I recently acquired a moderately old Benrus 3-Star Automatic wristwatch. It's a #7026 Series.
I believe these are from the 60's - though I don't know much about them.
On the back of the case it says "open through crystal". Which makes me think that the Crystal should be removed using a Crystal Lift - and the movement lifted out through the bezel.
Of course, the stem (presumably two-piece) would have to be separated prior to - or during the operation.
BUT - after some googling - I have also heard tell - that the case-back should be pushed out by pressing on the crystal with thumbs. These seem to be incompatible methods - but I really have no idea - as I have never seen a case like this.
Does anyone have experience with this type of case from Benrus? I can post pictures after I get home - if they are needed.
I am new to this forum and relatively new to repairing watches (so please don't bite!).
I have repaired a couple of cheap watches before and both have worked out fine so decided to try my hand on Benrus I have had for a couple of year and am quite fond of.
All was going well and then I had a pet related incident whilst opening up the mainspring barrel. By the time I had found the barrel (cap, arbour and mainspring conveniently ended up in my lap) it had been damaged and some of the teeth destroyed.
I have tried to identify the movement in order to figure out what part to try and find (picture attached, apologies for the poor quality) but really struggling as it doesn't look like any other Benrus movement I have seen anywhere online.
The watch has 1974 on the back (looks like a "length of service" gift awarded to someone by the inscription).
I bought it from ebay and the seller doesn't know anything more about it. If more picture of any more of the parts would be useful please let me know.
I'm just hoping that someone will be able to help.
I would try replacing the cracked jewel, before doing any pivot polishing. Did you use smoothing broaches on the barrel, and what was the result? My advice is not to change anything you can't change back, unless you're absolutely sure you need to.
"Shelter in Place" has me working on a Movado chronograph I picked up some time ago. The case is a Taubert/Borgel and needed the pendant tube repaired. Now with that out of the way I need to cut a new cork gasket and figure out how to squeeze it into the tube (that should be fun).
Thank you Nucejoe.
To further my introduction to this forum, I am, at best, an amateur 'watch repairer'. Primarily, I am interested in mechanical watches, and plan to maintain and repair some that I own.
However, until I am learned and competent enough to tackle my mechanical wind-ups, I am practicing on a sleek men’s Glycine quartz dress watch from the early 90’s. I am replacing the movement. In my search for insight about how to do this replacement I began lurking on this forum and perused other on-line sites for useful information. It seems though that the movement must come out through the front of this watch. I have ordered a replacement that is the same as the movement the watch currently has and some tools to aid my endeavor – wish me luck.
I live in Virginia, USA. Am aged mid-sixties (late to enter the game – hope I don’t become too shaky or forgetful before I am able to tackle my vintage and antique wind-ups), female (I mention this as it seems to me that very few females seem interested in what makes watches tick!) and the Glycine I’m ‘working’ on has been generously donated by my husband.
I am not always timely in responding to posts, so please do not feel I am intentionally being rude. I hope all of you will be patient with me. Thank you.