Its been tough finding good watches at the right prices on ebay the last few years with even crap watches asking silly money. The shipping costs have also escalated sharply, I particularly dislike the added customs charge fee. I have never been charged anything for used watches I have received thru the post and would definitely prefer paying if and when I am charged.
Anyway, if you are careful and know what you're bidding for there are some bargains to be had. I recently bought this Certina Bristol for not much money and I would like to share some hints about what to look for. This is a 25-66 movement and it built inhouse by Certina and while they are not really cheap when fully working, I believe they are undervalued and are really good value for money,
This is the sellers picture about the watch, a bit of patina and the seconds hand is missing. While the seconds hand alone is not a problem, you need to ask yourself why was it not replaced as someone obviously had the back off to get the seconds hand out? One possibility is the tip of the seconds hand may have broken off. While parts for Certina are available this will add unnecessary problems. Looking at the photo again I can see the remnants of the centre-pinion (whitish dot in the middle).
Another pic from the seller. My guess is that the pinion is good.
Moving on to the backside of the watch. Not much to see here except that the previous watch maker was a bit clumsy opening the caseback.
It still has its original crown which is always nice to see!
The movement looks pretty clean, sometimes the damage patina on the dial can indicate water damage but since the stem is pretty rust free I would say its just the lacquer breaking down. Nice regulator, sign of a quality watch! I bought the watch about a month back, it has arrived at my friends shop .. I need to collect it.
Finally the description. The most important is that balance wheel is good. This does not mean there isn't a problem elsewhere.. It could be a broken mainspring or messed up hairspring. Straightforward and to the point. No mention of being rare or collectible , just needs servicing yadda yadda..
Finally check the seller, In this case its YDL Worldstore.. all good!
So I made a bid and won it for USD31+USD15 shipping.. Total USD46. What I get will be an interesting watch with a good quality movement that hopefully a COA will bring back to life. I should have a seconds needle in my box of parts but I might need to change the seconds pinion, we'll see about that. Of course there may be other problems like broken train pivots, cracked jewels etc but that's part of the gamble!
I will probably get the watch back this weekend and will post further here. Stay tuned.
During the weekend I was mounting a Certina DS-2 with cal. 25-651. To fit the hands, I had to refit them 3 times. Because I was satisfied with the level of them.
But after the 3 time, I notised that there was something wrong. So I had to take out the hands again. And when I tried to set the hands with crown, it was just like when the canon pinion does not fit properly.
So I took of the dial and the calender bridge, and saw that the hour wheel had come up abow the the other wheel that should intervene with the hour wheel.
So to my question: How can it be so mutch space between the dial and the chims ontop of the hour wheel that can let the hour wheel to got out of grip?
Is there anything I shall do in this matter for the future, ot be be ware of preventing this to happen?
Have just put together an Certina DS-2 cal. 25-651 and the second hand work, but the minute and hour hands dont move. I can set the hands with the crown, the movment can be winded. But the hands dont move.
I have striped it once again, but I cant see any wrong with the movment.
Thanks a lot as always...... :-)))))
Can anyone help?
I have a NOS Certina C017.407A watch case and I need a 35mm DS Caimano dial but I have had no luck in finding where I can buy one. I have tried Cousins in the UK. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Ideally need a new or NOS dial or good second hand one. Movement wise the case will take Eta 2824 (2824-2/A2 etc.) & Sellita SW200-1
Thanks in advance for any help.
Further examination revealed the escape wheel to have a bent pivot as shown in the photo.
From what I've read in another WRT post, attempts at bending pivots back into position presents a high risk of breakage.
Thanks Stuart for the links to Borel and Cousins. It has been helpful to see what parts are still available for this caliber.
What is the homemade tool you refer to? I have rewound some hairsprings on the 6497 clones I have been working on but some sources report that it is not good for the mainspring to be wound this way, especially an old one.
Yeah definitely feeling some regret as I was getting to the deep innards of the watch, being careful not to inhale the smallest screws, referring to YouTube to try and figure out what I was looking at... The watch came up pretty cheap in my neighbourhood and I couldn't pass it up. I'm not sure it would justify the cost of a professional service though, so here I am
I have an omega triple date repair....the issue is that the month wheel is jammed and will not advance....if the date is advanced via one click of the crown it will stop at 31..the only way at this point to advance it to 01 is via the crown while setting the time...now the issue I am having at time with...getting the pressure ring case back off...for some reason on older pieces I have not had an issue...on this one yes!..any advice on how to remove it would be most welcome...there is no where on the case back indicating where to insert a case knife....my horotec case back remover was no help in this situation either...thanks...
Cheers oldhippy beat me to it, yep as old hippy says that what it does, its cheap aswell, I think I only paid a few quid for my block from cousins, you have to move the brush very fast but nice and light at the same time to get the best results, then peg out all your pivot holes.