I am new to watchmaking. So far, watchmaking for me has been 5% watchmaking and 95% excavation:
I spent 12 hours vacuuming my carpet and sifting through the collected dust, for example, in search of a click spring I had assumed flew across my room, flung from the first watch I tried to reassemble a few weeks ago (an AS ST 1686). I would pour the same lighter fluid I use to clean the parts on the pile of dirt and hairs from the vacuum, then sift through the ashes, and repeat, determined to find that evasive thing. It got dark by the time I was ready to sift through the ashes the fourth time, and so I ran back inside to grab my flashlight. Upon my return, shining the light into the curiously empty pan, one of the guys from the motorcycle shop next door asked me "was that yours?" Luckily they had poured the smoking ashes onto the sidewalk rather than into the nearby planter. I tried not to look too upset or desperate, but fearing a passing pedestrian stepping on the pile and walking off with my spring lodged in their boot, I got down on hands and knees with the flashlight and my face inches from the smouldering ashes to continue my quest. Maybe they felt guilty, but hopefully just out of curiosity or familiarity the three big guys pulled out their cellphones, turned on the lights, and joined me. The next morning one of them asked me if I ever found that pesky thing, and I was able to tell him "yes, in fact I did find that spring in the last place I looked: right where it belongs: in the watch." See, when the click didn't engage, and any winding I did on the crown would immediately unwind, I realized the click was spring loaded, looked back at the photos I took step by step of the disassembly, saw the spring sitting there in the watch in one photo, and assumed the worst: that the spring had sprung its way to freedom. But after that exhausting day of excavation, I finally slept a few hours, and awoke with an epiphany: and sure enough, upon removing the mainspring winding gear, discovered hiding underneath what you experienced watchmakers probably knew was coming the whole time. The spring was where it should be, just on the wrong side of the click. Well, the good news is that the watch, soon able to hold a wind, ticked back to life and kept pretty good time.... of course, then I lost the watch (that's another story).
I finally removed my carpet and painted my floor, but still managed yesterday to lose what I think might be called a date wheel blocking yoke for my first over $10 movement: an original ETA 2824 from a Technos Select I found on Ebay, which is how I found this forum and this thread. I thought it was the adjacent spring that hit me in the forehead (which I found on the table) but it must have been the yoke, which must have then landed in a crease in my pants or shirt and left my room before I knew it was missing. Argggg! I have one picture documenting the disassembly that shows that the yoke even existed. Now it's a ghost. Any advice on what the part is actually called would be highly appreciated. I can easily find the corresponding part on ebay for the 2824-2 version, but that looks different than my ghost yoke. I was glad to see that MrBeat found a spare, but was hoping to see the photo as DJT2 requested, to help clarify what I think I need.
Thanks for any insight. I will be here often, hopefully to help eventually, and hopefully never again to identify a lost part.
I am including a picture of my lost part (which in the photo lies between the U shaped spring and the date wheel) and, for your entertainment, the LOST WATCH poster I plastered all over Brooklyn after losing my first watch (which I did find by the way woohooo!!!!)
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