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IHC Member 1736
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This watch came to me as a basket case with 3 broken pivots, one cracked jewel and a missing jewel.

Finding a parts movement was pretty easy.. Gary C. saved the day with a correct early model balance staff.

 
Posts: 2131 | Location: San Diego, California in the USA | Registered: August 30, 2012
IHC Member 1736
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Posts: 2131 | Location: San Diego, California in the USA | Registered: August 30, 2012
IHC Member 1736
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I'm getting pretty good at repairing or replacing case lift springs. The rest of this was just a bit of TLC with foaming hand soap and metal polish. I use the cloth buffer for the crystal.

 
Posts: 2131 | Location: San Diego, California in the USA | Registered: August 30, 2012
IHC Member 1736
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I really appreciate the rugged simplicity here.

 
Posts: 2131 | Location: San Diego, California in the USA | Registered: August 30, 2012
IHC Member 1736
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Four stage bath... I do a final rinse in denatured alcohol so the parts dry faster for reassembly.

 
Posts: 2131 | Location: San Diego, California in the USA | Registered: August 30, 2012
IHC Member 1736
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Rather than mess with the pressed in cracked third wheel jewel in the pillar plate. The parts watch came in with a micro regulator.

I negotiated with the owner to jump ship to the parts watch and use his core for parts to finish this superior movement.

The balance cock hole was stripped. So it had to be resized and tapped out to the next larger size.

To poise the balance, I added one small timing washer to the top of the Ferris Wheel and she came right in.

On the timer, she came in 60 beats slow. This model has no timing screws, but it does have a pinned/flat hair spring.

To speed her up, I unpinned and shortened the hair spring. (first time experience) But it seemed to be the preferred method over shaving the balance weights.

After a few attempts, I got her to come in at a rock solid 9ms beat error and locked on 18,000bph with a variation of only a couple beats in any position.

The regulator is not dead center, but I really didn't want to tempt fate with these numbers.

 
Posts: 2131 | Location: San Diego, California in the USA | Registered: August 30, 2012
IHC Member 1736
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Great fun. +3seconds in 16hours, mixed carry/display. happy camper.

 
Posts: 2131 | Location: San Diego, California in the USA | Registered: August 30, 2012
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Nice job Paul, looks good!


Dave Turner
 
Posts: 1918 | Location: Wilson, North Carolina in the USA | Registered: November 15, 2011
IHC Member 1736
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Thanks Dave,

This one was well worth saving. There is something about this early railroad era that fascinates me.

The case on this watch is a monster... it's well worn but in fantastic mechanical condition.

I did well more than the quote supported, but it was a treat to be able to get this one back to a guy that really appreciated it.
 
Posts: 2131 | Location: San Diego, California in the USA | Registered: August 30, 2012
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Look for my post

used watches and clocks for sale on Dec. 6th

and see if you are interested. Bob Rehberg
 
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