A BUILT! Lemania 3100, here it is!!!

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    A BUILT! Lemania 3100, here it is!!!

    Dears,
    At the moment I am doing a late 40's early 50's Lemania 3100 calliber, a very fine NOS Lemania watch, for private stock purpose.
    As in other sub-forums quite often you see tear downs etc, here I don't see them.........
    Would you all like a pictural built with new balance staff being mounted (sorry no pics of that one, done that one today) and regulating hairspring / off beat etc etc etc???
    It takes quite some time to do it so, if there is no question for it I just don't do it.
    But If you would like to see a lemania 3100 built I will do it with pleasure.
    taking pictures and writing takes about 3/4 hours more of the work.
    And we all know: time is money HAHAHA

    let me know, and I post a fine lemania 3100 built.
    post will be around friday, If I find time to write.

    regards,
    RJ van Melle.
    Last edited by rmelle; April 1st, 2010 at 23:06.

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    Re: A BUILT! Lemania 3100, just a question...

    Hi -

    I'd love it!

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    Re: A BUILT! Lemania 3100, just a question...

    i agree. that would be wonderful!

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    Re: A BUILT! Lemania 3100, just a question...

    Yup, I'd like to see that too........but only if you have the time??

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    Re: A BUILT! Lemania 3100, just a question...

    That will be excellent, I look forward to it.

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    Re: A BUILT! Lemania 3100, here it is!!!

    First I begin with the story of the watch:
    I got it from a Jeweler who retired in 2006. His Father started the firm around 1890. in the late 40's early 50's the Father had a stagiare (student in his final practical term of watchmaking school in Schoonhoven)
    This Lemania was then brand new and quite expensive.
    Anyway: it was dropped on the floor and the balance staff broke.
    The stagiare had to repair the watch so it could be sold anyway, it WAS money we are talking about. The Stagaire messed up the work, you will see why. A balance staff is almost always a tiny little bit too long, you must shorten it, the stagiare was lazy, and just centered the mainplate under the balancebridge and even under the jewelcap plate on the mainplate. The watch could not be sold anymore, the Father Angry and the watch ended brand new but damaged in a drawer. By the way the Stagiare failed his final exams and never became a watchmaker.........
    Over the years the radium faded, crumbled, leaving even the time as it was for almost 50 years on the dial, the radium discoulered the dial, I LIKE IT!!! You still, fainted away, see the time it was when the watch ended in the drawer.
    There it stayed till 2006, when I got almost all the stock of this jeweler and tools etc etc etc, about 6 wooden crates full of antique stuff.
    The balace was broken again.
    Sorry no pictures of that one, only of the regulating off beat of the hairspring, also nice if you never saw that one before. now we have it easy going, back then you must do it by hand, turning the hairspring on the balance, you will see it how that is done.
    pictures, here they come:
    mainplate:

    mainplate with lever mounted to go regulating off beat:

    lever with balance, you can see the off beat clearly:

    again:

    again:

    off beat without balancebridge:

    The world famous Bergeon tool to adjust off beat the antique way:

    the regulating, sorry bad picture: one hand camera, one hand the tool with a balance staff under it!!!!! O well the wood is sharp HAHAHA:

    I hope you see how it works, if not ask me.
    After being sure the lever stands in the middle of the leverpinns I put the gear train in:

    I like this one:

    again:

    nice quality huh? :

    When really mounting topplate: always take lever OUT!:

    up close:

    The barrel, I took a risk here: original spring, I just like the idea of that one..... ORIGINAL yeah cool baby :

    in place:

    Lemania at her/his/its ??? best:

    again: Do you notice the polished edges? cool huh!

    all mounted:

    Now THIS is a crown wheel:

    when everything comes together again:

    balance bridge with nice fresh clean oil, do you notice the centerpunches?

    balance completed:

    INSTANT RUNNING YEAH BABY I LIKE YOU!!!! :

    again:

    and again:

    and again:

    It is just a small pocket watch:

    finaly one more just to enjoy:

    dial side, OK, OK, I know a bit too much oil on the barrel :

    when it is almost together again:

    Do you see what I meant by "resting in time" :

    now this a good close dial fitt, ETA can learn here HAHAHA:

    again:

    and one I like, sponsering Bergeon? :

    almost, almost, a little more patience folks:

    The eagle has landed.... :

    with no glass:

    Now THAT are lugs:

    again:

    again:

    getting bored? O well again:

    NEW:

    finally glass in place:

    again:

    With this one I will leave you:
    Take care That this IS a new watch. One more notice: It is a STAINLESS STEAL CASE!!! the case is as I found it, the brushing/polishing everything is as it was when it was new and ended up broken by a stagiare, who didn't become a watchmker back in the late 40's early 50's, and now proudly is ticking again.
    It is as if the watch is thanking me for the energy involved.
    one more note: The watch still had its original pushpinns!! one more fine little detail...
    I hope you all enjoyed!
    Note: coments on improving my techniques welcome...


    Regards,
    RJ van Melle.
    Last edited by rmelle; April 2nd, 2010 at 00:52. Reason: spelling...

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    Re: A BUILT! Lemania 3100, here it is!!!

    Way too cool! Many thanks for taking the time to share it with us.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: A BUILT! Lemania 3100, here it is!!!

    In the Spanish culture of bullfighting , there is a way to acknowledge an exceptional work (faena)

    Torero, Torero!!!





    :thanks Mr van Melle for sharing


    Kingmatic from Mexico City

    PS I must say I do not endorse the bullfighting fiesta. !!!

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    Re: A BUILT! Lemania 3100, here it is!!!

    Thanks for posting this, I enjoyed it!
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    Re: A BUILT! Lemania 3100, here it is!!!

    Thanks for that RMelle, I know the effort required to produce that and
    I know it took you a lot longer than your estimated extra 3/4 hour, great post.

    You say a replacement staff is almost always to long in the critical 'A' measurement,
    the length. I've never had that problem but often have to reduce the roller arbor
    diameter and sometimes the balance arbor diameter on non genuine parts such
    as a Ronda staff. Who is the maker of these staffs where the length needs reducing?
    please let me know so's I can avoid them like the plague.

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