Another 6217-8001 is featured today, I can’t resist them! This example was purchased new in 1966 by the current owners father who was then a seafaring man and a bit of a character by all accounts.
I’ll let the owner fill you in with some of the details about where the watch has been and what it’s been through on the wrist of his father, if any watch deserves a second wind I think this one does!
The watch arrived looking a little tired, which regarding the exploits it’s been through is hardly surprising! The immediately noticeable issue was the original crown had been replaced with an incorrect one, the hands were stuck, the watch didn’t tick and the turning the crown had no effect on setting the time or date. It did have the basis of a good original watch though, the lume was all present and not particularly stained, although there was quite a bit of scale and corrosion on the chromed lume wells. As everything with regards to the dial was present and in reasonable condition and the lume hadn’t turned black it was more a case of conservation than restoration.
The caseback is very well preserved with no gouging and displays a production date of May 1966. Casebacks from 1965 and 66 tend to wear quite heavily so to see a good one is always nice.
With the caseback removed all the parts appear to be still there, however there’s a little more corrosion than I’d like to see, especially around some of the screws. Another problem is the rotor won’t turn at all.
A bit clearer with the rotor removed. The corrosion would have started when the crown was replaced as there was no sealing between it and the case, I presume it was replaced after his seafaring career!
Looking at the dial side you can see the peculiar scale that has formed on the lume surrounds, and the actual lume in places. I’ve seen this quite a number of times on 62mas dials and handsets, it can be addressed by carefully picking it off with a sharpened piece of pegwood, in some places a blade is needed to remove it. Needless to say it’s very delicate work that I don’t enjoy!
You can see I’ve picked clean the four and five well frames in this shot.
Four around to nine done here.
All the frames done in this shot, the dial and frames just need a polish now.
The hands picked clean of corrosion, again just in need of a polish. The hands are the worst to clean as the lume is only held at the edges and 50 year old lume doesn’t take much persuasion to crack and fall out!
What you don’t want to see in between the canon pinion and the hour wheel, rust….
With the dial removed more corrosion is apparent.
And with the top plate removed the jumper post is so corroded the date jumper is stuck in position, however the date wheel has survived remarkably well.
After much persuasion the canon pinion and hour wheel come out fused together.
After a bit of wrangling they come apart, it doesn’t take much corrosion to cause a lot of problems with watches.
The calendar side fully stripped, fortunately non of the screws sheared off although it was a close run thing with one or two of them.
On the motion work side the autowind bridge had a mixture of screws holding it on.
And on the underside the transmission wheel is toast, too much corrosion on the pivot unfortunately.
What you don’t want to see on a balance staff, another part for the scrap pile!
The motion work bridge is a bit stained.
And look at the corrosion on the centre wheel!
With the barrel opened the arbor is stuck in the cap with corrosion.
The arbor is also too far gone to be salvaged.
The watch was finally dismantled without any broken screws thank goodness. Ready now for de-rusting, cleaning and inspection.
A search through my parts drawers locates a NOS balance assembly which I’ll use, I’ll re-staff the old balance when I have time. Also found was a good arbor, centre wheel, transmission wheel and screws.
After cleaning reassembly begins.
The train coming together here.
Ticking away nicely.
Motion work completed.
Before starting on the calendar side a NOS stem and crown was fished out of the parts drawer. You can see that not only was the old crown incorrect, so was the stem.
The keyless work was the next to be refitted, the set lever spring retaining screw gave up the ghost when tightened up, thank goodness for the parts drawer!
The calendar side ready for the top plate
The dial and handset refitted.
Attention now turned to the case which was stripped ready for a thorough cleaning.
After the ultrasonic bath had finished with them the parts were dried….
….then reassembled, it has a nice smooth action on the bezel once more.
The movement was recased and she was then finished, a fantastic survivor from the sixties with more than a few stories to tell I reckon.
A shot with the replaced components.
And another (final) shot of the beautiful caseback.