I own an old Elgin pocket watch and am trying to remove the screws to the main barrel and the stem but they are extremely tight to the point that I'm finding it impossible to remove them - even with a lot of force and pressure.
I do not want to damage my watch as it is an antique but at the same time do not want to send it to a professional if I can get it undone myself.
I've tried different sized screwdrivers to no avail, and understanding that it is a no-no, I've even used a cotton swab to apply WD-40 directly to the screw. I do not know if the screw has rusted or not - the watch itself is immaculate so I see no reason for the screws alone to rust.
Does anybody have experience removing stuck screws from their watches or pocket watches? These things are absolutely tiny!
I recently bought a lot of pocket watches on Ebay.
Between them I found an Alpina pocket watch with movement UH 1116. I saw on internet that usually is referred as Alpina 1116.
I got the following situation, while removing the wheels bridges, one of the ruby remained on the wheel.
Please take a look on the following pictures.
I also took some pictures with a microscope in order to explain better the situation.
Could you please suggest me what I should do?
Is what I got complete? Looking to another ruby it seems there is something missing (holding piece?)
Is the movement common? Do You believe I can find the bridge somewhere?
BTW I have also found a broken spring
Many thanks in advance for your suggestions
A friend of my father gave me this old pocketwatch to see if I could repare it.
As you see in the picture, the balance wheel is extremely bent. I tried to bend it back, but i cant make it good enough.
Does anyone know where I can find a balancewheel for this Revue 30 movement? I have tried to search around online, however, I cant find any.
Is there a generic balance that would fit in here?
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Yes, I know...very basic question, and probably been asked here before. I'm an IKEA veteran and I can somewhat tell, when assembling IKEA furniture, if I've seen this screw before or not. However, while assembling watches, this get's somewhat confusing, and I have no clue why this never seems to be an issue, or a special topic in the Watch Repair Channel, or other watch assembling videos I've watched...or maybe it has and I've missed the point? So my question is, how do you do it? Thanks for reading, Magnus
Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum. Ask away on here we all like to help, photos can help a lot.
Pleased to forum-meet you all. I'm here because I've enjoyed the Watch Repair Channel very much. However there are a few things I'm still very uncertain about, probably very basic stuff, so that's why I'm here, to read your posts and ask some questions. Cheers! Magnus