Destroyed Vintage Elgin A-11 Military Watch Full Restoration

Nick
Nick

That restored plating on the case looks fantastic. Changing out the dial was also definitely the right choice. There's a level of damage that gives something a distressed look, and then there's a level of damage that makes you distressed by looking at it.

Vor year
Jon Toland
Jon Toland

Agree

Vor 2 Tage
Sanco One
Sanco One

@Henk Smit was

Vor 12 Tage
Neil H Francis
Neil H Francis

Well put

Vor 21 Tag
Doc Sav
Doc Sav

I agree with you about using the donor dial. I can't imagine anyone crying over the loss of the original dial with numbers missing, rusty, and trashy condition. Why bother replating it if your your going to used that trashed dial. Sorry for all the repitition, I just don't like that original dial.

Vor Monat
cibi siddarth
cibi siddarth

@Dale Burrell trx

Vor Monat
Dan Diehm
Dan Diehm

Great work again. Is there anyway you can state the cost you got the watch for and the amount of hours you put into the restoration? It would improve the quality of your videos.

Vor Monat
ben urwin
ben urwin

Your video really game me something today that I needed. Thank you. Your positivity and passion for your hobby was very uplifting. I’d love to track down one of these types of watches when there’s some cash to spare.

Vor 2 Monate
ernest thomas
ernest thomas

very interesting the work that you do, I just bought a Bulova Accutron off of eBay & would like to see one of those restored if possible!

Vor 2 Monate
Joe Lovotti
Joe Lovotti

I've watched many of these videos but I don't think I've ever seen a watch with the stem this rusted. Question do you ever use a lubricant to maybe break the rust free. I work on airplanes and we use penetrating oil all the time to free rusted parts even on precision parts. Nothing we work on is as precise as a watch but some of its close.

Vor 2 Monate
Fekker
Fekker

I've watched a lot of watch/clock repairs on YouTube, but yours are the only ones I have watched where I can follow why you do what you do as you explain everything so superbly.

Vor year
Dale Burrell
Dale Burrell

@dan hill ...AND HE'S PRETTY GOOD TOO-(!)

Vor 4 Monate
dan hill
dan hill

He is the BEST

Vor 7 Monate
AAR2VZ
AAR2VZ

That's the fastest crystal removal I've ever seen....good job....

Vor Monat
Andrew Burdock
Andrew Burdock

Thanks, very interesting your films only discoverd tonight , been watching for 2 hours or more already, facinating how you manege to take them all apart, plus all thé equipment and tools you have , i am realy impressed, got my old watch out with me now, just checking it all works, Thanks very inspiring vidéo,, well done , and , you did thé right thing with thé New dial and arms, realy looks good,,

Vor Monat
J. LENO
J. LENO

wish i could do what you do!!! i would be proud to where that watch after your repaired it!!!

Vor Monat
Amateur Pocket watch enthusiastic.
Amateur Pocket watch enthusiastic.

Thank you because of this channel and others like it especially those who explain what they are doing the pieces names etc. I have turned this into a full time career. I made great money before each month now I'm easily making triple that in a week or two anyone with a passion for restoration of beautiful times pieces i highly encourage you to pursue it. I spent a few thousand initial getting the tools i needed but totally worth the investment.

Vor 2 Monate
Amateur Pocket watch enthusiastic.
Amateur Pocket watch enthusiastic.

I recently restored to perfect working order a Audemars Piguet 1932 had to buy a parts watch which was expensive and a real challenge to fix like new but I finally did it. That's the toughest one ice done yet in terrible condition but customer was offering over the usual cost which is very expensive told him I will need to purchase a parts watch he even paid for that cool guy obviously with a lot of cash floating around. Anyway he's now approached me with a 2nd project and has told a friend of his is interested in my work and also wants to meet in person to discuss his ideas. 💙🙏🏻

Vor 2 Monate
Louis Warmoth
Louis Warmoth

As a youth (50’s-60’s) I lived very close to an AF base and there was a watch repair shop on base that was a franchise of the A&AF Exchange Service (PX or BX) . The watchmaker/ repairman always had a few of these same military watches on hand that were used but reconditioned /repaired and he sold them pretty cheap. Consequently, that’s what many of us “townys “ wore as our first watches. Brings back memories to see you restore one. Enjoyed the video.

Vor 2 Monate
Carolyn McPherson
Carolyn McPherson

Great you could tell us this bit of history, and you witnessed it!

Vor 10 Tage
Frank Savage
Frank Savage

As combat veteran I would love to have that watch

Vor Monat
Mike Campbell
Mike Campbell

As always a masterful job.

Vor Monat
L L
L L

Great video thank you. I would have chosen the better dial and kept the old one in a draw.

Vor 2 Monate
enpluson
enpluson

I think a purposefully broken part in the middle of beautifully resored watch looks great and at the end of the day, you really don't need the numerals to read a watch.

Vor 2 Monate
Jon Dresser
Jon Dresser

I love how you approach these projects with the attitude of "I don't really know how to do this, but we are going to give it a shot". Every project is a learning experience. Keep it up!

Vor year
Middlefingergod
Middlefingergod

Ypubdid a great job and used the right face for the level of restoration you did.

Vor 2 Monate
Lon Miller
Lon Miller

do you have a buffing wheel? it would be a great addition to the unbelievable work you do. a little rouge to buff those watches, would be phenomenal.

Vor Monat
TurnUp De
TurnUp De

How could I get my Grandfather's 50s Bulova on the restore list , great job , beautiful watch , you picked the right dial

Vor 2 Monate
Justin
Justin

thanknyou for your everything. I enjoy watching these videos SO MUUUUCH

Vor 2 Monate
Ray Karam-Singh
Ray Karam-Singh

Hi, I have never been interested in watches, restoration, a little, came across your channel and I'm hooked! Alot of restoration videos on youtube I'm not entirely convinced about, and no narration or talking. You give a step by step account, and know your history. So happy to see someone do such an amazing job!!!! Keep it up

Vor 7 Monate
giggil boy
giggil boy

He is good to watch and gives off a sense of honesty in is videos very informative .

Vor 6 Monate
Jason
Jason

Yeah some of them on YouTube are total scams. This clearly isn’t.

Vor 7 Monate
Russell Albert
Russell Albert

I like the idea of keeping parts like the dial where possible but I think that one is too far gone.

Vor 2 Monate
Mohamed Felfel
Mohamed Felfel

I would keep the rusty part on the old dial, and paint out the rest of the numbers, so it can be read. Maybe, use some sort of crazy apoxy on the rust pieces to keep it rusted exactly as is. I have no idea if thats possible. I cant even change the battery on my watch.

Vor Monat
CARLOS FELICIANO
CARLOS FELICIANO

What Nice work. I want to get into this hobby. DO you have a online store?

Vor 2 Monate
raymond goodman
raymond goodman

Personally, a big fan of the original dial as it tells the story, or at least sets the scene. Either way, a beautiful result on your project.

Vor 2 Monate
Margery K
Margery K

Never thought I'd spend 45 minutes of my Saturday watching a watch repair video, but it is somehow fascinating to see the progression. Plus, your voice over is spot on. Thanks for sharing your talent and enthusiasm with us. Keep up the great work. ATB : )

Vor year
harry walker
harry walker

@Wristwatch Revival old machinery..you give a kid,,these days,,a jigsaw,,& they will gauk & walk away,,too hard..

Vor 3 Monate
Kent Howard
Kent Howard

Unbelievably fascinating! Add me to the list of subscribers who has another reason to not get anything done! Can I get a note for my wife?🙂

Vor 11 Monate
RCshowmen
RCshowmen

@Wristwatch Revival question where did you source a new stem for this watch?

Vor year
TravelGuy
TravelGuy

me too 😊

Vor year
ruffleao
ruffleao

same here nice job wow .

Vor year
farbrorfjellstrom
farbrorfjellstrom

You might want to try diluted Simple Green Professional as rust remover without discoloration. Just make sure to keep it away from the jewels and crystal and rinse thoroughly.

Vor Monat
Ricky Abraham
Ricky Abraham

I would have used a brown leather band that would have just put the icing on the cake for that watch. Other than that it’s nice to see a piece of history restored and working for others to enjoy

Vor Monat
Dariush Radpour
Dariush Radpour

YOU ARE TRUELY A GREAT MAESTRO OROLOGIAIO A GOLDEN MEDAL! This episode is a very intrestin oneThank you so much again 🙂

Vor 2 Monate
Robert Mayer
Robert Mayer

I find the restoration of the Elgin watches the most interesting. Having grown up in Elgin, Illinois during the 50's & 60'S when life revolved around the watch factory. It was a sad day in 1966 when the watch factory was torn down. People told stories that as they removed the floor boards there were thousands of gears etc. that had fallen down the cracks still left there.

Vor year
Robert Mayer
Robert Mayer

@Mike Little We use the soft G like in the drink, gin.

Vor 9 Monate
Mike Little
Mike Little

In Elgin Illinois, is Elgin pronounced with a soft g? In Canada we use a hard g in Elgin.

Vor 9 Monate
Robert Mayer
Robert Mayer

@CD D Looking at it now, it would have been a great apartment building, providing much more housing that the current apartment complex that now occupies that space.

Vor 10 Monate
CD D
CD D

What was it about the 60s through the 80s that we tore everything down? Now, the factory would be seen as a historical building; townhouses; market etc- anyway, interesting story. What a sad day for Elgin.

Vor 10 Monate
Lechkingofdead
Lechkingofdead

@Robert Mayer hm well forgive the oversight, still wonder how many parts there was that was still good for replacements just left to rust and stuff.

Vor 11 Monate
Petr K
Petr K

I would like you to try take the beaten watch dial and perhaps clear coat it and polish it. It could give it "intentionally beaten" look.

Vor 2 Monate
L4rgo 117
L4rgo 117

I feel like you should go to a dollar store and pick up a lint roller for projects like this, run it across your bench to pick up all those little bits of rust and dust that are impossible to sweep up

Vor 2 Monate
Jeff's Big Guitars
Jeff's Big Guitars

My jaw 'bout hit the floor when you showed how small those screws are. I'd like the see the machine that made those screws, or even the machine that made the machine that made those screws. This is fascinating stuff. Well done, man. I don't think I blinked twice here.

Vor Monat
Spooky McGhee
Spooky McGhee

Machinist here. I make screws for my job, usually on a turret lathe from the 40s. Typically tiny stuff like this was historically mass produced on a type of lathe called a screw machine. It's like a turret lathe but it's a but more complicated and is mechanically (mostly sort of) automated. Those machines churned these tiny bits out by the thousands back in the day. Nowadays CNC swiss lathes are the way to go for tiny parts. Hope it helps :)

Vor 27 Tage
11BRAVO
11BRAVO

@Jeff's Big Guitars I'm assuming you build solid body electrics. Can you imagine the rosettes Marshall could inlay on accoustic top plates and fretboards with his manual dexterity and eye/hand coordination if he decided to change "hobbies"? 😁 The guy is amazing. And no ego.

Vor Monat
Gerald L. Hunsucker
Gerald L. Hunsucker

There's an old song, "You've got accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and don't mess with Mr. In-Between" In my personal opinion, I think if you're going to restore it, then restore it right, all the way. Make it new, get rid of ALL defects including scratches on the back, restoring the dial and hands to new condition, etc. With the fine motor skills and intelligence that you have, I'm sure you could pull it off. If, on the other hand, aging and patina is what you're looking for, then don't restore anything, just service it.

Vor 2 Monate
VochoTalacha
VochoTalacha

I loved the watch!... would you sell it to me?

Vor 7 Monate
Jun
Jun

Are you going to restore the donor watch of this donor watch? the cycle never ends 😅

Vor Monat
Mackie
Mackie

If someone has a proper method to repaint the numbers and markings on the old dial, the rusty look would be awesome.

Vor Monat
Don Bradley
Don Bradley

LoLLOL LOLLLLL Im gonna use my crystal lift here... and gently....CRACK. Love it. Love the channel. Great work my man!

Vor Monat
MI-LEW
MI-LEW

Excellent excellent job! Enjoyed every minute of the restoration. And it really looks nice! Could you include in your presentations the approximate values before you start restoration and what the values might be upon completion? Thanks very much.

Vor 6 Monate
r8dj
r8dj

turned out awesome! mad props for salvaging a piece of history overlooked by most...as a veteran, I can say there are many of us who truly appreciate this and would be proud to have a functioning relic like this our wrist.... although I probably would only wear something like this for special events....esp. after seeing what goes into restoring it...it's just too pretty now, that first scuff would be a heartbreaker. You def made the right choice on the dial too....while that battle-scarred one does give that element of cool, not at the cost of function....had the rust not affected the legibility, maybe a dif story. I will need to go through my coffee can graveyard of dead watches now. I have a few pocket watches that belonged to my great grandfather. Ofc, none of them work and one requires a key that is missing if I think. He raced horses in the early 1900's and one of them looks like a chronograph for keeping times. He was also friends with Frank James, who was a race starter. Back then there were only wires instead of starting gates. They both cleaned up bringing in a 100-1 shot named Broomstick.

Vor 7 Monate
Don Spackman
Don Spackman

Watching your revivals is relaxing and I really enjoy them. Made me want to find out more about an old pocket watch my dad had. Need to get it restored cause it's missing the minute hand and crystal but it's from the 1900s.

Vor 7 Monate
lumgs2009
lumgs2009

This was way cool! Great work! I love to see your excitement when you put back the balance and the watch starts working. It's much like a heart when it starts beating again on its own after a transplant ❤️

Vor 7 Monate
Jan Giesen
Jan Giesen

Hello, If you want to fill up scratches during plating, yoy have to use a layer of copper before the nikkel layer. Copper has a better fill capacity. Nice work though!!! And verry entertaining video!!! Grtz

Vor Monat
João Pedro 1967
João Pedro 1967

Faltou restaurar os ponteiros da hora, minutos, dos segundos e o mostrador também.

Vor Monat
Justin Howard
Justin Howard

I sincerely want to buy one of your restorations! Just found this channel, and I've always had an affinity for watches. Awesome work, and great channel. Thank you!

Vor 11 Monate
Mohammed Ahmed
Mohammed Ahmed

Beautiful restoration! Was so happy to see you had a donor because it looks absolutely amazing now. In the case where you didn't have a donor, I would've suggested getting an art restoration expert having a go at it. They could probably match the materials and/or paint according to the time the watch was made. Love your videos by the way!

Vor 2 Monate
Chip's Place
Chip's Place

Marshall, I just viewed your video on this restoration from a year ago. So I hope you see this comment. It is great to see some the challenges you go thru as well as photograph them. It shows that even yourself, have issues with such projects. Peaks and valleys shall we say. It shows that it is not always easy. It is good that viewers see this. Congrats on such a great job.

Vor 3 Monate
Chris van der Merwe
Chris van der Merwe

My favorite segments are when we are viewing through the microscope. So interesting to watch. Thanks Marshall for all the thoughtful work and words.

Vor 5 Monate
smaugmik
smaugmik

WOW! This is the most amazing restoration yet! I am astounded that you were even able to get it running, let alone look so damn good! (The new dial is 100% the right choice) I also think your electroplating experiment is an outstanding success! Bravo, Warren. This is a masterful restoration!

Vor 2 Monate
DAJ Dools
DAJ Dools

This watch is a piece of relevant history, and you absolutely gave it the honor it deserved. Awesome job on an awesome watch!!!

Vor year
Denis Mouzis
Denis Mouzis

I have a question. Since the watch will be cleaned and serviced why did you not use wd40 to brake the rust from the stem?

Vor 2 Monate
Gerald Leatherman
Gerald Leatherman

I've found myself fascinated with your videos! I love old stuff, and I love watches, so seeing you rehab old watches speaks to my soul. 😆 I'm a US Army veteran and former Army Ranger, 6-7-8-9 are angle numbers... most likely. I imagine that it was a soldier who wrote those there to give them some comfort.

Vor 3 Monate
Ivan Bocanegra
Ivan Bocanegra

I’m new to your videos but loving every second! I like swapping in the new dial especially if this watch is intended to be worn again—which like how could you not want to wear it after all the hard work restoring the mechanism. I MIGHT swap the old one if it were simply on display (and not running). Amazing work! I kinda want to pick this up as a hobby now.

Vor 6 Monate
David Fisher
David Fisher

Just got into watching your channel, no pun intended it's great to see you love what you do. I'm from the UK and can't wait to see more, all the best from dave and family.

Vor 6 Monate
55metalmonkey
55metalmonkey

The black on the parts is generally a carbon film which is left over from when the iron oxide was dissolved. You normally only get the darker black film on high carbon steel/ tool steel, mild steel will show up more grey. You can remove it with a fine brass wire wheel on a rotary tool but you'd probably want to jig up the part on a pin tool holder so it doesn't fly across the room.

Vor year
martinskanal
martinskanal

@EightiesTV I think you are right about the carbon not coming only from the steel.. the chelation agent used in Evaporust is Ethylenediaminetetraacetate (with molecular formula C10H14N2O8-2). It contains carbon, so the back residue layer might very well come from this component. I think the information on EvapoRust's own website quoted above is a simplification of what is actually going on. While it is true that the carbon in the steel "migrates", evaporust only penetrates a couple of microns into the steel, so this effect alone cannot explain the comparatively thick layer of black "goo". As you correctly point out, the carbon content in steel is +/- 1% - not sufficient for a few microns worth of steel to turn into a black skin of carbon in the treated steel. To reduce the black layer Evaporust actually suggests adding a quick second bath (combined with mechanical removal, essentially brushing off most of the layer). The "migrating" carbon i s however visible in the sense that it dulls the metallic sheen/luster of the steel adding a dull grey outer skin on the steel varying with the carbon content in the treated object. This dulling grey color is incidentally why some people who refurb/restore old tools and other steel objects actually steer away from Evaporust (and other chemical rust removers). E.g. using a chemical rust remover when restoring a vintage katana sword would be considered a sacrilege as it would completely ruin the patterns in the hagane of the blade that occurs during the quenching. (I should add I am neither a chemist nor a metallurgist so my ramblings should be treated with at least a pinch of salt)

Vor year
EightiesTV
EightiesTV

Carbon? Bullshit. Which allotopic form of carbon comes from the dissolution of iron (III) oxide? There's no carbon in iron oxide. And there's VERY little carbon in the steel... which is why it's *steel* and not iron. Even most "high carbon" steels has less than 1%. That greyish black coating is a combination of iron tannate and iron phosphate from *tannic acid and phosphoric acid.* That's why it looks like a Parkerized finish. They use those acids because they are present in foods (tea and Coke) and inherently safe in low concentration. If you want to get rid of rust and leave metal shiny, use dilute hydrofluoric acid. It's sold as "Wink Rust Remover."

Vor year
martinskanal
martinskanal

@55metalmonkey yeah! I stand corrected. This process of rust removal through chelation is completely different from forcing a patina on carbon steel. Infact, evaporust will not only remove hematite but other iron oxides as well - i n c l u d i n g the black/blue magnetite layer on patinized kives and blued guns. A different kettle of fish all together.

Vor year
Benderdick Cumbersnatch
Benderdick Cumbersnatch

FAQ: "The black film is carbon from the steel. Steel is composed of a combination of carbon and iron. In certain instances, steel will darken in color after rust has been removed from the surface of the metal. This is a natural phenomenon that chemists refer to as “carbon migration”. The carbon from the steel moves, or “migrates”, to the outer layer of the metal and settles into the pores. The removal of the rust (iron oxide) reduces the proportion of iron to carbon, leaving a higher concentration of carbon on the outer surface. This heavier layer of carbon could cause a darkening of the metal due to the attributes of the carbon. The darkening does not have an adverse affect on the metal. It merely represents the movement of carbon from the interior of the metal to the exterior of the metal."

Vor year
55metalmonkey
55metalmonkey

@martinskanal According to Evaporusts FAQ page and several forums its carbon

Vor year
MinecraftMum343
MinecraftMum343

I've just started watching your videos and I love them. Quick question, is there a practical reason why the brass is plated or is it just cosmetic? I actually love the colour of brass personally :)

Vor 7 Monate
Henry Szubielski
Henry Szubielski

Wow! That did come out looking fantastic. Thanks for saving a piece of history. The watch and for the serviceman that wore it.

Vor 14 Stunden
schoo491
schoo491

Great skill, is really amazing skill, knowledge and passion to restore this historic piece. Bravo 👏

Vor 23 Tage
bri w
bri w

Deffo use the better dial. At the end of the day, you need to be able to use the watch

Vor Monat
Ajit M
Ajit M

Amazing work. A before and after shot towards the end or beginning of the video would be one amazing addition to the content you create.

Vor 6 Monate
Steve Foster
Steve Foster

Another great episode. I came across your channel a few days ago and I can't believe i'm hooked. I love your narration Marshall and I think that's why I keep coming back. Everything you do is step by step and now I find myself thoroughly enjoying this channel.

Vor 6 Monate
Jimmie Anderberg
Jimmie Anderberg

Enjoyed every minute of the restoration! This is my absolute favorite watch, i love its history

Vor 3 Monate
Do Jagi
Do Jagi

Really love the result. I thought you were going to give up the restoration in the beginning. And I also like the better looking dial.

Vor 2 Monate
Alex De Leon
Alex De Leon

There is no question that the readable dial is the best choice. There is nothing cool about a dial that resembles a Jackson Pollock painting. The end result is something to be proud of. Well done!

Vor year
theBigMoose
theBigMoose

If there was a backstory on the watch, like it was worn in the Normandy invasion, then the old dial, sealed with perhaps lacquer, would be appropriate. Otherwise, the replacement dial is the best call.

Vor 9 Monate
Steve Sebzda
Steve Sebzda

@General Gerard -- Yeah, you're right. They'd have to raid an old nice watch for its leather band, [All curled already] , and leave that other watch stranded. That's what ya gotta do though lol. YOU'RE RIGHT.

Vor 10 Monate
Steve Sebzda
Steve Sebzda

For instance, WRISTWATCH REVIVAL, if a person wears that , and explains "it's from WW2 time area" , that person [And EVERYONE ELSE] is going to look at that strap and think to themselves, "Oh, that's the kind of strap they wore in that war.." NO [THEY DID NOT]. LEATHER

Vor 10 Monate
Steve Sebzda
Steve Sebzda

BROWN LEATHER STRAP. I agree. [Even slightly lighter in color but still dark somewhat]. Classy like that. [I have a thin watch band VERY SIMILAR to what I'm thinking on a thin watch in the jewelry box. LEATHER, I agree though [NOT a blk woven thing like nowadays lol ] Nice though [for a SECOND].

Vor 10 Monate
zog zog
zog zog

@Ban this youtube I can chuck in my Technics SL1210 Mk5g turntable.

Vor 11 Monate
Phillip Hammond
Phillip Hammond

Great video! My grandpa on my dad's side didn't serve in the military during WWII, but like so many civilians of his time, he worked in war materials. Specifically, he worked for Elgin. Not sure how much watch work he did, but I know they also helped make aircraft dial components as well. Thanks again!

Vor 6 Monate
Billy Moretti
Billy Moretti

Amazing to watch you work I think I've found my new hobby I have always been interested in watch restoration and watchmaking in general but you have taken alot of the mystery out of it for me.. it's still just as cool..but now it seems an accessible hobby thanks! Bill

Vor 6 Monate
Keith Goodman
Keith Goodman

Fascinated by your videos, and have watched several of them since discovering your channel. Question though... could you use some type of a sandblaster with microbeads to do the cleanup of the case to save time and effort?

Vor 6 Monate
Leroy Brown
Leroy Brown

Excellent video as usual. Yes, I’m pretty sure this watch was probably worn in combat. As you may or may not know, combat is hell and that’s why the outside of the watch looks like hell and thus the poor condition of the crystal and other parts. It’s also quite possible that the person wearing the watch died in combat and it was returned to the family after his death, who knows? If only that watch could tell some stories… I agree with your decision to use the better looking dial, there is patina and then there is just pure garbage.

Vor 19 Tage
paul silberman
paul silberman

Had the pleasure of wearing this model that was in my father's collection. Turns out it belonged to his brother who was a navigator in the USAAF in WWII. I gave it back to him In honor of his service. Great watch and a greater generation of men and women who served. Thanks for sharing.

Vor year
Russell Albert
Russell Albert

Quality of Marshall's work at everything he does is so good.

Vor 2 Monate
Billy
Billy

You sound like everyone's fun uncle. Its really inspiring hearing you talk about your passions. Appreciate all the hard work!

Vor 7 Monate
chris marquis
chris marquis

So satisfying to see it completed and running . Amazing!

Vor 5 Monate
꧁Lando Brown꧂
꧁Lando Brown꧂

My dream watch, Elgin and everything! That came out gorgeous. It'd have been a struggle for me not to use the original dial with a little more clean up, but I think you made the right choice.

Vor 2 Monate
flowerpower73
flowerpower73

I agree the newer dial. It's a fantastic restoration and still keeps its character. Love your channel and your explanations. Keep up the amazing work.

Vor 11 Monate
Joel Harvey
Joel Harvey

Great work! What a talent you have. A total pleasure to watch!

Vor 5 Monate
Marcus Fifield
Marcus Fifield

Hey you forgot the rubber ring before you put the caseback back on

Vor Monat
wieland12
wieland12

I just love watching your videos. I have been in love with the engineering in watch’s ever since I took my 1st watch apart. I was 11 and didn’t have a clue what i was doing. My father was none to happy with me either. So now at 62 and retired I think I am ready to try again. Would you have a list of starter tools? Amazon has tool set for $20 or so and I know they can’t be any good. Is there any way you could post a list of starter tools? Thank you.

Vor 3 Monate
David Wilson
David Wilson

Another GREAT video Marshall! Enjoy your presentations very much. You seem to have a lot of experience with this as the video proves. Does not surprise me that this watch turned out good. I'm a new subscriber and look forward for many more videos. Nice touch and a joy to watch!!

Vor Monat
retro440
retro440

The phrases "repairing a wristwatch" and "designing a cold fusion reactor" have never been in my vocabulary! What you do is amazing!

Vor year
Juliana65
Juliana65

I just stumbled upon your channel today and I have to say, I am fascinated!! I've never seen the inside of a watch or the process of restoration and I've been glued to a few videos on your channel. I think the cleaner, readable watch face was a good choice. The other one was just too damaged. :-)

Vor 7 Monate
Bert Trim
Bert Trim

That was a great job. The watch looks like a keeper. Thanks for the share.

Vor 6 Monate
Oscar Eightyone
Oscar Eightyone

Hi Marchall, just wanned to say awesome work! Found your channel yesterday and I cant stop watching your videos now 🤓 After my 4-5th video I started to recognize many of the internal parts and patterns of your work. I can see myself trying this (yep, fooling myself I guess). I really tought you were a proffesional watch mechanic and made these videos from your shop, since quality of the footage and your work is of the charts!

Vor 6 Monate
Raen Andaleio
Raen Andaleio

I really appreciate what you're doing. I was forced to stay in bed for the past week and watching your videos helped me through it. It's interesting to see how these old watches worked and watching you take apart and put back together something so delicate is very satisfying. Also your voice is very pleasant and soothing to listen to. Thank you for helping me through that.

Vor 7 Monate
Dale Burrell
Dale Burrell

...THAT'S THE TRUTH-!!!

Vor 7 Monate
LuiseRat
LuiseRat

I know this is from 7 months ago, but I really enjoyed it. I’m new to being a timekeeping enthusiast, so this was a super fun video to pick up and journey through. Tons of history behind watches like that and it’s nice to see them out back into wearable condition again.

Vor year
Jon651
Jon651

Wonderful work - I watch in rapt fascination as always! As to the dial, I would have no qualms about using a replacement. Certainly there were after-market and third-party replacement dials sold when these old watches were new (I have at least one of my Elgin pocket watches that has an old after-market railroad style dial installed). Personally, if I were going to re-use the original dial I would actually consider applying a layer of clear-coat to at least prevent any further deterioration just like the folks who restore classic cars do to maintain the look of an old weathered paint job. These watches were mass produced - bins and trays of parts were all brought together in the assembly room to create watches and it was essentially random chance that decided which parts were used in any one watch. And they produced thousands upon thousands of them. Knowing that, I would not place as much of an emphasis on using the exact original parts that the watch arrived with unless the owner had some specific history or meaning attached to it. But seeing as how you started out with essentially a donor movement that you were will to strip down for parts that is really not an issue here. Overall - excellent work!

Vor 7 Monate
Daniel Woods
Daniel Woods

New viewer here (only seen a few of your videos so far) - so cool to see this first time you electroplated, because I just watched you doing it in a much more recent video, and it's fun to see all the new tools and skills you've acquired. This watch turned out great!

Vor 6 Tage
David Crawford
David Crawford

What a great job Marshall. I am proud of you 👍

Vor 7 Monate
bri w
bri w

You didn't put the Little rubber seal back after removing ?

Vor Monat
SinJon
SinJon

Absolutely a good call using the far less damaged dial. The original would’ve been cool if it was easier to read, but in this case(haha) it was too far gone

Vor year
Spherical Empirical
Spherical Empirical

Incredible. Reminds me of a CWC really. Beautiful, excellent restoration. You’ve the patience of a saint.

Vor 3 Monate
Liri Ronen
Liri Ronen

Thanks for these videos - really fascinating stuff, I feel like I'm learning a lot about this hobby! I was wondering if you would ever consider repainting a dial like that - obviously that's a whole craft and skill of its own, but it might be a way to keep original parts with even more added charm and personal investment in the restoration.

Vor 2 Monate
Joe Guilfoyle
Joe Guilfoyle

I was thinking the same thing. Surely there's someone who can re-do and restore those.

Vor 2 Tage
The Dreamer
The Dreamer

Wow. I have been looking for things to watch for my interest in machinery and the restoration of old objects. Watching this I must say that you should make a course on watch restoration and the basics of a watch. Really like your content.

Vor 6 Monate
Chris Walker
Chris Walker

amazing skills, hooked on your videos now, & the watch looks fantastic to how it first looked

Vor 3 Monate
Jerry Grimes
Jerry Grimes

These videos are addictive! I can't believe an hour long video goes by so quickly, and I almost can't turn it off! Thanks for doing these, and your skills are most admirable.

Vor year
Aco319sig
Aco319sig

Astounding! I was got a watch like that during a mission back in 1994. (By the way, the band would have been leather, back in WWII)

Vor 29 Tage
Alfredo Chirinos Fernández
Alfredo Chirinos Fernández

Lovely job, magnificent choice to replace the dial!!!

Vor 4 Monate
Nick A
Nick A

Absolutely brilliant. Love watching a master work.

Vor 3 Monate
Flavortown
Flavortown

Absolutely fantastic restoration. Good piece of history saved

Vor 3 Monate
Paul Fellows
Paul Fellows

This is one incredible transformation from a pile of rusted junk into a perfectly smart, decent and usable watch with a history. As others have already said, changing the dial was very definitely the right way to go. The restoration of this watch has come so far that anything less than the replacement dial would spoil the finished object. Plus, this replacement dial is from a very similar watch from the same era, so there's no issue really with losing originality. The watch needed and fully deserves a new life. That necessitates a new dial and the result is so much the better for it.

Vor year
Morton Yakima Detecting The Pacific NW
Morton Yakima Detecting The Pacific NW

IDK if the bad dial could have a fixer sprayed on to keep chunks from falling in it might have been a good conversation piece. Gotta wonder if this didn't survive a flood. Any ways love your work.

Vor year
Khronosbest
Khronosbest

Good choice on the more complete and legible dial. Great work and I’m sure a mountain of patience. Thanx for sharing this experience

Vor 7 Monate

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