This page describes the receipt, initial review, strip down and cleaning for a typical watch. Each watch is photographed on receipt and during strip down. Parts are initially reviewed and new parts selected as required. The stripped movement is cleaned with a 4 jar automatic cleaner.
I’ve chosen this Omega Seamaster (calibre 565) from the late 1960s which arrived in complete but non running condition.
The full service document for this watch is available here.
Watch photographed on arrival.
And during disassembly.
Condition review before stripping and cleaning.
For a watch in this condition, obviously damaged and corroded parts are reviewed before cleaning.
New parts used as required – here a centre seconds pinion, new at upper (pre-cleaning).
Other new parts shown on right hand side (pre-cleaning) compared to existing on left.
Movement is stripped and cleaned in a 4 jar automatic cleaner. Delicate parts separated into smaller baskets to avoid damage.
Parts cleaned and shown ready for final inspection and assembly.
This particular watch has a rotating bezel and in order to clean the case, the bezel is removed. The rotation was hardly smooth and the reason becomes clear quickly.
Now that the parts have been cleaned, the next stage is to make a final review of each component and assemble the movement as shown here.