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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
  16. Anyone? I'd really like to get this one going again :)
  17. Given to me by a local watchmaker, a Swiss pin-pallet escapement PW of unknown provenance - Stem and Crown taken from a 1920'sish Gunmetal jobbie, Hands and crystal from a Smith's something-or-other :P Does anyone recognise this movement? I need to somehow figure out a stem detent system... (Forgive the dolefully naff photos, Life's too short to set up my macro equipment :P) (Screws Badly blued by me) One single jewel, nothing spectacular but it still looks pretty. Pallet fork requires a new pin,(something else that can be nicked from the Smith's) If you require more photos, please feel free to ask :) Jeorge
  18. NB: Can anyone dig up anything about it, my searches have been fruitless so far... Thanks, Jeorge
  19. Recently purchased - an 1888 (Based on case hallmark) open face Sterling Silver PW. Sadly, It was bought in a 'sold-as-seen' condition and suffers from a worn down balance pivot and broken roller jewel - Aside from that it's in beautiful condition; The dial has absolutely no chips or hairlines and the case has the odd ding, but the engine turning is sound. The Mainspring also looks new, and the balance wheel appears to be the original one. Originally thought it was fully working (ticked in shop and also for well over 12 hours on my workbench until I cased it). Cell/Mobile Phone photos, Forgive the poor quality. Remember kids! DO NOT WIND! The only movement photo I have at hand (And you'll be pleased to know that I have indeed invested in a movement holder, I've had too many hairy moments on that velvet pouch...) Movement SN: 30466, Four Jewels - at current unsure of provenance. I have however, seen very similar balance ###### in my e-travels. Grr. Currently at my local watchmakers for a repair estimate, Better photos as and when I get it back! Back to trawling EvilBay for similar junked movements that I can hopefully steal a balance assembly from.... :P - Jeorge
  20. Gosh, what a beauty! I would actually give one of my legs for this! EDIT: I can't help but notice that the pallet fork is very similar in design to an 1888 watch I'm working on, Neat!
  21. By "English" I meant the case/styling (as I said.. Sleep deprivation :P). The movement is clearly marked "Swiss made" and I can only see four jewels, aside from that there appear to be no other distinguishing marks. @Mikrolisk: I think the same - My father thinks it's a Railway Watch, but the movement tells me otherwise. Hmm, It seems to be an enigma, much like myself! Many thanks, Jeorge
  22. Thank you :D I'd never fully understood the appeal of antiquities before now, as I sit here wondering what it's seen in its long life. I understand fully. :P Gosh, my first post really is dross... That's what sleep deprivation does to a person, I guess. :P Jeorge
  23. NB: The case appears to be Nickel-Silver and all I know so far that It's an English watch that possibly dates 1916. Many Thanks, Jeorge
  24. Hi! It's been a while since I've haunted TWF, but my interest in Pocket Watches has remained unphased. Whilst free at college a few friends and I went to the local antiques shop and as per usual I gravitated towards to watch cabinet. Inside I saw an item that I instantly warmed to - with nothing more than the labelled description "Swiss Pocket Watch £55" I swallowed my inhibitions and reserved it. Upon purchasing the item yesterday I discovered that the movement, whilst lacking oil and usage, ran flawlessly (but gained a few seconds an hour) save for one small problem with Winding/set positions that was quickly rectified with the help of my 'Beggar's Toolbox' (Comprising of a largeish needle and several sharpened screwdrivers). Enough of my dross, Here are the photos: - The watch itself has seen many years of use and probably wasn't polished between now and its last service (More on that later) It would seem that someone had attempted to open the cuvette with a scrwdriver (possibly 10 sizes too big for the recess) ... If only they'd used their thumbnail. (Not that I'm too bothered, Scratches add to it's overall charm and appeal) Of interest are the minuscule markings on the lid. From left to right: D/K GM/R (CM/R?), 9516, 2526, 9526, 7541, 1453, 5666, GWM (GWH?) S/H (Second-Hand?) R+/+ (Rt/t?) Intriguing. My guess is that the four digit numbers are dates in d/m/yy format, if this is the case the watch pre-dates 1916. Also engraved in the centre of the same lid is "0723DR<" and the stamped digit "2" (possibly a hallmark?). The case bares the serial number 300890 and the movements serial is 311434, Would anyone be able to dig up some information on these and any further information? :D Cleaned; Polished and given a drop of oil, It'll hopefully see many more years of service :D (More Photos can be found here: http://www.majhost.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=228129 or here with some annotations http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=239765&id=533277176&l=1d97c056fb) Many thanks, Jeorge
  25. He was speaking about either of the wars, I can only assume he meant Uncle Sam... EDIT: Image changed to a much smaller one.
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