Jeroen meticulously examined every single part of the watch and assessed which components had to be refurbished, replaced or even replicated. The condition of the movement was far from fine: among other things, Jeroen detected multiple poorly executed repairs on the movement and the use of non-authentic components, the bezel was amateurishly glued on, some jewels broken, and the dial displayed various cracks, some of which were filled with a poor filler.
After nearly ten weeks of cleaning, removing, turning, drilling and refurbishing, Jeroen finally finished his restoration project. Which part did he find most exciting? “For me, the setting of the jewels was a very important and exciting step. We still have old jewels in stock, so I used those. I try to keep everything as original as possible,” says Jeroen. “I very much enjoyed restoring this beautiful pocket watch. You don’t often have the chance to work on something like this.”