Hello all. I have an 1882 waltham 18s sidewinder that doesn't work. Not sure if this is the first watch I should try my hand at. it's a grade 802, has a lever movement but it is in a pendant case or I think so. not sure if these were supposed to be sidewinders set up like this. The stem pops up as well. The watch balance wheel will move back and fourth if you set it at almost a 30 degree angle. if you pick it up or tilt it, it will stop on an dime. with the balance moving none of the hands move. also when you spin the stem in the counter clockwise position, the hands move counter clockwise regardless if the stem is up or down or if the lever is in or out. If you turn it clockwise it acts like it wants to wind, but the hands will slightly move as you do.
Should I try to tackle it or find another non running watch to try my first look see at?
Yes parts are available, but for a complete mov't cost of about USD 100 you will find that most watch repairers will not want to spend time in attempting repair.
BTW, please do no not hook into existing project topics just because you have a same watch. We have a dedicated section for repair questions.
Hi, I have this movement from a TH watch I was interested in, but the 1/10 and hour hands does not move, no matter the adjustments and chronograph functions.
Does anyone know if service parts are still available , and if this is a major failure of the movement and should be avoided? Thank you in advance. Rollee
I opened up this Timex Expedition T42351 to remove a tiny loose metal sliver from the dial. This watch actually has 2 stems to remove. One of those is a monster. I swear I felt like I was pulling a parasitic worm from a wood boring beetle as I slowly worked the main stem out of the movement.
But it came out, I dropped the movement out of the case, removed the metal sliver - which looks like some kind of tiny flat spring - cleaned out the dust particles and proceeded to re-assemble the watch.
Everything went fine until I attempted to slide the main stem back in; it went about halfway and then stopped. With some very careful manipulation I was able to ease it in a little more, but then it refused to go any further.
I did notice there's a very loose 2-pronged spring near the entry hole and showed that to a watchmaker friend yesterday who told me that it's broken. He wouldn't touch it and advised me to just go get another watch. But I'm pretty sure there must be a way to get the stem back into the movement and regain the functionality the watch had before I opened it up.
Here are pics of the watch, the loose sliver, and the stem with the movement. If anymore is familiar with anything like this, I'd love to hear your opinion. Thanks!