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Shane

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  1. Yes, sorry, my mistake on the movement size. Please see one of my main project objectives, as well as, my financial limitations bellow. My intentions where to pull only "orphaned" and "unneeded" parts languishing among the spares of fellow watch enthusiasts, once again endowing them with their intended purpose. At or near $50.00 plus shipping, for a whole movement to pull each and every component from, would quickly exhaust my budget for this and subsequent years, not to mention violating one of my main objectives. To date I have only received one response to any of my projects that I would consider to have been intentionally rude (it was not from this forum). We do not and will not all have the same interests, goals or assign things the same values. I would like to thank oldhippy, Graziano, FLwatchguy73, as well as, any one else who took time from their day to read this or any of my other thoughts and respond here publicly or by privet W.R.T. message. Shane
  2. Yes, I have picked up most of what I currently have from this, as well as, other internet sites. I thought that using this forum I could make contact with a significant number of like minded watch enthusiasts from all walks, continents and countries who might have orphan Waltham 18s model 1899 parts siting unneeded among their spares. My intentions are to purchase (hopefully at a fair price) barter for or graciously accept all the pieces required, while covering the transportation cost. I also intend to catalog all who participated, their locations and (when available) the Waltham serial numbers for all the parts acquired. I ask that no complete or functional watch be cannibalized in order to liberate parts for this project. My budget is not without its limit and I expect this may take some time to finish but I need to start somewhere. Yes, admittedly, some may think this to be an odd and pointless undertaking but if realized, I think it should prove to be quite rewarding for both my nephew and I. Thank you all for any consideration I am afforded. Shane
  3. Hello every one. My wife has asked me to think about giving a watch to my nephew for his birthday (June I believe). After spending some time considering my options and looking at what I had to work with. I thought that building a watch that no two parts came from the same watch (as long no watch was disabled in the process) would peak his interest. The idea of all that accumulated history (from unused/forgotten parts) running once more, would be amazing. I have a significant number of Waltham 18s 1899 parts to start with but will probably need the input from others to actually accomplish this. If this is something you wouldn't mind getting involved in send me a message with what you have and we can talk. I thought starting with a glint brass main/front plate would be a nice place to start, so if anyone has one please let me know. Thanks for your time. Shane
  4. It also looks like one of the banking screws has been "adjusted" you may want to look into that. Shane
  5. I suppose a better average spring rate, which would result in a more accurate watch throughout the day. Sacrificing some duration in favor of accuracy wouldn't be a bad thing and was probably considered a significant improvement. Thanks again.
  6. I found pictures illustrating what they looked like in several other posts. I remember seeing some of the other components involved whilst previously sorting through boxes of miscellaneous parts. It would be nice if I had enough parts to make a complete assembly. Was it just a mechanism to reduce the likelihood of a broken mainspring until better manufacturing processes rendered it obsolete or did it have some other benefit? Thanks for your time. Shane
  7. Thanks, that gives me something to look into.
  8. looking through my spares, in an attempt to find a barrel cover for another watch, I came across these. I didn't remove them from anything, I probably just received them in a box of miscellaneous watch parts from Ebay or the like. Does anybody have an idea about what the extra details do and what they might be from, age, excreta? Thanks. Shane
  9. No problem, I'm just happy to hear you're all set. Shane
  10. Hey jdrichard, How did you make out fixing your plate? If you run into an irreparable snag, let me know, I probably have an odd "brass" plate kicking around here. I wouldn't want to dig it out unless you had the need. Shane
  11. I have considered trying to cast one out of pewter first (should be good enough) then, after a few tries coin silver but the skill isn't in my wheelhouse "yet". I have seen what looks to be very passable results from skilled people (not for pocket watches but even if they did I couldn't afford their time). Shane
  12. The first thing I do before pulling the balance out or trying to make adjustments institute is pull the pin and see if the spring lies any better. You might just just have an incorrectly installed pin. The spring will deform if you put "English" on it when inserting the pin. For a tool to insert the pin with, I cut just the tip off a toothpick (not the whole tapered end) and poking a small hole in the end with my tweezers. It gives enough control to avoid undo influence on the spring. Your spring, on the other hand, has problems. I believe this is covered in the videos listed above but if you're going to pull the spring from the balance don't forget to mark the springs orientation to the balance wheel before it is removed (it will save you time when setting it back into beat). Almost anyone on this forum can put their hand on a honorably deformed hairspring, practice on a junk one first (it takes the stress out of the practice). There are good people here to listen to. Good luck. Shane
  13. JersyMo, Sorry for the delay in responding, I wasn't at work yesterday. If I remember correctly the ID of the case measured 30.25mm not counting the undercut. I didn't received the crystal with that watch but would think it's a high dome crystal (the second hand shaft is quite long). How much would you be willing to part with the crystal, dial and sweep hand? The 1971 Sprite is at least up and running rust free, though not fully assembled (whilst disassembling it) I accidentally threw one half of the rusty cannon pinion assembly into the mist. A snap of the tweezers and it was gone! I'll find it in about a year or so. FLwatchguy73 and AndyHull those are very nice indeed, I would be thrilled if my watches looked that good.
  14. JersyMo, Thank you for getting back to me, as well as, for the picture. The parts you seem to be suggesting look as if they are for a 1974. I do have a 26850-02774 also (not sure what the "s or 5" in your catalog signifies) but putting my 74 (on right) and 75 (on left) next to each other, the 74 has a thicker case, not sure about what the differences with the crystals could be, the crystal pictured on the left is borrowed. I do see your crystal envelope is identified with a #17 and the 1975 has different part numbers, perhaps the information I found earlier was faulty. Perhaps one of my watches has been mixed and matched before I received them. What are your thoughts about part numbers 027-327900 and 027-328152? On another note. The 1971 (027) also pictured, is my next project and it has had a very rough time thus far. Please wish this watch and I some luck. Thanks again. Shane
  15. JersyMo, Thank you for your help and input so far. I certainly count you among the assets this forum has to offer. The parts you provided are working fine. I'm wearing the Marlin (pictured above) to work today and I intend to focus on my Electric with day/date soon. I spent a significant amount of time looking for a listing of Timex crystals with very little to show for my efforts. I have a 26850-02775 that I received in very poor condition (crystal broken, hands bent/missing, dial disfigured and second shaft bent) . It's been cleaned. reassembled, lubricated and after borrowing the crystal from the black Electric also (pictured above) running fine. I will be wearing it tomorrow. I think that I need a K017 to replace the one that I borrowed, as well as, one or two more for other watches of the same size (also missing their crystals). If this is the correct crystal, would you have some to spare? What would you ask in exchange for them? If my information is incorrect, please, let me know. It also looks that I need several battery terminals (the positive one that grounds to the movement). I would hope Dynabeat and Electric terminals to be the same. Your thoughts? Are these terminals also available? If not, I might need to make some. Shane
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