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    Where to service vintage Breitling??

    Got a vintage 806 and another older Breitling chrono which I would
    Like to have serviced before I decide to keep or flip??
    The older one was originally plated in Rose gold which has started to run off on the usual lug areas so I had asked about replating but everyone I spoke to said leave it alone! Firstly to keep it original and secondly because new Rose Gold playing will look way too bling?? Does anyone have any ideas or pics of one that’s been redone??
    Thing is I know that Breitling have issues with any parts etc not going to any non Breitling authorised but these are surely so old they would necessarily have parts available anyway??
    I would like any advice on who to use ??

    Thanks in advance!!
    Chris

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    Brendon ‘Webwatchmaker’ serviced a 806 for a acquaintance of mine and he was delighted with how it went.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
    Brendon ‘Webwatchmaker’ serviced a 806 for a acquaintance of mine and he was delighted with how it went.
    Thanks Jason,
    I service quite a number of these beauties. Was it for C.H. ?
    Here's one ready for the ultrasonic watch cleaning machine:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Webwatchmaker View Post
    Thanks Jason,
    I service quite a number of these beauties. Was it for C.H. ?
    Here's one ready for the ultrasonic watch cleaning machine:


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    Brendon - a question. When I've received pictures of my watches being serviced they're completely stripped down; in your picture it appears the mainplate and other parts haven't been stripped completely. Are they not parts that move and can therefore wear, and need oiling while being reassembled, or doesn't it matter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy100 View Post
    Brendon - a question. When I've received pictures of my watches being serviced they're completely stripped down; in your picture it appears the mainplate and other parts haven't been stripped completely. Are they not parts that move and can therefore wear, and need oiling while being reassembled, or doesn't it matter?
    Good point. My photo shows the movement after ultrasonic cleaning and was part reassembled for photographic brevity. My watch cleaning machine is incredibly thorough and leaves all components absolutely clean, dry and sparkling. All important components are dismantled and several different viscosity lubricants are used depending on the frictional properties of each one. This guarantees the best possible rate and amplitude. I have serviced dozens of 806's over the years and they are great watches. The classic pilot's watch.
    One Bristol dealer gave me thirty to service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webwatchmaker View Post
    Good point. My photo shows the movement after ultrasonic cleaning and was part reassembled for photographic brevity. My watch cleaning machine is incredibly thorough and leaves all components absolutely clean, dry and sparkling. All important components are dismantled and several different viscosity lubricants are used depending on the frictional properties of each one. This guarantees the best possible rate and amplitude. I have serviced dozens of 806's over the years and they are great watches. The classic pilot's watch.
    One Bristol dealer gave me thirty to service.

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    It was you saying it was ready for the ultrasonic machine that made me wonder.
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    ALSAL Watches in London. Tim does all of my watches. A fantastic service throughout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subchris View Post
    Got a vintage 806 and another older Breitling chrono which I would
    Like to have serviced before I decide to keep or flip??
    The older one was originally plated in Rose gold which has started to run off on the usual lug areas so I had asked about replating but everyone I spoke to said leave it alone! Firstly to keep it original and secondly because new Rose Gold playing will look way too bling?? Does anyone have any ideas or pics of one that’s been redone??
    Thing is I know that Breitling have issues with any parts etc not going to any non Breitling authorised but these are surely so old they would necessarily have parts available anyway??
    I would like any advice on who to use ??

    Thanks in advance!!
    Chris
    I tend to use a couple of people to service my chronographs:


    Rich Askham has sorted out lots of Breitling, some are on his website:

    http://thewatchspotblog.com/?tag=breitling

    Also as ever Olli (.olli. of this forum): http://onatelier.co.uk/
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    Brendon did a great job on my 806.

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    To be fair, your comments and photographs appear to indicate that you don’t fully dismantle all movements before ultrasonically cleaning them.

    All Foxy100 was asking was for clarity as to whether this is or isn’t the case.

    There is and was, absolutely no need for you to take offence or start being abusive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    To be fair, your comments and photographs appear to indicate that you don’t fully dismantle all movements before ultrasonically cleaning them.

    All Foxy100 was asking was for clarity as to whether this is or isn’t the case.

    There is and was, absolutely no need for you to take offence or start being abusive.
    Of course I dismantle movements completely. My photos show some components reassembled simply for clarity.
    Aren't you another member who lives in the Bear Pit ?

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    Ahem, getting back on topic, another recommendation for Brendan. Serviced my 806 and my Zenith De Luca earlier this year. Very happy with the results (and he sent me some nice photos of both of them in bits ).

    Amazing how shiny the 806 movement looked after the cleaner had finished with it, looked brand new.


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    Brenden did some amazing work restoring a watch for me.... I am a very happy customer...

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    Thank you chaps. Much appreciated.

    It is the original poster I feel sorry for. He innocently seeks advice on the servicing of his watches and ends up drawn into a totally ill considered diatribe.
    Good news is that he messaged me and is sending the watches to me for repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webwatchmaker View Post
    Thank you chaps. Much appreciated.

    It is the original poster I feel sorry for. He innocently seeks advice on the servicing of his watches and ends up drawn into a totally ill considered diatribe.
    Good news is that he messaged me and is sending the watches to me for repair.

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    I'm glad we cleared up everything and you've had a happy ending. I'd also like to thank everyone who's sent me a PM and think I've replied to all of them.
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