A Michel 221 full hunter early WW1 period
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    A Michel 221 full hunter early WW1 period

    1913-1915 ish Calibre AM 221 in a full hunter nickel case. 9 glorious jewels, only to the visible side.

    This is no vintage, it is an antique.

    As found on the bay, blurry photo hides large crack in the dial (I can't see how without photoshop) and no crystal, minute hand and odd seconds hand. Overall though in good condition albeit running extraordinarily badly, but it was running. With a nice period strap. No movement photo, so roll the dice.

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    I didn't take a better before photo, but it was really not bad. Anyway, movement prior to attention, note the early setting works and cannon pinion arrangement, so although the case is undated, this is quite an early one. The setting works at least changed by 1915, from dated examples I have seen. Not surprised, its a bit unpleasant feeling.



    Other side, as it came.



    Out of the cleaning machine and a little re-assembly...



    Chipped pallet, so size from a random selection, and



    Shellac it in, using a tool almost as old as the watch...



    Running, oh right, I needed to replace the stripped barrel arbour, which is why the ratchet wheel isn't as nice (it didn't fit the replacement).



    Dial side (focus!)



    On the wrist



    Pop! Replacement dial, minute and second hand and new glass crystal. Relumed hands in an attempt at matching the antique lume on the dial.



    The sun is setting, the cicadas are singing and a nice summer evening draws to a close. Time for beer?



    I don't believe in polishing watches, just cleaning - it is how it is.
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    Re: A Michel 221 full hunter early WW1 period

    That is just how it should be done in my view, totally minimal yet sympathetic restoration.
    Thanks for posting a very interesting watch, great work.

    Cheers, Bob.
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    Re: A Michel 221 full hunter early WW1 period

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbee View Post
    That is just how it should be done in my view, totally minimal yet sympathetic restoration.
    Thanks Bob, one should do what one can to preserve the historical presence. I'm in two minds about radium removal, some people remove it as a matter of course, which I understand, I tend to keep it unless it is falling off.

    Actually this watch case is a terrible design in some respects. The others I have, have the hinge over the top strap loop, which means they open vertically, whereas this one opens on the diagonal. Pros of this design are that it is easier to push the release, and a better viewing angle. The big negative is that it is incredibly difficult to set the time, as the open lid is in the way. Not a little bit in the way, but completely in the way.
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    Re: A Michel 221 full hunter early WW1 period

    Beautiful watch trim, very nice and clean restoration.
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    Re: A Michel 221 full hunter early WW1 period

    Quote Originally Posted by JOSE G View Post
    Beautiful watch trim, very nice and clean restoration.
    Thanks Jose, I've just done the hands again, I think I got a better colour match this time.

    Anyway, I have worn it all day, and what a pleasure it has been, it is a good size at over 35mm - and it wears well.



    So, I guess it is time to start working on the next one, a 1915 silver cased FHF 13''' and what a lovely colour it is too

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