Vintage Watches

Ernst Kreissig Poising tool

Ernst Kreissig Poising tool

Finally got around to replacing my older poising tool with an even older poising tool. Made in Glashutte for the German watchmaking industry is this Ernst Kreissig and I’ve never seen one finished quite the same way. It came with a fair amount of rust but after an ultrasonic bath and some turning off the pitted main screw it looks a lot more presentable. It’s a larger model than some of the newer ones I’ve see and the protected jaws are in new condition.

 

Ernst Kreissig Poising tool

Ernst Kreissig Poising tool

 

 

 

 

It’s not often you see surface decoration on a poising tool.

Gruen Diamond Dial cal 460

Gruen Diamond Dial cal 460

Here’s one I picked up for a daily wear watch that’s on the bench along with about a half dozen others right now. It’s a cal 460ss bumper which are a very easy movement to work on and the cross hair dial and diamond shape indices are a nice combination. The dial has received a dip in tarnish remover to take off the heavy patina and what’s left is flaking¬† lacquer to be dealt with later. there’s also a bit of rust on one bridge screw but it’s localized as far as I can tell so it shouldn’t be a problem. Updates to come.

Gruen Diamond Dial cal 460

Gruen Diamond Dial cal 460 with crumbs.

Bezel with new reflector crystal and case polished

Bezel with new reflector crystal and case polished

Re-cased after first cleaning

Re-cased after first cleaning

Dealing with the rust on the hands is the biggest issue in this case since any significant removal of the metal will result in plating loss. New hands may have to be sourced to finish it off. What’s left is a simple overhaul of the movement which is in very good condition. The bracelet is in good enough condition to keep with the watch., so it’s on the wrist and being wear tested.

Hand Camp

Hand Camp

With a few watches and clocks missing hands I decided to try my hand at fabricating them myself. It started with a Hamburg Pagoda clock I’m restoring and the only choice I had was a pair of spade hands that at best kind of looked like the originals. I thought I could replace them but then figured why bother when I have the tools to make them myself.

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