Friday, November 19, 2010

My job....

My day job, not really. :) Remember the Tiffany & Co watch I reviewed sometime ago? The link:

My friend asked if I could help him out with the watch. If you read the review, you would know that there were some luminous material missing from the minute hand. Evidently more material has fallen off and is now floating in the watch. He asked if I could remove it. I told him I will try. 

The watch. If you look closely you can see the luminous material on the crystal between the 12 and 1 o'clock hour marker.

A closer view. It is best to remove the material. This is to prevent it making its way to the mechanism where it can cause damage.

The tools. I forgot to show the tweezers. 

Remove the case back. If you notice, the crown is pulled out. I do this to stop the second hand from moving. 

Next step is to remove the battery (not in the photograph), battery holder and the movement holder. Please do not touch the battery and battery holder with your fingers. 

The movement ready to be removed. If you look closely, you can see an 'arrow' at the 10 o'clock position. This arrow shows the 'button' that you need to push to disengage the winding stem from the movement. Remember not to push to hard.

The winding crown. Don't forget to lubricate the gasket on the winding stem (if there is one). 

The movement and dial out of the watch. Use the blower to blow off any dust that maybe be there on the dial. You can see where the luminous material is missing on the minute hand. I told my friend to send the watch to my friendly watch repair guy so that he can reapply the luminous material. I don't have the expertise to do the reapplication.

The broken off luminous material. Use the blower to blow it out. Check to ensure that it is really gone and not stuck somewhere else.

The watch ready to be put together again. Again, don't forget to lubricate the gasket.

The watch all done. Sadly I forgot to take a picture of the dial side. 

Another view of the movement. 

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