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... I have finally been able to get through some of the watches in my todo box.

I overhauled this early 1940s Roamer today (although I am sure you are all getting thoroughly sick of Roamers, I'll do something different next time)

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Not running, all three hands bent, dial damaged and dirty. Good case and movement complete.



After:

Took me ages to massage the hands back into shape (there is some crystal distortion in the photo) - but I reckon it was worth it :-!



I only buffed the crystal, I'll replace it next time I send an order off.




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Some numpty has serviced it in the past and for some reason I cannot fathom has scored random x's into the movement :-( Also, some rust on the ratchet wheel.



Old school escape wheel cap jewel



Equally old fingerprint - good quality workmanship there Mr. Watchmaker.



Apart and cleaned.



Almost there. Ratchet wheel rust removed and polished.



Done and running for the first time in many years. :-!

 

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Great job!
One of my golds is being able to do what you just deed. Put apart, clean it, some TLC, and putting everything togheter again... Maybe some day, I'll get there.
 

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Very nice indeed, great job and now that lovely watch is back to its former glory. The copper (is it actually copper?) movement looks superb. What movement is that in there btw, the numbers look like 372, but I guess it's too early to have a 372 inside? (I just realised why you said summer holidays :-d, you're in New Zealand so it's your summer over there).
 

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Thanks all, I am enjoying wearing it - it feels good on the wrist.

The copper (is it actually copper?) movement looks superb. What movement is that in there btw, the numbers look like 372, but I guess it's too early to have a 372 inside?
Yes it is copper plated and a MST372.

I admit I am still trying to get a handle on when they introduced the 372 and dating of the 40s Roamers in general, I have the 50s and 60s pretty much sorted out. The problem is, there are not many older examples to go on. So, my dating of 40s watches is still a work in progress.

The 372 was certainly a long lived calibre, going until 1960. The 372 was the first direct seconds calibre from MST, the earlier 352 and 364 were both indirect centre seconds. When I wrote early 40s in the initial post, I was basing this on an advert I have from 1942 and the style of the watch. On reflection, it might be later - the 17 jewels could suggest post WWII. But is is certainly before the end of 40s, as they were fitting shock protection to the 372 after that.
 

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One of my golds is being able to do what you just deed. Put apart, clean it, some TLC, and putting everything togheter again... Maybe some day, I'll get there.
I really recommend you try to learn watchmaking - it adds a whole new dimension to the hobby, and is empowering - rather than just a means to save some cash :-!
 

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Great job as always! Very nice dial on the watch too, looks great.

I just won some vintage bulk lots (100+ watches) on the bay - hoping for some decent ones to restore :)
 

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Liked your restoration, good job on the watch face. can you please advise an oldie-newby ( . . . .new kid on the block, but more of an old goat if that makes sense) on how you cleaned up the face.

regards John
 
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