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    Roamer Restoration

    I spent yesterday restoring this mid 60s Roamer.

    It had a broken set bridge, missing crown and stem, and most importantly the seconds pinion was broken and second hand was missing. The dial and case were in great condition - but the crystal was so scratched up you could barely see through it. It looked horrible on eBay when I bought it (for not much).

    So far I have done 3 pocket watches, but this is my first complete restoration of a wrist watch (I have almost finished my Benrus CK2 cal, but that is currently sitting in time out until it behaves ).

    Movement was totally stripped, cleaned, oiled and replacement parts fitted. The movement is an MST414 and was an absolute pleasure to work on.



    Train assembled.



    Barrel & lever.



    Barrel bridge and click.



    Ready for motion work and setting mechanisms



    Bits...



    Finished (well almost, incabloc spring still needs to be clipped back in). Micro regulator on these is very nice .



    New strap.




    Crystal was worth a long time with sandpaper and brasso, as it is an original Roamer signed crystal - which are no longer available. I know the second hand is the wrong colour, but it will have to wait until my pen plater arrives.



    Mmmmmm, I have an unnatural love for chapter rings



    Running.

    YouTube - MVI 3535

    It is a good size at 35mm (without crown). I am pretty happy with the final result
    Last edited by trim; September 18th, 2010 at 03:21.
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    Re: Roamer Restoration

    Great job with nice pictures, well done.

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    Re: Roamer Restoration

    Excellent job trim. How are you cleaning the parts?
    Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."

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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Roamer Restoration

    Looks like it just came from the factory~Great job!

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    Re: Roamer Restoration

    Again I find your posts an inspiration!
    "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: Roamer Restoration

    Did you get the dial restored also, or is it just mint? Excellent pics, and a nice watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefano34 View Post
    Great job with nice pictures, well done.
    Quote Originally Posted by Beau8 View Post
    Looks like it just came from the factory~Great job!
    Thanks guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Excellent job trim. How are you cleaning the parts?
    Old school M. A good long soak in lighter fluid. Srub with a brush and peg holes, nooks and crannies. Pivots I clean by rotating them in pithwood. Finally back to the lighter fluid and then rinsed in a second clean container of lighter fluid and air dry. It takes a while, but it is part of the fun as I don't have to do this for a living. Kinda also gets me in the zen state for reassembly . Having seen/heard what ultrasonics can do to movement plating I will never use them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    Again I find your posts an inspiration!
    Thanks Eeeb, I really hope you give it a go sooner rather than later .I have so far found it easier than I expected (although with a LOT of reading, De Carle, Chicago School and Bulova School amongst others). Just don't start by working on anything you care about.

    Quote Originally Posted by Outta Time View Post
    Did you get the dial restored also, or is it just mint? Excellent pics, and a nice watch.
    Thanks . The dial is original and not refinished. It was the major reason to buy the watch, as the rest of it was a mess. It was hard to be certain as the crystal was bad - but it was one of those eBay gambles that paid out.

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    Re: Roamer Restoration

    Beautiful!

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    Re: Roamer Restoration

    Excellent job there, and great looking watch

    Your a braver man than me!!

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    Super, and thanks a lot for sharing this with us!!!

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