A very good client wanted to buy this spectacular Alpina from my project box. All it needs is a service.
The movement looks pristine. The lead casket let’s me know it’s been a long time since someone looked at it last!
Some dirt, but overall everything looks very good.
I have cleaned the movement and I start by fitting the cap jewels. I see that the balance moves freely before continuing.
I fit the old mainspring after cleaning and oiling it.
Gear train back in the movement looking good.
Movement coming together nicely. I find the 592 has a perfect balance of decoration.
Setting/winding mechanism back in place.
The movement is once again ticking.
Too much power! New oils have less resistance than the old whale oil.
I find a new mainspring that is a little weaker than the original.
New mainspring goes into the barrel.
That’s more like it!
The hands and dial go back onto the movement.
Movement goes back into the case looking spectacular.
The movement also has a dust cover. Alpina used dust covers on a lot of there screw down cases from this time period.
Borgel Patented case.
Now that’s like a tuxedo for your wrist!
Being put back together I realised it would be hard to see this one go.. Lucky for me the potential buyer was also eyeing out another watch I had and was willing to swap it for that one. So it’s now in my small permanent collection.