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  1. You can open holes, but it will not work if that involves removing a collect section if that exists. Some hands do not have an actual collet per se, especially if they are thicker - these types are more likely to be able to be broached open.
  2. I own the same model with the same issue. Need to keep an eye out for a scrap GP movement
  3. rodabod


    So, can you just rotate the brass plate to provide the setup before screwing it down? Brass plate circled in attached photo.
  4. rodabod


    There is no “set up” click on the mainspring, but I guess there will be some tension to at least hold the line taut.
  5. ^^ this presumes you also have a press tool. Some of the cheaper basic ones are just referred to as case back press tools, but can be fine for many crystal fitting jobs
  6. Are you simply try to press in? If so, and it’s a size larger than usual, then try to flex/compress the crystal smaller before fitting. You would do this with one large cup (on outside of crystal) and one small rubber dome (or another plastic cup if you don’t have one) of around say, 20mm on the inside. Press and you should be able to make the crystal narrow by becoming more concave. Crystal lifts are more likely to crack a crystal in my experience and are more limited in how far they can compress due to the pressure points.
  7. The key in the bore? Just remove the shank if possible and drill/fit a new piece of rod to suit the key slot on your collets. If you study the outside then you may see filing marks where the original key was made flush with the shank.
  8. Yeah, no hairspring. Otherwise intact. And the detent/spring for the minute counter is mangled. Has a nice shop-branded dial and Breguet style hands. So I may case it up. The larger JLC-ish one has a perfect trench style dial and cathedral hands. However the staff is gone. I may see if I can find a spare if I can identify it yet.
  9. Thank you! I did write “JLC?” on one of the plastic envelopes as the crown wheel arrangement looks familiar. I’ll pop the bridges off and see if I reveal anything.
  10. Apologies for being lazy, but does anyone recognise any of these three movements? All appear to be fairly fine quality. Thanks for any suggestions.
  11. That’s a really good question. Firstly, you need to consider the dates of production - jewels weren’t used often apart from for balance end stones in verge watches. So, they weren’t always ubiquitous. Jewels were expensive and difficult to manufacture in the earlier days. This would be tricky with much larger sized arbors. Early jewels were often made from garnet (apart from fancier natural ruby and diamond stones) and this was a very crumbly material. Not suitable for extreme forces. Jewelled bearings tend to be made to tighter tolerances than hand-finished holes or bushings, and this l
  12. It’s tricky as you’re based in the US, and what’s available there is very different to what we have in the UK and Europe. Unlike with watches, you can’t so easily go shifting kilos of clocks around the world. There was a recent thread about what to it in Canada which may be worth a look as the options are more similar there to what we have here in the UK. I think I’m regarded as a clock snob by some, but I consider them to be mainly junk. Probably 99%. And the same probably applies to watches. Ultimately it boils down to what you like. I can’t think of many clocks I like wh
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