This is a nice Roamer dress watch with an MST 372 movement. This movement was produced with several types of shock protection systems. This one has Shock-Resist and that places the watch in the mid to late 1940s.
It has a US import code on the balance cock; FXU. That means that this watch was imported to the USA from Switzerland and was therefore intended for the US market.
FXU has Roamer and Meyer & Stüdeli listed so the movement is correct (at least the balance cock is).
The movement ran very erratically and setting the time was rough.
When I removed the hands, I found out why the Timegrapher showed me a snowstorm on the screen. The hour hand and the minute hand actually stuck together because of severe magnetism.
I used my Elma Antimag to demagnetize the hands and I demagnetized the trays with parts before I put them in the watch cleaning machine.
Let’s face it, the vintage watch market is flooded by overhyped and overpriced watches, but what about the ones that offer a lot of watch for fairly little money?
Let’s have a look at some of them.
If your reaction is like “Whaat? Speedmaster below Wostok?”, you need not worry. This list is not a ranking. Just a list of suggestions.
There’s something for everyone on it.
- Bulova and Elgin
- Poljot De Luxe
- Wostok Amfibia
- Roamer and Medana
- Omega Speedmaster Mark II
- Anything with a Landeron 48 (or a derivative of it)
- Anything Seiko
- 1940s-1950s Eterna hand-winders
Collecting vintage watches is a fantastic hobby, but during the last few years, the raging hype leaves less and less for the average collector.
Many of these watches are – against the claims of some – not rare, nor are they anything special in terms of the movement and other technical features.
Let’s look at some of them.
- Rolex Daytona
- Universal Geneve Compax (all versions)
- Enicar Sherpa-Graph
- Omega Speedmaster 105.012 and 145.012 “Pre-Moon”
- Wittnauer (most of them)
- Various vintage divers or diver-style watches
- 20th-century Breguets (including the Type XX)
- 1960s Movado and Mondia
- Tudor Submariner
- Cartier Tank
Sooner or later you’ll come across a watch that has a broken watch stem because it’s one of those parts that often break.
Or perhaps you want to replace a worn crown or upgrade it for an original crown and the length of the old stem isn’t right.
With this guide, you can easily replace the winding stem yourself.
Before you begin
If you don’t have a healthy stock of spare stems, you’ll need to order a new one.
To be able to do so, you need to identify the movement.
If you know what movement it is, you can buy a new stem on Cousins UK or Windingstems.com.
You can also use a Ronda catalogue to order a new stem. If you don’t know the brand and caliber, you can even use the Ronda catalogue to identify the stem with the dimensions of the square part and other dimensions.
Liban is not that well known but this is probably the fourth I repaired. All of them were Art Deco style watches or smaller dress watches.
This one did run but only intermittently. The movement is the AS 1200.
The winding stem was also too short so the crown couldn’t be pushed back in enough.
As a result, the watch was always in the time setting mode unless you pushed the crown and turned it at the same time.
The movement is heavily tarnished and discoloured. I don’t know what would’ve caused this. It’s mainly focussed around pivot holes, bearing jewels and around the edge of the plate.
Perhaps someone cleaned it with the wrong kind of cleaning solution.