The first Ebel service for the blog, the Ebel Voyager automatic. Its an ETA 2892-2 movement with a few adjustments to accommodate the rotating 24 hour ring that sits around the edge of the dial. I can tell straight away from winding this watch, its in desperate need of a service.
I get straight to work de-casing the movement. I have already removed the hands in the image below, you can see specs of lume that have fallen out of the hands and stuck onto the dial, there is a particularly large chunk above the ‘t’ in automatic. I will do my best to clean this up later on.
With the dial removed, the differences from a standard 2892 become visible. The date indicator is raised and clips onto the ring that would normally be the indicator itself. This is to bring it closer to the dial that has been raised slightly to accommodate the hour wheel, which sits higher than usual to engage with the 24 hour ring thats on the dial.
I carefully unclip the indicator ring, taking extreme care with this so as to not damage it. I dont fancy trying to source another of these! The rest of the movement is as standard on a 2892.
Dial side disassembled, just the keyless works left.
With the movement turned over, its clear that this side has suffered with some moisture damage, the rotor is particularly bad.
With the automatic device removed, the moisture damage under the rotor becomes even more visible.
I clean it up, however unfortunately its corroded through the rhodium plating in areas – whilst visibly unsightly, it wont actually have an impact on the running of the movement and the corrosion will now be halted at this point. Apologies for the poor quality of the below picture – I’m still getting used to servicing watches and taking photos as I go.
A clear shot of the movement with the automatic device removed.
I remove the barrel bridge, this has major problems! The first issue clearly visible below is the click spring, its bent out of shape and needs replacing, thats not where the issues end unfortunately.
The picture below shows how bent the click spring is, old one on top, new one to be fitted below.
All the wheels have been removed from the barrel bridge, from this picture it looks fine, but all is not as it seems, and this whole bridge will need to be replaced.
The bridge has extreme wear on it, its not particularly common to see, but it does happen. I’ll attempt to describe as best I can what has gone on here, I’ve enlarged the picture to make it clearer. Its not particularly easy to photograph, in watchmaking terms this is a large component of the watch, but when it comes to trying to photograph it, its still very small really!
The arrow marked ‘1’ points to a post, this is the main problem. The wheel that sits here has actually cut in to the post where it sits. Its made its way about half way through so far, and there is no way this watch can run correctly with this fault – hence the issue when trying to wind the watch. This is caused by lubrication drying up, not even necessarily on this post itself, either way a fine black dust is created as non lubricated parts rub against each other, the fine black dust then spreads throughout the movement, which then settles where lubrication is still present. The end result is then a nice thick paste that does the complete opposite job that lubrication is supposed to, it acts as a grinding paste that accelerates wear. Damage throughout the movement will then happen at a faster rate.
The arrow at ‘2’ is actually a direct result of what has occurred at ‘1’. As the wheel has cut into its post, it then moves further over to the left than it should, the teeth of the wheel have then also started to cut into the bridge at this area. The bridge needed replacing already as a result of the wear at ‘1’, but the wheel that sits here now also needs replacing as the teeth are damaged from grinding against the bridge at ‘2’.
Below is the reversing wheel from the automatic device, the arrow points to a very worn pivot. Possibly worn as a result of the same paste forming process described above, however this wheel frequently needs replacing in the 2892 movement.
In the below two pictures, the black dust created from wear on movement parts is clearly visible in the movement. This will be completely removed once the movement is put through its cycle in the cleaning machine.
Its been through the cleaner, now completely free of dirt and debris and I have refitted the keyless works and shock settings.
I continue rebuilding the movement, oiling according to technical specifications as I go.
Automatic device rebuilt.
I continue on with the dial side.
The Ebel variation of the date indicator and hour wheel refitted.
I have cleaned the dial up, removing all the old lume that had attached itself to it.
The hands with the lume partially fallen out. I will remove the rest of it and then repaint it in.
Once the luminous is reapplied to the hands, they are fitted to the movement, the watch is then cased back up and it goes through the usual testing procedure before being returned.
I only took one picture of the watch when it first arrived with me, which is shown below.
And now some pictures of the finished watch, running and looking a whole lot better than it did before!
It almost looks as if I have used some sort of black and white filter on them, but there is actually no filter applied!
As always, thanks for reading.
The Watch professional