I bought this Roamer on eBay to restore. I don’t do that as much as I used to but I still like to have a project watch to work on every now and then.
Like most Roamer watches, it has an in-house movement. This particular watch is powered by the MST 414 which has a micro regulator so it can be regulated very accurately.
The movement, the ‘R-logo’, and the fact that the case back has the Swiss cross and 4 patent numbers indicate that the watch is from 1966.
If you look closely, you’ll also see “Pm” just right of the number 6 on the chapter ring. That stands for Promethium, a lume that they used in the 1960s after they stopped using Radium and before they started using Tritium.
The winding of the crown was difficult and the crystal was damaged. The watch did run but it needed to be serviced and regulated.
Anthony L. is a Swiss, Rolex, Breitling, Omega, and Jaeger Le-Coultre trained watchmaker and instructor who started working in the watch business at a very young age.
He started the No BS Watchmaker website to share his knowledge and recently, he wrote a book (100% free of BS) aimed at aspiring watchmakers, collectors, and salespeople.
Teun van Heerebeek is a Dutch designer and artist. He’s also a watch lover and in 2015, he decided to combine his two interests: watches and art.
You might have seen his work on Fratello Watches because he’s responsible for the Watches and Pencils series. In this series, Teun often uses humor to create illustrations in a cartoonish way that are familiar to watch geeks.
In 2017, he also launched his very own website and he’s quite active on Instagram.
Wishing you a healthy, happy, and spectacular New Year!
It’s a wrap on 2017 and I’m looking forward to being a part of your 2018 watch adventures.
2017 has been an interesting year. Although I’m more a vintage guy and a fan of mechanical watches, I bought 3 contemporary watches including a quartz watch. Well, technically the Undone has a MechaQuartz movement, the Seiko VK61A.
I didn’t buy a single vintage piece except for a Vostok Amphibia and a Roamer with an MST 414 movement that I intend to restore and eventually sell.
This is an overview of the watches I bought and sold in 2017 and my plans for coming year.
Once you’ve wound your watch you need to set the time and possibly the date.
You don’t have to be a genius but there are some things that you need to keep in mind, especially when setting the date.
Never set the time while wearing the watch. Remove your watch from your wrist and hold it in one hand so you can set the time with the other.