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.
Magnetic fields are an issue known all too well to watch aficionados. They make quartz movements go haywire. They cause the hairspring of a mechanical movement to stick to itself, causing the watch to run fast beyond measure. Even in the 19th century, great manufacturers like Patek Philippe tried to use hairsprings made of metals less susceptible to magnetism and experimented with various alloys. But here, we’re talking about high-end manufacturers. And what about the affordable brands?
Well, that’s where it gets interesting.