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  1. Thank you for the link. I'm looking around on NAWCC too for some answers. I don't yet own a staking set which is apparently required to adjust the pinion... Will post an update when my tools arrive!
  2. Thanks for the starting point. I'll try to have a look around. I don't want to start taking it apart yet as I still have to wait for tools to arrive. I was quite lucky to find it, bought it online without knowing what movement it was - opened it up and got quite the surprise.
  3. Hello all. I received an Elgin (grade 50) pocket watch yesterday that has a few "issues" but I'm not sure how to diagnose them because the watch has a bunch of different parts that I'm not used to. From what I can tell, there is an obvious issue with the stem - it keeps slipping when I try to wind the watch, this I can fix. However the weird thing is when I wind the watch backwards, it makes a different clicking sound and upon inspection of the movement, the circular piece up to the left of the pinion raises up and drops back down like it's disengaging or something. I don't know how else to describe it. I've back-wound it for a whole minute while the watch is running and it doesn't stop so it clearly isn't releasing tension from the mainspring. This piece is attached to what looks to be the barrel? Is this normal?
  4. I wasn't aware I had to apply load to get it to work. This method works a wonder. Thank you.
  5. I'm trying to release the tension in the mainspring on an Elgin grade 144 pocket watch and unlike my grade 291, this one has a hidden click and the main barrel is tucked underneath a plate. I've looked online and found a single forum post stating I need to push a pin or very small object into a hole underneath the main barrel (which there is one) while simultaneously holding the stem in place to stop it from unwinding all at once. The problem is, I've got a single screwdriver that fits in this pinhole and after poking around in a few directions, it doesn't seem to be releasing the click. I don't know if this is the right hole (it is the only one) that I'm putting it in, if it's supposed to be on a specific angle at insertion, a certain depth, etc. I've attached photos of the side of the movement and a diagram of what I am doing. For what its worth, its a lever set.
  6. I honestly thought you were being sarcastic. I don't have the tools to clean that crap out once soaked - if heat treatment doesn't work, this is off to the clock shop. Thanks everybody for the ideas. It's been a bit of a journey and I've learned a few things, successful or not.
  7. I took the crown wheel out and tried looking inside - it looks immaculate. How would I tell if there was rust?
  8. I've bought some oil, applied it and waited a day and still nothing is working. I guess the last chance is mixing it with WD-40. Anybody have any other crazy ideas? I may just have to go get it serviced at this point...
  9. Update: I've gotten two of the three screws out now - the stem screw is still not budging. I have tried to use the tip of a soldering iron to heat it for 60 seconds with zero success. Will buy some penetrating oil tomorrow and give it a go. I'm starting to think this screw isn't locked but rusted
  10. Thank you all for the suggestions. I actually have another parts movement of the same grade in case my watch breaks down - I will practice on the screws there before doing it to the real deal. Looks like I'll trying heating up the soldering iron tomorrow and if that doesn't work I'll go buy some oil. Will keep you all updated. Edit: Yep! The bridge screw was indeed reverse threaded and applying a little force it came right out. I won't be tightening it as much as the previous owner. Only two to go tomorrow!
  11. I've tested all screws and they are all sufficiently loose enough to undo them except for the three stated. I've tried to reverse the three but am worried I will either tighten them more or break something. I'm reuploaded the image with the screws in particular circled in red and the good ones in green. I really hope that loctite is not the case...
  12. Thank you for the response. Can I use any old penetrating oil or is there a standard for watch repair? I've also attached an image of the movement. The topmost three screws (excluding the screw attaching the movement to the case) are all stuck. They are a nice blued steel colour.
  13. Hello everyone, I own an old Elgin pocket watch and am trying to remove the screws to the main barrel and the stem but they are extremely tight to the point that I'm finding it impossible to remove them - even with a lot of force and pressure. I do not want to damage my watch as it is an antique but at the same time do not want to send it to a professional if I can get it undone myself. I've tried different sized screwdrivers to no avail, and understanding that it is a no-no, I've even used a cotton swab to apply WD-40 directly to the screw. I do not know if the screw has rusted or not - the watch itself is immaculate so I see no reason for the screws alone to rust. Does anybody have experience removing stuck screws from their watches or pocket watches? These things are absolutely tiny!
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