Back in December I presented to you the 1909 VC minute repeater pocket watch that has been passed down to me from my great-grandfather. Here is that thread: http://www.thehourlounge.com/thread/view/heirloom-vacheron-constantin-minute-repeater-pocket-watch_76160_76160.html
Now I am pleased to announce that the watch has been restored to working order and has been given a new lease on life!
I know that some of you strongly urged that I send the watch to Geneva to have the work done by Vacheron Constantin. As much as we value the watch it was not possible to justify the cost of that approach. Were that my only option I would have had to choose between leaving the watch in its rusty non-working state, or selling it. Those were both poor options. Instead, I found a watchmaker in the U.S. who satisfied me that he has the training and experience to perform the work. I hand delivered the watch to him, and then again travelled across the country to pick up the watch when it was done. It was a very satisfying experience.
I realized that the work done was not a "museum quality" restoration. However, my interest was not the same as that of a museum or that of a serious VC collector. Instead, my interest was to restore the watch to a state of dazzling beauty and flawless functionality, as perceived by me and my descendents. I have achieved that goal. Please don't be angry with me .
Now I need to store the watch in such a way that we can enjoy it as often as we like, and yet is secure and healthy for the watch. What I have in mind is to find an airtight box large enough to hold the watch in its original (and now repaired) box, along with a rechargeable cannister of silica dessicant, and to store that box in a fireproof safe.
Your comments are of course welcome.