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  1. Hi all, Brian Young here. I am not a watch or clock repairer. I came to this website to hopefully gain some insight to watches and watch repair. I recently inherited a pocket watch from my mother; it was her father's Illinois pocket watch made in 1911. I no sooner got it home when I dropped it onto the tile kitchen floor. As you might expect, it no longer works. It lasted 108 years before me and one week after me. I hope you all don't mind if I glom on to your site and pick your brains for info. In the last month, I have purchased two early 1900's Illinois pocket watches, both running, and can't bring myself to cannibalize them in order to get Grandpa's watch running again. So, now I own three pocket watches, two from 1905, running, and one from 1911, needing a balance stem. Hope I haven't broken protocol by talking about the reason why I am here in the introduction post. If so, sorry. I'm not really a rebel. I'm just clueless. Thank you for having me.
  2. Hello, my name is Brian Young and I am new to watch repair. I recently inherited a 1911 Illinois pocket watch that was working. WAS. I dropped it on the tile floor in the kitchen. Now, I need to repair it, as it was my grandfather's watch and I cannot be the reason the watch has stopped working. I do not repair watches, do not know the "lingo", and don't own an awesome set of tools. I am the "street urchin" in this performance of Oliver. Any help or encouragement you can extend to me would be most appreciated. I am fearless, and will take the watch apart, if needed. I would rather have someone who knows what they are doing handle the repairs. Let me know if I can fill in any missing information. Thank you for allowing me to crash your party. Love and light, Brian.
  3. I have a 1911 Illinois 16s pocket watch. I do not know anything about pocket watches. I inherited it. I need to know what size balance staff and jewels it takes to repair it. The serial # is 2298372. I have purchased a 1506 NOS balance stem and hope it is the right part. I also have ordered a pair of balance staff jewels. I do not know what size. They were recommended for the 16s Illinois early 1900s. Any help you can give me with this matter would be most appreciated. Thank you.
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