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  1. What in the Bangladesh is that!? Wow! Q: When is a Sunburst a Blackhole?...
  2. Perhaps it's no small irony that "Sears" himself apparently got started by huckstering pocket watches!? Lol. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Warren_Sears
  3. A tonne of information. The sovereign cases are very interesting.
  4. THAT'S IT!!! Darn near identical to mine. Cyma eh? Googling. And many thanks friend.
  5. My gawd...it's beautiful. Way beyond my pay grade...but beautiful none the less. I wonder why the stem looks like that?
  6. Thanks kindly Joe; I await things like a loupe, screwdrivers, tweezers, etc. Once I get into it, no doubt there will be many other questions. Yours, Seán
  7. Whoa!? Shackleton expedition lineage! (a partial joke.) Thank you for this. It is the English lineage of the case maker that turned me away from my initial assumption that this watch was indeed a Sears marketed product. (Sears; Sears/Roebuck was prior to the modern Globalization of our current economy.) The case is so tight that I cannot get the rear dust cover off without the proper knife (on order). The crystal has been changed at some point to a plastic one which is scratched @ 10 o'clock and is bothersome. What I can open (just barely) with fingernails is very tight and yet the hinges open to just less than 90 degrees. I'm happy with the case and the watch generally speaking, but I don't believe its of the "Craftsman" tools lineage. Is it possible to change the crystal back to glass? Rather, is that within a watch makers procedures/protocols.
  8. I don't believe the watch is from Sears (Sears/Roebuck) gents. But I'll dig into it.
  9. Gentlemen, I am curious to learn about my everyday carry pocket watch. I'm aware that it is Swiss made, and was made around 1910. That it was cased in England, and although a nice watch, isn't worth ten's of thousands. Does anyone have info on who actually made this watch? Are there others here who own or have owned these watches? Thanks in advance, Seán
  10. Thanks Nucejoe; The watch will wind. Once fully wound it will run and keep time for better than 36 hours or perhaps more, but not 48. If I wind it two or three turns, it will not run. I haven't counted exactly how many full turns my other watches will wind until they stop at fully wound, but this Hamilton 992 would take twice as many turns until it reaches its stop (its a ridiculous amount of time on the ratchet and it's kind of stiff). As my other watches don't behave this way, I'm assuming something is wrong? If someone replaced a broken main spring with the wrong one, would the watch conceivably act the way I'm describing? Pic for entertainment factor, I assume you are all familiar with these movements.
  11. Good day oracles of mechanical knowledge, I have a pondering issue and was curious whether this anomaly is cause for concern. I own several pocket watches (8, or 9?). Howards, key wound/set, early Elgins...but this silver cased Hamilton has me scratching my head. All of my watches will start to keep time with a couple of twists of the stem ratchet (or quarter turns of the key as may be the case.) but this Hamilton model 992 won't. This particular watch seems to have to be wound an awfully long time and only once it is fully wound will it begin to keep time. Once it is running it keeps time just fine, I've had it running for weeks on end and it doesn't appear to speed up or slow down. Is it normal for a watch to have to be completely wound before it keeps time? If not (as I suspect), what could be the cause of the problem? Thanks in advance, Seán
  12. Thanks JBerry; I'm not in Ireland, or Irish for that matter, rather Canadian born and bred, of Scottish parents who came to Canada in the 1950's as teenagers themselves. The fada is a hold over from Britain where although Sean would invariably be pronounced "Shawn" by most, it can confused with "Shane" (Seán and Seàn respectively). After making the introduction I noticed Mark's course curriculum. I may avail myself. ;-) Thanks for the response, very much appreciated JBerry. Seán
  13. Good day, a while ago I felt the need for a hobby and I like collecting...things, so...why not pocket watches? I currently only have 6 or maybe it's 8? watches and am enjoying them. I believe the next start for me would be to gain the ability to service these things of marvel myself, and to a degree of professionalism. I have some movements coming my way that currently don't work, so I'll be disecting them to learn why, and perhaps even repair them, but the motive is to learn. Is there a basic tool kit that a newbie ought to look to acquiring that you would recommend? Head mounted loupes? Lighting? Work stations? All suggestions welcomed and understand I am very new to this. Thanks in advance, Seán
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