A few months ago I was introduced to John, a friend of a friend. His father left 28 vintage watches when he passed. Most ran, but none reliably. I've helped him have two pieces sympathetically restored to date. First came this 9ct example which was missing its crown and buckle with a very dirty dial and marked case. She had a few original parts sourced; a full service and the gentlest of cleans. I think she turned out perfect. He wanted his "dad's watch" back but "right" . I think taking her further would have been a mistake and he loves the result: Then he brought me a very original Cosmic, which I love. This one was poorly and needed replacement parts. We didn't do anything to the case but gave the bracelet a light refinish and replaced a few pins: So, for my sins, he's now given me another. He and his father used a local watchmaker. It might be unfair to say this, given the change in attitude to vintage watches over the years, but this watchmaker cut corners. Anyway, while the watchmaker had this watch he suffered a breakdown which lead to his early retirement. It took a year to get this back and it came back incomplete: I've never been given someone else's half finished work before. Part of me is tempted to just put the balance on and see what happens but John seems to remember being told there's a missing part. I think we should strip it again, clean, inspect and start from scratch.