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  1. Lawren5

    Elgin Pocket Watch Stem Sleeve

    Thanks for the link, oldhippy. I contacted Dave and he's got something that should work. Will let you know once it arrives.
  2. Lawren5

    Elgin Pocket Watch Stem Sleeve

    Thanks, I'd appreciate that. I attached a drawing if that helps any.
  3. Lawren5

    Elgin Pocket Watch Stem Sleeve

    I just got off the phone with Ofrei but they said they only have what's listed on the page.
  4. Lawren5

    Elgin Pocket Watch Stem Sleeve

    I had looked at Ofrei but it's all threaded sleeves and no 12s sizes. I'm guessing that the reason the sleeve is not threaded is that the bow is fixed and therefore a sleeve removal tool could not access it.
  5. I'm working on an Elgin 12s pocket watch with a broken sleeve in the stem assembly. It appears to be unique in that it has no threads while all other sleeves I've come across have threaded ends similar to that in the second photo. I don't believe this sleeve was part of a threaded assembly because the case appears to have a soldered tube in place of where a threaded sleeve would normally attach (third photo). Since I’m unable to find a direct replacement sleeve, are there any other options available? This watch belonged to my grandfather so I’d really like to get it working again.
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    Strange Oscillation in Balance

    Further examination revealed the escape wheel to have a bent pivot as shown in the photo. From what I've read in another WRT post, attempts at bending pivots back into position presents a high risk of breakage.
  7. There is a strange oscillation in the balance wheel which causes it to slow down and then speed up. The oscillation appears to be constant in that it occurs in intervals of about five second as seen in the video. The readings from my iphone "timegrapher" show amplitude and rate to be quite variable. BPH: 18000 Beat Error: 12.5 ms Amplitude: 190 to 290 deg Rate: -180 to +180 s/d The watch is a vintage Citizen alarm in which I ended up replacing both the exit and entry jewels manually. I don't have the tools for this process nor do I know the specs to which they should be set. Is it possible that improper setting of the pallet jewels could cause this oscillation? Or could is be a combination of pallet jewels and excessive beat error? Or something else? citizen.wmv citizen.wmv
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    Inserting Pallet Jewels

    Yes, I came across that link the other day. I used a piece of wood to make a "staking block" similar to what's shown in the article. Still, trying to fit these small components is a challenge.
  9. Lawren5

    Inserting Pallet Jewels

    That Bergeon tool looks nice but as a hobbyist I have a hard time justifying that kind of money. I did manage to get one of the jewels reset and am currently working on the other.
  10. Lawren5

    Hello from Lake Chelan

    Yes, the lake has excellent fishing, lots of trout and kokanee, a land locked salmon. The lake is 55 miles long, a mile wide and is the third deepest lake in the US.
  11. I realized I've been on this forum for several months and haven't yet introduced myself. I'm retired and living in the Lake Chelan area of Washington State. I became interested in watches last year and thought it would make a great indoor hobby. After taking an online course, I acquired several old and broken watches to practice on. It's been challenging but enjoyable. I find this forum extremely helpful and its members supportive.
  12. The exit jewel came loose so I ended up pulling both jewels and removing the shellac. However, I'm having one heck of a time trying to reinsert the jewels. What is the preferred procedure for doing this?
  13. Lawren5

    What type of screw is this?

    Thanks, Rogart63. I've confirmed that they are left hand threads. Yes, it is an alarm movement.
  14. I'm working on a vintage Citizen watch and came across these screws that are used on the barrel, ratchet and crown wheel. They each have three slots in them but don't seem to take a screwdriver. What type of screw is this and what is the correct method for removing them?
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    Gear Train Binding

    OK, problem solved. It appears that when I removed the cannon pinion, I damaged the center wheel tube by elongating the opening. This caused it to bind on the shaft of the sweep seconds wheel. I was able to make the opening round again by inserting the pointed leg from a pair of dividers into the opening. It no longer binds and the gear train now turns freely.