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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Mathey 6s Cylinder escapement pocket watch

Mathey 6s Cylinder escapement pocket watch

Normally cylinder escapements are put on the back burner since I don’t have the staking punches necessary to change the plugs but this one just kept getting better the more I looked at it. It’s a 10 jewel which is mid to high on the scale for these movements. The (Swiss .935)  silver case was the first thing that caught my eye and the condition was excellent so I stuck around for bidding.

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