Last year I asked for some advise/help regarding my Grandfathers IWC 910A 8541B, I only had the movement and dial and I was looking a way to have it operational again. After a long search and wait, I can finally enjoy it to it’s fullest.
The journey started about 4 years ago, when looking through some old things at my mothers home back in Tijuana Mexico i found this time piece. My mother, happy to see me excited of my find and as I was moving to the NL she wanted to surprise me with fixing the watch. She gave it to her “trusted” jeweler" with the hopes of getting it fixed, a failed attempt! even when the “jeweler” returned it, it was the wrong piece, by that time the surprise was spoiled.
Once I moved to the Netherlands, I brought the piece with hopes to send it to IWC and getting fixed, which at the end they told me that they don’t have the ability to make the missing pieces and case, resulting in another failed attempt.
I sought after the internet with hopes of finding the same version time piece, a case, parts, anything… again with no luck.
One day walking my dog through beautiful Maastricht I spotted in Juwelier Brocantique the exact same one. I rang the bell, came in and explained my situation, I have to say the guys there were very understanding and excited about this project.
A week later I purchased the watch they had there and brought mine in, all with the hopes that they were going to be able to rescue most of the pieces from my grandfathers watch.
Almost two months later (the watch was ready before that but I was in Australia) I was able to finally get the watch. The joy and satisfaction of wearing it, is priceless. I guess is knowing that I am able to keep a little piece of family history alive and that this was worn by my grandfather which I was very close with.
Anyway, thank you for your advises and for sharing part of this quest.