StuartBaker104

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  1. Here's the one that sold for £400 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Very-Rare-Collectable-Complication-Striking-Repeating-Carriage-Clock-/132125114708?hash=item1ec3454154%3Ag%3AqSwAAOSwax5YxUiS&nma=true&si=IWUFjdE7tY679NI1fi%2BJzmQXwdQ%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 The similarity is remarkable. According to the feedback, the buyer was very happy... So what I can't work out is if this is a con artist in China trying hard to make something look old and spending the least possible amount of money... or if they just didn't know how to make a decent one.
  2. Hmm, not sure why it doesn't show. Try this link http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/361977951212?redirect=mobile or search for item 361977951212 Thanks S
  3. I just came across this and I just can't wok out what is right and wrong https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/361977951212 Apart from the fact that someone has sprayed the insides with oil, the repeat button is missing, the handle is bent, the platform doesn't match 1. I've never seen a carriage clock with a seconds hand 2. Why 2 seperate bells for the alarm and chime? And who would have worked on a clock like this and botched a new bell in like that? And is it normal to wind through the bell? I can't decide if this is an honest clock that's had a hard life and worth spending some effort on, or if it's a piece of junk... but I'm sure Oldhippy will be along shortly to educate us all
  4. Saw one of these in a jeweller's window today and it reminded me of this post https://www.henry-london.com/moonphase/ Sadly their watches all have quartz movements, but the designs certainly capture that 1950s / 60s style
  5. The photo size will most likely be the problem. Try cropping it. I can't remember which way round it is but I think I can only post portrait pics from my phone not landscape. Those brushes look fine. You can clean the commutator ring that the brushes run against with isopropyl alcohol or meths. If it is heavily scored or at all corroded then rub lightly with 1000 grade wet and dry paper wrapped around a piece of wood, although only remove what you need to make the brushes run smoothly around it. Brush between the contacts with a soft toothbrush to clear away any debris.
  6. Its hard to tell from the video, but it looks as though the escape wheel is occasionally skipping past the other pallet stone. Could be a chipped stone damaged tooth on the escape wheel or bent pivot on either...
  7. This is what I have https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/donegan-optivisors
  8. As you say, looks like a 103; assuming the diameter is correct then the set lever, set spring and yoke on the other side are the signature. That being the case, you can get parts here https://www.cousinsuk.com/category/pierce-movement-parts You will spend a long time looking for the tool which Clockboy has. I've been watching watchmakers tools on ebay for a couple of years and never seen one. The 1.5 to 2 degrees is only there for guidance and you will need to do this by eye. Measuring is an expensive exercise https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/pallet-alignment-tool-bergeon You will find further explanation of how to check this in Donald deCarle's practical watch repairing book.
  9. All you need is here http://raulhorology.com/2012/08/eta-6498-escapement-fitting-the-pallet-staff-and-jewels-setting-depth-of-lock-and-run-to-banking/ By the way, which calibre is that? If it's a Pierce 134 then you will struggle to find a replacement. If it's a 103, then I've managed to find those recently and all is not lost if things go wrong
  10. The advantage of taking up this hobby as one's eyesight has already started to deteriorate is that there is always something bewteen my eyes and what I'm doing. By the way, I love my optivisor, if you are thinking of one of those
  11. Onions are not really my speciality, and just to be clear I have no qualifications in horology either. Like the author of the link I posted, I am an engineer by qualification, and I love his approach to the problem. Since I was knee high to my grandfather I was taught by him that there was nothing which couldn't be repaired, some things just take a little more learning than others. I tend to over think and over research every problem I face and so I have read widely around the subject. Like a signature that someone else on here uses, I probably need to spend more time at my bench repairing watches and less time on the internet learning theory.
  12. I think I should get commission from the author of this page as I've posted links to it about 3 times over the last month... but it really is very good! http://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/blogmainsprings.php So you will see that length is probably the least important characteristic (within reason), but thickness is very important. Use the calculator on the above page to infer the thickness and length from the barrel inside diameter. The height should be about 0.2mm less than the space inside the barrel.
  13. Unless the OP can offer something more concrete, it would date from about 1950 and will feature the Pierce 103CLD movement. Part of the attraction of vintage watches like this for me is the curved dial and curved acrylic crystal. There are few modern watches made like that, although the Longines Heritage range and the Seagull 1963 replica come to mind.
  14. This may be a cheap place to start with a full service but not an easy one, and you may get disheartened. If you are keen, then a good place to start is a large simple movement with no calendar or auto wind. Typically a pocket watch movement with a lever escapement would be sensible. With this you will be able to see what you are doing. I would also advise getting a good book such as Donald deCarle's Practical Watch Repairing.
  15. Great news - well done! The cheap Chinese timegraphers won't play with cylinder escapements, but in reality you are unlikely to be that worried about missing your train because your pocket watch wasn't keeping good time... S