Category: Restoration (page 1 of 5)

Restoration: Orex dress watch Durowe 1032

This Orex found its way to my bench. It’s a German brand, registered in 1951 in Pforzheim. This watch suddenly stopped running while being worn and it wasn’t accurate.

The movement is a Durowe 1032. The dial says Duroswing but the movement has a Protax shock protection system. That’s odd and it would suggest that the movement has been swapped at one time.

I’d say this watch is from the late 50’s.

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Restoration: Tissot Antimagnetique cal. 27

Another Tissot Antimagnetique on WahaWatches. This one with the base caliber, the Tissot 27. The serial number is 2268680 and that dates this watch to 1949. One of the very last of this caliber to be made.

This Tissot needed a service because it was gaining time and the amplitude was (very ) low. It also needed the crown replaced. The minute hand had lost most of the lume and the hour hand was getting critical as well. With the approval of the owner, I relumed the hands.

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Restoration: Bulova Art Deco

Bulova is an American brand that we don’t see too often in Europe. The brand is probably best known for the Accutron, the electronic tuning fork watch of the 50s. In the 1930s and 1940s however, Bulova was known for rectangular gold-filled watches. They continued to produce similar models until the 1960s. This is a “21st Century” art deco style watch with a 10K rolled gold plated case. Vintage Bulova watches have a date code that you can use to date a model. The date code is L7 which dates this Bulova art deco to 1957.

The movement is the in-house Bulova 11AC. The watch didn’t run and the crystal was in a bad shape.

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Restoration: Omega 2416 with cal. 28SC

This Omega 2416 came in a batch of watches to look at. It didn’t run, it was dirty and the crystal was in a terrible shape.

The movement is an Omega 28SC. It has an indirect sweep second. The concept wasn’t that successful as it had a few problems. The second hand would often stutter as it’s not in the direct flow of power from the gear train. Also, it adds an extra layer to the movement, resulting in a thicker movement. This movement still lasted for 6 years, though. After the movement was relisted as the 370 they probably used it for another few years.

It’s possible to look up the serial number on the charts available on the internet. The charts tell you that this particular serial number is from 1943. However, several sources state that the 28SC is in production since 1944. It must be one of the very first ones then.

For more info, here is an article about how to date your watch and this is an article on how to authenticate an Omega.

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Restoration: Longines Dress Watch

This Longines dress watch came in for me to take a look at. It has a Longines 280 movement.

The serial number dates this watch to 1961. Click here for more information about how to date a watch.

Longines dress watch

The crystal is very scratched. The crown is worn and crooked and the stem is bent. Two of the lugs are bent as well

The watch did run but it didn’t keep time and it kept stopping. The lugs (2 of them) were bent. The winding stem was bent and the crown and the crystal were in a bad shape.

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