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  1. Well after nearly three weeks of putting this project on hold due to work commitments, I have finally got around to cleaning the movement and reassembling. Thanks Geo for your recommendation of removing the balance cap jewel - fiddly but relatively easy and cleaned the dirt from this area. See photos below. Now after re-assembly, I have a new problem. Although very fiddly to engage the balance cylinder with the escape wheel and its pivot, I managed to do it okay. Carefully spun the wheels and everything seemed to work, though the escape wheel was hit and miss, so I thought I'd get the bridge on and see if the alignment would help. Again, no problem carefully fitting the bridge but when the balance wheel swings, it only intermittently moves the escape wheel (and yes when this happens, the other wheels turn freely). So this morning, I took the plunge and disassembled again to make a closer examination of the escape wheel pivots and its bridge arm. It was then that I noticed what I think is a fracture in the jewel, which I have attempted to show in the photos. I've also noticed that when laid flat (inverted), the bridge arm end is slightly bent down at the jewel end but again, I'm not sure whether this could be by design. Any suggestions for resolutions would be gratefully received. I must re-iterate this is my first project ever, so excuse any bad terminology or naiveness
  2. Thanks Geo and Stuart. I’ll let you know how I get on. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Thanks for the great advice George. It’s much appreciated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. So I’ve taken the plunge and disassembled some more of this old timepiece. No surprise when I found even more dirt and thick oil smothered across the movement. So now the balance has been removed safely I would appreciate a little more advice. 1. Is there a preferred way to detach the balance wheel from the cock so that I can clean it? 2. What indeed is the best way to clean the balance wheel/hairspring when detached? My plan is to clean the other components in the ultrasonic bath. I’m thoroughly enjoying this new experience and thanks for the help already shared. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks Vin. Probably more than I was anticipating on my first repair job but looking forward to the challenge and will be taking my time and seeking advice if unsure. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Okay thanks Stuart. I’ll give it a try tomorrow. I had already given it an initial try with the hand pulling levers but it wouldn’t shift without too much force. I may also try a pin vice. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I have begun stripping down the pocket movement and have come up against my first obstacle. The last cog on the bottom plate seems to be secured firmly by a collar preventing it from being pulled off. When I turn the cog I can see the hands setting winding post turning from the top plate. Would this be equivalent to the cannon pinion? Would anyone be able to advise me how to remove this collar/cog without risking damaging it? Thinking ahead too, would there be a recommended technique to reattach it? I have included two photos so that you can see where I mean. Thanks in advance, Adam Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks Stuart, I appreciate the tips. Just the sort of guidance I was hoping for. No doubt I’ll be posting more questions as I progress with the work. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks very much for this interesting information. I can’t wait to get it ticking again and will likely hang on to it. The dial may be a challenge though (if I even attempt the re-enamelling). Cheers, Adam Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hi there, I have been privileged to get my hands on this lovely old Centre Seconds Chronograph pocket watch. This will be my first project to disassemble, clean up and oil, and hopefully get working. The balance wheel swings and ticks for a few seconds so feel confident it will work. When I checked by removing the face, the movement was smothered in quite high viscosity oil and was dirty. The hands can be set fine but I'm aware that the second hand is missing so will try and source one. The photos are of it as I received it from ebay at a bargain auction price of 99p!! But my main question is how can I identify the age of this beauty? You may just see that under the inner cover, there is the number 13 embossed (similar to a hallmark embossing but not a HM). Could this be 1913? Any ideas, and any other tips/cautions for disassembly, cleaning and reassembly would also be greatly appreciated as I am a complete practising beginner (My only knowledge/theory obtained from Mark's fantastic videos) so for sure, will no to let down the main spring first! Thank you, Adam
  11. Buyer Beware ?

    Yep, being new (and naïve) to the watchmaking hobby I got caught on ebay to a much lesser degree with a so-called “Oris” vintage wristwatch. I feel stupid now as this “vintage“ 1960s watch had no patina on the dial or the usual scratches/dings on the case that you would expect from a watch of this era. On opening it there was a bright new shiny “Swiss Made” 17 Jewel movement with a cheap plastic retaining ring. Definitely not an Oris movement. A less than £40 “bargain”. Amazingly it keeps brilliant time though :-) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Thanks Greybeard, I have lots to learn from others but hope to contribute as well one day. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. Love my vintage Oris watch that arrived yesterday by the way. Unusual and sporty :-) Keeps great time so is not for stripping down and think it will be a keeper.
  14. Thanks for the great tips and friendly welcome guys. It’s good to know I’ll have some advice at hand if I get stuck. Mark Lovic’s videos are fantastic Geo, and are what caught my interest here. It’s a great way to learn. oldhippy, thanks, yes I was able to pick up a couple of pairs of used Dumont tweezers on the Bay (size P) after really struggling with new budget ones. You are right, the quality is great. I also found the seller G S Walsh a good source for new stuff on ebay. jdm, thanks for the tip on Chinese tools worth considering. That’s very helpful. Cheers everyone!
  15. Hello all, Just to introduce myself to this group. I am just embarking on a new watchmaking hobby as I fancied a new challenge. I’ve always had an interest in watches since being a young lad and being promised a nice watch by my Dad if I learnt to tell the time. He probably regretted how quick I learnt and he rewarded me with a new Sicura World Time watch (can’t remember the exact model but it had a black outer dial to set cities from around the world and was purchased from Leslie Davis around 1972). I now regret selling the “broken” watch on an eBay auction about 4 years ago for just £13! And so time has moved on... I have always been patient and technically-minded tinkering successfully in car mechanics and have been working in IT for the past 21 years, so hopefully have the aptitude to succeed in the new hobby. I recently purchased a nice chronograph Tissot watch for everyday use to replace my old Rotary and then started noticing all these fine old watches on ebay. In no time I had collected a few old Tissots; first quartz movements and then moving on to vintage manual winders (and driving my wife nuts!). So now I have a couple of Seastar Sevens (one to clean and oil when I have confidence), a ladies 1969 Tissot to spruce up, not repair, and an old working sporty-looking gents Oris is on the way. I have begun collecting second hand watchmaking tools, mainly Bergeon after discovering the shocking quality of new Chinese tools. And so now after buying a book ‘Practical WatchRepairing’ De Carle and becoming a Member of this forum, I am looking forward to an interesting start to a new hobby. Cheers, Adam