I have an old Waltham pocket watch movement which is missing the impulse pin (roller jewel). I have a limited number of actual jewels and since this is just a practice movement I thought I'd try to make one out of brass. I've seen this several times in old pieces--usually a very sloppy job. So I got some brass stock of the same diameter as the "D" in the roller table, filed it and burnished it to a high gloss. Then I took a small, very fine diamond file and filed it half flat to form the "D" I then polished the face using progressively finer sandpaper on a steel block. This works fine--so far! Problem is separation of the piece from the stock. Again I used a small cutting file to do this but it doesn't leave the end very pretty. So what I've done so far is to fit the good end into the roller table. I then plan to shellac it in place and see if I can very carefully adjust the length and clean up the end. Has anyone done this before? Any suggestions as to how best to do it?
Hi I have a movement which I think has some serious problem.
I serviced it a week ago but the timegraph shows great gap between results with dial up position and dial down position.
Also the balance seems a little shaky from horizontal view when watch is running.
What can be done to make this watch run in appropriate way?
I am in need of some advice on how to get a mainspring working in a Waltham 0s hunting case. This is a complete restoration of a rusted watch - spent way too much time on it already. I have it cleaned up now and in process of finalizing assembly but the mainspring I have installed keeps slipping from the center hub/barrel arbor. Hook of arbor hub appears fine and the tail of the mainspring is hooked well in the side wall of the barrel. I have installed 2 new but old inventory mainsprings and wanted to know if this may be the problem and I just need a new fresh mspg? I have installed many mainsprings but this one is terrible. I am using a pocket mainspring winder to install.
movt serial #9535224
You can see my original mainspring below. I will add a picture of the inside of the mainspring barrel when I get the chance.
Thanks for any help,
I have a problem with a Bulova pocket watch. The watch was running, but losing a few minutes every day. I opened the case to see if it was dirty or if there was an obvious reason for running slow. I did not see any problems, but I took the stem out. When I started to replace the stem a piece of the winding mechanism seemed to leap out of the movement and sail away. I think it was propelled by a spring. It took several hours, but I found the piece on the floor.
Now for the problem. I cannot get the piece back in. I have rotated it into several orientations and tried to find a peg to fit into the hole in the runaway piece, but after several days, I cannot get it to fit back into the watch. In the pictures below you can see the piece oriented in a way that I think it should go. An oiler is positioned to point at the troublesome piece. In the other picture the piece is removed and you can see the springs that are supposed to hold the stem in place. That piece no longer fits into the groove on the stem and so I cannot secure the stem. The third picture is a picture of the dial of the watch.
Does anyone have a suggestions?
I have just bought this on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-1917-Elgin-Pocket-Watch-Beautiful-Octagon-12S-Case-Not-Running-/331529042187?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d30abb90b&nma=true&si=steVwbb4TuJ0zQh2WWiGY4LpEJ4%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557) as a project for myself.
I have never tried to disassemble a watch before, because the interest to watches is a new hobby.
About this PW I bought, the mainspring is working because i managed to release it, and re-wind it. The hairspring is also working (i think), because I tried to move the balance-wheel and it is doing 3-4 movements until it stops.
Also the crystal is bad I think, and needs to be replaced.
So; is this a project that is manageable by a newbie?
What equipment do I need? Is i.e. this good enough as a starter-kit? http://www.amazon.com/Premium-Watch-Repair-Reusable-Aluminum/dp/B00CZDBXU6/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1430563002&sr=8-12&keywords=watch+repair+kit
When it comes to lubricating, I saw another posting about that, but when it comes to cleaning the mechanics - what is the recommendation?
What else do I need to think early about, to have ready?
Where do I find crystals for this watch?
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I cleaned in jars of lighter fluid, in a water bath, in a domestic ultrasonic machine, for 10 minutes. I am thinking that this has maybe left a sticky residue on pivots and bearings, so I plan to re-clean and rinse with isopropyl alcohol. I didn't oil the escape wheel pivots at first, though I tried it later. It made no difference. I used Dr. Tillwich 1-3 (a fine watch oil for low-load pivots) on the 3rd. wheel. I used the same oil for the balance, and Möbius 941/2 on the pallets.
I think I figured out why the hands move in any direction. looks like it was taken apart once before, the gear that engages the hands when the lever is pulled out was upside down (pic below). The spring was sitting on top of it and I flipped it over and pushed it down on the spring so that when the lever is out it pops up and engages the hands and lever in it's pressed in and disengaged. The movement seems to work now. Now I'm on to why it doesn't wind.