First off, this is my first post in the vintage forum, but I think this little watch fits here! A while back, my mother in law gave me a tin of old watches that had belonged to my father in law. Some were his, and some even belonged to his father. Unfortunately, the tin also had a piece of Civil War Vintage grape shot... So a 50mm diameter ball of steel did some bad things to a few of the watches. Luckily, this little Wyler was largely unscathed.
Upon initial inspection, the watch would run, but the second hand was very sluggish and would frequently stop. It did not have the 3 Hz tick you would expect. Unlike many of the other watches, there were no indications that the integrity of the crown had been breached (several of the others had seized crowns and some corrosion on the dial adjacent to the crown).
Like many Wyler watches, this has a monocoque case. After removing the bezel, crystal, retaining ring, and the crown, the movement was easily removed from the case. Inside the case there was no evidence of corrosion at all. In fact, the movement was very clean. I suspect the sluggish running was the result of the congealed oil from the last service. After a full tear-down and cleaning, it's once again running like a champ! The 2472 is really an attractive movement! The autowinding mechanism covers almost the entire back of the movement. The Wyler balance is interesting, with its spiral spokes. The design of the balance wheel makes it look like it's moving slower than it really is since the eye is really drawn to the spokes appearing to move in and out. After cleaning, it is as lively as an 18k bph balance can be
The case does have some wear, but nothing terrible. It still retains the original crown and crystal. My father in law was a welder, so the crystal does have a slag pit or two, but it only adds to the character. I polished the crystal, but only for legibility.
I am always amazed at the relatively diminutive size of vintage pieces. My father in law had about a 9 inch wrist, so this watch must have really seemed tiny on his wrist.
I'll apologize in advance for the quality of my pictures. I have never claimed to be a photographer!!
Here's the movement:
That's a 6497 movement in the shot, giving an idea of the size of the watch. The info on Ranfft says the 2472 is an 11.5''' movement, but it seems a tad smaller, maybe because of the design of the movement. It seems smaller than a 2824 or a 2836.
Here it is sitting the case prior to re-installing the crystal and movement retaining ring.
I don't have really large wrists, about 7-5/8 inch, but it looks small! The strap is a cheapo, and it begs for something a bit nicer.
And now, just for size comparison, here it is sitting on a 47mm watch, next to a sterile sub. The sub is just a hair over 40mm, not including the crown. The 47mm completely dwarfs this little watch!
All in all, a fun little watch. It fits well under the cuff of a shirt I would dare say it would even slip easily under a French cuff!