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 Post subject: WOYB - What is on Your Bench - Dec 2016
PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:14 pm 
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WOYB - What is on Your Bench? - A topic to show what you are working on, issues you came across, successes and failures!

I will start the final month of the year with a classic Timex "Sprite". These were the civilian version of the military model which was
under way but, never completed. The original models had white hands much like you would find on a Mil-spec watch.

The watch was sold world wide and can be found with an alternate style rectangular case. It was also available with a silver dial latter in the 1970's.
When J Crew launched a line of retro watches produced by Timex this model with a larger case was among them. It was a hot seller and also helped bring new interest to the vintage Timex line.

This one is from 1973 and has been matched with a NOS grey calf skin 11/16 band. Now it is all happy again!

So What is on Your Bench?


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Now this Marlin is going to need some help!


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just having a break... Chocolate Cappucino


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I've been working on a 1940s Landeron 48 that I picked up from the Midwest Mart in November. The movement was simple, the problem is the case - it appears someone removed the front lip, so the movement was loose in the case. Why would someone do that? The pushers, screw marks etc line up - so I believe it is the original case.

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With the new lip in place

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I'll add a photo when done.

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well here is the Marlin all happy again!

Will take it out for a ride in the morning.


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 Post subject: Re: WOYB - What is on Your Bench - Dec 2016
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My grail just arrived, a '57 Benrus Dial-O-Rama! Been hunting for what seemed like forever for an example that didn't have a butchered second pinion (many, many of this model do). Had an hour disc that snapped sharply on the hour, and one that didn't carry an outrageous price tag. You can find examples on ebay for $500 - $900! This one actually found me after I posted a comment in our WRUW thread. And it met all three of my criteria. It's a beautiful example and I'm forever in debt of "Just 1 More"

It arrived in really good running order and keeping excellent time. Just in need of some TLC, a good cleaning up and a new crystal. The original crystal had broken off leaving the rim of the old crystal stuck inside. Removal is a unique process for this model. The Dial-O-Rama's case back, movt., retaining ring and crystal are press fit as a single assembly into the case bezel. You have to press them out backwards as a unit by applying pressure from the top of the crystal downward. Once known it isn't a difficult task as uniform downward pressure is applied to the crystal top. However, this watch didn't have a crystal and a press die that fit exactly on the old crystal rim was needed. Placing pressure on the dial would destroy it.

Misson accomplished. A NOS crystal obtained, still in its original envelope. The old crystal to the right was just used to protect the dial in transit. It was taped to the case. The cleanup process will begin and then the new crystal and movt pressed back into the case.

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Nice Benrus! Can't wait to see the wrist shot.


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 Post subject: Re: WOYB - What is on Your Bench - Dec 2016
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Movintage wrote:
My grail just arrived, a '57 Benrus Dial-O-Rama! Been hunting for what seemed like forever for an example that didn't have a butchered second pinion (many, many of this model do). Had an hour disc that snapped sharply on the hour, and one that didn't carry an outrageous price tag. You can find examples on ebay for $500 - $900! This one actually found me after I posted a comment in our WRUW thread. And it met all three of my criteria. It's a beautiful example and I'm forever in debt of "Just 1 More"


Great! I found mine a few years ago, and it is one of my 'frequent' wearers. I feel your pain over finding one with a viable seconds pinion!

Enjoy, they are a great fun watch.

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stryfox wrote:
Nice Benrus! Can't wait to see the wrist shot.


trim wrote:
Great! I found mine a few years ago, and it is one of my 'frequent' wearers. I feel your pain over finding one with a viable seconds pinion!

Enjoy, they are a great fun watch.


Thanks guys! The case/bezel has polished up real nice. I'll start cleaning the dial and install the new crystal tomorrow. Right now, I have a dinner date with the Mrs ;)
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A couple of photos of mine, when I did it about 6 years ago:

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When I had it in pieces:

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