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Published on: October 24, 2013
Categories: MILITARY, REPAIR, RESTORATION, WATCHES

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NEW
MAR 7TH 2013

 

WE WILL BE POSTING
ANOTHER HALD DOZEN OR SO
MORE OF DAVID’S INCREDIBLE COLLECTION
SENT FOR RESTORATION

 

 

 


NEW
JAN 18TH 2013
THESE WERE SHIPPED END OF DECEMBER
ROCK IS NOW RESTORING/SERVICING THIS COLLECTION

THE FOLLOWING WATCHES ARE FROM
ONE PATRON’S [DAVID] COLLECTION

WILL UPDATE AS EACH TIME PIECE OF THIS INCREDIBLE
COLLECTION IS EVALUATED AND RESTORED

NOTE
PLATING WITH COPPER AND THEN 24KT GOLD WORKS ON BASE METALS
VINTAGE GOLD ON STEEL ON THE OTHER HAND IS ACTUALLY GOLD-FILLED
THERE ARE/WERE OTHER FACTORY PROCESSES FOR PLATING [FILLING] OVER STEEL

SET BRIDGE LEVER CLUTCH LUCERNE ALARM WATCH

 

THIS WEEMS WAS A BEAR. THOUGH PATRON SAID IT WAS RUNNING – ONCE CLEANED THE  HACKED 4TH WHEEL
SWEEP SECONDS WHEEL WOULD NOT FIT PROPERLY UNLESS PUSHED ALL THE WAY UNTIL IT BOTTOMED ONTO THE BRIDGE
IT HAD BEEN PEENED TO FIT A FEW TIMES IN THE PAST 80 YEARS THEN WAS EPOXIED ONTO THE SHAFT

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after cleaning and reassembly erratic operation led to tear down where sweep second wheel was found to be faulty

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invest in a stock main spring  – barrel reassembled   & placed in movement

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reassembly for the tenth? time LOL

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all together

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note: you cannot see the balance cross arms because it is humming along

new sweep wheel running against the second hand pinion and gear

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attached to client strap the lizard offers the impression of the watch being larger

note rock used paint and epoxy to fill the damage in bezel lock crown

 

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LONGINES WEEMS U.S.N.

SERVICE
DIAL-REPLACEMENT
SAME EXACT DIAL IN MATTE WHITE
CASE IS GOLD FILLED
RESTORE CASE
SERVICE
27mm w/o crown
LOCK AT 2

THIS ISA GOLD FILLED CASE/CROWNS. THE WEAR CANNOT BE REPAIRED ON CROWN. NEEDS AN  ORIGINAL. ALSO LARGE HACKED SWEEP SECONDS WHEEL IS BAD. NO REPLACEMENT AVAILABLE

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NOTE CROWN, WE BENT THE GOLD BACK AND HAND SMOOTHED
WOW CASE HANDS DIAL BAM!

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WHEEL IS BAD         OPTED FOR RERSTORER TO PERFECT ORIGINAL INCLUIDING FONT

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AFTER THIRD TEAR DOWN WHEEL IS FROM A MOVADO

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MIXED BLACK PAINT WITH EPOXY TO COVER DAMAGE

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IT IS 9:30 FEB 1 2013. I AM COMPLETLY REBUILDING THE WEEMS MOVEMENT FOR THE THIRD TIME
WE TRIED THREE WHEELS BUT THEY HAVE NOT WORKED. WEEMS RUNS BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN SHE STOPS DUE TO WHEEL. IF IT WORKS FINE, IF NOT, WE WILL HOLD OFF FEE FOR SERVICE
JUST BLILL FOR THE REST OF THE WORK, AND PLACE THE WHEEL ON OUR LIST. THEN PATRON CAN SHIP BACK. THE WATCH OPERATES FINE BUT THAT STOPPING HAS TO BE FIXED. IT WILL TAKE 4 TO 6 MONTHS TO FIND THE PART AND A CROWN. WE WOULD MAKE ONE BUT CANNOT FIND A CROWN WITH THE EXACT PARTICULARS, DIAL IS STUNNING. THE OLD ONE WAS NOT FADED., IT WAS DAMAGED, 85% OF PAINT GONE.U

 

 

 

 

 

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2 styles
early  27.7 mm locking crown at 2 pos
later 33mm locking crown at 4 pos

In 1929,Captain Philip Van Horn Weems of the U.S. Navy (1889-1979), designed a  system for navigation along with a Second Setting Watch watch that used a rotating exterior bezel or center dial with minutes/seconds chapter ring to synchronise the watch to the second using the radio time signal without adjusting the hands, This design incorporated a second “locking” crown that allowed the user to lock down the rotating bezel at the precise timing on the bezel.

Captain Philip Van Horn Weems designed the “Weems System of Navigation” in 1927 – the   year Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic. His “system” employed a modified sextant taking two “shots” of the sun, allied to an accurate time reading from his “Second Setting Watch”, followed by making reference to the tables in the Line of Positions book. (The Line of Position book provided extensive charts with precalculated positions; allowing a pilot to look up the positions quickly and easily, instead of performing the complicated calculations himself.)

Unless your watch had a hacking seconds-hand, [THE A II PILOTS WWII WATCH W/HACK WOULD BE INTRODUCED TEN YEARS LATER] along with precise timekeeping and you’ve set it correctly in the first place, with the help of a radio signal, you can be out by a few seconds at any given time. And a few seconds at air speeds and over great distances can prove dangerous, if not fatal.

Weems system along with his invention of the Second Setting Watch enabled pilots and navigators to read truly accurate time directly from the watch face during an era when chronometric precision was cotly and rare.

In 1929, in partnership with Longines, Weems registered a patent for this design. Longines produced the original “WEEMS” with locking crown  2 position [same size as U.S. GOV MIL WWII  A-II PILOTS WATCH].and added the larger model with locking crown at 4 position,

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HOURS ANGLE WATCH
MODERN VERSION

A note of interest, Charles A. Lindbergh, who was a pupil of Weems, used the concept as an additional feature in his Hour Angle Watch. This patent was registered in 1935.

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WWII JAEGER LECOULTRE BRITISH G.S.T.P. BROADARROW

RESTORE CASE
RESTORE DIAL W/O ALTERING OR REPAINTING
RE-ILLUMINATE HAND
MOVEMENT IS LIKE MINT NEW

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DIAL HAD TONS OF GREASE ADDED TO

” MAKE IT LOOK BETTER?”
“KILL WHAT LOOKS LIKE MOLD/ALGAE?”

THIS WAS CRAZY.
EXTREMELY RARE WWII DIAL,
EVERYTHING WAS RATIONED
IT IS SO THIN IT IS LIKE A WAFER
THIS SUPER THIN METAL DIAL WITH ENAMEL IS
ATTACHED WITH TWO MINUTE SCREWS THROUGH DIAL.
NOTE SHINY AREAS.
THAT’S NASTY STICKY THICK GREASE LIKE SUBSTANCE!!!

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HERE ROCK IS CLEANING THE GREASE OFF WITH HIS
“SPECIAL SAUCE”

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BAM

WILL TOUCH UP MARKERS –  NUMBERS
AND RE-ILLUMINATE
AND
RE-ILLUMINATE  HANDS

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WOW, NOW, WRITE THIS DOWN

A PAPER DIAL
THAT IS CORRECT
RARE 1945 WITH RAW MATERIALS FOR WAR ONLY
THIS DIAL HAS A 1MM METAL BACK THEN PAPER
THEN A CELLULOID FINISH WITH PAINTED NUMERALS
I AM GLAD WE DID NOT MAKE A NEWE ONE

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TWO SCREW SERE ONE LEFT OF 3?
TINY! LIKE THE DOLLAR WATCHES
NOTICE THE SHINY CELLULOID FINISH??

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OILED SERVICED

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NO!!! IS THIS THE SAME WATCH!
GSTP
BROADARROW?

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OH! FORGET BUFFING THE CASE! IT IS SILVER PLATE OVER BRASS/
TRUST ME, I LIGHT BUFFED AND BRASS

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BUT

IT LOOKS LIKE A MILLION BUCKS

I RE PLATEDOT

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I DID SAY KILLER?

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LOVE IT

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JUST DO NOT LEAVE IT…………

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I WORK ON UP TO 6 WATCHES AT ONCE!

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GSW SUPPLIED A FREE LEATHER POCKET FOB

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ROLEX “OYSTER WATCH COMPANY”
RADIUM DIAL MILITARY

RESTORE CASE
RE-ILLUMINATE HANDS
DIAL IS RADIUM
REMOVING EXISTING RADIUM WOULD LEAVE SIGNES OF THIS EFFORT
WE WILL ATTEMPT TO ILLUMINATE OVER RADIUM NUMERALS
NEW CRYSTAL

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I AM TALKING OUTSIDE THE FEW DINGS WE HAD TO LWEAVE, THIS BABY LOOKS MINTY
WE USED ORIGINAL PLATES AND FONTS  IT IS WOW

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YES, IT GLOWS

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DID YOU SEE THE CASE BACK? THIS IS HAND FILED
THEN NO FLEX SHAFT! 5 SHEETS GRADED SAND PAPER THEN BUFF
NOTE IT IS NOT HIGH SHINE? LOOKS LIKE WHEN IT WAS DELIVERED

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NICE

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WOW. TOOK 3 HOURS
I RERMOVED LIKE 40% BUT YOU WILL NEVER SEE IT EVEN COMPARED WITH A MINT CASE. THE SMALL DINGS HAD TO BE LEFT

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JUST WHAT THE DOC ORDERED

 

 

A PATRON SUPPLIED BREITLING LEATHER STRAP WAS PLACED ON THIS BEAUTY
ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT IT IS STAINLESS STEEL AND THE WATCH CASE IS GOLD FILLED
IT IS  FACT THAT GOLD PLATING WILL NOT ADHERE TO STAINLESS STEEL
THERE IS A COMPLICATED PROCESS FOR FACTORY PLATING ON SS.  

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BREITLING 3 REGISTER VALJOUX CHRONOGRAPH

SERVICE MOVEMENT, REPAIR PROBLEM WITH CHRONOGRAPH RUNNING BUT NO ABILITY TO STOP OR RETURN CENTER SECONDS TO CENTER.  POLISH CASE, PLATE 24KT YG OVER GOLD FILLED CASE. POLISH CASE BACK.

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1/19/13
REPAIRED & SERVICED
CASE POLISHED THEN PLATED 24KT
RE-LUMED TRITIUM HANDS/DIAL DOTS

NOTE: HAS DOUBLE MILITARY STYLE CASE WITH INTERNAL CASE
THIS WAS ALSO POLISHED TO REMOVE THE ABOVE SCUFFING

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OK. THIS BABY HAD THE GOLD FINISH WORN OFF
SHE RAN, BUT BUTTONS TO CONTROL START STOP [TOP]
RESET TO 12 [BOTTOM]

THOUGH THE WATCH RAN FINE, AND CENTER SECONDS WORKED, AND THE RESET WORKED, ..THE START-STOP FUNCTION CONTROLLED BY THE TOP PUSHER WAS NOT WORKING. I OVERHAULED THE MOVEMENT AND BECAUSE THESE ARE VALJOUX BASED, I HAD THE NEW PARTS  TO REPAIR THE START/STOP MECHANISMS.

NOTE THE PUSHER CAPS. THEY ARE REPLACEMENTS. THEY DID NOT COME WITH THIS CASE.  IT IS DIFFICULT TO GET NEW ONES. PERIOD. JULESBOREL NOR OTTO FREI DID NOT HAVE THEM.. YOU CAN SEE THEY DO NOT COVER THE PUSHERS.

NOW, IF YOU DID NOT READ THIS, THEY WOULD BE FINE..

THEY WORK NOW. THE START AND STOP FEELS TIGHT, BUT ALL IS WELL.

WHAT A WONDERFUL WATCH AND THE CASE FINISH? 6 HOURS!.

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WHAT A BEAUTY
TRIPLE REGISTER, DAY DATE MONTH WAKMANN CHRONOGRAPH
[VALJOUX]

SERVICE POLISH CASE BACK.
RESTORED CASE

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RESTORED CASE
COPPER THEN 24KT GOLD

POLISHED CASE BACK
LARGE SCRATCH IS TOO DEEP TO REMOVE

CLEANED DIAL
SERVICE
RE-ILLUMINATE

1/22/13

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GSW SUPPLIED A FREE VINTAGE CONTRAST STITCHED
LEATHER CHRONOGRAPH STRAP WITH DEPLOYMENT

THIS WAKMANN IS AWESOME

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LUCERNE ALARM
DUAL CROWNS SINGLE MAIN
ONE JEWEL

COMPLETED

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LUCERNE
WATCH REPAIRED
BASE METAL CASE HAD TO BE RE-PLATED RATHER THAN POLISHED
REPLACED > WINDING PINION > SERVICED  > ALL FEATURES WORK

PULL TOP CROWN TO SET TIME
TURN BOTTOM CROWN CLOCKWISE TO WIND BOTH WATCH/ALARM
TURN BOTTOM COUNTER CLOCKWISE TO SET ALARM SETTING DISC

NEEDS STRAP

PROBLEM WITH LUCERNE ALARM WATCH

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FOR COSTS AND FIGURES TO RESTORE, OVERHAUL, REPAIR, CHANGE PARTS,
REPLACE PARTS, REFINISH DIALS  RE ILLUMINATE HANDS & DIALS, SUPPLY 5 STRAPS, 24K GOLD
AND NICKEL PLATING, PROVIDE BASIC APPRAISED VALUES COSTS PER
TIME PIECE AND CASH DISCOUNTS CLICK HERE

 

COMPLETED

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WALTHAM
REPLACED OFF-SET PINION WITH USED PART
OVERHAULED & SERVICED
POLISH & GOLD RE-PLATE CASE
POLISHED CRYSTAL & RE-ILLUMINATED DIAL
GENUINE LEATHER PADDED DOUBLE CONTRAST STITCHED SIZE LONG
EXACT COPY OF 1970 WALTHAM  LEATHER STRAP

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COMPLETED

BULOVA A-II
WITH NON-HACKING MOVEMENT
[NOTE: THERE WERE SOME ISSUED NON HACKERS]

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REPLATED CROWN

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NOTE: WE DO NOT STRIP AND RE-PLATE
THE WWII MIL ISSUE A-11 DUE TO AN
EXTREME LOSS IN VALUE.
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MOVEMENT OVERHAUL
KEEPS GREAT TIME
 

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COMPLETE MOVEMENT OVERHAUL
SERVICE – TIME – LUBRICATE
LIGHT CASE + CRYSTAL POLISH
RE-PLATE THE CROWN

NEEDS STRAP
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WWII GOV MILITARY WATCH BOOK
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ACTUAL PIC OF STRAP TAN WHITE OR OD GREEN
 

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NEW STRAP FOR BULOVA A-11
REMAKE OF THE WWII OD STRAP W/STEEL RINGS

 

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AS SEEN EPISODE 7-8-9  WWII “PACIFIC” MINISERIES

 

This strap may not work due to the fact the originals were size long one size fits all. This
remake does not have length size. And we are hoping it is OLIVE DRAB and not GREEN.

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BULOVA SINGLE CASE
TWO PART STEM
RADIUM DIAL

COMPLETED

Complete Overhaul:
Movement Overhaul, New Hair Spring
Case Restore
New Crystal
Hand Silicone Clean Dial
Re-Lume Numerals  [AF-LUMINOVA WHITE]
Re-Lume Hands           [AF-LUMINOVA WHITE]

WE UTILIZED A G-18 [18MM] MILITARY STRAP WITH KEEPERS THAT FIT UP TO SIZE 9 DUE TO THE FACT LUGS ARE 16MM AND THERE ARE FEW STRAPS THAT ARE LONG OR WOULD COMPLEMENT THIS WWII ERA SIGNED BULOVA SINGLE CASED WATERTIGHT WRIST WATCH AS WELL
AS THIS NATO G-18MM. IN  ADDITION, IT MAKES THE WATCH LOOK
LARGER WATCH OWNERS HAVE TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR POSSIBLE MILITARY STRAPS. 

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HAS NEW NATO STRAP. FITS UP TO 9

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COMPLETE

WALTHAM
US ORD
OVERHAULED SERVICED
CASE CLEANED NEW CRYSTAL
RESTORED DIAL NATO STRAP

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LONGINES
RADIUM DIALED
MILITARY WATCH
OVERHAULED SERVICED
CASE RESTORED
– NEEDS STRAP & DIAL RESTORE
RESTORED DIAL

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NATO STRAPS ARE THE ANSWER TO FINDING MIL STRAPS OVER 7.5. THE REMADE
TO ORIGINAL LOOK ON RIGHT IS AN 8.4. IF IT FITS DAVID CAN ORDER ONLINE
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COMPLETED

WITH
LEATHER POCKET FOB

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1940
WWII
BRITISH BROAD ARROW
RADIUM DIAL
WALTHAM POCKET WATCH

COMPLETED MODE
REQUIRES
NEW MAIN SPRING
NEW  BALANCE – STAFF – HAIR SPRING
PARTS SHOULD BE IN AFTER HOLIDAY

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rock’s witches brew

electro clean

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nickel

applying 4th coat

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applying 6th coat

case restored

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note the radiation burns

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dial cleaned

original orange radium

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new used crystal

new balance hair & main spring

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awesome

British broad arrow WWII

this Waltham is completed and looking/running great
though overhauled and restored it is original

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