Restored ref 4627 from 1950s - back from the ashes.

I never posted photos of this timepiece after restoration - its a ref 4627 38mm case housing a cal 1002 manual movement. Given to my wife's grandfather in 1955 and then to her father (engraving on the case). The original state was awful with considerable damage, having been kept in the back of a drawer full of old tools in a farm workshop.

The glass had to be remade, the crown was broken and not original, the strap was also not original and the balance wheel was damaged - a new crown and balance had to be made & the strap replaced. Some face repair was needed too as well as much other work.

This was all far from cheap (not an ecomonically sensible repair) and took VC nearly a year. I now use it regularly, and am extremely pleased with it...

Original (very damaged) state

Restored ref 4627 from 1950s

 

Congratulations Nicko, it looks fantastic!
05/05/2016 - 05:09

I've had VC do extensive service on a few watches myself, so I know exactly what you're talking about!

It looks like they did an Excellent job.  Love the dial and those lugs!

Cal. 1002 is also a wonderful movement.  You have a really classic and beautiful VC.

BR, Dan

Re: Restored ref 4627 from 1950s - back from the ashes.
05/05/2016 - 14:48

Congratulations on this beautiful watch! VC has done a great job in restoring it (Nothing less is to be expected).

May it bring you much joy for many years.

I fell in love with this watch the first time I saw it and have owned one for many years. (Alex used to own one as well, I believe).

 Restored ref 4627 from 1950s - back from the ashes.

Here is a photo of the movement:

 Restored ref 4627 from 1950s - back from the ashes.

 

It was a large watch for its day but a wonderful design and still looks "modern" today.

I liked the watch so much that it was the inspiration for my Cabinotier Atelier watch:

 Restored ref 4627 from 1950s - back from the ashes.

 

Congratulations once again.

Joseph

Big congratulations on your "new" beauty!
05/05/2016 - 19:30

What is the diameter of this watch?

Best to all,

Tim

Sorry, was reading too fast. 38mm is a great size.
05/05/2016 - 19:31

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That looks great - congrats
05/06/2016 - 09:08

What a great family heirloom. I hope you wear it in great health. 

Re: Restored ref 4627 from 1950s - back from the ashes.
05/06/2016 - 13:30

Congratulations on the watch - it is quite beautiful and 38mm is a great size.  

I have a 4625 which is very similar (38mm) although a different movement (P454), indices, crown etc. I am awaiting its return from a minor repair.  

 Restored ref 4627 from 1950s - back from the ashes.

I love that dial Nugget, love that dial :-) (nt)
05/06/2016 - 16:19
Re: Restored ref 4627 from 1950s - back from the ashes.
05/08/2016 - 00:45

Thanks chaps - I love this watch - I use it for important meetings - its far more subtle than my day-to-day timepiece and it feels absolutely right on the wrist...

Economic sense or not, I'm glad I had it restored.

Re: Restored ref 4627 from 1950s - back from the ashes.
05/09/2016 - 05:36

Hello Nicko.

Your watch has been used to mark  the passage of time for three generations.

Please continue to use from now on.

io

 

Re: Re: Restored ref 4627 from 1950s - back from the ashes.
05/10/2016 - 11:23

Three generations indeed - only problem is that we have two sons !

Important meeting tomorrow - it'll be on my wrist :)

what a lovely watch, it was worth the wait!
05/09/2016 - 09:16

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Re: what a lovely watch, it was worth the wait!
05/10/2016 - 11:25

Thanks Alex - you encouraged me to commit to it - seeing your lovely example convinced me...

Re: Restored ref 4627 from 1950s - back from the ashes.
06/03/2016 - 13:44

Amazing,

 

Do you have an estimation of the price you paid ?

 

thx