promised a while back to post this Landeron 47 after I was finished. Well, its been done for a little while and I've almost finished the next one - so here it is.
This was the ebay photo, the thing that set it apart from others was the rare(ish) spherical pushers. I've wanted one with these for some time. Mismatched hands, funny non original bezel (it covered the outer red telemeter ring), and no back - but was a reasonable price. It is one of the first with all of the original movement parts from the 47 - it is also only 7 jewels!
Well, when you buy a watch without a back - you always know its not going to be great, and this watch lived up to those expectations unfortunately - the vendor's photo did not show how bad it was.
As this is a 47 - with all of the early original parts - I had to work with what I had. I hand refinished essentially all of the chronograph works and saved everything - nothing was replaced. The coupling clutch was the most challenging, but you cannot easily find these early ones. You can still see some minor effects on parts such as the chronograph driving wheel, but this watch is 80 years old and the first model cam switched chronograph - so it is worth saving in its original form.
Here is the finished movement (edit - well I just noticed I don't have a photo with the driving wheel fitted - you will need to use your imagination - it goes on the 4th wheel pivot and conveniently covers up a little of the pitting on the plate Actually since this photo I also refinished all of the screw heads, oh well, never mind). Notice the jewel in the coupling clutch? Well, that is included in the count of 7 jewels, so the bottom balance cap is unjeweled, this was pretty common in the 1930s and earlier - so it is very period consistent.
It is now running quite well, I have since regulated it after letting it settle in.
And here it is on the wrist. It needed quite a bit of case work:
- I needed to fit another period bezel and donor back (required lathe work),
- plus find and fit the correct pusher crown.
- I also needed to fit some new hour and minute hands, and chose these blued leaf hands (which needed fitting).
- I also fitted a replacement chronograph hand, although this is a later model, without the lovely long counterweight that would have been original. I will find one at some point.
- The minute counter and sub-second hands are the ones that came with the watch.
- New period strap.
It is nice to bring this one back to life, and I have worn it quite a bit over the last 2 months.