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  1. I usually lay the cap jewel flat side down on a piece of clean paper and rub it back and forth a few times. This will get rid of the residual oil. Next a rinse with lighter fluid and it should be as clean as it can get. Usually wear on cap jewels is pretty much centered in the middle of the jewel, I suspect its dried up oil. But if the watch is only 2 years old and never been serviced before it should be pretty much pristine! Its a puzzle all right. Anilv
  2. If I recall correctly on the 2824 there is a ring which goes on the edge of the movement before the dial goes on. This ensures the correct distance of the dial from the datewheel. If this ring is missing the date wont work well. anilv
  3. Older ladies watches are not the easiest to work on. I don't like to work on them and when I do its usually a favor for someones heirloom. The pivots are really fine and the mainsprings are really weak (by design) so if the mainspring gets 'set' and doesn't provide much power the watch wont run well. My action plan is usually remove power from the spring and remove/check/clean mainspring and the barrel. Next remove/check/clean the balance jewels (Assuming Incabloc or similar) and just dunk the whole thing in the cleaning solution. Dry off properly and use a puffer to get any bits off. You might need to remove some of the keyless parts to access the jewels for oiling. put it together. If it works then good. If it doesn't then that's it.. too bad. If there is any trace of moisture don't even bother. Even a smidgen of rust on the pivots is enough to make it run poorly. And most ladies watches of the 50-60s had abysmal water protection. Anilv
  4. If it runs it would make a great watch to start with. Parts are made to higher precision and go together well. Pocket watches are also bigger so parts are also bigger! Please continue and if your are not sure of anything stop and check back here..there's always someone awake somewhere in the world who can help! Anilv
  5. Hi LC, I also notice that there is some wear to the plate (circled below). If the springs slips off here because of the worn portion, it would need to be filed so that it presents a level face to the spring. Anilv
  6. Put the spring on a flat surface... it should lay flat. If it is slightly twisted one end will stick up a bit and the spring will move if you press on the end that's off the surface, The spring needs to be flat otherwise it will always want to escape. Good luck. Anilv
  7. Parts for older watches may need some final finishing... I think watchmakers back in the day accepted this as part of the repair process!. Another thing with watches made in the 50s is that there were both 'shock-protected' and 'non shock-protected' watches of one particular calibre and sometimes these required different size/length staffs. Somebody could have attempted a repair and gave it up as a bad job when the part didn't fit..and it ended up with you!. For all you know the balance may even be from a different watch! I would first of all observe the balance roller jewel and pallet fork interaction..the balance roller should sit in the pallet fork without touching the safety pin. If you're satisfied with that then go ahead and see if a metal foil shim works. If the roller jewel sits too high in the pallet fork then you have to shorten the balance staff to bring the balance lower. On some watches it is possible to drive the balance jewel setting deeper in the plate to achieve the same thing but googling the Elgin 763 I don't believe it is possible as the end jewel is screwed to the plate (maybe you can shim the end jewel?). Good luck! Anilv
  8. Gold is quite an easy metal to work with.. have you tried with goldsmiths in your area? Of course its pricey but since this is basically a heirloom piece it may be worth spending some money on it. There are also people who make jewelry as a hobby.. similarly to a lot of folks in this forum who dabble in watches...and maybe someone local to you could help? Good luck! Anilv
  9. Incoming... bought off ebay with issues. Will post an update when I get it done. Anilv
  10. Enicar had two type of caseback.. the bayonet type and a screw type. The giveaway is a little triangle around the edge of the caseback. I believe this was supposed to line up with a reference on the case.. or maybe the crown. Good job figuring it out, took me a while too! Anilv
  11. LiamB, Not sure what project you're doing but sometimes watches without day/dates have different dimensions. So if you are trying to fit a no-date movement in a watch case which previously held one with day/date you may find the stem hole in the case and movement do not line up. If you are in contact with Sellita they should be able to provide you with the dimensions and you can compare that with the movement you're replacing. Good luck! Anilv
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    I have a little bottle of clear nail-varnish on my table which I use for sealing the edges of dials where the paint is flaking and also to re-stick hour markers. Just a dab on the marker and lower it into place. Alternatively you can re-install the marker dry and dab some thinned nail varnish on the back of the dial where the holes are. This is safer than applying glue on the marker as you risk marking the dial with glue if you don't get it right and it moves around. Anilv
  13. The setting works could be gummed up, also the date quickset is a 'push crown in' type. If you dont know when its been serviced then it would be a good idea to get it done. Anilv
  14. A bit of drift but still related to pegwood. I have a table pencil-sharpener bolted to my desk. I use it to get a nice conical tip and then use a knife to get a fine point. If I hand shape the point I find I really need to focus on getting the tip central otherwise it wont spin concentric when you roll it between your fingers. Te sharpener does 95% of the work and I just contribute the last 5percent. Note, while you may get by with a hand sharpener, the table type ones hold it central better. Anilv
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