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  1. After having experimented with some very cheap watches I thought it was time to attempt something a little nicer. Bought this silver pocket watch and took it apart. Noticed quite a few of the jewels were shattered so is likely to be beyond my skill set at the moment to restore anyway. Despite that, I decided, probably unwisely, to examine the mainspring and measure it up for a replacement so rendering it useless in the process. The measurement I have taken are: Height: 2.6mm Thickness 0.2mm Length: 520mm ID of barrel: 16.5mm Type TR Then I find out there
  2. Quite a rare old watch lever set 18s running very well. Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Years of Operation: 1868-1886 Production Jewels: 7-19 Jewels Production Sizes: 18s, 16s, 8-6s Total Production: ~12,000 Factory Building Status: Demolished
  3. I recently acquired an Illinois pocket watch that appears to have a screw on front and back. I was able to unscrew the front with great effort. A lot of dirt and grime dropped out. I need to get the back off. There are no grab points so, I have tried a rubber ball and failed. If it was a bolt, I would use heat, but that’s not an option. I am afraid to use penetrating oil for fear of damaging the porcelain face. I am assuming that the watch is in the 100 year old range but won’t know until I get the serial number off the movement. it is clear, the case has not been opened in a
  4. Looking for advice. Daughter (7) bought me a pocket watch from a second hand store. The hunter case crown is missing a cap to open the front. It appears to be threaded. Essinger seems to have the right replacement part. I can't figure out how to get the stem and crown out. I think this is an old Belle Suisse 8810. Help? Also I know it is posted to wrong forum but this was the only non grayed out option.
  5. I am new to watch repair, but have successfully repaired, cleaned and oiled several pocket watches. This picture is from an Elgin pocket watch that I am currently working on. The piece indicated by the arrow, obviously assists in toggling between winding and setting via the clutch pinion but, as you can see, there is no screw in the hub to hold it in place. However, in the bridge, above the piece indicated, is a small screw in a threaded through-hole that is not retaining any other pieces and, at first glance, appeared to be doing nothing. I assume it is there to somehow retain the piece s
  6. Hello, I have a lovely antique cylinder escapement pocket watch that I've serviced and got running beautifully but now I have a problem with the minute hand falling off. I think it's known as a pin hole fitting hand. On measuring the hand it shows approx. 0.40mm, and then on measuring the arbor diameter with the vernier guage, it's also 0.40mm so it's very near but won't even grip when mounted. Photos provided of the job. Does anybody have a technique I can use to get the hand to fit?
  7. 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 s
  8. I'm as green as they come and need a scrap movement for practice. I scored this on an eBay auction for $0.99 (+ $4.99 shipping, LOL) First inspection shows it not in terrible condition. The balance and escapement move at least, but it doesn't wind (very stiff) and the keyless works are either rusted fast or broken (the stem does not move in or out). I'll be taking this very slowly, since it's educational more than anything else. Please note the high quality cardboard case ring.
  9. It's been a while since I've worked on a movement as old as this. A friend asked me to look at whether I could get his great-grandmother's watch working again. When I first saw it, I thought it was an old 1920's ladies wristwatch, though thought it odd that the winding stem is at 12. However, on closer examination, it resembles more of an old pocket watch movement. Now amazingly, the watch is ticking when wound but I cannot pull the stem to set the hands. On removing the dial, I can see the yoke and yoke spring on the opposite side. But would I be right in thinking that it is missing the setti
  10. Hi all, i desperatley need the third wheel of the above pocket watch, the spring snapped and has damaged the pivot on the wheel, can anyone help? ive searched online and everything i can find has already been sold!
  11. I'd like to try my hand at converting a vintage pocket into a wristwatch. For anyone who knows, what size pocket watch should I aim for and what's the best source for an appropriate sized case? Is a 'Hunter' best for this? What's the best solution for a winding stem and if I have to go with a case that's not drilled for the stem, what's the best solution? In other words, what best practice for this mod?? Any help would be appreciated. thanks
  12. Hi Everyone I hope you are all well. It has been 12 months or so since I last logged in, and shamefully about the same since I pulled out my box of old watches. I was browsing the 'Bay' as always and really liked the look of this Waltham Traveler. I picked it up for less than £10 and would like to use it as my first restoration project. I have undertaken minor repairs in the past but nothing like this, I hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew. I need to find a key to see if it winds & runs, repair/service it and source the hands and a case, which is uncharted terr
  13. Hello, I have recently bought and serviced this lovely 100 year old 'Spikins from Dent' pocket watch. The movement seems higher quality than some watches of this era that I've serviced, having 15 jewels, and being warranted English. It is housed in a solid silver Dennison Watch Case Co. case and has a 1918 Birmingham hallmark. Given the above info and the attached photos, would anybody be able to identify and tell me whether this is any particular brand of movement? I notice an S in a five-pointed star on the train bridge - is this a trade mark on a movement?
  14. Hi, I am very new to the hobby of watch repair/refurbishment and self taught thus far so please forgive any stupid questions! I recently stripped down, cleaned, oiled and reassembled a Waltham pocket watch (pictured) but the balance has poor oscillation, stops when tilted at a certain angle and the movement makes a noise in addition to the usual tick which sounds like something is hitting off something it shouldn't. I've stripped the movement down again and checked every part for signs of damage (finding none) and also replaced the mainspring which has improved things but there's still somethi
  15. Hi all, Strangely, I'm was able to find out any information for the above and have not been able to get on NAWCC message board for whole of this week. Need the information to look at possible options for hands. TIA!
  16. Hi all, I made a great fleamarket finding but as usual there is at least one issue. The subject is an old renova pocket watch with a built-in alarm. According to my searches on the internet, it was re-branded on the dial for various companies. Mine was branded with RENOVA (which matches the watch movement engravings) and a Brand of a local Jewelries dealer (Ed. Barth, Zurich). So far so good, as the alarm and everything was working, I could not set the time, so I had to disassemble it to find out how it is supposed to work and how to fix it. I found out that the usual techn
  17. Alright, just acquired this Waltham Vanguard from a local auction on the cheap and was told it was in working condition - it isn't. Turning the crown offers little resistance (a bit) but does not tighten the main spring and popping up the crown does not let me set the time (hands won't move). In fact, turning the crown won't make the crown wheel move at all. That being said, lightly tapping the balance wheel will give it some power and it starts ticking briefly and the seconds hand moves normally. The movement appear to be loose in the case as it almost pops out when I flip it over. What woul
  18. Hi there, I have been privileged to get my hands on this lovely old Centre Seconds Chronograph pocket watch. This will be my first project to disassemble, clean up and oil, and hopefully get working. The balance wheel swings and ticks for a few seconds so feel confident it will work. When I checked by removing the face, the movement was smothered in quite high viscosity oil and was dirty. The hands can be set fine but I'm aware that the second hand is missing so will try and source one. The photos are of it as I received it from ebay at a bargain auction price of 99p!! But my main qu
  19. Hi everyone, I’m glad to have found this forum through the youtube channel, it seems like a very active and friendly community. I’ve always been fascinated by early technology, automatons, watches and antiques in general. My previous hobby (short lived but intense) was collecting/restoring trunks which wasn’t exactly practical living in a small apartment! I stumbled on my great grandfather’s pocket watch last month in parents basement while helping them clean things up and it has revived my passion for these. I was able (to my surprise) to find all about it within a couple of
  20. My name is Jim Haney. I just registered. I live in eastern TN. I am a NAWCC member. I do repairs. I have been collecting for 25+ years, mostly pocket watches. I have a complete Hamilton collection, all sizes & grades,including all the Military grades.. Look foward to helping in any way.
  21. Hello, I got this vintage medana pocket watch with MST 12 movement. When I opened them I saw broken hairspring. What should I do ? I´m very new to these watches, I need some help/advice.
  22. Hi, and Merry Christmas everyone! I could do with some help with this movement, the click has broken, and i have no idea what the movement is to see if i can find another one. The click slides through a hole in the movement and has a slot at one end for the spring to sit in but as you can see by the pics, one side has snapped off so it doesn't work at all. Do we have any pocket watch experts who can help me? Ive included a some images of the actual movement too. As you can see, the only identification there is, is the number 678427... .
  23. Could anyone help me with this pocket watch, there is no identification on the movement whatsoever, after removing all of the screws from the train bridge i still cant remove the bridge. It looks like the centre wheel or the canon pinion is stopping it. Ive attached some pics, can anyone see what it is i may need to do to remove it? ive tried prizing off the pinion but it doesn't budge at all.
  24. Dear fellow watch enthusiasts, Here we have a senior patient whose only ailment is a broken centre wheel pinion (two of its ten leaves are missing). Please have a look by yourselves. The watch is a 1890s Straight Line 15 Ruby Lever Winder ('Ligne Droite Remontoir Ancre 15 Rubis') with a very large 24 ligne (54 mm) movement. The dial maker's ('Widmer') is the only maker's mark, concealed on the dial's back. My theory is that the damage to the pinion was caused by the sudden release of the barrel. A broken mainspring was lodged inside with unusual thickness and length (
  25. Good morning everyone. I am working on a pocket watch modification project and need some advice. January 28, 2017 I will become the master of the lodge I belong to. I want to present the outgoing master with a pocket watch with a custom made dial. It will have his name, years of service and other information. I have been searching the 'bay and have found some decent candidates. But I have been considering purchasing a more modern mechanical watch and replacing the dial. I have made a few runs using polyester paper on my laser color printer and I am pretty happy with the results so far. I
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