Repairing An Omega Speedmaster To Perfection

Chronograph - Overhaul and Detailing Project

Repairing An Omega Speedmaster To Perfection

Since 1957, Omega has been recognized worldwide for their excellent watch innovation and iconic timekeeping mechanisms. As the official timekeeping watch brand for the Olympic Games, Omega isolated the ‘Speedmaster’ collection from their Seamaster and Railmaster, and for good reason. This collection quickly gained popularity for its co-axial functionality and tachymeter scale bezel.

The latest models of the Omega Speedmaster are powered by the Calibre 9900 (or 9901 with rotor and bridges made in 18k gold) movement which is one of Omega’s best creations yet. This automatic is equipped with two barrels, a vertical clutch, a column wheel, and better yet, a Co-Axial escapement with an operation frequency of 4 Hz.

The reasoning behind this calibre being the definition of pristine watchmaking is because of the immense testing and quality control these movements go through to be certified by METAS. Omega is independent from METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute for Metrology who are responsible for providing the accurate official time in Switzerland.

While METAS doesn’t directly conduct the testing of movements, they assure that the machines and equipment being used to conduct these tests are of the highest quality and in top condition year-round. METAS even has insisted on Omega providing them an independent office where calibre testing takes place so that they may conduct impromptu tests and inspections on the machinery.

Chronograph - Overhaul and Detailing Project

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The watch repair we will speak on came from a customer looking to give his watch a routine overhaul and detail. The watch was in working condition, but was running a bit behind. There were also minor dents and scratches we knew we could help remove. Every Omega watch that comes into Gray and Sons Jewelers for repair will automatically receive a 12 month warranty once received by the customer post-repair.

First things first, we open the case back of the watch and look for any rusted or damaged parts that need replacing. Once we’ve diagnosed the problem on the watch and know what extra parts are needed, our watchmaker takes apart the watch piece by piece and prepares it for cleaning.

The movement, crystal, and watch stem is separated from the head and bracelet. The case and bracelet is given to our head polisher while our watchmakers begin working on the movement. Piece by piece, our watchmaker begins dismantling the watch’s mechanism evaluating every piece.

Once the watch parts that need replacing are identified, our watchmaker prepares the standing parts to be cleaned and sources the parts that need to be replaced. We use six different cleaning solutions in an ultrasonic machine to make sure all dirt, dust, and dried oils are extracted from every crevice within the watch parts.

Once the watch parts are cleaned, the watchmaker starts to reassemble the movement while adding lubricants wherever designated and replacing all the gaskets for water resistance. This tedious process usually takes around 1 to 2 hours per watch! Ofcourse, assuming the watchmaker isn’t interrupted and all parts continue functioning.

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Since this watch has a chronograph movement, there are more layers to the watch than a typical hour-minute watch. Each of these layers must be individually inspected and cleaned. Since the scratches and dents on the outer case were so minimal, we had our polisher only give this watch a light touch of polish and only clean the case and bracelet in an ultrasonic solution.

Once our watchmaker puts together the movement and re-cases the watch, it's time for the final steps of our repair process. Prior to returning the client their watch, we must execute a final quality control process to assure the watch is running as accurately as possible.

In this quality control, we measure the watch’s amplitude and water resistance using special machines that listen to the heartbeat of the watch and simulate a deep plunge using air pressure to check for leaks. We also check that all complications are functioning fully; in this case the chronograph function. If both amplitude and water test come out good, the watch gets put on our winding wheel for observation where it rotates and mimics the movement of the wrist.

With this machine we can analyze the power reserve on the watch and make sure the automatic is providing power up to par throughout the day. Our entire repair process usually takes around 3 to 6 weeks total.

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For over 41 years, Gray and Sons have specialized in the luxury business of pre-owned watches and estate jewelry. Every item in our inventory has been repaired or restored to like-new condition.

Every day customers come into our store to sell us their watches and jewelry items so our inventory is evergrowing. Through our constantly updated website, customers can request a free monthly catalog that includes our updated inventory as many things come in every month.

Our sales associates are fluent in English, Spanish, French, Polish, and Russian so language barriers are often not a problem. Aside from buying, selling, and repairing, we also do trade-ins or take things in on consignment. Visit us for all your luxury needs!

Our showroom is located in the heart of Miami Beach diagonally across the street from the world-renowned Bal Harbour Shops. If ever in the area, we highly recommend you come into our store; we’d love to meet you!

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