I usually lay the cap jewel flat side down on a piece of clean paper and rub it back and forth a few times. This will get rid of the residual oil. Next a rinse with lighter fluid and it should be as clean as it can get.
Usually wear on cap jewels is pretty much centered in the middle of the jewel, I suspect its dried up oil. But if the watch is only 2 years old and never been serviced before it should be pretty much pristine! Its a puzzle all right.
Hello all. I have an 1882 waltham 18s sidewinder that doesn't work. Not sure if this is the first watch I should try my hand at. it's a grade 802, has a lever movement but it is in a pendant case or I think so. not sure if these were supposed to be sidewinders set up like this. The stem pops up as well. The watch balance wheel will move back and fourth if you set it at almost a 30 degree angle. if you pick it up or tilt it, it will stop on an dime. with the balance moving none of the hands move. also when you spin the stem in the counter clockwise position, the hands move counter clockwise regardless if the stem is up or down or if the lever is in or out. If you turn it clockwise it acts like it wants to wind, but the hands will slightly move as you do.
Should I try to tackle it or find another non running watch to try my first look see at?
Yes parts are available, but for a complete mov't cost of about USD 100 you will find that most watch repairers will not want to spend time in attempting repair.
BTW, please do no not hook into existing project topics just because you have a same watch. We have a dedicated section for repair questions.