Category: Watchmaking (page 1 of 7)

Service: Roamer MST 372 Shock Resist

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.

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Service: Liban Art Deco AS 1200

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.

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Service: Buren Grand Prix cal. 410

I’ve had this Buren Grand Prix for a while. I think I bought it at an auction once to service and wear it.

It has a Buren 410 movement.

I like the weathered dial and the blued hands are a nice touch as well. Although I don’t often wear it, I decided to service it anyway.

Buren is one of those brands that are still under the radar and undervalued.

I’m sure that will end when people realize that they made quality watches with in-house movements. They mostly created dress watches with the occasional diver and chronograph. They were also one of the 12 manufacturers of the “Dirty Dozen“.

Of course, Buren will always be most famous for the Micro-rotor movement they created.

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Service: Roamer Cushion MST 264

This Roamer cushion model was in need of a service. It did run for a little while but it almost immediately stopped again.

The owner sprayed it with WD40. I already scolded him and he did apologize for this horrendous act 😉

Seriously, that is not a good idea. WD40 attracts dirt and dust, it clogs bearing jewels and it makes the windings of the hairspring stick together. Sticking hairspring windings will cause the watch to run erratically and much too fast, like severe magnetism.

The movement is an MST 264. This is one of the bigger movements with 12 ligne.

Looking at the (lack of) shock protection, this is an earlier model. Circa late 1920s or early 1930s.

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Service: Medical Chronometer Zaria 2009B

I received this watch to take a look at because it sometimes stopped without any obvious reason.

This is a watch that is designed to look older than it actually is. The appearance of an enamel dial ( in this case, it’s painted metal ), the red logo and the red 12 marker are design elements from the 20s and 30s “trench watches”.

This is a 1970s watch with a Russian Zaria 2009B movement. A hand winder with 21 jewels. It’s quite small ( 8.75 Ligne) for a newer movement.

After inspection, I noticed that the movement was dirty and that the bearing jewels had run dry.

Time for a good cleaning and fresh lubrication.

I also polished the crystal while the parts were being cleaned in the machine.

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