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  1. one of the problems with quartz watches is the assumption that changing the battery will always fix the problem but it will only do that if that is the problem. then when changing batteries in a quartz watch it's always a good idea to measure the voltage of the battery you're taking out. This would tell you if the batteries the problem or not. as this is a rechargeable lithium battery it would be a good idea to check to see that the new one is indeed good because they will lose their charge over time. Fortunately you don't have to take it out I snipped out something from the servi
  2. the case is not gold plated. The case is gold filled which is much much heavier than plating.
  3. think about this as a learning opportunity a opportunity to get better at doing things like lubrication. Once the watch is all perfect clean it again and practice lubrication again. The more times you practice this the better you'll get.
  4. there must've been some reason why they invented this type of stud holder. If it was to torture the watchmaker that might have been the reason but there's probably some other reason we just don't know. Because the stud slides in and also likes to slide out when you're tightening the screws all sorts of undesirable things will occur. Then if the screws are loose then that definitely would be a problem also. how is the watch currently running? .
  5. can we have a picture of the back of the case the inside where it says Wadsworth. A lot of times ill say a little more than that.
  6. watch sizing is interesting I know the world embraces metric today but this is watch repair we embrace everything and do not discriminate against any measurement type. then congratulations that's a good price for a nice watch. At the first link below you'll notice the reference to the size 8/0. then to understand this better the second link has a nice PDF chart you can download. then you notice they highlighted things that are popular sizes like 8/0. which corresponds to the Swiss measurement of 10 1/2 lignes which is also highlighted because it is a popular wristwatch size. http://ww
  7. the first link is too expensive and as already mentioned it's missing all the important bits and pieces that you have to have to use the tool. to understand the tool and bits and pieces I've attached a PDF of the manual. Which also should have been included with all of these kits at one time. then if you won the lottery a really big lottery and had zero interest in money this next link is what you would buy except it's missing something? Technically it's missing two things it's missing the physical book and the jewel plate. Jewel plate is really useful a whole bunch of jewels in a pl
  8. out of curiosity is this your first watch to service? then just to be clear does your watch look like they watch in the picture at the link below? if so you should look carefully and notice that will have to taken apart if you really want to oil the pivots. That's because the two pivots that are visible have cap jewels which prevent you from putting oil on them. were going to have to disassemble if you really want to lubricate. But I would probably do some diagnostics first like when the battery is in and you listen to the watch can you hear anything like a humming sound from the tun
  9. what I find interesting is how our brains like to fill in the blanks. So I saw the word pallet fork up until you mentioned that it wasn't really there. This is actually a common problem on this discussion group we fill in the blanks for the original question without always grasping what the question actually is or the circumstances of the question. The problem of watch repair too many variables. At one time the Swiss used to put a tiny dot on the balance wheel to correspond to where the stud should go. This of course assumes if somebody change the staff that they put the roller where it'
  10. just looking at your stem is telling me that this is going to be an extreme longshot. The problem with the reference books are that there are aimed at newer watches. But is still worth a try. I'm attaching an image that shows the specifications that are needed. if I did my math right the only dimension we get is 5.25 for the length labeled a in the image which narrows it down to several stems. It be nice to have the rest of the mentions. Also I have another book from the 50s and I looked at the fingerprint system there because being an older book it has all their watches unfortunately I did n
  11. reading skills are lacking on my part again. Usually people put the pallet fork between the banking pin and as I stated that way works but it's better if you can site through the jewel. But most people don't do that. As it's easier to look at the fork and live with the minor it's not going to be perfect. Or on some rare occasions you have watches were you can't see the jewel at all or for that matter the fork like some American full plate 18 size pocket watches
  12. I think you'll find that a vibrating tool is a luxury item and almost none of us have one. as an alternative you can put a hairspring in the watch and see what the hands are doing. Is not a great way to vibrate but if you had similar hairsprings which you probably don't. but fortunately the Swiss made lots of inexpensive cylinder watches out there so should be similar things available that might work. At least they get the hands moving.
  13. Ligne at one time what existed was the fingerprint system. Found in a variety of watch material catalogs including bestfit. to make use you need the line size and that's measured on the dial side of the movement. unfortunately 29.5 does not come out as a standard size so it appears to be around 13 Ligne. then looking up best fit I'm not seeing it unfortunately. then kind of a long shot is if you have the stem you can measure that. The third link normally used for finding replacement stem can be used to identify a movement. Then if you get the dimensions of the stem I can also look
  14. technically this is correct but it's also sort of incorrect? The problem is there's a tiny bit a play of the roller jewel in the fork slot. This means you can have the fork absolute perfect between the banking pins and the timing machine may disagree with your assessment. personally I never hang balance wheels on the balance tack. In the past I found it stretches the hairspring and if you have just the balance with hairspring it makes it easier to see what you're doing as you can see where the stud is in relationship to whatever you are using as a reference.
  15. I don't suppose you're trying to run the watch like you normally would without the case? This is where it be helpful to have a picture for everybody not familiar with American pocket watches? a problem with American pocket watches is, when the movement is out of the case the case has the crown and stem. The movement then goes into setting and if you try to run the watch out of the case in the setting position it doesn't always run. Sometimes the run fine but they're still driving all the setting mechanism. Later on the watch companies grasping that they had a problem put a variety of
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