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  1. Hello, I have a LeCoultre 229 clock movement and wanted to replace the balance shaft as the existing one was not working. When I removed the balance shaft and went to install the new one, I noticed that a piece of the old stem was still in the bottom pivot jewel. The back side of the bottom jewel has another jewel (cup) that is set with a screw so it can swivel and reveal the pivot jewel below. Does this make sense? It has been hard to get a good photo of this. Is there a good way to remove the broken pivot in the jewel without damaging the assembly. It seems like I should be able to push the pivot out of the jewel but it appears as though the hole on the pivot jewel does not go through. Any ideas? Thank you
  2. Thanks Nucejoe! That is a very kind offer. I am still learning much about watch repair and this watch one of my test cases. I don't feel too bad if I muck up these movements.
  3. These are great watches to cut your "watch repair" teeth on. I am still early on in my understanding of watch repair but these are great learning tools and I don't feel bad if they don't go back together again.
  4. Thanks for your help. I meant to say "problem with staff" not stem. I believe the top ? pivot of the staff is broken/shortened, when the watch is face down, the good pivot of the staff is seated properly and the balance wheel works. The HS is flat, the jewel is correct. Thank you
  5. Hello all, I have a vintage Liberty watch corp , one jewel, unadjusted movement that is a pin lever type similar to a Lapanouse movement that only runs on it's belly (face down). Obviously, the stem must be faulty, but it runs so perfectly face down. Any fixes to try before trying to find a new balance wheel assembly? Thank you
  6. I think I only now noticed the one jewel is missing. The culprit? How is the jewel size determined? Thanks
  7. Hello all, I have a vintage Liberty watch corp , one jewel, unadjusted movement that is a pin lever type similar to a Lapanouse movement that only runs on it's belly (face down). Obviously, the stem must be faulty, but it runs so perfectly face down that I've considered putting it on a glass shelf above my head :) Any fixes to try before trying to find a new balance wheel assembly? Thank you
  8. Mystery solved! After a bit more aggressive prodding, the metal plate with the circle can be removed to reveal the full circuit board/ movement for the watch et voila, the 371 1.55v battery with contact! The electrical contact with spring must be part of the circuit that grounds to the back of the clock, although it does seem odd still. I have only seen one photo of the back removed on another watch and did not see this condition. The watch is running perfectly now!
  9. Feeling a little foolish...forgot to post the telling photo. This should take a 1.55 V cell battery as I know.
  10. Thanks for your reply. I know this is thought to be a subjective issue but in every issue there is some level of objectivity. I appreciate your opinion.
  11. Hello all, I wanted to get some opinions about when a dial should be refinished. As refinishing a dial often devalues a vintage watch of value/collectability, I assume it is a judgement call based on the degree of paint loss and the value of the watch to a collector. I have been told that collectors often would rather have a watch with a damaged original face than one that has been refinished. Any experience with vintage dials or opinions are appreciated. Thank you
  12. Hello Friends, I recently got an EBEL quartz alarm clock which is a novelty item that is shaped like a loupe. It is called "Loupe" and it needs a battery. When I opened the back of the case, it had no battery, just an electric contact that was positioned in approx. 70 degrees vertical and had a spring covering the contact. Has anyone had any experience with this piece? Does anyone know what kind of battery it takes. It is quite possible that the contact has been bent but I doubt it. Thank you I will take a picture of the open back and post when I can. Below is a stock photo of the clock for those who have never seen it.
  13. I am now trying to match a balance wheel from another 10.5 lignes movement to the balance cock assembly! Desperate times call for desperate measures...
  14. Thank you very much watchweasol and nickelsilver! You made easy work of this for me. I was amazed at the few threads I found online that suggested this was more of a mystery. Very easy. Thank you again.
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