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  • Birthday 23/01/1992

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  1. With III facing you, slide the blue metal catch to the left, then lift the cap away.
  2. (Original at top) Nothing too groundbreaking - But my first staff! (A shade too large, and perhaps a bit rough).. I should really invest in a Micrometer - I'm hoping to turn something the correct size this weekend.. Eep.
  3. My balance staffs arrived today! I've also managed to remove the Balance wheel and roller table, and in true 'Jeorge fashion' I did it with unfitting tools - A claw hammer, screwdriver and decommissioned going barrel in lieu of an appropriate staking tool. :D Note the old staff with a now-mangled pivot and its replacement, ready for turning. (I expected the original to be a bit more... elaborate, I could've turned one out of a sewing needle otherwise...)Also note the marred balance arm, Gah, stupid drill bit. - Jeorge
  4. Update! I've ordered an assortment of unfinished staffs as per Silver Hawks suggestion. Watch this space! Another thing - Does anyone know where I can buy colleted hairsprings from? (Preferably blue steel) - Jeorge
  5. Or find a suitable alternative from a pack of Bergeon assorted staffs...and possibly modify the balance to suit if necessary. Ooh! I didn't notice your post, it would admittedly, be a much easier option if I had a staking tool, sadly I don't - and I can't really justify the price (It'd be much cheaper giving it to my watchmaker, I plan on making repairations if this plan works - In the form of a new watch, which is a much preferred route, IMHO :P)
  6. Haha! I'm partial to using unorthodox means to repair, however I'm not too sure about the whole soldering thing, whatever makes things work, I suppose ;) I did read somewhere that someone had made/procured off-the-shelf parts for old english Pocket watches. but my searches have been fruitless so far. Heck, I can't even find a colleted hairspring anywhere :(. I have tried to swap parts out, even buying an old fusee movement (without barrel and chain) but sadly the staff was a fraction too short. Arrgh! EDIT: Hmm, Interesting. The picture shows that the movement has that click for the fusee cone, as evidenced by the silvery pivot in the appropriate 'hole'. However when I took delivery of it, it had only the spring.. Odd. I can still use this balance though, I just need to drill out the staff, I might even resort to using alum. Eek. - Jeorge
  7. Hi everyone, I ordered a Tungsten Carbide drill bit to drill out the balance staff, after making all but a tiny pit in the staff it snapped off and ricocheted off the balance wheel (don't really know how, I had it in a pin vice and used light pressure) meaning it'll probably have to be poised as and when I can actually get the staff repaired. *sigh* - Jeorge
  8. I actually considered doing that at first, but my father and I don't have any bits smaller than 0.75mm. I figured that we might've had one small enough (or indeed, one capable of drilling tempered steel) for the 'split staff'. No cigar! Yup, That's exactly what I plan to do! - Jeorge
  9. Having re-read your post I think you've pretty much described what I'm attempting - albeit without removing the staff and collar. :D
  10. Thank you :D Thanks for the advice on drill bits, I was actually going to buy those HSS bits from Maplins... I'm not fond of the idea of removing the wheel at the moment, whilst it would be ideal I just don't have the tools (or anything that resembles the tools, for that matter), Bear with me though, :D I know it's far from perfect (granted, it still needs finishing and polishing). But if this gives the watch a new lease of life.. Well, It's perfect in my eyes :) Jeorge
  11. (I'm aware that it's bent, and I can easily fix this) Ground off what remained of the previous pivot Yet another expensive tool to ensure that the hole will be drilled in exactly the right place (weirdly... it's the perfect height :eek:).. sadly I don't have the correct dia. drill bit to make the hole needed, and that router bit didn't even scrach it, there goes my idea... Give me a few days. :P
  12. The balance wheel is held in place by a friction-fit brass collar with the staff passing through the collar (unsure of dia. I dropped my micrometre) I'm just about to drill it now - Expect photos if it worked :P - Jeorge
  13. Having purchased an 1888 pocket watch with a broken balance staff I brought it to my watchmaker who quoted me £120 for the repair. Being a student (and intrinsically poor) I decided to have a go at repairing it myself with less-than-appropriate tools. The plan: Not actually fabricate an entire balance staff - but instead turn a replacement pivot, drill out the damaged one and then stick the replacement in its place... Lower pivot is sound, upper pivot heavily worn The "donor part" (pin to the right of the photo) taken from a watch that had 'seen better days'. Here's my VERY EXPENSIVE precision lathe, handcrafted and calibrated in the Swiss alps by select micro-engineers. (the rubber duck seen in the background is important :lookaround: ) After - It's perfectly symmetrical IRL, (camera angles...). below it is a needle to give an idea of scale Now I just have to machine it down to length and finish it... eep.. - Jeorge
  14. *crawls out of the woodwork* Sadly, I don't dress in tweed daily (as much as i'd like to :schmoll:). I need to finish alterations, including adding a buttonhole to the waistcoat/vest... Which have been on an 'I'll do it tomorrow!' basis for the last 8 months.. I've recently procured a couple of fobs (but still no vintage chain :(), which I'll post tomorrow when the lighting's better :) - Jeorge
  15. There's a Thos. Russel stamped dial/movement on theBay at current: Link
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