Most of the times servicing an used watch is not an easy task. You can get a dirty movement with a worn out parts, bended and rusted small pieces that are hard, next to impossible to restore or source. It can be a nightmare because a lot of times the watchmaker needs to evaluate the risks and choose the most safe way even though the result will be far from perfect. But, when we are dealing with NOS (new old stock) watches the situation is way different. In a good way, of course!
Here we have two new watches even though they were made about 50 years ago.
- Citizen Shine – read about it HERE.
- Citizen Alarm disk – read about it HERE.
After stripping down the movements they were cleaned, oiled and reassembled. No new pars needed, no, polish needed, there was no rust, no accidents along the way. This is the best you can get both as a collector and as a watchmaker.
Bottom line, and my advice to you when getting a Vintage Citizen Watch is trying to get one in the best condition you can, it will save a lot of money, time and stress along the way. 😉
This was not an easy project!
The story started with receiving the watch with the main complain being the fact that the crown fell off and the quick date change was not working. I received the watch and upon examination realized that the crown was not original and it didn’t fit the case space the way it should. Also the movement needed cleaning and a lot of repair. So… the watch got to the watchmaker and got completely stripped out.
So far the next problems were found – (and the solutions):
- incorrect, over polished case – (re-polished to original specifications, difficult to restore the shape of the case and not to erase the caseback engraving, where only minor polishing was done)
- wrong size of the aftermarket crown – (resetting and adjusting, no original part available)
- bad rubber seal of the case back – (changed)
- bended start/stop pusher – (kept like this due to high risk of breakage)
- broken lever of the start/stop mechanism – (changed with original part from donor movement)
- dirty movement – (fully stripped, cleaned, lubricated and regulated to +3 s/d)
- badly bended minute chrono needle tube – (high risk of breakage, kept like this, no spot on resseting)
- aged dial – (kept like this due to its originality)
We are happy with the final result. Well… not a new watch but all the complains were solved the best they could. Like most of the times, when restoring such an old used watch, it is very difficult to find the best way to do it. You have to find the right balance, the “just enough”. Not to over do it. Don’t repaint the dial, don’t over polish the case, don’t change original parts with after market ones, don’t take useless risks and damage more and more trying to find perfection. You will never get perfection, aim for it but don’t destroy the watch looking for it.
As Buddha said: “If you tighten the string too much, it will snap, and if you leave it too slack, it won’t play. Find the middle way!” 🙂
read more about this model HERE