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    Chilex from the 1950's

    In the packet with yesterday's Ultra Prestige was a Chilex from P. Chil (ets Chil), Paris 3e .



    With a similar Bagobloc back as the Ultra,



    It runs the same movement as in my Sossine, which was identified courtesy of Mirius and his Mirus, as a Femga 520, rather different from the one shown by Roland on his great Ranfft resource.



    I figured that that crystal would likely need replacing, which, even if it had polished up nicely, would have had to be changed anyway as it has turned a little cloudy in places.







    But the watch is slightly more problematic than just a simple crystal change, as you can see from the photos the stem is slightly too long, and the crown, which is probably original, is well worn, making it rather more difficult to wind and set than it should be.

    I can find a replacement winding stem easily enough, so the next thing is to find a similar crown, which, hopefully, I'll have time to look for next week. So nothing too difficult for my very rudimental skills.

    Once it's done it should be a nice looking older relative to my other Chilex.
    John
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    Re: Chilex from the 1950's

    Another nice one John. You could try improving the grip on the crown with a fine file - maybe.
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    Re: Chilex from the 1950's

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Another nice one John. You could try improving the grip on the crown with a fine file - maybe.
    Thanks for the idea, I may try that if I have problems sourcing a suitable crown. I've seen ads for packs of vintage crowns sold by weight, but getting a few hundred of them to sort through seems a bit like overkill when I only want one. I'll have a look at places like Cousins, when I have time to battle through their website that is
    John
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    Re: Chilex from the 1950's

    congrats John and good luck with the work, hope you find the parts

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    Re: Chilex from the 1950's

    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    congrats John and good luck with the work, hope you find the parts
    Thanks Joe,

    Luckily although it's a bit fiddly I can set and wind it using fingernails, and then, happily for me, it runs just fine. So, until I've got all the bits together it's wearable and usable.
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    Re: Chilex from the 1950's

    If you cant find a new crown you can always resort to a winder, the ones like a big spring loaded pin vice.

    Most of them are in the $ to $15 range.

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    Re: Chilex from the 1950's

    Quote Originally Posted by JimInOz View Post
    If you cant find a new crown you can always resort to a winder, the ones like a big spring loaded pin vice.

    Most of them are in the $ to $15 range.
    Thanks for the idea Jim, I'm searching for a donor case for a watch of the same period at the moment, so the ideal would be to find a donor with a dead movement but with a decent crown. About as much chance as winning the lottery I know, but I still dream!
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