Another Breitling service for the blog, and I’ve seen quite a few of this particular model. This one was sent in by Ryan, it is 10 years old and yet to receive its first service, so it is certainly due one. The watch is also receiving a case brighten, to refresh its good looks and bring its shine back.
I get right to work, before the hands are removed I align them and place a protective covering over the top. This minimises the chances of any damage being caused to either the hands or the dial.
Dial and hands removed.
Dial side disassembled as far as the keyless works. All parts are checked for any signs of damage or wear as they are removed. If any is found, the part will be replaced.
I begin work dismantling the other side. Automatic device already removed.
I have worked a fair way through the movement. As with the other side, and any watch I service, every part that is removed is carefully inspected under strong magnification to check for damage or wear. Its a critical part to the service of any watch, without it, faults could be left undiagnosed in the movement and rear their ugly heads to cause problems at a later time.
Once the watch is fully disassembled, it is loaded into the cleaning baskets for its cycle through the cleaning machine.
Once clean, the first parts I refit and oil are the shock settings for the balance, and the keyless works.
Slowly re building the movement, once the ratchet wheel is back in place, and the balance is fitted, the watch will run again.
Dial side slowly getting there.
The components of the automatic device, cleaned and ready to be assembled.
Dial and hands (sans the second hand), fitted.
The watch is cased up and tested for water resistance before moving onto the testing stage of its service journey.
Breitlings always come up nicely after a case brighten, as you can see from the pictures below.
As always, thank you for reading.
The Watch Professional