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    Zenith Favre Leuba & Co. needs some TLC!

    Hi Guys,

    Here is the latest arrival.... which follows my 'life without my polerouter' thread!

    As the title suggests, its a Zenith Favre Leuba... and it does need some TLC!

    I have given the crystal a quick clean to remove a deep scratch... The case (back broken off its hinge) is very dull and shows signs of where it may have been on a nato style strap in the past!

    Unsure about the hands.

    Dial has no signs of its lume.

    wrong crown?

    Movement is 'ticking'... but I think the balance staff may be damaged, as any movement will stop it... the movement is also quite dirty! And as I pointed out in the previous thread, the 'snail cam' is missing... but from looking at the dirt/tarnish, this may have been missing for a while!

    Other than that.... the watch is great!!


    I think the 2928xxx movement serial number dates the movement to 1929/30... the case size is quite large at 35mm across and 41mm lug to lug... 12mm lug width and assume the case/movement are a match?


    Im guessing the movement is a 13-2 cal....


    Some pics!

















    Thoughts, info and general comments appreciated


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    Re: Zenith Favre Leuba & Co. needs some TLC!

    It will be a smart watch. You have good bones to work with.

    You can get the dial relumed - and probably the hands to match. Some places like international dial do a 'vintage lume'.

    Hinge repair is hard if the tubes are damaged, you will need a specialist or are you lucky and the pin just missing?

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    Re: Zenith Favre Leuba & Co. needs some TLC!

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    It will be a smart watch..


    ....or are you lucky and the pin just missing?
    I hope so... I think the price I got it for allows me to spend some money on it!!

    As for me.... lucky???

    the 'tubes' that are attached to the case are still there and holding the pin in place... its the case back which has broken off... the dust cover also seems quite fragile to! But the silver that makes these hinges looks quite thin... so could imagin this could be common?

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    Re: Zenith Favre Leuba & Co. needs some TLC!

    Nice find. The movement serial number dating is about right - slightly higher than my PW (289xxxx) from the late twenties.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Nice find. The movement serial number dating is about right - slightly higher than my PW (289xxxx) from the late twenties.

    Hartmut Richter
    Cheers Hartmut... praise from the Zen Mod cant be a bad thing!

    Do you know where I can find a Snail cam replacement?

    I have just taken the movement out to give the case a quick clean... movement diameter is 29.5mm... so think my assumption of the 13-2 cal movement is correct (not the 12-2 at a dia of 27mm)

    Cleaning in the case hase made a big difference quite quickly... plus I can see some service dates and additional serial number on the case...








    as i say above, I can now see a bunch of service marks







    and under the rim of the dust cover on the case, I can now see 1022... which matches the number on the dust cover and case back!












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    Re: Zenith Favre Leuba & Co. needs some TLC!

    You can soak the dial to remove the worst of the dirt from the hairlines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    You can soak the dial to remove the worst of the dirt from the hairlines.
    Hi kris... Soak in what? Warm/cold water?

    Is there any chance this can damage the dial?

    How long do you soak for?

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    Re: Zenith Favre Leuba & Co. needs some TLC!

    People use all sorts of methods, from detergent - through to orange cleaner. Just look up dial soak hairlines, and you'll get a heap of hits on NAWCC - best to look for detailed instructions there.

    And no, it is really hard to destroy an enamel dial - without a hammer that is .

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    Re: Zenith Favre Leuba & Co. needs some TLC!

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    People use all sorts of methods, from detergent - through to orange cleaner. Just look up dial soak hairlines, and you'll get a heap of hits on NAWCC - best to look for detailed instructions there.

    And no, it is really hard to destroy an enamel dial - without a hammer that is .
    Cheers,

    I will look it up!

    ~ noted ~ dont use hammer!!

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    Re: Zenith Favre Leuba & Co. needs some TLC!

    One suggestion is denture cleaners - for smokers (amusing, but I haven't tried this one).

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