Blancpain Calibre R540 9ct dress watch Service & Restoration

This week I decided to feature the restoration of this Blancpain Calibre R540 watch. I could not resist a “before and after” shot in the introduction, but the transformation on this watch is far from being just cosmetic. As you will see there was quite a lot of work required to bring the watch up to a fine condition. It has been a very interesting project, and it has been a pleasure to work on a vintage piece by such a prestigious manufacturer in the history of horology.

Blancpain Calibre R540 Service

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Longines Calibre 284 Service

This week I have decided to feature another vintage Longines as they are such a pleasure to work on. This particular watch has a 9ct solid cold case and caseback, and it is powered by a Longines Calibre 284 movement. Very much like the Calibre 12.68Z I featured on the blog recently, this movement is from an era when Longines were very much at the high end of the market. The level of finish is very high.

Longines Calibre 284 Service

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Seiko 6309-7040 Project

The Seiko 6309-7040 diver’s watch is one of my favourite watches. I have worked on many of them before, and have owned several myself. When my friend Ed got in touch a few months ago about a project involving a large number of 6309s and a box of spare movements, donor watches and other parts I was of course very interested indeed.

Ed and I met up and  we went through all the watches and movements on my timegrapher to get an idea of the health of each individual item, and decide the best course of action.

Unfortunately due to the magnitude of this project I have not had the discipline to take enough photos to do a detailed walk through of the work, it is so easy to forget when you get stuck in.

I do however have some photos, so I thought I would publish them to give you an idea of some of the work involved. After all it is not often you see so many 6309s in one place!

Here is a photo of the project once completed:Seiko-6309-7040-Project

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CWC GS Automatic Military Watch ETA 2824-2 Service

CWC (Cabot Watch Company) is a British company established in 1972 and was contracted to supply watches to the Ministry of Defence.

This watch was produced in the 1990’s. It is the GS model (General Service). It is a modern version of the mechanical hand-wound model issued to the British troops in the 1970’s up to the 1980’s when the quartz movement arrived (G10).

This model is still available today from CWC. The current model (at the time of writing) has a similar design, and is also powered by the Swiss made ETA 2824-2 movement. However it uses Luminova instead of Tritium as the luminescent compound for the dial and hands. This is identified by the letter L or T on the dial under the CWC logo.

This watch arrived in need of a bit of TLC, and looked like it had a pretty hard life. That is what military watches are designed for!

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