Eterna Matic 3000 Sevenday Calibre 1457U – Service

This week I am featuring this Eterna Matic 3000 Sevenday on the blog. The watch is powered by Eterna’s Calibre 1457U, an automatic movement with a day date complication and quick set date mechanism. Eterna had a pioneering role in the development of self winding calibres, with the development in the late 1940s of the first Eterna Matic movement, using a friction-reducing ball-bearing mounted rotor system. The 145X and 146X movement family follow on from the success of the first Eterna Matic, and were known as ultra-thin automatic movements ( 3.6 mm thick, and 4.15 mm for the day date).  It is commonly known as the ancestor of the famous ETA 2892 movement, the high end Calibre by ETA found in many prestigious watches for the last few decades. It is worth noting that ETA was founded by Eterna, so it is no surprise that even the movements produced nowadays by ETA (currently owned by the Swatch Group) share some  common DNA with Eterna calibres.

Eterna Matic 3000 Sevenday Service

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Omega Seamaster 600 model 135.011 Calibre 601 Service & Restoration

Today on the blog is this Omega Seamaster 600 model 135.011 in need of a bit of TLC. I purchased this watch at a local auction with the intention to return it to its former glory. The watch dates from 1965, and it is powered by the manual wind Omega Calibre 601, an excellent movement capable of great performance.

Omega Seamaster 600 Calibre 601

 

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Omega Calibre 561 Constellation watch 168.017 Automatic Chronometer – Service & Repair

Another vintage Omega on the blog. Today I am featuring this beautiful Constellation model dating from 1966. It is powered by the Omega Calibre 561, which is a very fine movement indeed. It is chronometer rated, meaning it was tested and certified to meet certain precision standards. It was adjusted in different temperatures and in 5 positions during production.

Omega Constellation Automatic-Chronometer 168.017 Cal. 561

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Zenith Pocket Watch Service

This week I am featuring the restoration of this Zenith Pocket watch, belonging to my wife’s uncle.

The watch dates from the early 1900’s. It was in quite a sorry state, barely running, and missing the minute hand, and most of the hour hand. The glass was also missing. However the dial and case were in remarkably good condition, making this watch an ideal candidate for a light restoration.Zenith Pocket Watch

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Top 15 Watch Repair Blogs

I am very pleased to announce that my blog has made it on the list of the top 15 watch repair blogs compiled by Feedspot.

It is fantastic to see my site alongside those of people who have really inspired me throughout the years.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers and followers, and I look forward to bringing more content on the blog.

Timefactors Speedbird II PRS-7 Service (ETA 2824-2)

Anthony sent me this lovely Speedbird II PRS-7 watch for a service. The Speedbird II  was manufactured by Timefactors, a British company owned by Eddie Platts who launched the Speedbird II back in 2002. Only 300 pieces were produced, in either black or ivory dial. The production of this watch follows the success of the original Speedbird PRS-1, a design of military influence, in the style of watches issued to pilots of the British Overseas Airways Corporation in the 1950s. It is easy to see why the Speedbird was a success as the watch feels very well built, and looks very smart indeed.

Speedbird II PRS-7

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Omega 2165 Calibre 26.5 Repair & Service

Willy gave me this watch for a repair and service. It is powered by the Omega Calibre 26.5, and was produced during WW2, somewhere between 1939 and 1944 according to its serial number. The watch belongs to his father in law, and will be a present for Willy’s son’s 40th birthday.

The brief was to keep the watch as original as possible, which is like music to my ears. Although this watch could be restored to near new condition, it has aged rather beautifully and it would be a shame to lose its character.

The watch came as a non runner.Omega-2165-service

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New equipment in the workshop (Quartz testing)

I predominantly work on mechanical watches, but having completed my Quartz watch training with the British Horological Institute I thought it would make sense to add servicing of analogue Quartz wristwatches to my portfolio, as there are some really interesting higher end Quartz watches out there.

I recently invested in an essential piece of testing equipment for working on Quartz watches. Although you can theoretically service a watch without it, you would be working blind when it comes to troubleshooting and checking the health of the movement.

Horotec-Flashtest

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