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Everything posted by TimFitz

  1. The storm is right on us now , the black "x " is where We are . Working on a Waltham 16s 23jewel Vanguard
  2. Thanks Geo , We will be OK, the wind is beginning to pick up.
  3. Thanks John, No generator 2tons of treats, small camp stove and row boat.
  4. Well, it's Hurricane season again here on Oak Island North Carolina & Florence is almost upon us. Oak Island is "Cape Fear" we are under a mandatory evacuation because it will hit us Friday early Saturday. I have lived here for 25years & we have had some big tropical storms & 4 hurricanes. So this will be number five. Only about half of the residents leave " we stay". So keep a good thought for us.
  5. Here is the Waltham parts catalog page for this model it has two staffs #4860 & #4861
  6. Great to have you with us! What kind of timepieces are you interested in?
  7. I acquired this tiny watch with 9 other watches described as American "Dollar Watches" for $50. It was clear from the moment I opened the box this was no american dollar watch. The movement looked swiss and the case was black. It looked to me to be silver. I cleaned it up & it is coin silver. With 10 jewels. It is a tiny ladies watch. " Cylindre Remontior 10 rubis" is engraved on the case. Anyone here able to give me help with Id it is about 1" in diamater 33mm?
  8. Great to have you with us. What type of watches are in your collection?
  9. Welcome, glad to see your leftover parts were from a junker movement. Try taking pictures of the step by step disassembly , it will give you some reference.
  10. Glad your here, I am mostly an American P/W man also
  11. Welcome to the Forums all three are different tools for the same purpose, replacing pallet stones. Here is one similar to #C
  12. Did this start before or after you worked on the movement. That will tell you if it's something you did . But most probably a damaged jewel.
  13. Great to have you with us , Jjersy973
  14. Thanks Bill I have come across this many times with American pocket watches & it is usually that the balance staff is not in the upper jewel hole. or that jewel is either broken or made larger. Which makes for a wobble. Or the bottom of the staff is not in it's jewel hole. You are going to have to take it apart and inspect the jewel for cracks or enlargement. If its ok you are going to have to make sure the top if the staff is in the jewel hole when you reinstall the balance. If that's not the problem the we will move on from there.
  15. First things first, do you understand the diagram I posted about the jewels? Also what is your experience in working on watches? These are not questions to belittle you, just to give me an Idea how to go about helping you.
  16. It seems to me that the balance stem is not seated in the upper jewel. The upper jewel could be broken.Take a look at it with a loop. The upper balance staff is easy to break when reinstalling the balance.There are two jewels in the upper & two in the lower, the lower jewel of the two keeps the staff from wobbling while the upper is what the staff rides on and the reverse holds true on the bottom.
  17. It looks to me that the top end if the balance staff is not centered, and not in the jewel, and as oldhippy said lower the stud till its flush.
  18. Great to have you with us " Jon "
  19. Welcome to WRT My watch cleaning machine works perfectly every time. That's because it's me. Part of the "fun, challenge,learning " comes with doing it by hand. But that's just me. If I had a business where I had a bunch in the " Q " I would want a machine.
  20. I have done a whole lot of pocket watches and never had to remove the balance to demag, & never had any problems. I would prefer to do it out of the watch and wrapped in paper. probably because ,like you I read it somewhere.
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