Another "Online-barnfind" kind of watch :)

Apr 02, 2024,13:06 PM

I was on the hunt for a Polerouter for quite some time now and the market situation left me a bit discouraged to be honest. Many pieces with repainted dials, overpolished cases or just Frankenwatches with various legit parts cobbled together that were never meant to be in one watch. The sheer unbelieveably vast number of references (1000+) makes it absolute nightmare fuel asessing a potential watch before buying it. Ultra expert level IMHO, Vintage Rolex or Omega is a super easy subject compared to Polerouters as far as I can tell. But recently I stumbled across an "honest watch" as I would describe it. Super filthy and dirty with scratched crystal and missing/incorrect endlinks on the bracelet but priced accordingly. On the upside, it seems to be all-original except the endlink and it is running, but there is an issue with the crown tube I guess. I will have it serviced someday soon and mount it on a nice leather strap until I can find fitting endlinks.

One generic endlink and another one missing...

Original HC (Henry & Cie.) bracelet

Unpolished case as far as I can tell

U-signed crystal - hard to capture under all these scratches

Flawless all original dial under the scratched crystal

Overall a diamond-in-the-rough project watch

Sharp bevels and original crown

Engravings in the back still visible

So what am I going to do with it? I'll have the movement serviced, crown tube and gaskets replaced and crystal polished but otherwise I will leave it as it is, I am quite certain it will turn out beautifully. If someone has fitting endlinks for this case/bracelet combination and is willing to sell them to me I would be delighted. I would also be grateful for some links or contacts to source these endlinks from. Best Regards, Clemens

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 By: fmc000 : April 2nd, 2024-14:33
A new crystal, give a thorough clean to case and bracelet, remove the endlink and try to wear it with the bracelet as it had sort of "straight endlinks".

I'll discuss with my watchmaker

 By: clemens m : April 2nd, 2024-14:46
if he has U-signed NOS crystals in stock (he has large numbers of UG movement spare parts in stock) - if that is the case I'll have it replaced, otherwise polished as good as possible. But I have seen acrylic crystals in worse shape come back to life agai... 

Good to know!!!

 By: amanico : April 2nd, 2024-16:24


 By: amanico : April 2nd, 2024-21:17

Great results,

 By: clemens m : April 3rd, 2024-08:41
it is always very satisfying to see what a bit of time and polywatch can do to a watch. Part of the charme of owning Vintage pieces I guess, you learn to live with scratches on acrylic crystals and/or taking care of them.

Congrats, it is a great watch ! As mentioned, Polerouters are becoming impossible to find at fair prices, and hard to find in good shape.

 By: montres1 : April 2nd, 2024-18:11
The following website is the absolute Bible when it comes to Polerouters: with all the details, references calibers etc... Mine is not i great shape but I got it at a very good price: Ref. 204605-3 One of the very first of this reference (serial number f...  

Thank you very much for the information,

 By: clemens m : April 3rd, 2024-08:38
I was aware about the polerouter-site and even have the app on my smartphone but I found it very, very difficult to determine the originality of a certain model compared to a Vintage Rolex for example. But I have nevertheless found a new obsession, I am t... 

All the ingredients necessary for a successful restoration. All you need . . .

 By: Dr No : April 3rd, 2024-15:13
. . . is an adroit watchmaker and a bit luck finding the end link. 🤙🏻