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Charlie last won the day on October 15 2014

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  1. Thank-you Marc, I have seen Marks videos on installing jewels. It does give the amateur much confidence to say the least. Excellent tutorial and it takes the mystery away from how to take the measurements and proper sizing. I own a complete Seitz jewelling set. I would perhaps order two jewels, one for practice and one for installation on the Bulova. I wound the watch fully last night and it was running fantastic for a good half hour, with amplitude over 300. In the space of several hours, this amplitude deteriorated. When I awoke the next morning, it had come to a complete stop. It is temping to provide further clearance to the bottom of the barrel bridge to clear the ratchet wheel and look for any improvement. I may have to resort to this measure if the main plate arbor hole is found to be in good order like the barrel bridge arbor hole.
  2. Marc, I have checked the arbor pivot hole in the bridge but not the plate. The bridge hole is in excellent shape, I will be checking the arbor hole in the plate this evening. If it is quite worn, I would be tempted to install a jewel instead of a bushing, provided there is enough material to hold it firmly . There is a caveat though, this would be my first attempt and this is a friends watch.
  3. Great work Mark and your photos shine. I would have worn that one for a while before letting it go, it's a keeper.
  4. I think that may be what is happening, although the arbor barely protrudes the plate as well. The score marks are brass and are on only on one side of the barrel bridge recess on the bottom, which may point to the barrel being tiled.
  5. Thanks for your input Bob. I always inspect the jewels during disassembly. Clockboy, this is a 1920's piece. Hand wound with only two hands. Well, I think I may have found the problem. There is obvious scoring on the bottom of the barrel bridge all the way down to the brass. I put a few very very tiny spots of blue grease right where the scoring is. I put the ratchet wheel back on and the grease was gone. So it seems like the ratchet wheel is contacting the bottom of the barrel bridge. The arbor is not protruding enough through the bridge to keep the ratchet wheel well elevated above it . The ratchet wheel thickness should be reduced here rather than file the barrel bridge, but I don't have my lathe set up. I might try a small dial washer over the arbor first. Thank you both for your input. Charlie
  6. I have been servicing a Bulova ladies watch, movement 6p. This is a mid to late 20's vintage watch. Watch has been cleaned, and oiled. Train is free, end shakes ok. Balance and hairspring are fine. I removed the barrel and cap, pushed down some coils along the outer edge of the barrel, and applied 9501 grease along the top of the coils. The watch rain great after that but after an hour or so stopped. I noticed I had left the crown and ratchet wheel screws to try and troubleshoot. I tightened those and it was running like a champ again. After coming back from an outing, it had stopped again. Balance moves very well while putting lateral pressure on one of the spokes on the center wheel, indicating power is not being transferred. I have checked to make sure the barrel cap is snapped down flush to the barrel. Arbor pivots are oiled. Does someone know of a common location to check for next?
  7. Welcome Nebulight. This is a gorgeous piece. Do let us see the movement.
  8. Interesting, I have seen this video some time ago, and it must have stuck in my mind...heck, I might have done the right thing after all.
  9. Well Geo, now that you brought that up...I did apply grease to the inner walls of that 2824-2. I realized my mistake when winding it to get it started. It would only go a few winds and then slip! This repeated itself upon continuing to wind. I have seen various greases for lubricating the barrel walls and I imagined it needed it because of the great force exerted on those walls. None of Marks videos address this option that I am aware of, and in the ETA service sheet it only shows a complete barrel. I would like to know the official word on this.
  10. Yep. You are aware of this, especially when the ETA service sheets show to only oil the exit stone.
  11. Yes and this is what I am referring to with the over oiling of the pallets.
  12. Thanks. I'm beginning to like the automatics more and more since becoming more familiar with them at the bench. The ETA service sheets are worth their weight in gold!
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