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Pocket watch stem clasp issue

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Have current issue with my fathers pocket watch in regards to the stem. Not the stem thsts the issue but the clasp that hold it down.

When the watch is closed back up after fixing it (or thinking I have) it lets me wind the watch without lifting the stem; then the stem comes right out when i do try to lift it up...any ideas?

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The 1st photo is before taking off the last piece, 2nd is the stem closed which when battery is in it allows the watch to be wound. The 3rd one is when the stem is up and it won't wind when the battery is in...not sure what I'm doing wrong with it?

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@nichod do you need more detailed explanation and photo of the issue?

In the red box it shows where the issue is... in the blue box it shows the stem down in one photo and up in another.

When the stem is up the clasp/connector comes loose and the watch doesn't wind or work with battery in. When the stem is down it lets you wind and the watch works on and off.

Anyone with actual helpful comments would be appreciated. @vinn3 hopefully the photos are a help.

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Well, it being a movement that has metal parts attached, and riding in, plastic parts, and not having easy access to the under-dial parts, I agree with Vinn3 on fixing the movement.

That said, if you can pull the dial and movement, and replace the movement, you might get more life out of the package. My feeling is that there is probably excessive wear at the point the stem detent attaches to, or through, the plastic. It also looks like there might be rust on the spring that is underneath the set-lever. If so, movement replacement is by far the best option if you want to get it working. Good luck.

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On 6/22/2019 at 1:17 AM, ASN said:

@nichod do you need more detailed explanation and photo of the issue?

In the red box it shows where the issue is... in the blue box it shows the stem down in one photo and up in another.

When the stem is up the clasp/connector comes loose and the watch doesn't wind or work with battery in. When the stem is down it lets you wind and the watch works on and off.

Anyone with actual helpful comments would be appreciated. @vinn3 hopefully the photos are a help.

I perhaps misunderstood the entirety of this question.  This movement should be replaceable if you can identify it.  Ebay is one source.

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