Saving a family piece.

P1150410A customer has sent me his late grandfather’s Alprosa watch for repair, unfortunately the case back threads have corroded away and the case back is useless. I will see if we can find a donor case.

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I find a nice Stainless steel case from my parts bin.

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The case needs to be a little deeper on the inside to accommodate the new movement. So I do that on the lathe.

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After a little modification the movement fits.

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The movement is an Enicar calibre 410.

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Here you can see the gear train layout.

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Old mainspring that will be replaced.

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Movement has been cleaned and is ready to be put back together.

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Hmmm the regulator boot tip is broken.

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I manage to get the old one out without breaking the boot pin.

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I fit and rivet a new boot.

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I now fit the shock jewels and see that the balance moves freely.

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I fit a new mainspring.

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I start putting the movement together. The plating is a little stained, but we will live that.

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Movement back together and ticking.

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Can’t complain about that!

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We leave the dial and hands as they are.

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Movement goes into it’s new home.

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The new case also had it’s tension ring, keeping the movement in place.

Shame we could not save the old case, but now it can be used and enjoyed.

 

 

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