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Independents: woohoo!

Hey, I'm really glad to hear that it is in your hands now. That makes two 04.0 examples in the Boston area. It's a wonderful watch. Tom
9Y
By: tee530
1

Horological Meandering: BP = big pilot?

...at least I assume because you refer to IWC? No Big Pilot experience, but I have had a vintage watch serviced at Schaffhausen, and they did a fantastic job - expertly servicing the movement and leaving all else as-is (as I asked). Cost was somewhat under the $1K mark and took maybe 3-4 months. Tom
9Y
By: tee530
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A. Lange & Söhne: Where's the second hand?

Late to the thread, but the lack of a center second hand struck me: I was under the impression that all the B-Uhr's were spec'ed to have a sweep second hand (that hacked). Looking at the movement, there is a friction spring extending to the central pinion, but no additional third wheel to drive it.
9Y
By: tee530
1

A. Lange & Söhne: interesting detail

You're right, at some point ALS appears to have switched the metals of the idler gear and the central sweep-seconds gear. No idea why this would be. Assuming that the gears are made of steel and brass, there might be an argument for different metals preventing some sort of contact corrosion or havin
9Y
By: tee530
2

Girard Perregaux: I still need to take a photo of mine, but...

...both of the photos below belong to PeterCDE and show watches in his collection. The original post is here on PuristsPro, but as I recall, all three are 18K gold monocoque cases, 34mm, sold in the USA. The left watch is a clear redial, and a poor one at that, which Peter pointed out. The middle an
10Y
By: tee530
1

Girard Perregaux: T SWISS T

Tony, Not to speak for calvong, but I have a very similar GP Observatory Chronometer in an 18K gold US case, and mine too has a T SWISS T dial and a complete lack of luminous material on either the dial or the hands. I hope to have a write-up on this watch soon, but having examined mine carefully be
10Y
By: tee530
1

Independents: Hamilton

...used Invar balance wheels in its pocketwatches for decades. This alloy is silver-colored. I can't recall right now whether Hamilton's wristwatches also employed Invar.
10Y
By: tee530
1

Horological Meandering: Practically a main character...

...in "All Tomorrow's Parties", by scifi author William Gibson: Fontaine picks up the watch, affords himself a quick squint through the loupe. Whistles in spite of himself. “Jaeger-LeCoultre.” He unsquints, checking; the boy hasn’t moved. Squints again, this time at the ordnance ma
10Y
By: tee530
0

Independents: Classic!

Very nice, you must be beside youself with the waiting at this point. I see you chose the applied numerals as well. Do they match the blue hands or did you get a different color? The small red "60" is an attractive subtle touch, you had a good idea. I think another newly delivered Dornblueth 99.4 ha
10Y
By: tee530
1