This is my newest catch - another watch made in Glashuette, this time in the post World War I period.
Silver cased watch with enamel, double pressed dial.
S/N 202759 both on movement and case.
Case is simple, plain, with hinge back and bezel...
...and it's also marked with maker's trademark.
The movement is DPUG kal 43 type 2, open face:
As I bought it, it had a broken mainspring, would wind, but not set and the hairspring was badly tilted.
The hairspring is likely non original (or had been badly damaged once, but the pieces I've found in the web had blue hairspirings...).
I've disassembled the watch for cleaning and oiling:
I could not remove the crown wheel.
Like in the Assmann watch I've shown, it's a two piece crown wheel screwed down together, but the screw is jammed for good.
Of course, probably with enough force this could be taken apart, but there are two problems.
First - excessive force might cause damage itself and second - I've no idea if it's right or left thread!
So I left it on the plate.
The other damage I've found in the movement was:
- repaired setting mechanism with non original clutch lever spring held down by a hand made piece of metal
- broken jewel setting screw:
This was bad. I've tried to unscrew it, but it was no use - there was no way to hold the screw tight.
So I just punched it out and re-threaded the setting. Piece of cake ;)
Like I said - this Glashuette was made in 1920s, and the movement, even though it looks very similar to the previous ones, had undergone some serious design modifications.
A 'full' pillar plate, with no train and barrel bridges, is one.
The remontoir is also different.
Less parts, simpler design:
I managed to re-shape the clutch lever spring so that it does not need the metal plate to secure it. Why? Well - the metal plate would impair the action of the clutch lever and that's why the watch would not set.
The winding stem is secured with e metal bar screwed down from the other side.
There is an additional ring on the stem, but I think that must have been necessary to ensure proper winding pinion action, so I left it be without question.
With the setting mechanism ready it's time to assemble the gear train.
I found a replacement mainspring and went on.
There is a cut in the topl plate and a screw-down escape wheel bearing, so you can assemble the gear train first, then place the escape wheel and then the bearing. However, I had no trouble assembling it all at once, not removing the jewel.
The ratchet wheel has a small screw down ring to secure it on the arbor. There is a cut in the ring, so when you turn it - it will secure or release the wheel.
Right lower corner shows the completed dial side of the movement. Simple - very simple in fact.
Getting on - the escapement. Like the whole movement, Glashuette's lever escapement has also evolved through years.
The main difference is that the steel, Swiss style pallet fork. The way pallets are mounted has changed and the single banking pin disappeared from the fork as well.
Instead, there are banking screws on the pillar plate.
One distinctive part of Glashuette's escapement is still here, though, and this would be the roller mounted in the balance arm.
The balance is still bi-metallic cut one, with Breguet overcoil hairspring.
The hairspring is likely non original and it's bent and tilted.
I've worked on it and the results are good enough for now. It's still tilted, but better (believe me - it was worse!!!) and it works fine, not touching anything.
You'll also notice that the stud has changed (compared to earlier design) - now there is a cut in the balance cock with a screw on it's side.
Before - there was this annoying screw-in-the-stud design.
The movement cased and running:
It's a lovely later Glashuette watch, all original and operational.
Also very good looking, maintained in a not bad condition.
Of course - this time I'm fully satisfied with my buy (not like in case of the Assmann I've mentioned). Great addition to my collection, no doubt!