Since the locking mechanism of my Zeno watch tend to open sometimes or a lot of times, the decision of getting a replacement was on the list. After seeing the DIY guide by Wood&Faulk on sewing a Nato style watch strap I decided to give it a try. Ok, I give posting a about leather a break now.
Zeller art and antiques auctions:
The love for “vintage” stuff might have been influenced a lot by working for Zeller art and antiques auction for about a decade. Surrounded by thousands of objects which move through the auction house every 3 month will not get by unrecognized even by a nerd. Realizing that some stuff is affordable and even quite cheap if you compare the craftsmanship involved in creating those pieces I started to hunt. It is not just the präservation of a (our) heritage it is also a kind of recycling. Bargains on flea markets are hard to find, with ebay being a price guide most sellers have a good reference for the price. Auction houses tend to start low with a price to attract bidders and if you are lucky you might be the only one who bids.
The images above, I took on a visit just give a quick impression “behind the scenes”, some more great stuff is still coming in and to show approx. 3500 – 4500 lots is impossible. Bidding online is possible but visiting a traditional Art Auctioneer like Michael Zeller who does his job since more than 40 years is a thrilling and sometimes entertaining performance.
Heuer 510.501 Chronograph glass fixed by Peter Gernsberger – RLX5513:
Used, abused and finally I fucked up the glass by dropping it twice on the floor. So this tough dude was on rest for about half a year now. On my recent trip to Frankfurt I was glad to meet Peter Gernsberger from RLX5513. He said he can fix it, so I gave him the chrono without any receipt and hardly knowing him, apart from some messages and spending some hours with him on that day. Precious to me, not just be-causeof it´s “steetvalue”. Peter fixed the Heuer within a bit more than 24 hours. No worries about the chrono being lost by DHL and probably to see my face in joy and disbelieve when he gave it back to me. Agreed was he will fix it within 2 weeks due to his busy schedule. The surprise hit me without any clue.
I´m hardly able to thank him enough for that favour. But in the trustful network of friends and friends of friends which I expanded also via be-cause there are ways to payback “debts” and favours.
Heuer 510 501 chrono watch with nato strap:
Given to me by my father around 20 years ago, about the time when I served at the army. I beat the cap out of it – damaged the original black metal band, never realized how expensive and actually nice this watch is. At this time, of course it had to have a camouflaged watchband which could be closed to avoid reflections from the watch glass. I was always a bit pissed off be-cause the chrono lost 5 minutes after a week.
This watch was for a long time forgotten in the basement, but worked fine with just some shakes and this after about 15 years of rest. I replaced the camouflaged strap with a bit more civil looking one. I know the glass should be replaced, but right now I think it add´s to it´s characteristic.
More images and more background info about this watch, check Heuerville.
Grandfathers Certina watch:
One of my most valuable possessions. Just recently my mother gave me the watch
of my grandfather. The watchband was way to small and the inside needed a good service. A picture taken right after the watchmaker gave it a service.