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AdamC

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  1. AdamC

    ETA 2832 4th wheel seating

    Well guys, the Sanford watch is finally reassembled, on my wrist, and ticking away at a fast rate of knots being a Hi-Beat ETA 2832 movement. Timed on my timegrapher, it’s gaining about 1 minute per day but I’m going to wear it for a day and see how it performs before I think about adjusting it. Thanks again for your help, which has made the whole repair process a pleasure for this movement; definitely the most ambitious project I’ve taken on. It’s going to make my 82 year old stepfather a very happy man to be reunited with the watch he’s loved since 1977! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    ETA 2832 4th wheel seating

    Well, what can I say. "Thank you, thank you, thank you!". Nucejoe, you hit the nail on the head, but thanks to all who confirmed your thoughts too. It was indeed the centre tube, which must have worked its way loose in the ultrasonic cleaner. I put some moderate pressure on the tube with the flat of my tweezers and the tube snapped down flush into place on the plate. I did check for side movement, but none detected. Immediately afterwards, I reassembled the train wheels and within a couple of minutes, I had the bridge secured and the wheels spinning nice and freely. Thanks again folks. I'm still learning a year into this wonderful hobby, and this has got to be the most ambitious project I've taken on.
  3. AdamC

    ETA 2832 4th wheel seating

    Thanks for your interest Clockboy. In answer to your question, my stepfather, whose watch it is, handed it to me in non-working condition. I discovered a retaining screw was missing from the autowinder mechanism and later found it on the main plate, which most likely stopped it. It hadn’t been serviced in years. I’ve found nothing significant (until now) that would prevent it from working. One thought is that the centre tube got moved when I put the parts through the ultrasonic cleaner. Thanks, Adam Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. AdamC

    ETA 2832 4th wheel seating

    I think you could well be right Joe. I’ll try that tonight and let you know how I get on. Thanks again, really appreciate it. Adam Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    ETA 2832 4th wheel seating

    Thanks again for your help with this movement Joe. I am adding a photo of the bottom plate that I took during disassembly. Ignore my annotated note. Thanks, Adam Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. AdamC

    ETA 2832 4th wheel seating

    Thanks Jaycey, because the watch is over 40 years old I decided to pay a little extra and purchase a barrel complete so no worries there. I have exhaustively removed, inspected under 20x mag (including jewel holes), and placed each wheel individually. The only one that seems to not seat properly is the 4th wheel, though I haven’t noticed anything damaged/bent on it. This kind of leads me to conclude that it could be the centre tube/post that is giving me the grief. There is a flange I can feel inside the tube when inserting the wheel but with a little gentle rocking it drops in past this no problem to where it rests just short of the top of the tube as shown. All parts were ultrasonically cleaned. I noticed during disassembly that the canon pinion/wheel combination came off with zero pressure and was surprised as I normally use my removal tool for this making me wonder if the 4th wheel needed to snap in from the top plate? However, as you say, they should be zero force from my understanding and I don’t remember having to pull this wheel out with any pressure. Thanks. I appreciate your input. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Hello, I've been struggling for two evenings now to fit the train bridge on this ETA 2832. Every time it looks like all pivots are aligned through the jewel holes and I begin tightening the bridge, the wheels begin locking up. On closer examination, it looks to me like the 4th wheel is not seating flush against the centre tube as shown in one of my photos. I believe this because the pinion on the 4th wheel is higher than that of the escape wheel, and equally about the same measurement out between the 4th wheel and the 3rd wheel pinion, which is lower. It also looks like the 4th wheel is fouling under the train bridge. In your opinion, would my suspicion be correct or should the 4th wheel's pinion rest approx. 1 to 1.5mm above the flange of the centre tube. If it should be flush, do you have any tips to seating it as such? I have obviously tried carefully wriggling it under light pressure without luck. I've added an extra photo showing the placed wheels during disassembly to give some context. Thanks in advance
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    ETA 2832

    Thank you. I’ll see if that one works better for me. Much appreciated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. AdamC

    ETA 2832

    I don’t suppose anybody could provide or point me in the right direction for the ETA 2832 technical sheet. I have sourced the 2836 one, which has similarities but I have noticed significant differences. This caliber automatic movement was produced in the mid-1970s. Thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Nucejoe, that’s a great common sense approach to this problem and a valuable tip to readers. Thank you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Thanks for your help Joe, it's much appreciated. I shall be able to progress with the disassembly now. I agree, the barrel bridge would look better with the same colour metal. Depends on availability and cost but I'll bear that in mind. Shall definitely get a replacement screw for the auto-winder though. Regards, Adam
  12. Thanks Joe. It looks like one of the screws you mention has already been removed by a previous servicer/repairer. Here’s the top view close-up shot. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Hello, I have been asked by my stepfather to service his Sanford Bros HF 36000 automatic watch bought new in 1977. On starting work, I noticed its an ETA 2832 but on looking for the technical sheet, I can't find one anywhere. Perhaps it is a rare movement but maybe there's an equivalent document I can use. My first main concern after removing the rotor is how to remove the auto-wind assembly - looks quite complicated and this is only my second attempt at an automatic movement. I've added a few photos for reference. Of interest, Sanford Bros was a small watchmaking company in the '70s based at 321/323 Oxford Street, London W1. He still has the original sales invoice! Would anybody be able to point me in the right direction please? Many thanks
  14. Thanks for answering my question. That makes sense now with the dial signature being ‘Spikins from Dent’, where Dent was simply the movements vendor for the jewellers. Very interesting that Smiths bought out Williamson’s, another watch company I like with their nice gilt movements. Don’t quite see the significance of the S in the star for Williamson but I’m sure there’s a reason. Nice to know I have a fully English manufactured pocket watch. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. Hello, I have recently bought and serviced this lovely 100 year old 'Spikins from Dent' pocket watch. The movement seems higher quality than some watches of this era that I've serviced, having 15 jewels, and being warranted English. It is housed in a solid silver Dennison Watch Case Co. case and has a 1918 Birmingham hallmark. Given the above info and the attached photos, would anybody be able to identify and tell me whether this is any particular brand of movement? I notice an S in a five-pointed star on the train bridge - is this a trade mark on a movement?
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