Repository Updated & Dial Printing Machines

UPDATE: Dial printing equipment has SOLD!

The Repository page has been updated with many new items.

Today I spent a bit of time looking over the dial printing machines and accessories. Dennis used these machines to make otherwise unavailable replacement dials for antique wrist watches. The collection of over 2,000 plates include, but are not limited to, plates for Patek Philippe, Rolex, Omega, Cartier, Waltham, Gruen, & Elgin dials.

Patek Phillipe, Rolex, Omega

Dial printing machine (2 of 2)

Pictured is the cabinet containing the 2,899 dial plates.

Patek Phillipe, Rolex, Omega

Dial plate cabinets

Various dial plates:

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In the shop – Day No. 2

I have spent two days in the shop. What an amazing place. Everywhere I look, some treasure is hiding. Here are some photos of today’s finds.

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Patek Philippe Quartz Clock

Patek Philippe Naviquartz clock in original box with paperwork

This gem was hiding under a bunch of bubble wrap in a bag in a box under more wrapping material and other boxes under a bench. This is why one should always check EVERYTHING!

French lighthouse clocks, clockmaking, watchmaking

French Lighthouse clocks!! I am smitten with these.

These gorgeous (albeit, fragments) Lighthouse clocks were on a tray on the floor of a small cupboard. They are missing almost everything, but I am hopeful I will find the tops to their lanterns and bases somewhere in the haystack.

Banjolele!

Banjolele! A project for when this is all over.

A gum tape machine dispenser - still works too.

A gum tape machine dispenser – still works too.

But look closely at the next find…………..

Do you see it?

Do you see it?

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Ok – here is a closer look

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Now do you see it?

Yes, this original document contains the signatures of many prominent horologists, and among them is Louis Breguet.

Here are some photos of the front room, which Dennis did most of his work in.

The machining side

The machining side

Watchmaking benches - original metal handles, hardwood, and built in staking sets.

Watchmaking benches – original metal handles, hardwood, and built in staking sets.

Let's not forget the antique rounding up tool.

Let’s not forget the antique rounding up tool.

Today I accomplished my main goal of clearing out and organizing one of the smaller rooms and its contents.

The room emptied of the contents - except the small french clock hiding in the corner.

The room emptied of the contents – except the small french clock hiding in the corner.

Parts and materials from Bestfit, Longines, Sarthchild, etc.

Parts and materials from Bestfit, Longines, Swarthchild, etc.

These were all moved from the little room pictured above. Each drawer or every other is separate and has to be moved individually and restacked. They fit together with a pin system, but sometimes the pins don’t match from unit to unit. This can be troublesome when the stack gets too high!

Anyhow, I’m off to bed. It’s been a long day and there are many more to come. I can’t wait.