggest that if you are on eBay looking for a Moeris watch then I would strongly recommend calibre 19A.
This morning the Postman delivered a parcel from Israel containing a
1930’s military Moeris G.S.T.P. pocket watch. To my surprise, it wasn't a
calibre 19A but 19H. All complete, yet long overdue for service. The main
plate and bridges were heavily oxidized. Clearly, I got into it straight
away. Half an hour later the watch was disassembled. The oxidised bridges
were first hand cleaned and then with all other parts run through the
automatic cleaning machine. A dream job for any watchmaker: you know that
once cleaned, reassembled, lubricated and adjusted, the old Moeris will tick like a rocket.
|And it did.|