I have recently gotten interested to learn and acquire knowledge about watches and there movements.
I have a question for the initiated,if there is rust in the parts of the watch must the patts be replaced or can they be cleaned with a rust removal process or is that not advisable due to the parts being very fragile in nature.
So my Nana gave me my Gramps' Pocket Ben he's had as a work watch, but the chain loop on the top is missing. I took it to my local watch repair and they said that you can't replace that loop (I think it's called a bow?) on any watch because "it won't have enough tension". Is this true? Because I'm pretty sure I've seen replacement ones on eBay and Amazon, but I don't want to order any if I can't actually put it on.
I had a lot of fun rebuilding my first pocket watch, a 'Goliath' (see pic).
After 2 weeks of working well, the mainspring snapped...
I brought a new mainspring from Cousins; I would not find an exact match of the original.
The original measured: 3.10 x 0.20 x 620 (mm)
Cousins replacement: 3.00 x 0.23 x 640 (mm)
Could the differences in specification have caused the breakage?
Or was perhaps the spring faulty?
I have read about an early fluid which you can put a movement in if it is very rusty. I've seen it on watchguyuk! I just can't find a post about this because it's several years ago. Does anyone have an idea of what it can be for a liquid that dissolves the screws and other things that are gone fixed?
Can anyone please help me figure out how to fix the pendulum in this old Welch wall clock? There seems to be a suspension spring mount missing and there is no spring, crutch etc. Just the pendulum rod with a slot in it and a hook on the top. From pics on line I can see that there should be some sort of brass rod crutch assembly from the slot but I have no idea how this attaches or interacts with the pinion what the hook on the pendulum attaches to and how/if a suspension spring should come into play. Any ideas anyone?
Recently I got a 7t32 Seiko which was non running. Normally I would just swap out the movement but after just recently watching your videos I decided to repair it. That involved getting another non runner for parts. Anyway I tore down the watches and was able to get one up and running as it should. Just wanted to say that your videos were very helpful in encouraging me to give it a try.
As with so many things, there's no good or wrong. This has been debated for decades and it won't be settled with 1 picture. The best thing is to have multiple sets of screwdrivers so you can use the best one for the job.
The picture makes sense but only because the one on the left is a perfect fit. If the slot in the screw is only a fraction wider, it doesn't work. So, you'd need a different screwdriver.