AdamC

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  1. Guten Tag from Austria!

    Hallo, und wilkommen ins Forum. Similar interests... books, music (rock including Floyd, and many classicals too), and languages including German. Began tinkering with watches last autumn after being inspired by Mark’s videos. Mainly been enjoying antique pocket watches since then. In answer to English noun gender: yes, we do call things we love (cars, ships etc.), “she” but in context, such as a watch you’re fond of “she’s a beauty”, but in general we would refer to pronouns such as the watch as “it” (“it has been repaired” or “it’s not working”). German is far clearer about masculine and feminine nouns, “Die Taschenuhr”. Hope that helps. I love Austria too. Taken many holidays near Salzburg and in Steirmark Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Installing mainsprings

    Thanks for the tips. I shall keep a lookout. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Found this little beauty on eBay last week when searching for Kendal and Dent pocket watch spares. Put a cheeky offer in and was surprised when it was accepted. Looking through the Sold history on ebay, it seems that wristwatches from K&D are very uncommon. I have no idea of its real value but I love it. It is a manual wind 21 jewel Incabloc Swiss movement, presumably from the 1950s era as advertised but I’ve found little on the history of K&D apart from discovering some time ago that they made pocket watches for the Admiralty and were a London based jeweller and watchmakers. I have no idea when they ceased trading. I have two lovely pocket watches from the same company; one a current restoration project. Does anybody else know about this old London company? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Installing mainsprings

    Agree mainspring winders are the way to go. I’m attempting to build up a complete secondhand set from ebay purchases due to the cost of new sets. I’m about 2/3 of the way there with an old Bergeon 30081 set but still searching for sizes 9 to 15. Cousins sells some new ones singularly (not all) at around £45 each. Would you know any other sources one may acquire them? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks again John. Yes, I can feel tension when setting the watch. I tested the general running of the watch outside of the case and all seemed fine. I could operate it in both winding and setting positions without issue. Nothing appeared to change after I cased it regarding the actual running and It wasn’t until the hands were attached that I noticed any problem. I have left it in the case since. As a relative newbie, I’m a little confused about where the cannon pinion might be if not the component I thought it was in the centre. The wheel you’ve ringed in the reposted photo is the only one I had to carefully lever off to disassemble and stake it back on during reassembly, and to be honest it took a little more driving home than I expected. Could be the culprit wheel though. Thanks, Adam Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Oil shelf life

    I do wonder whether the expiry dates on the Moebius oils are biased towards profits and not a true reflection of their effectiveness after that date. I’d imagine they may still be good for double the life stated, but that would be a guess. I bought these in Nov 2017. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. That’s a really helpful observation John. I’ll see if I can find a photo without the hour wheel on. I have been monitoring the watch over the past couple of days. The behaviour is weird: set the time to 10 minutes ahead of actual time, press in crown (keyless cog engages with mainspring ratchet wheel, wait 10 minutes while minute hand doesn’t move, then the hand begins moving as normal, keeping time to within 15 minutes per day. I’m no expert but I’m also considering whether the old (original) mainspring is to blame? Explaining why it takes time to build up enough tension to begin turning the wheels once the keyless cog engages after setting the hands? Here’s a view of the opposite side of the centre wheel. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Oil shelf life

    All the recent synthetic Moebius oils I’ve purchased have a relative short shelf life; e.g, 2023 so if that’s anything to go on it would mean replacing your oils. I buy mine from a French seller on ebay as they are less than the main suppliers in the UK. Hope that helps. Happy New Year!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks Chopin. I do have a donor watch so I’ll swap the canon pinion over tomorrow and see if that does the trick. Appreciate your thoughts. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. p.s., oddly I’ve noticed that the hour and minute hands have began moving after about 30 minutes keeping minute for minute time. It’s almost like some kind of tension has had to work up before the hands have moved. However, if the crown is pulled out to reset to the correct time, the same thing happens - no min/hour hands movement. Confused!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Hi, this weekend I’ve stripped down a non-working Tell pocket watch, using the balance from another similar Tell model to repair it. After cleaning, reassembling and oiling, I was overjoyed at my first successful repair when it sprung to life after winding. The watch ran fine but I noticed after 12 hours it had lost about 8 minutes. So having reset to the correct time and adjusting the compass to run faster, I thought no more of it. However, after checking half hour later, the minute and hour hands hadn’t shifted, though the second hand was (still is) moving around the dial fine. Being a newbie, I’m wondering if anybody else has experienced this and might have some advice to the cause. I have already done a partial strip down to check the motion and keyless works and visibly everything seems fine. To give you an idea of the pocket watch arrangement, I have posted some photos below. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. 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
  13. Thanks Geo and Stuart. I’ll let you know how I get on. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Thanks for the great advice George. It’s much appreciated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 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