Something a little different today on the blog as I predominantly featured mechanical watches in the past. This article is about the service of a British Military Watch, the CWC G10. This watch was issued to a member of the British military in 1980. It is powered by the Quartz movement ESA 536.121. This particular model is the first incarnation of the many G10 versions, and is nicknamed “fatboy” due to its thicker case profile in comparison to subsequent models.
As you can tell from the photo below the watch does certainly look like it has hard a hard life!
I start by opening the watch, there is a battery inside, thankfully no apparent leak. I try the watch with a new battery, but quite predictably it is not working. However after testing the watch on my quartz diagnostic machine, I detect a pulse. This is good news, as the circuit seems to be functioning, and the issue is likely to be mechanical rather than electronic.
The movement is removed from the case.
I start by stripping down the movement.
Nearly there, here you can see the wheel train exposed, with the stepper motor on the left.
The movement is fully stripped down.
The parts are cleaned in the cleaning machine, and inspected. All parts are in good condition. There is typically a lot less wear in a quartz watch compared to mechanical equivalents, as the train wheels are subjected to much lower torque values.
The case parts are cleaned in the ultrasonic tank.
I can start re-assembling the movement.
Finishing here with the integrated circuit.
A new battery is fitted, and the watch is ticking again very nicely. I check the value of the current drawn by the movement stem in (whole movement functioning) and stem out (module only) . The continuity of the coil is also checked, and all is well. The case is spotlessly clean, but you can see there are a few pitting marks caused by corrosion over the years. A gasket is fitted prior to fitting the caseback.
Finally a new crystal and NATO strap are fitted, what a transformation!