Looking into my bin of movements i noticed one still trying desperately to move. Looking a little rusted and worse for wear was a silvered dial Cupillard 233 movement ( 1935 ), no hands, poor dial, and a movement barely alive.
Normally i would not have bothered but i figured wth lets see if she can run well again
With some TLC and rust removed the movement swings into action with a beat error of 0.1ms no less and within 60 seconds a day, not bad for 85 year old scrapy rust bucket.
New original Cupillard hour & minute hands fitted ( yes i have some old stock ha ha) and a dial thats looking half decent now.
When i find time i might make a little case for her, and maybe even a strap if shes good
Part on my new collection of approx. 15 movements which I bought on eBay two weeks ago.
I've selected this Avia vintage movement to test my new tools and knowledge gained from Youtube videos and books.
Sorry ... I've managed to upload images multiple times; asking for advice on how to edit the album so you don't have to suffer the same picture more than once...
This is my attempt at taking an MST-522 movement and with disparate parts ... make this into a watch. I've included hands I was debating using before settling on the set I thought looked best.
This is not meant to be an Omega anything! I just liked the blue dial that happens to have 'Omega' on it... and then thought it would look good with a blue case so then of course decided on a blue strap too! The watch has been going strong for the last few weeks since I cleaned and fixed it and keeps good time.
I am VERY new at all this though and still learning a lot!
Just completed my first restoration and service of a pocket watch. Carefully followed Mark's course videos for disassemble, inspection, ultrasonic clean, reassemble, oiled, regulated. New mainspring installed and a new crystal was required as the old one was deemed beyond repair.
Sorry, the answer is probably not. As a rule of thumb most WW1 trench watches were a round case (mainly silver or nickel) with a white or black dial and poire squelette hands or some form of dial and hands that could be lumed with radium etc. During WW2 watches were more robust and more like watches we see today.
A nice watch all the same.
You will find a huge number of people selling watches on the internet that state 'WW1 officers watch' when the assay mark reveals that it is from the 1930's. In all cases when you are looking at trench watches take this to heart 'BUYER BEWARE'
I have made some costly mistakes buying watches and watch parts that are supposed to be one thing and turn out to be another. My view now is that if the watch can put a smile on your face then it is worth every penny.