The new Breitling pusher fitted to the movement and is a great fit.

Repairing a Breitling chronograph pusher.

In Breitling Watch Repairs by Mark Lovick0 Comments

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The original brass Breitling pusher was broken and missing. The challenge was to find a replacement. After searching, it proved very difficult to find a suitable replacement and so the decision was made to manufacture a new one.

Rather than using soft brass for the new pusher I decided to make the new one from stainless steel.

I started with a steel rod, the diameter being slightly larger than the width of the original Breitling pusher.

Starting to turn the steel in the lathe to make the new Breitling pusher.

Starting to turn the steel in the lathe to make the new Breitling pusher.

This I turned down in my lathe to be slightly larger than I needed and continued from there. At this stage the metal is quite rough but as I have made it slightly bigger than required I have plenty of scope to polish the roughness out.

The Breitling pusher is fleshed out on the lathe ready for parting off

The Breitling pusher is fleshed out on the lathe ready for parting off

You may noting from the picture that I have turned a tail and the rough approximation of the width of the Breitling pusher head. I am now ready to part off the fleshed out pusher from the bulk of the steel rod, then I can start shaping the head to the required thickness, width and depth.

The Breilting pusher blank parted away from the steel rod

The Breilting pusher blank parted away from the steel rod

Mounting the pusher blank in my pin vice

Mounting the pusher blank in my pin vice

Comparing the pusher blank with the dimensions of the original Breitling pusher

Comparing the pusher blank with the dimensions of the original Breitling pusher

Now the pusher blank is parted away from the steel rod, I have mounted the blank in my pin vice and I can now start filing away the head until it is the correct thickness. I am using the existing start,stop pusher to gain the dimensions.

Grinding away material to a flat.

Grinding away material to a flat.

It's important to remove an equal amount of material from either side of the head and keep it parallel

It’s important to remove an equal amount of material from either side of the head and keep it parallel

The thickness is very close to that of the original Breitling pusher now.

The thickness is very close to that of the original Breitling pusher now.

After filing the head down to be the correct thickness, I needed to reduce the height to match the original.

Making sure the breitling pusher head is the correct height

Making sure the breitling pusher head is the correct height

The pusher is now approximately the correct size, but it does need to engage with the watch movement. The return lever effectively locks the pusher into place by sliding into a groove on the tail of the pusher. This groove is different from the existing pusher so I have to gauge the correct spot to create the groove by retro fitting it to the movement and making adjustments until the correct spot is found.

Once found I have mounted the pusher in my vice and cut the groove.

Creating a groove so that the return lever on the Breitling movement can engage with the pusher.

Creating a groove so that the return lever on the Breitling movement can engage with the pusher.

Now that is done I can try it on the watch for size. In the next picture you will see the pusher made from steel on the right and the original pusher made of brass on the left. I have used stainless steel as it is very tough and will likely last a lifetime. Obviously, being stainless steel, it will not rust or corrode either.

The new Breitling pusher fitted to the movement and is a great fit.

The new Breitling pusher fitted to the movement and is a great fit.

Now all that is left is to polish the new pusher and to test.

This short video clip shows the new pusher in operation.

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