Service Alpina Calibre: 598

IMG_4732Another Alpina in need of a service, this time it is a calibre 598. The 598 is a modified version of 592 that features a central second hand. 

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At first look the movement looks very good.

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The black dial has turned brown with age. It actually looks very nice.

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Instead of fitting a regular crystal, someone went through the trouble to glue a tension ring crystal in place.

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I have removed the hands and dial.

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The balance removed. I like how they use a proper cock to hold the central second pinion in place.

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No wonder this watch was not running, the central second pinion was completely covered with gunk.

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The main place has excessive oil all over it.

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All the jewel holes are filled with solidified oil and needs to be cleaned out using pegwood.

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The old mainspring.

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I decide to replace the crumbling luminous compound.

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All the parts have been cleaned and are ready to be put back together.

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I see that the movement moves freely, after putting the cap jewels back in place.

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New mainspring in the barrel.

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The gear train looking nice and clean.

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Setting/winding mechanism almost back together.

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Movement back together and ticking again!

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Watch is preforming well.

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Movement is ready for dial and hands.

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Dial and hands back in palace. The patina reminds me of the milky way:)

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Movement back in the case.

 

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It is hard to capture the texture of the dial, but it looks very cool!

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Photos do not do this watch justice!;)

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