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About Bill3

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  • Birthday 03/16/1942

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    Augusta, Georgia, USA

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  1. I am sure that you are right, making a new balance staff is the "technically perfect" way to do this repair. However, that is beyond my modest ability. I have a lathe and do easy things like repivot a clock spindal, but I have never made a balance staff. I am leaning towards the super glue solution. Thanks to all who have participated in this discussion. Bill H.
  2. This is an update on my missing roller jewel. I had already looked for the roller jewel in the rinse solution, but looked for the first time on the drying rack. AND THERE IT WAS! It was still mounted in the roller table. See the picture below. Now I have two new problems; how to make the roller table to stay on and how to orient it so that it interacts with the pallet fork in the appropriate manner. Many thanks to all who have responded to my plea for help. Every response was helpful. Bill H.
  3. I am working on an Elgin pocket watch grade 312. It was an estate sale purchase and was not running when purchased. I assumed that it was not running because it was very dirty and thought cleaning would solve all the problems. I completely disassembled it and ran it through an ultrasound cleaner and rinse. It came out bright and shiny and when I started to reassemble for the first time I saw that there was NO roller jewel! So, what now? Can the roller jewel be replaced by a person with very modest ability? I am including two pictures of the balance and roller plate. I do not see any sign of where it was attached. Thanks in advance for any guidance. Bill H.
  4. Stuart, as far as I can tell it has a flat hairspring. Thanks for your help. Bill
  5. Many thanks for those who read and answered my question. I am searching for a balance complete to use in a repair, however, neither of the businesses I have found on the web have answered my question about availability.
  6. I have a nice looking 17 jewel, Swiss made Wittnauer watch. After opening it I found that the balance wheel wobbles. It appears that one pivot on the balance wheel staff is broken. My question is, can I buy parts to repair this? If so, where? Do you suggest that I try to buy a balance staff, or a “balance wheel complete”? Is it likely that an amateur with a few basic tools can repair this watch? Thank you in advance.
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    Chelsea clock

    Old Hippy, thank you for your help. I removed the escape wheel and pallets and checked the pivots and holes. To my eye they looked good.
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    Chelsea clock

    Clock boy, thank you for your help. I removed the escape and it ran free reluctantly. Occasionally it would stop, but resumed if I gave it a push.
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    Chelsea clock

    Does anyone have any suggestions about how to get this clock to run? It is a Chelsea ship’s clock. When I got it it would not run, but I attributed that to the fact that it was dirty and had old black oil around the pivots. I carefully cleaned the movement and cleaned the balance wheel separately in naphtha. It reassembled without problems and was oiled,but would not run. If I “add power” to the movement it will run. I looked at the mainsprings while it was dissembled and they looked clean and intact. I have included pictures of both sides of the clock and a picture from the side showing the wheel (the one pointed out by the screwdriver) that I can push on to make it run. Thanks in advance for any help with this vexing problem.
  10. Yes, I understand the diagram. I have been doing minor things (cleaning, lubing, buffing the crystal) to watches for about 20 years. About two years ago I started to take them completely apart, instead of the partial disassembly I do for cleaning and putting them together again. Since that surge of interest I have done about 10 - 12 minor repairs e. g. replace a mainspring, replace a stem etc. I have never replaced a jewel. I am a hobbyist, I have NO formal training. The last person on this city who would work on mechanical watches died about five years ago, so I am on my own. Thanks for your interest, Bill
  11. I can see the upper jewel on the top and bottom, but I am having trouble seeing the bottom jewels. I will try to arrange better lighting. Do you have suggestions about how to secure good visualization? Thank you, Bill3
  12. I am still trying to get the Illinois pocket watch to work. Because the trouble centers around the balance wheel and hair spring, I have removed them and done a closer examination. When out of the watch the hair spring is flat (all in one plane), but the plane of the hair spring is not parallel to the balance wheel. I have included a couple of pictures. If anyone has suggestions, they are welcome. Bill3
  13. Thank you for your interest. No, the balance wheel does not oscillate back and forth. I had to move it manually back and forth to make the escape wheel rotate. I did not dissambled the watch completely. I took the balance and cock out, but did not take the pallet fork out. The pallet fork moved after I wound the watch a little, but it did not "snap" back and forth. The movement was sluggish.
  14. Vinn3 and TimFitz, Thank you for your recommendations. I Demagnitized the balance separately and again after the watch was assembled. It did not make a difference in function. Bill3
  15. JohnR725, Thank you for your comments. My “manipulations” were to use tweezers to pull at the hair spring to try to get it level. The balance wheel moves freely. I can turn it manually and the escape wheel rotates. It does not spring back and forth.
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