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  1. Hi everyone. I wonder if someone can help me. I am just a beginner and new to the site but reading through some of the threads have been amazed how helpful everyone is. I have a 50's Universal Geneve wrist watch with a 263 movement which had stopped and needed a thorough clean. I have fully disassembled it but realise now I probably did not need to take off the upper (watch face side) balance pinion jewel plate with the lyre spring, just to clean the capstone and jewel! Anyway, whilst struggling to reassemble this section, the lyre spring (pictured before escape) made a successful break for it and is lost to the world forever. Could anyone please tell me how to find another of the right size to fit? I know Cousins sell them, but do not know how to relate their ETA sizes to UG movements. Is there a conversion list somewhere? Hugely grateful for any assistance. Best regards Jon
  2. From the album: On the Workbench

    The movement has been cleaned and packed up for the time being. I have a few other projects which have priority and this movement will require some funds to get it back to spec. Right now I know for certain it will require a replacement escape wheel, click spring, and jewel for the forth wheel. I'm looking forward to getting back to it though.
  3. RyMoeller

    UG 285 Cleaned

    From the album: On the Workbench

    The bits and pieces of the movement have returned from the cleaner looking quite a bit better than before. I love the gold plating that UG used for these movements- so much more pizazz than the standard silver plate.
  4. From the album: On the Workbench

    Opening the barrel revealed an old blued steel mainspring. I don't think this movement has been cleaned and serviced in many decades.
  5. From the album: On the Workbench

    Close up of the click and spring. Unfortunately the click spring has broken. More unfortunate is the cost of replacement- around 90 USD! Still I like the fact that UG used a machined spring as opposed to a wire spring.
  6. From the album: On the Workbench

    Here we can see the crown wheel and click for the winding mechanism. Like a Valjoux 23 movement, they are hidden beneath the top plate.
  7. RyMoeller

    UG 285 Gear Train

    From the album: On the Workbench

    Removal of the top plate reveals the gear train. The ratchet wheel has been contacting the top plate which may suggest the bearings for the barrel are shot.
  8. From the album: On the Workbench

    The malfunction of this movement was traced to the escape wheel whose pivots are not sitting within the jeweled bushings. I assumed a pivot was broken but further inspection revealed they are just too short- perhaps the previous owner installed the wrong escape wheel?
  9. From the album: On the Workbench

    Since the movement does not have shock protection, the balance must be removed in order to clean and oil the cap stone. Oddly, the regulator locks in the hairspring even though the hairspring has an overcoil. In order to free the hairspring from the regulator, a small oiler is pushed through the hole on the side of the block and turned clockwise.
  10. From the album: On the Workbench

    The chronograph works have been removed revealing the base movement. Martel used a sold base movement with a Breguet overcoil on the hairspring and only a single wire spring in the entire assembly.
  11. From the album: On the Workbench

    And here is the chronograph works in all their glory. Universal's chronographs were supplied by Martel (who also supplied Zenith); the design closely resembles a Valjoux 23.
  12. From the album: On the Workbench

    Close-up of the chronograph bridge. Note that this movement is not stamped with the calibre number (usually just to the right of the chronograph bridge). I had to measure it and check against Ranfft's site in order to confirm the calibre number.
  13. From the album: On the Workbench

    I always make sure to get at least one shot of the keyless works under the microscope as putting these bits back together is a bit of a puzzle.
  14. RyMoeller

    UG 285 Dial Side

    From the album: On the Workbench

    The dial is removed revealing a bit of grime and oxidation in the keyless works. Like most Martel chronograph movements, this one is not shock protected.
  15. From the album: On the Workbench

    Here I have a UG 285 movement with dial. Although fully wound it will not tick.
  16. instead of scratching up the case back trying to get at this movement, looking for help. i need help to find the right tool to open this Polerouter Jet watch.
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