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  1. An old Swiss watch from Locle - part two

    Continuing the subject of Olivier Quartier from Le Locle - I just got in today's mail another watch made by this manufacture.



    First - the movement in parts...



    One can instantly recognize a Swiss bridge style movement.
    I washed the parts and assembled the watch - here goes...

    The ...
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  2. A Longines that has not had an easy life...

    Today I'm going to show you a very old Longines watch.
    Is there anyone there who has never heared of the name Longines?
    I thought not... Everyone knows Longines. Even if he's not a watch enthusiast - he knows Longines.
    Longines surely is among the most successful brands in the history of watchmaking.

    Let us now go back in time. Like... 180 years or so...

    The history of Longines begins in Saint-Imier in 1832, when Mr Agasizz establishes his watch manufacturing ...
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  3. A high grade, quite early Columbus

    Hi again!
    I bought it as parts movement, but it's actually a high grade, nicely finished Columbus, so I thought maybe I could just add it to my collection.
    Quite unfortunately, it's an early piece, with bearings in the potence screwed down from the top. These need short balance staffs, that are difficult to get.

    So I decided to use a 16s watch staff.
    I had to reduce the thickness of the balance hub, but unfortunatelty I still bent the balance slightly when riveting. ...
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  4. The Three Emperor's Corner - part ten - an old rusty Jacot

    This post is about another old watch from Imperial Russia I've found.
    Again - it's a wreck. And a rusty wreck this time:



    Hopeless piece!
    At first - I straightened the pivots. This was crucial - if a pivot broke, this watch would go to parts bin.
    However - the pivots prooved soft and bendable. The top pivot is also ridiculously long - looks like a custom made staff.

    ...

    Updated 07-26-2017 at 12:58 PM by pmwas

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  5. An old Swiss watch from Locle

    What is a quick watch collector's association when he hears LeLocle Switzerland? Some would quickly say Charles Tissot, some would probably choose Georges Jacot and Zenith brand...
    Yes, LeLocle surely is among the most famous watchmaking cities around the world.

    Today's post, however, does not begin exactly in LeLocle - I'll get back to LeLocle later on.
    Today's trip begins - once again - in Cracov.
    Precisely - Szczepanski Square, right by the main square.
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