Service Revue Calibre 81

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I’m a fan of Revue and my favourite movement is calibre 81. This particular watch has seen better days, but it’s got potential and I think it deserves being put back together.

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Movement looks very good.

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The movement has a broken off case screw stuck in the main-plate.

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Here you can see the gear train with the bridge removed.

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Old mainspring.

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Movement cleaned and ready to be put back together.

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Wait a minute! I’m not able to get the broken off screw in a mechanical way. The solution is to dissolve the screw in Alum.

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Here we go, screw dissolved and main plate cleaned. Lets try and get the movement back together.

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Putting in the non shock protected balance is always a little more work. Notice how I had to remove the spring for the micro regulator.

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New mainspring.

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Movement coming back together without any problems.

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I do not like it when watchmakers punch marks under the balance cock. Watchmakers did this when a balance staff was either low (worn) or to high(wrong). In this case it serves no function and gives the balance too much play. I remove the marks and the balance sits just as it should.

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Setting/winding mechanism back in place.

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The dial has some patina, but looks very nice with it’s textured outer edge.

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Movement back in the restored case looking great!

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That micro regulator is a thing of beauty.

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Watch preforming very well.

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Now that is just my type of watch.

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The only downside at 38mm it is too large for my wrist…

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7 Responses to Service Revue Calibre 81

  1. Barry says:

    Hi Mitka.

    Just to confirm that she’s arrived safe and sound at my place and the photos do not do it justice.
    It much better in real life , just beautiful and a very worth while purchase.
    Well done.
    I am one very Happy Bunny.
    So thanks again and I’m sure I will be buying from you in the future.

    Like

  2. Brandon says:

    Love the blog!

    How long did you soak the plate in alum solution to dissolve the broken screw? And what exactly composes that solution?

    Like

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