Watch Repair - Vintage Movado Datron HS360 with Zenith Movement
Brief History of Movado Datron
When we received this watch into our repair department, we knew it would be the perfect watch to blog about. While the Movado watch market doesn’t have the strongest resale value, watch collectors have recently been finding a new admiration for vintage Movado pieces and we know why.
Founded in 1881, Movado has built a reputation for holding an all-inclusive inventory. Whether a consumer is searching for a dress watch, every-day watch, career-focused watch, or a multi-purpose watch, Movado was there to meet their needs.
In our very own repair department, Gray and Sons Jewelers had the privilege of working on a Vintage Movado Datron Ref. 434.225.502, a classic. Creating its own unique design, the shape of this watch combines a rectangular design with a tonneau design to summarize the late 1960’s-1970’s.
Inside this beauty, Movado has placed a signed version of the world renowned Zenith ‘El Primero’ automatic chronograph wind movement; the first automatic chronograph movement introduced in 1969. So groundbreaking was this movement that even Rolex has included it in some of their Daytona models.
This Movado movement had the identical specs of the legendary El Primero such as the 36,000 vph, ball-bearing rotor, and 17 jewel movement. However, to distinguish the Movado Datron movement from Zenith El Primero movement, there is one tell-tale indicator. Unlike the El Primero that has the date window between the 4 and 5 o’clock, the Movado placed the date window at 12 o’clock.
The most mesmerizing part of this timepiece is it’s champagne panda-style dial with detailed golden markers, golden hands, and black subdials. This vintage piece has a look that remains timeless even in today’s day and age.
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The watch repair we will speak on came from a customer whose watch stopped running when he dropped his watch and chipped the crystal. The watch was no longer keeping time and the water-resistance of this watch had been compromised.
Every 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. In this case, luckily the movement just needed cleaning and re-lubricating. We went ahead and replaced the crystal with a new one since the current one was chipped.
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 are separated from the head and bracelet. The case and bracelet are 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! Of course, assuming the watchmaker isn’t interrupted and all parts continue functioning.
Since the scratches on the outer case were so minimal, we only had our polisher give this watch a light polish and a cleaning session in our ultrasonic machine.
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 using special machines that listen to the heartbeat of the watch. We also test the watch’s water resistance with a machine that simulates a deep plunge using air pressure to check for leaks.
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We also check that all complications are functioning fully; in this case the hour, minute, and second-hand accuracy. If both amplitude and water tests come out well, 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 independent watch repair center to sell us their watches and jewelry items so our inventory is ever-growing. 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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