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  1. #1
    Master Grandiloquence's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Cheshire, UK

    Movement swap

    Hi all,

    I have a Hermès Captain Nemo that has a failed movement. I was wearing it last summer whilst out walking. I had worked up a bit of a sweat by the time I returned home and when I went to take off the watch, the crystal had fogged up and the watch had stopped.

    I tried the old rice trick to no avail, replaced the battery but nothing seemed to resurrect the watch. The only sign of life was the seconds hand would occasionally "twitch" as if it were trying to tick.

    I decided to have a crack at a movement swap so I identified the type of movement, purchased a brand new ETA replacement (£25 iirc) and with the help of a video of a watchmaker stripping the same movement, got to work. Unfortunately I realized I was out of my depth when it came to removing the hands. I didn't have a tool for the job and felt that even if I did I would likely bugger it up!

    So to get to the nub of it - I need to have the old movement swapped with the new replacement and probably replace the seals. What would I be looking at cost wise to have a professional do the work for me? Are the backlogs as bad as they were during lockdown?

  2. #2
    Grand Master
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Wakefield, West Yorkshire
    Did you establish the cause of the water ingress? I can sort out the movement swap but if the crown seal or glass seal have failed that'll be more difficult. I know v. little about Hermes watches but I`m assuming they won't supply case specific parts. Usually the seal in a crown can be replaced and glass seals can be replaced using a readily available generic part, but it can get involved, glass seals in particular can be tricky to source and fit correctly.

    PM me if you want to send it to me, I'm sure I can sort out the movement but the root cause of the leak really needs to be tackled too, that could prove harder.

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    Feb 2004
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    Custom lathe cut glass gaskets are also an option.

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