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ITProDad

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    Little Elm, Texas. USA
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    Mechanical time keepers. History of time keeping from John Harris forward. Current infatuation, Oris wrist watches of the mid to late 1900s. Avid wood worker. Built my own bench in the form of a roll top desk. Made specifically for working on my watches with inlay to mimic the carving on vintage pocket watch balance cocks I’ve worked on.

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  1. I agree with makr and OH. Clean it. But, do be careful not to grind and misshape any of the stakes. The value comes from its utility. The cleaning will increase the price, no doubt. It looks like a nice set! Good luck! Did your dad leave anything else to you? If he had a staking set like that, he must have had a use for it. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Welcome! You will enjoy the group. May I suggest you buy one or two very cheap watches at a boot sale or on eBay to destroy be for you attempt to open one from your collection? I absolutely destroyed my first 4 or 5 pocket watches before I was able to get one back together in some semblance of order. Post pictures of your first victim. You will receive plenty of help here! Have fun, T7 Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Welcome to a great group! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Welcome. It’s a great group! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Welcome to the group! Have fun!
  6. Welcome, Frank. You will enjoy this group and our exploits.
  7. Well, the new movement and runs great before I serviced it. I will still clean and oil it. It had no end shake like the original one shown here in this stream. As for the original, I’m stumped. The pivots look good. Hair spring is flat and coiled well. A bit of rust but nothing that should affect the amplitude or beat error variation between positions. i removed the hair spring from the balance staff. It may bot have been seated properly. After I reclean and put it back on the balance, I will make sure the collet is tight and straight. That still doesn’t explain the shake. I tried a shimmy under the cock, no dice. Checked all the plates and gears. Everything is in place, tight, level and moving well. I’m going to put it aside for a while and think on this one. Not giving up, just taking a break. I have a 1950’s Elgin waiting in the wings. Maybe a confidence booster will spark my problem solving juices. here’s a few pics of the balance and spring.
  8. On question before you berate the watch tech. Did you ask for and pay for the watch to be “repaired”. Or did you as them to clean it/get it ticking? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Very nice. I really like the case! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Thank you! I do appreciate and enjoy these discussions with you, Nucejoe and others! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Thank you JR. I bought an electronic copy of the book. But it much more difficult to read, due to page image quality, than the snippets you posted. I do believe the balance pivots are slipping out of the jewel holes when it is moved about. But not far enough to stop ticking. I will now pursue the premise that the staff is too short. Either due to ware or an incorrect staff or balance. Do you have any suggestions on books listing interchangeability of parts? I have a quite the collection of NOS balance complete and staffs. Wondering if I may be lucky enough to have the correct one? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Oooooh! I thought you were talking about using D instead of oil. That makes much more sense. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. I think Ill stick with 9415. I’m going to pull the balance and fork again to clean, lube and inspect. Along with the jewels. I bought 2 more 1429u movements on eBay. I’m hoping to compare and contrast to see if anything is different. The pivots could be worn short. We’ll see. I’ve down loaded to spec sheet. I just can’t tell which part is the cap jewel, pivot jewel or something else. I’ll look again. Did you know I was in Texas? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Honestly the pallet jewels looked good under 3 power. Correct shape and related angle. But I did not look at them via greater magnification. I was thinking of starting over with the power train to see if I missed something. I will try to life the balance to see how far it moves in the pivot jewels. However, I can’t figure out the proper part number for replacement jewels. How do I determine that? Finding the correct part numbers for correct replacement parts is still a bit of a void in my learning. Thank you NuceJoe. I genuinely appreciate the input!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. On Seiko there is usually a beat adjuster. It is where the hairspring is attached to the balance cock. It can be moved by VERY CAREFULLY pushing it one way or the other to adjust the beat error. I’m assuming the reason you want to move the collet is to adjust the position of the balance table pin? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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