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Delayed It's a happy day, a new watch arrived, but a happy It's a happy day, a new watch arrived nonetheless.

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January 12, 2013 10:14PM
This watch will seem somewhat familiar to a few of you. A couple of years ago, Marc MCV made a fortuitous transaction on eBay, and scored this vintage Fortis. It arrived to him in reasonable condition, but a little bit beat up.

I became involved in the project by installing a much-needed crystal, and by doing a bit of cosmetic work on the all-steel case. The watch was running okay, but not great. It was returned to Marc.

Some time later, Marc gave me the opportunity of owning the piece. It was a no-brainer for me; I already knew the condition of the watch. It was in great shape cosmetically, and fair (but restorable) mechanically. Plus, Marc passed along the great deal that he had made earlier.

The watch arrived, and went into my never-ending queue of unfinished projects.

That is, until this week! I had some time to devote to a movement service. So, here's my official It's a happy day, a new watch arrived

The hands are brassing just a bit, and the tritium is many half-lives old. But check this out: the lume paint is on the sides of the raised markers. Then there is a polished ring, designed to reflect that lume. Very cool.

When i tackle an unfamiliar caliber, I always take photos along the way. Here's one, just after the day dial has been removed. Kinda cruddy in there.

I thought that the 2836 was complex... This is the Eta 2789. It seemed like there were way too many covers and springs under the dial.

I do not remember cleaning a watch that had so much gunk in the mainspring barrel. And it was running before I started. Yep, that's a broken screw that should be holding the ratchet wheel. I found a replacement in some miscellaneous parts.

The best part... This movement is a good one. Any movement can be regulated in one position. But this one is very close in all the positions. I doubt that it could earn a chronometer certificate, but it is close.

All in all, I'm chuffed. I still should hunt down some new gaskets for the case. Even after that, my total out-of-pocket expense will be well below $100.00.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/12/2013 10:21PM by Dave M.

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Dave M287January 12, 2013 10:14PM

Beautiful restauration Dave Thumbs Up (n/t)

JP101January 14, 2013 12:00AM

Thank you, JP. smile (n/t)

Dave M97January 14, 2013 01:29AM

Great work, Dave Thumbs up! dial, case & WIS Honeymoon blue date (n/t)

Ethan_Mack68January 13, 2013 08:48PM

Thank you! Ethan, unfortunately only Saturday is printed in blue...

Dave M88January 13, 2013 09:26PM

That is such a beauty. I love the hour markers. Thumbs up! Congratulations. Nice work as always, Dave. Jpeg Attachments

Mark C.91January 13, 2013 02:23PM

Thank you! Mark. Yes, that's another great example with 3-D dial features. Thumbs Up (n/t)

Dave M82January 13, 2013 02:42PM

Clapping!Awsome DaveThumbs up! (n/t)

jeremd67680January 13, 2013 02:15PM

Thank you! Jeremy. laughing (n/t)

Dave M71January 13, 2013 03:08PM

What a great timepiece! Excellent topic and watch!!!Cheers!Thumbs up! (n/t)

IF100January 13, 2013 07:16AM

Many thanks, Yannis. smile (n/t)

Dave M106January 13, 2013 03:08PM

A great piece and congrats to your great work Dave clapping (n/t)

Reto94January 13, 2013 06:54AM

Thank you! Reto. smile (n/t)

Dave M75January 13, 2013 03:06PM

That is a beauty- congrats on getting it up and running wellCheers! (n/t)

RR21880January 13, 2013 05:23AM

Thank you, Marcel. smile (n/t)

Dave M75January 13, 2013 03:05PM

Superb, Dave, glad you got it running properly, looks great! Clapping! (n/t)

MCV83January 13, 2013 03:59AM

Thanks, Marc. It is great to have it in the rotation again, and >>

Dave M86January 13, 2013 03:01PM

Nice Work Dave! It looks great! I love those markers and the color scheme! Thumbs up! (n/t)

Timemiser76January 13, 2013 03:59AM

Thank you! Tim. I've always been a sucker for raised markers. laughing (n/t)

Dave M99January 13, 2013 02:47PM

Nice save DaveCheers! (n/t)

ARupard76January 13, 2013 02:34AM

Thanks, Allen! R U traveling now? (n/t)

Dave M82January 13, 2013 03:05AM

Yep, Still on the road. (n/t)

ARupard76January 13, 2013 03:25AM

Fantastic Dave! Clapping! Great write up & and aweseom end-result. Dig the band, too Thumbs Up (n/t)

Nuvolari89January 13, 2013 02:06AM

Thanks, Michael. Yes, Marc sourced that strap and>>

Dave M99January 13, 2013 03:08AM

Congratulations on a job well done, the watch is definately a keeper. (n/t)

Paul J Costa120January 13, 2013 02:00AM

Thank you! Paul. And check out that >>

Dave M97January 13, 2013 03:06AM

What a wonderful piece! Great job in bringing 'er back to life, Dave Thumbs up! (n/t)

RussMurray89January 13, 2013 01:30AM

Thanks so much, Russ. smile (n/t)

Dave M85January 13, 2013 03:11AM

Really good Dave & a really nice watch too Thumbs up! WOTY Clapping! (n/t)

Riddim Driven75January 13, 2013 12:07AM

Thank you, Adam! smile (n/t)

Dave M84January 13, 2013 03:10AM

Congratulations Dave! Thumbs up! (n/t)

DanB86January 12, 2013 11:27PM

Thank you! Dan. laughing (n/t)

Dave M71January 13, 2013 03:11AM

Great job! Thumbs Up (n/t)

Anonymous User90January 12, 2013 11:17PM

Thank you, sir! smile (n/t)

Dave M94January 13, 2013 03:15AM

Awesome stuff! My favourite type of post! Cheers! (n/t)

Need_Omega81January 12, 2013 10:55PM

Thanks, Alex. smile (n/t)

Dave M79January 13, 2013 03:09AM

That's quite lovely, nice work Dave! Thumbs up! (n/t)

BobbyMike70January 12, 2013 10:33PM

Thank you, Robert Michael. It's fun to photograph, too, always an interesting reflection. smile (n/t)

Dave M78January 13, 2013 03:17AM

I remember the watch. Nice work WOTY. Thumbs Up smile (n/t)

Chris L72January 12, 2013 10:22PM

Thank you! Chris. Figured you would remember it. Thumbs Up (n/t)

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