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Bill3

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  • Birthday 03/16/1942

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    Augusta, Georgia, USA

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  1. Bill3

    Wittnauer watch

    Stuart, as far as I can tell it has a flat hairspring. Thanks for your help. Bill
  2. Bill3

    Wittnauer watch

    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.
  3. Bill3

    Wittnauer watch

    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.
  4. Bill3

    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.
  5. Bill3

    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.
  6. Bill3

    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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. Old Hippy, thank you for your interest in my problem in repairing my pocket watch. I am not sure how to lower a stud. Is there a video or other that I can use to see how it is done?
  14. This is an addendum to my question above. I have included a picture that I left out of my question. I also want to say that the watch was demagnetized.
  15. Once again I am asking for help. I cleaned an Illinois pocket watch. It was running well, but had a lot of lint and other debris inside. I cleaned the balance wheel and hair spring without taking the hair spring off. Cleaning was done in lighter fluid in an ultrasound machine. The movement was cleaned in an ultrasound machine using watch cleaning fluid followed by two rinse soakes. Everything went back together well. When the balance cock and hair spring were placed the spring was not parallel to the plate. None of my manipulation could make it so. If the balance wheel is manually the escape wheel moves normally, but the watch will not run. When not in the watch the hair spring is parallel to the balance wheel. I have included pictures. The one from the side was meant to show the h.s, but is hard to see. Thanks in advance for your help.
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