Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Vintage Hallmark Men's Wrist Watch in 14KT Gold Case.

It's always exciting when a new watch arrives for restoration.  Today we received one from a client in Etna, California.  Below are some exciting pictures of this watch. After all of these years, this watch was still in running condition.


We will be overhauling the movement.


The dial will be refinished to original condition.


The case will be polished. Note the very unique lug ends of this watch.



We will also be installing a new glass crystal from our stock of over 10,000 vintage 
Glass crystals.


Note the back of the watch is marked 14kt gold.

Not bad for a yard sale find.






Monday, May 26, 2014

Antique Time Business Page of Facebook.

Did you know that we have a business page on Facebook?  It's actually been there for many years but we never really used it very much until recently.  So we would like to invite you to check it out.  And while you are there, please give us a Like.


Antique Time Facebook Business Page.


Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Old Rolex showing how radium on the dial and hands burned the crystal.



These old radium dials and hands used by Rolex are very dangerous. It's also a well known fact that workers hired to paint these dials died horrible deaths.







The above picture shows the dial and how it burned the plastic crystal.




The dial also shows damage from the radium.



Above:  The dial attached to the movement and the case with crystal attached.






The age of this watch can be seen by the old auto winding mechanism.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Watchmakers Old Hand Operated Lathe or Turns.



This is a nice set of old watchmakers turns.  It's been restored and is on a nice wood base.  Saw this at the Antique Mall yesterday so thought I would share it here.


This shows the hand crank.



This shows the faceplate.  Upon checking, everything looked in good operating condition.  It was priced at $795.00.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rolex RED LETTER Submariner Design 1680.

The RED LETTER Submariner is an item that most collectors of Rolex watches have an intense desire to own.  Most of the time when you find just the dial only listed for sale, they usually go for around $3000.00 to $4000.00 based on condition.

This one came into our shop for service only.  The customer wanted the crystal left original and only polished.  Beyond that we serviced the movement and replaced the gaskets.

The movement was in very good condition.  The owner had not worn the watch in over 20 years.  Due to this the movement was in very good condition and showed no signs of wear.

 
Original crystal before polishing.

 
Crystal before polishing.  Note the Red Letter Submariner dial markings.

 
Red Letter Submariner dial markings.

 
Another view of the mint condition dial with original hands.

 
The movement is a 1570.

 
The 1570 movement with the blue steel hairspring.

 
Near mint condition Rolex 1570 movement.

 
Movement serial number 46784

 
The original bezel insert is missing the small pearl marker at the 12 position.

 
The crystal was lightly polished to remove scratches.  Note some of the chips around the edge of the crystal.  We also installed a new aftermarket band.
 
For more information about having your Rolex watch professionally serviced please contact us.
 
 
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Rolex Stainless Steel Case Corrosion of a DateJust.

Rolex uses what they think is a very specially alloyed stainless steel that is super strong and according to Rolex won't corrode.  However, this is not the case at all.  Their alloy might be "special" but it still corrodes and in many cases at a very alarming rate.

 
The picture above shows one of the lug ends with obvious pitting caused by excessive corrosion.

 
This is the case back that is pitted from corrosion.

 
Side view of this Rolex DateJust with corrosion.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Rolex Dial Refinishing Some Recent Jobs.

Here are a few pictures of some recent dial refinishing jobs we have done.


Ladies Vintage Rolex Dial Refinish.


The following is a very nice Rolex dial that was refinished to a gloss black.


The original dial was the standard gold color that is used by Rolex.



Professional Rolex Dial Refinishing by Antique Time
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