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JHargrove77

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  1. It's alive!!! Went back to basics. I know John suggested adjusting the hairspring in the watch but I went back to what I was comfortable with. I removed the hairspring from the balance because in the watch it was too off centered. After some tedious work under magnification, I was able to get the original hairspring collet centered on the jewel hole and get the overcoil arc correct again. I then reinstalled the hairspring on the balance and placed in back in the watch without the pallet installed. Impulse jewel needed to be adjusted slightly but after everything was lined up and reassembled
  2. Ok, I played with the old hairspring and balance a little more and put it back in the watch. It's actually ticking now but very slowly. At least slower than I think it should. But that's more life than it's had in quite a few years. Also the hairspring is not quite centered so is probably some of my problem. it will run horizontal with dial side down, and vertical. Stops any time I turn it dial side up. Continuing to troubleshoot.....
  3. Greetings again. Another question for the gurus. I removed the balance from the cock and have it laying on a staking anvil with the roller down inside a hole so the balance is level, the hairspring on top. Should the hairspring sit proud of the balance arms or is it common for the weight of the hairspring to cause it to sag into contact with the arms? If I turn it upside down, the hairspring will fall away from the arms loosing contact and will vibrate for a while if touched.
  4. Update: Pulled the pallet fork and bridge out so I could get a good side view and with a 20x loupe, I can verify that my hairspring is indeed touching the balance arm. Must have knocked it out of position while swapping it in and out so many times. Will let you know if and when I get it remedied.
  5. Sorry for the delay getting back to the group. Too many other projects going on. Calling this my first watch is somewhat accurate. It's the first one I disassembled. It however got pushed to the back when I ordered a new balance. I then started on an Omega 13.5. Small bracelet watch that requires everything being done under magnification. This was one the wife acquired off Ebay because it reminded her of one her mother wore. While servicing that one, I accidently through out a click spring with some cleaning solution. Rookie mistake. So then had to find a parts watch. The parts movement
  6. I want to thank the group for all the great advise. I'll try your troubleshooting tips and see what I can find. I've put the new balance and hairspring back in the movement with the same results. I will have to admit that I don't think the new mainspring is going to fix this. I'm certain it's in the balance assembly but for the life of me I can't find a problem. I'll keep looking. Thanks again.
  7. Well, I've done as suggested. Can't find anything wrong with jewels, everything runs pretty smoothly with pallet fork removed. Still won't run on it's own. Just the slightest bit of pressure and the watch will tick. I'm getting ready to order a new mainspring and see if maybe that is the problem. Will let the group know the outcome. Thanks for all the help.
  8. All good questions. Like I said before, it wasn't running when I opened it up. The balance appeared to be out of the jewel holes and the hairspring was bent 90 degrees at the stud. I didn't see any damage to the pivots so my thinking is that someone may have remove the balance cock and the balance fell and bent the hairspring. Instead of fixing it, they just positioned it back in place and closed up the case. All speculation on my part there. I straightened the old hairspring except I couldn't get the final arc that goes through the adjustment forks on the cock to line up so I bought a new
  9. All good questions. Like I said before, it wasn't running when I opened it up. The balance appeared to be out of the jewel holes and the hairspring was bent 90 degrees at the stud. I didn't see any damage to the pivots so my thinking is that someone may have remove the balance cock and the balance fell and bent the hairspring. Instead of fixing it, they just positioned it back in place and closed up the case. All speculation on my part there. I straightened the old hairspring except I couldn't get the final arc that goes through the adjustment forks on the cock to line up so I bought a new
  10. Hello to the group. My name is Jim and I've just recently taken up watch repair. Or I should say attempting watch repair. I've been acquiring a lot of those "expensive" specialized tools that everyone just has to have. My current endeavor is kicking my butt though. It's a Bulova pocket watch that belonged to my wife's grandfather. So it's somewhat special to her. It's a 17AE movement. When I first took it apart, I immediately noticed that the balance was skewed and the hairspring twisted severely. I attempted to repair the hairspring but wasn't satisfied with the result so I bought a
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