I'm working on a vintage pin set movement. I was really hoping to service the working movement and obtain the missing winding stem but cannot find any symbols or caliber number clues on the movement plates or bridges. Yes, there are numbers but these look like serial numbers. I have added some photos if anybody can help. Having looked at this site, I found my nearest clue from the photo id of this Helvetia General Borgel movement but of course still no exact caliber id. My movement measures 25.35mm (approx 11.25''').
I was looking for a hobby for the winter months that involved fixing/re-conditioning things and decided I'd like to give watches a try. The fact it doesn't take up much space and create a mess is a bonus.
I'm not sure if I've chosen the right watch to start off with, but it's a Helvetia (working).
My knowledge consists of absolutely zero information about watches, so I have a steep learning curve ahead of me.
My plan, unless advised otherwise, is to strip down and build it back up. If it still runs, i'll be very proud with myself.
Any thoughts on this watch as a place to learn watch repair?
I would date that at around the early 1800’s, with takes it into the regency period of clocks. It is an 8 day English Fusee Bracket clock. The pattern on the back plate is what you would expect with a clock of that date. The early ones the back plate would have been completely engraved as to would the fixing brackets and pendulum bob. Painted enamel dial with convex glass. I expect it has rack striking striking which is on a bell.
Do I see a cut out at the base of the clock for the pendulum? If so then this is a marriage.
I do like how the pattern on the back plate has been continued on the brackets to hold it in the clock. I've not seen that before.
I do like the hands although it looks like the minute hand has been twisted slightly, but I would think long and hard before trying to straighten it.
https://speedtimerkollektion.com/ is a good source of parts for Seiko you will just have to keep looking, both the watches you need backs for are very collectable now and demand high prices so I doubt any one would sell any case parts for them cheap.
Good day to all! Would anyone know where I could source case backs, specifically Seiko (6138-0040 and 6139-7100), beside eBay? The few I can find are priced astronomically and the shipping is more than the part!