A friend of mine recently picked up a nice 1938 Universal Geneve Compur. It looked great in the seller photos, intact, etc. But it arrived with the chrono sweep hand dislocated. He gave it to me to reset the hand but on closer inspection once I had it in hand, the hand was actually broken, the tube was gone.
I’ve only looked for the pieces at a fairly superficial level, in the case front and case back. Not there.
So I wonder, has anyone experienced such a total disappearance and dislocation of a hand in transit like this? I get it, it’s old. But the hand tube not only broke but the tube become un-riveted from the hand too. It just seems like a lot of force to be required for such a break.
FWIW the watch was very well packaged in quite a bit of bubble wrap and rigid box.
Well, I’m in over my head (I’ve let him know as such). I am not at a skill level to repair a vintage chrono hand like this if I did find the tube somewhere in the movement. So rather than dig around to find it then send it to someone I suggested he send it to someone.
can anyone recommend a watchmaker in the Seattle, WA, USA area that might be appropriate for this kind of job?
I’d really like to hear your feedback on the experience of such a damage and who could help repair.