This is the first time that I had a Helicon on the bench. It’s a Helicon Digital jump hour with a Förster 201 movement under the hood. These funky jump hour watches are typical of the 1970s.
Helicon Digital jump hour watch as it arrived
The case is in a bad condition. The base metal is visible underneath the chrome as you can see. The only solution would be to get it re-chromed. The crystal was scratched and needed to be polished.
The watch was running slow and it had an amplitude of <200 so it needed a service.
This time a nice Moeris watch. Moeris is a respectable Swiss brand from around the turn of the 19th century. Tissot bought and absorbed them around 1970. The movement is an in-house Moeris 10 1/2 D. A hand winding movement with 17 jewels. This particular one has an Incabloc anti-shock system. I’d date this watch to be from the 50s.
The watch didn’t run at all. Most of the times that’s a bad omen. It shows that there likely is some serious damage somewhere in the gear train or the escapement. The most common causes are tangled hairsprings and broken balance staffs. Anyway… on with disassembling.
This time a Pierce Vitaflex on the bench. A service wasn’t immediately necessary but the amplitude was a bit on the low side and the movement appeared to be dirty. A service never hurts so I decided to go ahead with it. The most obvious thing is, of course, the fact that the hands had no lume left at all. They needed to be filled anew.
I’ve seen some Pierce watches with ETA movements but this one has an in-house movement, the Pierce 105. It’s a hand winder with 17 jewels and this particular one has an Incabloc shock protection. I’d date this Pierce Vitaflex to be from the late 1950s.
It’s time for another Pontiac on WahaWatches. This time it’s a Pontiac Palmares. This is a gold plated model and the diameter is 34.5 mm without the crown. The watch didn’t keep time and the crystal needed to be replaced.
The movement is a Peseux 320. A hand winding movement with 17 jewels. This particular one has a fixed stud holder so I’d date this watch to be from the late 1950s.
This time a Tissot Antimagnetique on the bench. It’s rather large for a vintage, 35.5 mm without the crown. It did run but it didn’t keep time and the amplitude was very low. It needed a new crystal as well and the hands were in a sorry state.
The minute hand had lost some lume in the tip and the hour hand had lost almost all the lume. Normally, I like to stay away from the dial and the hands. In this case, though, the hands had lost too much lume in my opinion and I preferred to re-lume them. The owner agreed with me.
The movement is a Tissot 27-1T. The serial number is 2640999 which places it in 1952. If you like to know how to date your watch too, click here.