This watch was issued to the German army during WW2 and it looks to have been assaulted by various watchmakers since then… There are a few parts missing, but it’s mostly complete and I think it deserves a second chance.
There are quite a few parts missing.
This civilian version will provide any missing parts.
I take apart the few parts that are still on the base movement
I inspect the parts from the original movement.
The hairspring has been mangled, but rather than use the donor balance I will try and rescue this one.
After a bit of work under the microscope this hairspring is looking much better.
I scavenge the parts I need from the donor movement.
I also have a NOS winding stem in my parts box.
I clean the movement.
I fit a NOS mainspring.
Here you can see the clean gear train layout.
Movement back together and running.
I’m happy with the performance.
Here you can see the final stage before fitting the dial when I notice there is a rusty broken dial screw stuck in the dial hole….
Only thing to do is to take everything apart.
I place the base plate in Alum water solution that will corrode the rusty screw to dust.
I put the movement back together. I have applied some new luminous compound to the dial and hands.
Movement goes back into the case and looks great. The ratchet wheel is from the donor movement and was originally not signed. Other than that, everything is correct.
Here you can see the military owners mark.
Now that looks much better than a bunch of parts.
I really like the patina on this watch.