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    Around four years ago my aquastar regate ,Lemania 1345, purchased in 1979 was immersed in salt water and was not waterproof. ( never serviced). A couple of weeks after that I took it to a jeweller and after a week was advised beyond repair. In 2014 I gave it to another watchmaker who advised totally seized and rusted beyond repair. I sent photos to a watchmaker in India who said he can positively repair but alas 14 months later sent it back in pieces " too hard". Never having serviced or repaired watches I purchased and repaired old cheap watches for practice whilst at the same time cleaned up as best I could the lemania
    I replaced the fourth wheel, winding stem and click Spring only . Last week I finally got it to the stage below and blow me down with a few manual winds it started and went for 36 plus hours. I set the the hour and minute hands and over a ten hour period established it was within 20/30 secs approx.
    How good is that! Does not look to nice but to me it's beautiful .
    Unfortunately the winding gears and tension Spring were lost on the way back from India and I am still waiting on NOS (1040) from USA.
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    I am very glad you managed to get it going again, great story.
    It is a bit counter-intuitive, but a salt water immersion really does require an immediate fresh water rinse, followed by the fastest drying you can manage. That should minimise corrosion.
    I hope you manage to get the auto-winding sorted.
    Dave
    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

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    well done - congrats - glad you didn't give up after the "expert's" had given their verdict.

    If you ever get a "this watch is dead verdict" I encurage all to read this thread:
    Login Required | GERMAN MILITARY WATCH FORUM
    (registration needed; A Hanhart WW2 recoved from a crash site in Belgium)

    To my knowledge this is the "mother of all" restoration threads. Everything is still possible if the watchmaker have the knowledge, skills and patience.

    /L

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveS View Post
    I am very glad you managed to get it going again, great story.
    It is a bit counter-intuitive, but a salt water immersion really does require an immediate fresh water rinse, followed by the fastest drying you can manage. That should minimise corrosion.
    I hope you manage to get the auto-winding sorted.
    Dave
    The number of times I have said to myself " if only...." but there again I would not have been introduced to the joy and challenge of vintage collecting and servicing. Just picked up a forties Lemania .Once received will post .

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    Finished ,whoopee. Yet to check amplitude but is within 10/15 secs a day which for time being is good enough. I have located a new minute disk and might change it over .
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    Looking good, well done. What is wrong with the minute disc we can see, it doesn't seem discoloured or problematic?
    Dave
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    Thanks Dave ,have not stopped wearing it since I finished last week.
    I repainted the disk myself as the original had peeled. It took 5 attempts to get colour and matt texture correct and to the casual observer it looks ok but I know it's not perfect . I have yet to sync. the second hand to the disk . Press chrono button and the second hand sets at 12 same time as all blue starts . I believe this watch is one of the original 1345 ,s as a number of adjustments were made on later ones such as the second hammer spring .On mine is very hard to fix so that it does not jump off. see pic 1. Also with all white hands ,which I love,it is easy to confuse the crono hand with the minute hand in bad light or with a casual look. All other regate I have seen have orange or yellow crono hands.

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    @Molliedooker looks great, well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapaptpat View Post
    @Molliedooker looks great, well done!

    Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
    Thanks Tapatalk

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