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    Default Hanhart restorations

    Hi Guys,

    Here is a Hanhart which I have been working on for some time for a customer. On arrival it was looking very sorry for itself to say the least !

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    And here it is on the right hand side with some close relatives that I have also recently finished restorations on :-


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    Some nice work

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    where did the bezel come from Andy? looks original

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    Hi Paul,
    I found a guy who had a couple original unused bezels that he got from Hanhart themselves many years ago. Not cheap as you can imagine !

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    Very, very nice work. Simply superlative!

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    Great work Andy - just great. If I ever get my hand on a WW2 Hanhart I know where to send it

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    Great work Andy.

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    Beautiful workmanship, would like to see the movement also.

    Well done.
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    Amazing work to say the least. One my favorites. No longer own one unfortunately.

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    Hi Guys,
    Thank you all for your comments - much appreciated!
    Here is a pic of the movement as it was. As you can see it was very dirty and the hammer along with it's operating spring and the 5 spoke chronograph driving wheel were all missing. The mainspring was also broken.

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    On the early watches the movement number was not in the place we normally see it but was engraved on the movement plate under the dial and also hand engraved on the edge of the plate. This watch would originally have had a pointer bezel but unfortunately they are even more difficult to find than a NOS normal style bezel !

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    I just noticed that the hammer spring was actually still fitted on this movement. They are often broken or missing.
    Andy

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    Thank you for the photo's, very nice work indeed.
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    Default Hanhart cal. 41 recently rescued ! Part 2

    Hi Guys,

    Here is a WW2 x2 pusher Hanhart which I have recently restored.

    I have had this watch for several years but the amount of work required to fix this one meant that it stayed in the 'in tray' for quite some time.

    I completely stripped and rebuilt the movement. The chronograph mechanism was in a bad way and I had to replace many parts.

    A replacement plexi was fitted and the hands restored / re-lumed in antique colour.

    A good friend helped with restoration of the case.

    It took a lot of effort but for me the end result justifies the hours spent in bringing this one back to life.

    Someone once said to me that a good quality but old and broken watch is like a shy pretty lady standing on the side waiting to be asked for a dance.

    This one has had a full jitterbug and is now ready to waltz for many years to come !









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    Looks like it turned out great sounded like a basket case before you serviced it got any before photo's ?

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    Here is a before pic of the movement -

    As you can see there is plenty of rust !


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    Nice one Andy!!

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    Lovely Job Andy !!

    and happy new year .

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    Great job Andy, definitely worth the effort and patience.

    Terry

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    Really amazing work Andy, thank you sharing these pics
    Thank you kindly.

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    Great work Andy and the re-plating looks extremely convincing and some of the best work I've seen

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