A nice Paul Buhre with LeCoultre caliber

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  1. pmwas

    pmwas Registered User

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    As in the title - I present a Paul Buhre watch made for Russian market in pre-revolution times.

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    It's a silver cased watch.
    The back is plain...

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    ...and on the cuvette...

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    ...there is the well known 'maker to the court of his highness' inscription.

    Inside there is the well known LeCoultre caliber:

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    The movement (as we'll see soon enough) is original to the case as it has the same number under the dial.
    It had undergone some repairs previously - the dial feet are broken off, so that the dial is now friction fit (but someone used some SuperGlue on it as well).

    Also - the barrel has one tooth soldered in and someone had filed down the nickel coating from it's top ( :( ), and the 3rd wheel's dial side bearing is replaced (and soldered in) as well. Apparently - someone had soldered the bearing in the plate not removing too many parts, because the crown wheel is tempered reddish and the balance cap jewlel setting an half of the escape wheel are tempered blue (!).

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    Yuck - shouldn't one disassemble a watch to make such serious repairs:???:
    Anyway - this version of the LeCoultre caliber has the crown wheel elegantly hidden under a small bridge.
    It's no big deal - it's designed as usual, only on the underside of the bridge.

    Assembling begins with the winding gears, which is wrong, because then to put the center gear in place I had to loosen all the windinig bridges once more.

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    Now I think the correct order would be - barrel, barrel bridge, center gear, crown wheel bridge, ratchet wheel and the barrel bridge cap on top. Should be easier.
    After assembling first three gears of the train I switched to the keyless works, starting with the cannon pinion.
    The watch has a simple - pin operated - keyless works system seen below:

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    It also has an all steel Swiss lever escapement (sorry for the piece of dirt).
    On with assembling:

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    The watch has Russian markings on the balance cock.
    It also has a cut bi-metallic compensation balance.
    Single roller and flat hairspring only...

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    Running nicely :)
    This is a very nice, high quality movement, way above what you'll find inside most Russian hallmarked cases of the time.

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    Very nice watch alltogether. A great addition to my Imperial watches collection no doubt :)
     
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    Working nice :)
     
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    Another nice Paul Buhre catch.

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    Very nice watch with steel gunmetal case and gilded details.

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    Paul Buhre Imperial period markings on the cuvette.

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    Inside a high quality 15j mvt with expansion balance.

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    A very nice watch alltogether...
     
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    Oiled and running :)
    This chain with Nicolas II medal I use for different watches, but this one it fits best...

    Due to the gold details, I think...

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    Lovely watch.
     
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    I think this one is quite a bit later.

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