Tissot Navigator Yachting
Roughly 5 months ago I distributed a #TBT about a vintage Tissot Navigator . That article was named „before”. Anyone who read that part knows precisely why I gave that name to the review. The watch I bought was in rough shape, the precious stone was broken and it was not original, the bezel was harmed, the case was grimy and scratched up and to wrap things up the movement was corroded and in such a condition that it truly was shouting for a restoration. We chose to highlight it in any case at that point have it overhauled so we would have the option to compare the before and after shots and show you dear peruser that even a lost case can end up being an example of overcoming adversity. As the incredible roman philosopher Seneca said: „Luck is the thing that happens whenever preparation meets opportunity” so I sincerely attempted to remember this throughout the whole process. I think we succeeded and the outcome is one dazzling vintage Tissot Navigator Yachting brought back to life.
Back in the day each (delicate )man had his own shoemaker, tailor or hairdresser, a tradition we unfortunately lost along the way. That expert understood what the customer liked in a shoe, how long the suit coat sleeves should be tailored or whether he liked a zesty or a new facial cleanser when he got his hot-shave. At the point when I consider watchmakers this is by and large where I position them. Us, WIS, believing our watches with someone resembles believing our most precious fortunes and we need everything to be quick, effective, great and modest of course. So finding the correct man to do the correct job is pivotal. At the point when I was composing the previous article I previously had a company at the top of the priority list for the job. I need to say I do not only have one watchmaker yet a good few really. This is something that comes with the territory when you work with watches day in outing, however I had no doubt which one is going to do the job for me. My good companion and owner of Mr. Andreas Gregoriades was informed that I may have a job for his business as I probably was aware his company has tremendous involvement with this field. Andreas isn’t only a cool and well disposed person yet someone I can however encourage you to do business without any doubt. He is somewhat similar to a Jack-of-all-exchange a good route managing everything without exception vintage watch related including accessories. So when I deiced to go with his company and have the job done by them I knew my Tissot Navigator Yachting will be dealt with properly.
Finding the correct man (or men for this situation) for the job is of course only a large portion of a triumph. I could only hope that the parts I realized I would require are really the only parts needed to do the job. Clearly the bezel was a goner as was the precious stone. I figured out how to locate the correct bezel on yet it took ages to show up because of the primary bundle losing all sense of direction on the way. So the second bundle showed up and pleasantly loaded with the watch head, off it went to radiant Cyprus. It securely showed up to the shop and the preparation began yet then came the second awful news; no fitting precious stone was to be found. As I previously mentioned in the previous article the majority of the parts utilized in this watch were produced by Lemania, which was then utilized by brands like BWC, Orfina, Croton, Alpina, and Omega. As we know Omega and Tissot converged in 1930 forming the SSIH (Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogère), which afterward turned into the Swatch Group after a couple of more business merges. In 1932 Lemania also turned into an individual from this group becoming the majority parts provider for the brands Tissot and Omega. This didn’t only imply that they had similar movements yet cases, dial estimates however even hands were indistinguishable and tradable. The Tissot Navigator Yachting was sold with an Omega gem where the omega logo was obvious in the middle. I expected to locate another old stock precious stone that would fit to the case and the generally ordered bezel. Following a good couple of hours browsing various destinations on the world wide web I miraculously found the parts I required on Northern Watch & Clock Supplies’ site and ordered it. They only had the precious stone with the bezel however the cost was reasonable and I wouldn’t fret having and additional bezel on the off chance that anything goes south. I had the parts transported straightforwardly to Cyprus thus the work has at long last begun.
As with most cases, after all the parts were there and the watchmaker began to work his wizardry on the Tissot Navigator Yachting I heard nothing from until about a month back when I got a photo of the completed product. Fortunately all the parts coordinated and nothing else should have been supplanted so after the whole watch was completely dismantled, clean, set up, oiled and directed it was fit to be enjoyed again for another 30-40 years. It is prudent to take your watch to a watchmaker each 4-5 years, have them analyze it and perform an assistance if necessary yet hopefully it won’t ever be in the condition I found it on eBay numerous months ago. On Andreas’ recommendation I chose not to give the case the lapping machine finish so it will save its vintage character and my intention was never to restore its factory condition at any rate. All things considered, the ultimate result is more than fulfilling and a tremendous advance from the condition you can see the watch in the “before” photos.
One update though on the dial; in my previous article I compose “According to my knowledge the Tissot Navigator Yachting was produced with 2 dial colors; dim blue and this bronze/gold toned one. I have seen one or two models with red dial however I doubt that they left the factory with that dial and the yachting bezel.” I need to concede I wasn’t right as the Tissot Navigator undoubtedly had a version with red dial and yachting bezel. So much so that the version with the red dial is a lot more uncommon than the blue or this bronze one.
A peruser from the UK contacted us and told us how he bought his watch for £100 in 1976 for his 20th birthday. The watch went ahead a calfskin tie which he later changed to an Omega wristband (common procedure around then) and his watch really had the red dial and yachting bezel.
There, as I said it before I am exceptionally content with the outcome and I hope you feel a similar path subsequent to perusing the article and looking at the photos. I would get a kick out of the chance to say thank you to LocalTime for the job and everybody else who assisted me with this project. I’m off to locate a coordinating dark 22mm Tropic Sport lash which adds to the jumper/ocean DNA of my Tissot Navigator Yachting.