The Restoration Of A Rolex Tru-Beat Caliber 1040 (Reference 6556)
While numerous perusers here know this, for the new, the Tru-Beat has a dead-second complication, which means the second hand “ticks” as opposed to flows. Made during the ’60s, this was a mechanical oddity that was consigned to approach lack of definition in light of its sad resemblance to a feared cheap quartz watch. The complication fills no commonsense need, and keeping in mind that seemingly most complications fill no useful need, Rolex has never wandered into the world of complications. They don’t make tourbillons, repeaters, interminable schedules, and so forth, yet for a short timeframe they made a dead-second development. It looks bad in the most ideal way possible.
While of no utility, the actual complication is intriguing on a basic level. What it does is decrease the standard sweep second into far fewer particular portions. Basically it is a horological optical hallucination. While the watch is really running at a frequency of 18,000 bph, we just see 3,600 bph (one tick each second) by taking a gander at the dial-side alone. It achieves this by utilizing two cog wheels attached to the seconds pinion with a spring in between them. These cog wheels are bolted and opened by a little bed fork that lessens the 5 little sweeps to one major spring-stacked hop each second. While a few complications are just considerable once like clockwork, the dead second is consistent. The benefits of any complication can be discussed fervently, however I locate this specific one enchanting in its constancy.
Rolex created these for a brief timeframe and it was the solitary type to utilize this complication, making its extraordinariness a treat for any gatherers who want something more flighty than a specific bezel or dial on their Rolex. Lamentably with its extraordinariness comes a twofold edged sword. Since the Caliber 1040 depends on the 1030, there, numerous examples have been annihilated during administration as their uncommon pieces were fill in for the more normal pieces of the 1030. I have never encountered this direct, yet internet noise (take it everything being equal) appears to show that there are a few examples of Rolex themselves swapping out the 1040 dead-second module for a 1030 module during administration. This assists with clarifying why a faultless ongoing example fetched 37,500 CHF at the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: One .
My companion who carried this extraordinary piece to me previously wanted to ensure it was a genuine Rolex in light of the fact that in the small running it did at that point, it ticked like a quartz, and to his knowledge Rolex didn’t make quartz. In an incredible takeoff from my typical routine (including me telling somebody their legacy isn’t worth much available), I at last had the chance to give somebody extraordinary news!
After an exhaustive cleaning and assessment I found the things that were in critical need of substitution. Long stretches of sitting in a case just as running without oil without a doubt caused wear. There were two clear and calamitous disappointments and one other essential substitution. First and foremost, the origin was broken. This is a moderately common issue with more seasoned origins that is undeniably more uncommon in present day watches. The second issue I discovered was that the entirety of the wheels for the automatic mechanism were horrendously worn and required substitution to work appropriately. They were worn to such an extent that they effectively moved in their jewels (side and end shake) and stuck. Something numerous individuals don’t consider with automatic watches is that regardless of whether the watch doesn’t run, the rotor actually moves (and wears) with movement. Additionally, given how much the automatic mechanism moves, and how the manual winding mechanism is arranged it tends to be truly defenseless to wear as a rule. At last, on account of plainly having run for a drawn out period without oil, the turns of the departure wheel were sufficiently worn to require substitution. In the end I required a new origin, get away from wheel, and the whole automatic stuff train (switching wheel and both transitional wheels).
Although broad substitutions were required, I was fortunate that the difficult to-supplant dead-second components were thoroughly fine and useful. Since the 1040 is an expansion to the much more normal Caliber 1030, getting the majority of the required parts was not an issue. The one special case was the second middle wheel (the part that associates the automatic mechanism to the fundamental development) since it was made somewhat more in the 1040 to accommodate for the extra tallness of the dead second complication. Luckily following a few weeks of searching I was ready to discover one on the optional market. When I got the entirety of the parts I required, I was ready to re-gather and oil the development. When it was running solid and precise, I introduced a new gem.
Back together, the “tick” of the dead second is fantastic to see. It was a delight to work on and keeping in mind that I keep on being astonished by the exceptional assortment of pieces individuals bring to me and that I will work on, this one was Tru-ly special.