LeCoultre Minute Repeater Restoration

Jacob Curtis

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Oct 20, 2015
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Just wanted to share some photographs from a recent restoration.
This is the movement in the condition I received it, unfortunately the victim of some questionable repair and moderate corrosion.

The style of decoration is unmistakably Vallee de Joux, I am not sure if there is a better english term for the patterning on the plates, it is similar to Cotes de Geneve but it forms a complete half circle rather than the 90 degrees or less in a typical Geneva stripe

The 'grey polish' or 'frosted' finish on the movement side steel work is some of the most difficult to apply. I find it takes an order of magnitude longer to achieve this finish than it does a flat polish. Especially in cases when there is rust to remove.
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I have also fabricated both of the missing stop works pieces. Only a broken finger was present.

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