An earlier post detailed the before and after shots of the damaged dial, I enlisted four friends to assist with the recovery of this beast over the past four months and I have just completed bringing the movement to correct time. The case work had to have two elements turned (well completely remade in similar aged timber). This work was done by Allan Roberts, a machining genius who is the in-coming President of our local Chapter 104 NAWCC clock club here in Brisbane. The job then fell to me to clean and complete the assembly of the case work and finish the re-polishing with tinted waxes. The deadbeat escapement, the movement and both barrels was done by my mentor (92 year old master watchmaker), Alan Clauson who also worked with me to re-assemble the entire suspension from scratch (it was completely missing), the block, the chops and the pendulum rod to correct length. Further more, these antique cases are so flimsy and it fell to Allan Clauson to secure in the bezel and movement for me when I became so busy due to the end of the year sale preparation. I finished all the gilt metal cleaning and steel polishing, the reassemble and the fine tuning of the crutch and timing. The scan of what was left on the dial was taken into Illustrator and the vector artwork prepared, this was exported to film and Chris Fry did the silk screen work. The dial itself was cleaned to remove all the paint and the organics, the sunburst pattern was bead blasted and plated with 10 mircons of silver by another retired mate, Bob Flemming. Money can’t but this kind of dedicated work, it doesn’t pay anyone who charges by the hour (with business overheads), this is for the people with passion. Additional pics (1) and (2).
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