I read somewhere (maybe the tube) that you can cure a lot of evils if you wind the spring up as you would into a mainspring winder (though a MS winder would be too large and this would have to be done on the flat of your bench for example) until it is fully and tightly coiled. I gather this gives it its shape back and you can move on from there. Maybe a bit of an ask for your spring though !! Maybe worth a try as not much to lose !!
Well, I have just written to Mr. Sudarson at www.oldswisswatches.com and have politely asked him how he can help me with this problem. I'll keep you updated on the progress.
Yes, I don't think you're wrong to assume that the cost of living and wages in India are extremely low. An alternative explanation could possibly be that the repair prices reflect the same kind of quality that the spare parts they sent me had, but I wouldn't really know.
I inherited a clock over 30 years ago that must have been in the family almost from new. It is identical in appearance, size, as a 1907 Urania 400 day anniversary clock but apart from a serial number stamped on the back 32638, (in the same place and font as the Urania) there are no other markings except for an S and an F on the circular weight. The dial has no markings but I understand that this is not abnormal as often retailers added there own mark.
Is there any knowledge of a likely resource that might help provide any info. Thank you.