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  1. Oh I love finds like this, never know what will be tucked away. Are you planning to restore the desk? I think it will be a beautiful thing again with some love. A
  2. Thanks Alex, that is good information and gives me a good place to start from. I will get started in the next few days and record my progress and update where I can. Although I'm on here a lot less now that unfortunately the updated site doesn't work with Tapatalk.
  3. HNY to you @AlexanderToerzs! Can I enquire how you are getting on with this? I am facing a similar situation in that I am restoring a pocket watch (Constantin Mathey from around the 1880's I think) that also has a missing geneva stop works. My mission is to find one or manufacture one (gulp!). To add to my fun I also need the barrel arbor so will have to make that too, again unless I can find one. So in looking for one, is the important measurement the distance between the two centres? I will have to get my vernier out and look at that. Thanks, Phil
  4. Thanks for the advice OH, will have to look into making one or perhaps finding someone to make it for me.
  5. Hi All, I'm working on a cylinder pocket watch from around the 1880's from a maker called Constantin Mathey if anybody knows of his work. Lovely stuff. The issue is that the Geneva works is largely missing and the barrel arbour is broken. I've spent some time looking for a mainspring and stopworks and was given a few pieces from a friend that were different sizes but nothing that fits the bill yet. I've measured the movement and I think it's 15 ligne. My question is this: if I buy a 15 ligne cylinder movement that has Geneva Stop Works, will I be able to just swap them over? A
  6. I'm cheap, so I use an old oiler stood in a hole in a wooden oilpot stand. I've often wondered if it does the BS some harm and wondered if somebody made a balance tack with a moveable table with a hole for the balance staff. Probably no need or it would already be a thing after all these years.
  7. I’m guessing it’s second hand from what he is saying? If there’s a flush bolt, there will probably be a nut at the other end. Try disassembling as much as you can, take a couple of pics as you go so you can remember how to reassemble. Advice what has been given innumerable times on this forum I expect, haha!
  8. Anyone know the part number / possible source for the above? I have found the reason the bezel wouldn’t turn I think! I hope it goes back together easier than it came apart too [emoji1787] Model B873-S015804 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  9. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Timex or a Rolex, that feeling when a dead watch starts it’s heartbeat again is always great! Well done on your journey so far. You realise there’s no final destination right? You gotta just keep going! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  10. Gonna quote Luke in the Cantina here: "I'll be careful." I have a spare mainplate on the way so I'm covered if I balls it up but I'd rather get the screw out if I can. I guess you are right. I have a big bag of alum and not a lot to do with it. I could pickle some onions later in the year!
  11. I tried and failed with alum on a battery spring/retaining screw on a Seiko 7548. Several days and a very concentrated solution but the screw remained unimpressed by my efforts. As you can see, I may have got carried away with the strength of the solution, it became crystalline over a few days in the airing cupboard. I have now ordered a Bergeon type tool. Where from? Well, let's just say that when it arrives it will be disinfected in case the person who packed it had a bat sandwich for his breakfast.
  12. Love those hour indices. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  13. Quite right, that was a typo, meant M25. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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