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 did a couple of sketches of what I could remember about making the verge blank. Apologies to whoever posted this idea somewhere on the 'net. I can't remember or find it again.
And the filed back to the center line idea. I'm no expert so the side view of the verge and crown wheel may be all wrong