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TimFitz

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    TimFitz got a reaction from yankeedog in That Spring has Sprung   
    I just finished completely taking apart this nice little Rockford 16s P/W Mod.#2 made in 1903. Mostly it was very dirty & the mainspring was broken. (and no hands)It only has 11jewels , but I really like Rockfords. It is also a private label "Chronometer Nacional" Has anyone heard of that.
    It is a pendent set & wind model. The guy who sold it broke or lost the winding return spring. So he made one out of a paper clip. Well, you can imagine how well that worked.
    So I took one from an old movement and its up and running and pretty as a picture. In fact here are some pictures.
     






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    TimFitz got a reaction from RyMoeller in That Spring has Sprung   
    I just finished completely taking apart this nice little Rockford 16s P/W Mod.#2 made in 1903. Mostly it was very dirty & the mainspring was broken. (and no hands)It only has 11jewels , but I really like Rockfords. It is also a private label "Chronometer Nacional" Has anyone heard of that.
    It is a pendent set & wind model. The guy who sold it broke or lost the winding return spring. So he made one out of a paper clip. Well, you can imagine how well that worked.
    So I took one from an old movement and its up and running and pretty as a picture. In fact here are some pictures.
     






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    TimFitz got a reaction from rduckwor in That Spring has Sprung   
    I just finished completely taking apart this nice little Rockford 16s P/W Mod.#2 made in 1903. Mostly it was very dirty & the mainspring was broken. (and no hands)It only has 11jewels , but I really like Rockfords. It is also a private label "Chronometer Nacional" Has anyone heard of that.
    It is a pendent set & wind model. The guy who sold it broke or lost the winding return spring. So he made one out of a paper clip. Well, you can imagine how well that worked.
    So I took one from an old movement and its up and running and pretty as a picture. In fact here are some pictures.
     






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    TimFitz reacted to JohnHutchins in Here we go again   
    Good that the row boat is ready to go when the blowing rain gets too heavy and the flood starts.
     

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    TimFitz reacted to oldhippy in Here we go again   
    Wishing you all the best. This is a picture today from one of the main news sites here in England. Have you got your gun?

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    TimFitz reacted to Jon in Here we go again   
    Hope it all goes alright for you Tim
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    TimFitz got a reaction from JohnHutchins in Here we go again   
    Thanks John, No generator 2tons of treats, small camp stove and row boat.
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    TimFitz reacted to JohnHutchins in Here we go again   
    Wishing you the best of luck! Do you have a generator - and a reserve supply of treats for the cat?
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    TimFitz reacted to Endeavor in I've ran out of ideas & tricks ...... Help !!   
    Well, well ........ the movement stopped again. I had a close look with my 10x eye-loupe and it seemed that one pallet-jewel is stuck on top of an escapement teeth. I removed the balance carefully and luckily the fork stayed in the stuck position, enabling me to take some pictures.

    Here an enlargement of the escape wheel / pallet jewel section. The red arrow is pointing towards where the pallet jewel seems to be stuck on top of the teeth. Also note that the fork is only halve way between the banking pins.

    How & why is my next investigation ....... it may however explain a lot of the problems encountered ...... perhaps Clockboy is on the right spot?
    Not an easy fault to spot when things are in motion !
    I'll of course check if the jewels are tight in the fork .... (BTW; if not, what to do exactly? I've never done that before!)
    Will report back on my findings ......
     
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    TimFitz got a reaction from Nost in Hi all, glad to be amongst like-minded individuals.   
    Great having a new enthusiastic member. Welcome
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    TimFitz reacted to clockboy in H.Nathan & Co   
    I have a stash of hairsprings so replacing a HS is not to much of an issue for me anyway. However as oldhippy says if it was broken by the repairer then he should fix his breakage.
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    TimFitz reacted to oldhippy in H.Nathan & Co   
    Allow me to point out that a none genuine H/S devalues the watch.  Sorry you are wrong. A watch going and keeping time is more valuable then one that does not work. I also expect the H/spring would be the original. H/srings for these watches are not interchangeable none of the parts are. They might look the same to the eye but when it comes to fitting you notice it won't work.
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    TimFitz got a reaction from happydude in New member   
    Glad your here, I am mostly an American P/W man also

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    TimFitz got a reaction from happydude in Montgomery Ward   
    This is a recent acquisition all it really needed was a good cleaning and  a mainspring.
    It is a 6size Seth Thomas made for Montgomery Wards stores. It.s in a beautiful gold box hinge case.


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    TimFitz reacted to vinn3 in That Spring has Sprung   
    no,  I have a "cronometer intergral" looks similar,  pendant watch, swiss made.   see it in the gallery.  vin
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    TimFitz reacted to Tudor in Small bench buffer   
    Her's a similar one (6 inch wheels) for a bit less:
    https://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-buffer-94393.html
    This is the one I was thinking of... I didn't remember the flex shaft attachment, but this would be quite useful on a small bench.
    https://www.harborfreight.com/bench-grinder-with-flex-shaft-43533.html
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    TimFitz reacted to dadistic in Small bench buffer   
    Cas-Ker has one that I thought looked interesting. Should mention that I don't have one yet,  but it is on the shopping list.
    https://www.jewelerssupplies.com/benchtop-polisher-470.115.html
     

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    TimFitz got a reaction from bandi9111 in Names of movement parts   
    Here is a link to P/W parts photos these came from IHC185 club by John D. Duvall
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/27ej5vl7etzaqzi/AADuOsY6QNnl8heHIweN3OcGa?dl=0
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    TimFitz reacted to vinn3 in What sets the balance wheel into motion   
    you may have noticed,  when the main spring is totaly  wound down,  3  or 4  turns of the crown will start it running. .with out shaking !  if it dosent you need to go to work on it or perhaps it a cheep watch     welcome to the forum,  vinn
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    TimFitz reacted to vinn3 in What sets the balance wheel into motion   
    these are the kind of symptoms that  require " open and inspect"  or  send it out for service.    vinn
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    TimFitz reacted to oldhippy in What sets the balance wheel into motion   
    Don't forget there could be many reasons why this might not happen. You should expect this in a well serviced watch, even with a new mechanical watch, dirt is the main reason why a watch stops, gummed up oil is another and wear so unless the movement is squeaky clean don't expect it with every mechanical watch.
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    TimFitz reacted to StuartBaker104 in What sets the balance wheel into motion   
    Yes. As the power runs down, eventually the balance amplitude reduces to almost nothing, but its neutral position with no power is with the roller jewel in the middle of the pallet fork horns, with the pallet fork centred. In this position, the pallet jewel angled face rests against the face of a tooth on the escape wheel, and a little torque on the escape wheel will push the pallet fork away setting the watch in motion.
    When the roller jewel is disengaged from the pallet horns, the pallet lever mechanism is essentially bistable and should flick to one side or the other where the pallet jewels just lock the lever in place. For this reason, it is important to set the hairsping on the balance wheel so that in its neutral position it would hold the roller jewel in the centre of the horns as described above, otherwise (amongst other problems), it will be necessary to shake the watch to move the balance and set it in motion.
    in practice the neutral position is best tested with the watch in motion. A timing machine can listen to the noises the escapement makes and reports any misalignment as a "beat" error. This is resolved by rotating the hairsping attachment (collet) to the balance or to the balance cock, depending on the watch.
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    TimFitz got a reaction from RickTick in New boy on the block   
    Welcome Rick
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    TimFitz got a reaction from Nucejoe in Names of movement parts   
    Here is a link to P/W parts photos these came from IHC185 club by John D. Duvall
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/27ej5vl7etzaqzi/AADuOsY6QNnl8heHIweN3OcGa?dl=0
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    TimFitz reacted to clockboy in Joke   
    We are thinking of moving as I am unable to sleep at night due to the constant ticking….It turns out it is the neighbourhood watch!
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