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  1. Hi like-minded people, here are some pictures of a watch I just acquired. I'm hoping that one or more of you well-informed folk might be able to cast some light on this watch, ie. The maker, model and approximate age. I just got it running after straightening the hairspring which looked as though someone had taken a fork to it. Even more surprisingly, it is keeping remarkably good time. It hasn't lost or gained 1 minute since Sunday afternoon. Not bad for a watch with no jewels and a £5.00 price tag! If there is anyone who could give me some info on this watch I would be very grateful. My very best wishes to you all Mark. PS. This looks even more primitive than my Ingersoll Dollar watch!
  2. I am very new to this watch repair malarkey, but, I know that knotting compound, for painting on wood prior to priming, is made up of shellack suspended in alcohol. I would try to daub the pallet jewel with this knotting compound. The alcohol will evaporate very quickly leaving the shellack holding the jewel in place. I'd probably daub it several times using a very fine oiler. If there is someone out there who thinks this is a bad idea, please tell me and kindly explain why. Best wishes, Mark
  3. I'm very grateful for all your advice. Thank you.

  4. Thanks again. I checked the pivots, stones and hair spring and the amount of lateral play as you kindly suggested, they all seem in order. (at least to my very limited experience) Also, now that I have reassembled it, the dam thing has started working in all positions. I'm guessing that my inexperience was the sole cause of these anomalies! I'll keep a close eye on things and let you know how things progress. In the meantime, thanks again for taking the time and for your extremely useful advice. Best wishes, Mark.
  5. Hi Nucejoe, Thanks for the reply. Here are some pictures of the watch as requested. In the laying flat position the watch runs really nicely with a very even tick. But when it's in the upright position the balance wheel begins to struggle and the watch will stop after just a few minutes. Any advice will be gratefully received. Thanks again, Mark
  6. Dear all, I have just started out with this wonderful world of watch repair, I have bought myself some cheap, non-working watches, among which is a Russian Molnia pocket watch, I guess from the early 1970s (according to the service scratch-marks on the reverse side of the face). I removed the balance cock and escapement wheel, cleaned and oiled them and reinstalled them. The watch now runs when lying flat, but will run erratically and eventually stop when stood upright. I am way too inexperienced to carry out a full strip down and service, so I wondered if anyone could offer me some useful hints or info on how to correct this without giving it a full service. I would be most grateful for all your suggestions, even those telling me to leave well alone untill I have more experience. Thanks in advance, MarkL.
  7. Hello everyone, my name is Mark, I live in north Norfolk, UK. I am 56 years old, vital statistics: 42, 44, 33. I believe I am a late-comer to the world of watch repair, having only began this quest about 2 months ago.However, after watching (pun intended) a couple of watchrepairchannel videos, purely by chance, I am now totally addicted. So you can expect to hear quite a lot from me in the coming weeks, months and years. Best wishes to you all.
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