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?
I've always scouted this site but been too nervous to say hello - I know absolutely nothing when it comes to watches and repairing/servicing them. My dad has a good 100 or so watches that he has been repairing and for the most part has been successful. I am more the tech help when it comes to sourcing parts online so I apologise in advance for saying anything that may sound stupid!!
Anyways I shall stop rambling now but wanted to drop by and say hello!
I've received a 2824-2 watch with the complain that it stops. Just looking at it in jeweler's shop I noticed:
date changes at the wrong time
caseback opening scratches
weight hardly turns
Then while disassembly
one casing screw missing
both dial feet snapped flush and consequent double side tape
lots of oil in the oddest places, like under barrel bridge
missing stop lever
barrel bridge screws lose, likely that's why the ratchet wheel left marks on it and it would not auto wind.
driver scratches on the barrel
One could think that was the result of an improvised repairer or owner. Not so, as it happens it was given to this small town shop which proudly has a sign outside: "master watchmaker". After a long time and much money the desperate owner wanted to try someone else to repair it. I hope to be able to.
Today I am enjoying this Seiko 5 (7009 movement). I bought it for almost nothing and it really didn't need much. The crystal was in bad shape and I replaced it with a magnifier (like that look and this watch does not have to be 100% original). The lume on the hour marks is gone, hands still glow fine. This thing moves right along and keeps excellent time.