Dating pierce watches
I have two very nice Pierce chronographs that tell great time, but repairs to the chrono functions have stumped my faithful watchmaker. Thx, Jon Pierce made their own ebauche so parts are an issue. Working on chonographs in general is tedious and a lot of normal rules don't apply to chronos.
Does anyone know of a specialist in these watches, preferably in the U. It isn't surprising that finding someone to work on them is difficult.
but the servicemen I served with that had been in Korea said that those folks would "Steal a radio and leave the music".
I've owned several Pierce timepieces in fact dozens. If I found a nice condition Pierce at a flea market, I would buy it in an instant. You are right about a lack of honesty here.....I guess I'm luck they stole the watch and I got my money back.
I have to be patient, one day I will get them back in optimum shape (I hope)! Gruesse/Regards/Salute Konrad Knirim PS: Have a look at my books on Military Timepieces: . The vertical 'clutch' or coupling mechanism can be found in the earliest chronographs from the 1800's eg. The plated case problem applies to numerous sought-after pieces from the war years (you guys know them better than I do).
Most importantly, don't believe a word that I have said. The more unfavourable comments these watches receive, the cheaper I can pick them up :-) That said, Jon, if you would like to part with one with the stunning black dial, please PM me. As a previous poster noted, a big problem with the Pierce chronos is that the leather-covered clutches dry out, or wear out, and cannot be replaced, which is one of the parts problems my watchmaker mentioned. I'll tell you, I use the buttons on this double-button very sparingly!
I used to know an old watchmaker who commented shortly after I purchased my first Pierce-- a large double-button version that still works okay--that this was a problem and that he had a technique for renewing these leather parts.
Not to disparage Pierce, they are neat, but they made a very unsuccessful auto movement, and a lot of poorly cased chronos.
I've owned several Pierce timepieces in fact dozens. If I found a nice condition Pierce at a flea market, I would buy it in an instant.
Look at one closely.....there's all that shit on top just to get at the watch part.