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  1. Several of the people who have responded with suggestions about why this watch is so difficult to wind seem to think that the problem is that there is friction where the stem goes through the case. However the stem turns very easily when the watch is set. The hands can be turned without any difficulty at all.
  2. I am a beginner and so do not know what the abbreviation "AS" means. Tell me what you are referring to, please.
  3. I have attached a picture of the movement with the back removed. I know that I should have included a picture with the back removed when I asked the question, but anxiety about scratching the case curbed my enthusiasm. As for gummed up reversal wheels, I don't think so. This watch is very clean inside. Thanks to all for the suggestions and references.
  4. I recently bought a previously owned Girard Perregaux. It is labeled "gyromatic" which I assume is their label for automatic. The watch runs well, keeps good time, but I cannot wind the mainspring. I can use the crown to set the time, but if I try to wind it I meet resistance. With great pressure I can advance the stem in the winding mode a little, but I do not think that is a normal resistance that should be encountered in winding. What is up with this watch? Is it not intended to be wound? It does keep very good time with automatic winding alone.
  5. Maclerche, that web page provided interesting and useful information.
  6. Thanks to everyone who answered my question about the usefulness of a Chinese timegrapher. Your answers were very helpful and aided my decision.
  7. I am thinking about buying a timegrapher. I have seen some on Alibaba for about $150 including shipping costs. Has anyone here tried one of these? They are made by Wei Shi and are offered in 120 or 110 watt models. The model I have looked at is the #1000. Comments, praise, and criticism are welcomed. Help me make a decision.
  8. Finally!  I got the screw out that holds the set lever in place.  I have attached a picture and you can see the broken head of the screw.  

    I am confused about how to place this screw.  There is a flange near the middle of this screw that prevents it passing through the plate.  If I places the flange exterior to the pictured plate, I do not think it would reach the set lever.  If I place it between the plate and the base plate, it will not pull the set lever close enough to the base to force the nub into the grove on the stem.  What to do......what to do.....



    1. Bill3


      I have two other "donor" 986A movements.  I have examined both and in both examples the shoulder of the screw is between the main plate and the barrel bridge.  

  9. Steve, How long did it take you to work through the course?
  10. CKelly,

    Sorry, I intended to attach this picture that I made this morning to my last message.  The setting lever can be seen in this picture.  


  11. I flipped the minute hand and all is well again! Thanks Steve. What an idiot I am not to think of that. I was thinking of all sorts of complicated reasons that could explain the chime being reversed.
  12. If it is not one thing, then it is another! With the great help from Oldhippy, I got the clock to run yesterday and it is still running well. However, I cannot get the chime to cooperate. The clock chimes, but it sounds a single note on the half hour and chimes the hour on the half. I tried to fix the problem by waiting until the minute hand crossed 12 and the single chime had sounded, then I rapidly whirled the minute hand around past the 6 not stopping there or giving it time to chime. Then I parked the minute hand in front of the 12 and waited, but every time I do that I still get
  13. Folk visor, Novel idea, but I do not know. Perhaps someone can comment about the utility of Skype.
  14. CKelly, First and most important, thank you for taking the time to help me with the Hamilton watch problem. The watch was not running when I began to work on it. At that time the stem was working as expected, in other words it could be pulled out one click and the hands could be set. I cannot remember for sure, but I do not think I could wind the watch. I need to correct one point. The Hamilton was not the first watch that I took apart. I have several that preceded the Hamilton. None of them were ever reassembled correctly. Thank you for your generous offer to help me
  15. Oldhippy, Amazing!! I removed the movement, oiled the pivots, springs, but not the pinions. I made some photographs of the back and sides of the movement then reinstalled it. When I hung ti on the wall, even before I installed the pendulum, it started running. I installed the pendulum and after it ran for 45 minutes I reinstalled the dial and hands. It is still running after more than an hour and a half! If you have read any of my prior posts about all the failures I have had with watches I have worked on you can see why I regard this as something of a minor miracle. I was sur
  16. Oldhippy, Thank you so much. I have watched the video a couple of times and am on my way to remove the mechanism from the case. As it happens, I have some clock oil, so I will oil it as soon as it is out of the case. While it is out of the case I will make more pictures including one of the back of the mechanism, which you asked for earlier. I did not know that it was so easy to remove the clock from the case. As I mentioned earlier I have found no names or brands on the clock. Perhaps I will find a mark on the back of the mechanism. Best regards, Bill
  17. Oldhippy, Thank you for your comments about my clock. You asked for front and back pictures. The back of this clock is wooden and I will have to remove it from the case to get a back picture. Of course, I will if it is necessary to solve the problem, but I was hoping that it could be solved without that step. So, I have provided a picture of the front, and one from the right and left lateral view. If you think it is necessary to remove it after you see these pictures, just let me know and I will set to work on that. Thanks again for your help. Bill
  18. Thank you, Stuart. When the hands are advanced the clock chimes appropriately. When the clock is running, I can look into the mechanism and I cannot see anything rubbing or jamming. That is a good thought though.
  19. Last week while strolling through a flea market, on impulse, I bought a clock. The owner said it "worked perfectly". I have not been able to get it to run longer than a few minutes. I have two questions that I hope the wisdom of this group can help me with. First what kind of clock is it and second how can I get it to run? As an adjunct to the first question, did I pay too much for it? I paid $50. I suspect that it is of Korean or Chinese origin, but there are no marks, lettering, or symbols on the case or the mechanism. When I hung the clock on the wall and started the pendulum,
  20. If not not for auto-correct the above would have said "an inexpensive Optivisor". Damn modern conveniences.
  21. I have an inexpensive optimist with very low magnification, but the binocular vision it affords more than makes up for the low magnification.
  22. Hertzogpholian, thank you for the suggestions. I am aware of the Hacko online course, and have thought about working through it. I am going to take a second look.
  23. Thank you for your thoughtful answer, Hertzogpholian. The trend of the answers received to my question has been, not to recommend a course, but to "take a break", "keep trying" etc. Your answer recommends that I look closer at my motivation and perhaps drop the whole enterprise. Socrates used the maxim 'know thyself' and I probably need to think more deeply about my motivation for watch repair as a hobby. Watch repair was meant to be something to do in retirement, and it has filled a lot of hours. It has also provided hours of frustration. I truly believe that my problems in learni
  24. It is reassuring to learn that I am not the only person who has watches turn to feces when I work on them.
  25. WileyDave, Thank you for the recommendations. I get my watches from flea markets. That means that I get an assortment of makes and models. I do try to buy only watches that are working. Yours is a great idea to connect with a pro that I can bounce questions off of, unfortunately that is not possible where I live. There are only two watch repair men and for various reasons I cannot connect with either. I think that a coach would help more than anything. Part of my question about an online course is whether or not an online course would fill the need of a "coach".
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