I posted a teaser for this watch, at the end of another thread here https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/mic...l#post26193074
In pretty good condition, lovely patina to the 36mm silver case - 1915 Hallmarks. Bought not running, on first inspection the roller was on the wrong side of lever horn, and the balance was locked up, but the staff etc. all fine. What was particularly interesting about it was that it has a sprung front cover, with push button - just like a demi hunter or full hunter (see other thread) - yet has clearly never had any metal cover, the bezel is clearly as it left the factory. Why? I don't know. I guess one can only say it was early days and they were still working out what was needed in a wrist watch. Maybe they were using up stock bought in for a lever set movement - this one is a 13''' FHF stem set movement. Too early and too delicate for a blind man's watch I would think, and radium is hardly required in such a case.
Movement is a early FHF 13 ligne, signed under the barrel bridge.
Main issue is this is early enough to have a fixed hairspring stud (no screw) so removing the balance (to service the top jewel) means unpinning the hairspring, or like I do, going in through the coils to remove and replace the two cap screws - perhaps there is a better way to do this, but I don't know of it. Pain!
Anyway, not going to show the movement re-assembly (camera battery flat) - but here is the cleaned movement.
Now, here is the big let down, I loved the colour of the radium on the dial and hands, as you can see in the before photo it is very attractive, and I did say in a prior thread I keep it if I can, but I couldn't. Actually about 1/2 the numerals had been redone at some point, and when I looked at the dial, the paint was simply too fragile, indeed, it came off with the lightest touch of rodico. Now, why not just repair the damage - well with the flaky radium, and the push button opening bezel, I decided it was too much of a hazard. Had it been a sealed bezel, I would have considered it. Anyway, here are the dial and hands after reluming, actually I also needed to re-blue the hour hand (my first ever go at bluing hands).
Fitting hands to movement.
Fitted, and new second hand. That opening cover
The lovely burnished silver case, just cleaned.
Not terrible for a 101 year old watch
On a genuine WWI leather strap (borrowed from my Marvin of the same year)
You know, I do rather like this one.