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Andre Rivalle Pocket watch rebuild


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My dad gave me this pocket watch, it was a gift to ware at my sisters wedding, I was 12 years old, I'm now 60.

At some point I dropped it too many times and it stopped working, so it got stuffed into a drawer and forgotten...until now.

I took it apart and found the escarpment wheel had a broken pivot. 

I was able to source a new escapement wheel and proceeded to clean and rebuild the watch.  At one point I thought I had failed as the balance wheel would not rotate correctly, but I then found that I had installed the wrong screw into the pallet cock bridge and the balance was just barley rubbing on it, but enough to mess it up. Once I figured that out it started to run...and too my absolute  joy, it works great now!!!

Really a great and fun rebuild / fix, especially because it was a gift from my late dad.

 

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Thanks guys, sure feels good, and a great boost in confidence! 
 

Not including the wait for the replacement escape wheel, I think it took me about 4 -5 hours or so. I worked on it for an hour or less in the evenings after work, so I didn’t really keep track of the time.  
 

I saved the broken escape wheel, I never through stuff like that away, in fact I hardly throw anything away, just ask my wife! Haha!   

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10 minutes ago, BillM said:

Thanks guys, sure feels good, and a great boost in confidence! 
 

Not including the wait for the replacement escape wheel, I think it took me about 4 -5 hours or so. I worked on it for an hour or less in the evenings after work, so I didn’t really keep track of the time.  
 

I saved the broken escape wheel, I never through stuff like that away, in fact I hardly throw anything away, just ask my wife! Haha!   

 

10 minutes ago, BillM said:

Thanks guys, sure feels good, and a great boost in confidence! 
 

Not including the wait for the replacement escape wheel, I think it took me about 4 -5 hours or so. I worked on it for an hour or less in the evenings after work, so I didn’t really keep track of the time.  
 

I saved the broken escape wheel, I never through stuff like that away, in fact I hardly throw anything away, just ask my wife!

Nice job matey. And a lovely history to go with it 👍

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