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  1. Hello forum

    If you have paid to have it serviced then I'm sure the person who did it would want you to be happy with the service they have provided just take it back and tell them what is happening it could be a number of things that would cause it to stop let them sort it for you. It should work correctly from day one, these kinds of problems don't rectify themselves.
  2. I will have to search through my movement catalogues and see if I can get a dial side match on the setting lever bridge I've already tried Bestfit and found no match I shall try and look for a dial side photo of some Gallet Electra movements that will tell me for sure as there are some similarities on the bridges.
  3. This popped up on ebay last week as a £50.00 buy it now During the Great war the British military had been issuing pocket watches to serving personnel and hadn't supplied wristwatches, these where instead bought mainly by officers privately for use at the front lines with wristwatches improving and the introduction of the water resistant cases, unbreakable crystals and radium dials the Trench watch was born and became an item of necessity for serving personnel. It wasn't until 1917 that the war department purchased the first batches of wristwatches supplied in two forms the first being a classic trench watch of water resistant case, black dial with radium numerals and unbreakable crystal and the second type being a large cased snap back, black dial with radium numerals all had 15 jewel Swiss movements. These watches where purchased for the purpose of evaluation to assess the usefulness of issuing wristwatches to serving personnel. This watch is of the snap back type and has a unusually large for the period 38mm case made of nickle, the dial is black enamel with radium numerals. All the snap back models have issue numbers that follow the same form a five digit number beginning with a nine followed by a letter M there is also a Broad arrow mark or Pheon crudely stamped on to the back some watches are stamped with two broad arrow marks that touch at the tip this is thought to indicate that the watch had been withdraw from service. The movement in these large snap back models is the same in all known watches where as in the water resistant 1917 watches there is some variation. The movement is a good quality 15 jewel movement and no one has yet been able to identify who manufactured them there are no identifying marks but there is a brevet patent number on the dial side so it may be possible to trace that and establish who made the movements. No one is sure what branch of the armed forces these snap back watches where issued to but it cant have been to front line personnel because having no water resistance would have rendered them pretty useless in the field, many have speculated that they could have been issued to the flying corps because the design mirrors quite closely the pocket watches already issued to them at the time, these snap back models where only issued in 1917 and withdraw from service shortly after, but the water resistant watch became a regular issue watch there after It is however an interesting footnote in the development of the military wristwatch and is amongst the first officially issued and stamped British military watches of the Great War.
  4. Patek question

    The only way forward would be to identify the movement in order to establish what parts are available for that calibre, looking in a book I own (Patek Phillippe, Roy Ehrharrdt Joe DeMesy ) it looks like a calibre 8L-80 which would date the watch from sometime in the 1940's case reference numbers and serial numbers on the case may make it easier to establish exactly which movement it is. The problem may come down to money it wont be cheap to source the parts there is a clutch wheel listed on ebay at the moment at £140.00 pounds for this calibre add the other parts into the equation and you will soon be heading to the plus £1000 pound territory. the watch could be very valuable depending on case design, if it is a jewelled case it will command more if its a simple gold case then the cost of repair is going to probably be more than the watch is worth.
  5. Unknown Tool from Staking Set

    Kendrick and Davis made two friction jeweling attachments that could be retro fitted to various older frames and to the 18 series of frames the attachments where cataloged as a 540 and 540R, thats what appears to be attached to yours but minus the lever and micrometer adjustment.
  6. Unknown Tool from Staking Set

    What you have is a incomplete combined jewelling and staking set , it is perfectly serviceable as is as a staking set but there are parts missing which will make it useless as a jewelling tool, the pins are for pushing out friction jewels, the other odd looking part I have no idea but if its Kendrick and Davis it will probably be on the following site somewhere, http://kanddinverto.weebly.com/
  7. VHT Crinkle/wrinkle spray paint can be bought used mainly for car restoration, goes on glossy but the careful use of a heat gun produces the crinkle/wrinkle pattern its a great robust finish its a pity its not used more often now a days I have so many things made in the 1940-1950's that have the finish including my lathe.
  8. You could do that but in most cases its to replace an existing movement in a watch because quite often that is the most economical thing to do with quartz movements especially total replacement of the movement is often the cheapest and quickest option than expending the time and effort to fix an existing movement.
  9. Ahh yes I see now he's converting it to take Seitz pushers which are a different size to Horia, I really am computer illiterate thanks for the tip
  10. Well logic would dictate that if it was assembled then it should disassemble I think the micrometer part should lift out from the top once the screw is removed or that appears to be what this chap has done with his, pity the site is in Chinese but there are pictures, http://www.kwanghun.com/3hands/index.php?document_srl=181782&mid=hkhdiary
  11. What does this gear wheel do ?

    Its the centre seconds drive wheel attached to a extended pivot on the third wheel in the case of this movement the seconds hand pinion should be in the centre of the movement and held in place with a spring. On this movement that has been broken and only the end is seen attached by a screw on the barrel bridge and the second hand and pinion are missing
  12. The markings are for Adolph Schild usually movements are stamped A.S but sometimes A.S S.A the second shield mark is a Ebauches Trust mark these shield marks only appeared for a very short while, possibly only in 1936 but I have read that they appeared on some watch movements as late as 1939 no one is really sure when they stopped using the mark, but your watch would date somewhere within that 3 year period.
  13. The watch is typical of a late Victorian era 1880-1900 centre seconds chronograph, not a true chronograph because although the centre seconds hand can be stopped with a aid of a lever on the side of the watch, this stops the balance from running thus stopping the centre seconds hand. A true chronograph watch would allow the stopping and resetting of the centre seconds hand without stopping the balance and interfering with the time keeping of the watch but these compared to the watch you have would have been very expensive and beyond the reach of most. The case is probably brass that is nickle plated and in some cases these watches have markings that appear at first glance to be hallmarks and where intended to give the impression that the case was made of silver, much in the same way that E.P.N.S items where often marked at the time.. I would not think that the 13 stamped on the case would refer to the year of manufacture as 1913 I think would be too late a date for this watch.
  14. The case is know as a silver "Niello" case, read this to get an idea of how it is achieved, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niello Cases like this are sometimes marked inside with a shield type mark saying Niello. This type of case was popular at around the turn of the last century 1900 to about 1920
  15. Zodiac 72B movement

    The way to remove them is to loosen the dial screws and lift the dial up thus lifting the discs, see full explanation here: http://www.crazywatches.pl/zodiac-astrographic-oval-sst-mystery-dial-1971