I wanted to take the time to showcase a very cool, vintage chronograph. It’s an “Election Chronometre” Pulsations with a Valjoux 22. The gold plated case has hooded, fixed lugs. I was completely enamored with it when I first saw it for sale in South America. However, the case was in horrid condition. The gold plating wore off in many spots. The case and case back were heavily scratched and dented. The hooded lugs were bent and the pushers were missing. It was a basket case. But that gorgeous dial was too good looking to pass up. The overall condition, beautiful patina, colors, markings, hands, iridescent chapter ring, etc…
I negotiated and purchased it and would just figure out what the heck I’m going to do with the case!
I found a watchmaker in Seattle. He worked on chronographs as a hobby. But, he was metallurgist by profession. He was able to translate his profession to his watch hobby and do complete case restorations. Perfect! I contacted him, sent him the watch, and what you see now is the result of his magic. He smoothed all the dents, straightened the lugs, dripped silver solder in deep scratches and serious dents. He then sanded it perfectly smooth. The inside case back indicated it had been originally plated in 20 microns of gold. He plated it in 40 microns of 24k gold! The case was left looking pristine in a double thick coating of pure, buttery 24k gold. The movement was fully serviced with new pushers, mainspring, and glass crystal.
It’s a real gem in my vintage collection. Love it!
OMG that would be a crown jewel of many a great collection!
The restoration is immaculate. Amazing job. 24K no less.
Congrats that's is a stunning beauty.
He was a special guy. His watchmaking ability out of his home was simply amazing. His case restoration work was phenomenal. I developed a nice friendship with him and kept in touch for a bit after his retirement. He's still around but long closed up shop to spend time with grand kids due to some health issues he was experiencing. A better use of his time. He restored all my military watches from WW2 that otherwise would have met the scrap heap. I tracked down lots of NOS parts for him and he rebuilt them all when two other watchmakers wanted nothing to do with them.
If you Google "chronodeco" you can see a line of his very own chronographs he created. Some beautiful vintage era and inspired examples. Not many were made but he sold them on his website back in the early 2000's. I don't own any, but if you're a fan of 60's and 70's chronographs, there's some nice images.
Pretty cool. See the telemetre scale! I had a Seiko SUS chrono with that scale on it....researching it, I found it was used for determining battle field distance by timing how long a cannon shot took to land and explode. Maybe it was true...or not hahaha!
7 Cool "Doctor's Watches" This calibrated scale placed on bezels or on the periphery of dials is used with the watch's chronograph function to provide a patient's heart rate. April 21, 2020. A pulsometer scale is usually calibrated to 15 or 30 pulses