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Favre-Leuba Bathy 160

Post by Flyingdoormat » Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:16 pm

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Hi all I am new to the forum but have been collecting vintage watches for a while now and frequent other forums including MWR, The Watchsite and the Omega Forum. Interests are military issued watches and vintage divers. Current divers are a Seiko 6105-8110 from 1973, Zenith A3630 and the one I would like to discuss my Favre-Leuba Bathy 160. This one was up for auction recently on ebay but was missing movement parts as well as the inner caseback. From what I can tell it is missing the depth gauge part of the movement and the balance assembly. I assume the depth gauge part and inner case back will be nearly impossible to source but thought I could at least get it back into running condition to wear by sourcing the other required parts from a donor Peseux 320 movement which seem to be plentiful and available. I have had some correspondence with Favre-Leuba who say they may be able to help at a cost but cannot guarantee they will have all parts. It's a long way to send the watch from Australia to be told they cannot help. Would be happy to hear opinions, advice or any leads that may help me get this watch running and wearable.

Thanks Chris
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Re: Favre-Leuba Bathy 160

Post by deepcdvr » Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:09 am

Welcome to the forum!

Very cool watch - I can't recommend anyone to effect repairs, but good luck on getting her working again :cheers:
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Re: Favre-Leuba Bathy 160

Post by Steve O. » Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:26 pm

Hi Chris. Sorry, can't help you with that cool Favre-Leuba, but good to see you here.
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Re: Favre-Leuba Bathy 160

Post by Flyingdoormat » Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:00 pm

Thanks for the welcome. Spoke to my local watchmaker who has helped with some projects in the past and he is willing to have a look in the new year. At this stage I'll try and get it running as I am looking forward to being able to wear

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Re: Favre-Leuba Bathy 160

Post by Flyingdoormat » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:20 pm

Just updating progress on the watch. Last resort contacted Favre-Leuba in Switzerland who have been most helpful. Turns out they have the parts I need and will be able to get it going again along with a full service. Have asked them not to replace, polish anything. It's not going to be cheap but my initial investment was only about $550 USD so I can afford to spend the money on it without over capitalizing. Watch made it safely to Switzerland and will update once returned

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Re: Favre-Leuba Bathy 160

Post by Lukeeesteve » Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:18 am

Love the effort and energy you are putting into this. Patience is definitely a virtue one needs when finding and restoring these pieces.

I can’t wait for your next update.

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Re: Favre-Leuba Bathy 160

Post by Flyingdoormat » Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:09 pm

Watch finally arrived last week via Fedex and a trip around the world. Final leg from Sydney to Perth, Western Australia was by rail due to cancelled flights. I think when I initially purchased I was a bit naive as to what it was going to take to find parts and repair so a big thank you to Stephan Berger and his team at Favre-Leuba who were able to fit N.O.S parts and service to get the watch running again. I think the total outlay justifies the result. Watch was dated to 1968.
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Re: Favre-Leuba Bathy 160

Post by toxicavenger » Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:57 pm

Looks killer! Good job

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Re: Favre-Leuba Bathy 160

Post by amckiwi » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:57 am

nice!

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Re: Favre-Leuba Bathy 160

Post by demer03 » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:05 am

Love those. Good score.
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Re: Favre-Leuba Bathy 160

Post by dnslater » Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:26 am

Watch looks great! Nice job sticking with it.

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Re: Favre-Leuba Bathy 160

Post by Steve O. » Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:34 am

Wow! Not cheap, but beautiful watch. I'd have done the same!
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