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  1. My missus bought me a Greenwich commemorative, grand complication. It has 4 subdials. The only time I use them is when it is a full moon then I will look at the top dial to see if it concurs. The other dials are day/date, seconds, and wether it is a leap year, or how many it is till the next and doubles up as a month indicator. The watch is very attractive, but the features are not necessary.


  2. After posting I spoke to another watch buff, his advice made sense. What he said was that all automatic watches should be given a good shake down on the wrist for say three days, this would ensure the spring reached maximum pressure. Also that by using a watch winder I will not reach maximum wind without the winder running 24 hours a day. My winder can run for 6hrs max and then rests for 9 hours.. It would seem that your watch needs to be carrying maximum wind before being put on one of these machines.


  3. Do you know what movement is in it? The 7S ones are meant to have a power reserve of about 40 hours, but I've seen reports of as little as eight.

    Obviously it depends on how much you move about as to how fully wound the spring is at any given time, but even gentle movement should get it through the night without stopping.

     

    ​Thanks for responding the movement is a 7S36-02AO.


  4. When I finished my apprentice ship in the late 60's to mark the event I bought a Seiko sports watch. Now I have just retired I bought another. a Seiko 5 SNZD49J1. This is a beautiful watch with which I have only one concern. The watch does not store any thing like the same amount of spring life as my original. Any one have an idea how long the watch should run when not worn. This does not cause a problem as I have a watch winder, and is only a matter of interest. When making my purchase I noted in the reviews that others had returned their watches thinking they were faulty, only to receive a replacement that did exactly the same.


  5. A recent find is this Smiths pocket watch. 50mm Smiths Deluxe. The watch is in very good condition, White face with roman numerals and a sub seconds dial the movement bears the inscriptions English made 17 jewels and the serial number B7822. English made is repeated on the bottom of the dial. The case is a rolled gold 10 year wear, with press on front bezel and rear cover manufactured in England by Eclipse. The hand wound movement is of good quality and keeps excellent time. First presumption is that this is a product of the Cheltenham factory, but all searches have drawn a blank, this company was Known for good movements and even supplied J W Benson, but only seems to be remembered for its military production, and working mens pin pallet watches. Apologies for no photo but I choose not to use photobucket etc.


  6. Maybe there is a God out there. This morning I received in the post an ELBICO pocket watch I won on ebay. the movement is fitted into a Gold filled case with screw covers. to fit the case it has a carrier, which also fits my Irish movement perfectly. The watch was sold as spares or repairs, when I stripped it I found the winding mechanism jammed because it had jumped one of its levers, and the balance was disconected from its lever. Both repairs made and a quick clean and lube it sprang to life. Now I am faced with a problem rob a working watch or borrow its carrier on occasions for my Irish movement. Nothing is ever straight forward.


  7. Maybe there is a God out there. This morning I received in the post an ELBICO pocket watch I won on ebay. the movement is fitted into a Gold filled case with screw covers. to fit the case it has a carrier, which also fits my Irish movement perfectly. The watch was sold as spares or repairs, when I stripped it I found the winding mechanism jammed because it had jumped one of its levers, and the balance was disconected from its lever. Both repairs made and a quick clean and lube it sprang to life. Now I am faced with a problem rob a working watch or borrow its carrier on occasions for my Irish movement. Nothing is ever straight forward.


  8. Thanks Wil Fly, you correctly state the winder is part of the case, all roads have led to dead ends, so looks like an hour on the lathe with a lump of Brass, providing I get it right first time. Even then I might have to make an extender for the stem. Just hate to see a realy good movement with perfect dial and hands not housed.


  9. Very simple adjustment just loosen the minute hand by lifting very gently with a watch makers driver, lift evenly all round. Then I would wind the hour hand round to 15.00. at this point the minute hand should be able to easily move round to 12.00. Then just press firmly with both Thumb nails either side of the minute hand till resistance is felt. Finally adjust watch to correct time. This has never failed for me, if you have doubts hand pullers and pressers are very cheap on the net.


  10. For severely tarnished cases I find MAAS metal polish does the job. I wipe on with a cotton bud and remove with a soft cloth. Gold does not tarnish easy but being soft does get grime trapped in it. This is a last resort course but the polish does contain a anti-tarnish and leaves a faint whiff of lavender. Once clean just needs a regular wipe. Watch cases I have treated have stayed clean over a few years.


  11. A like minded friend has passed a Half Hunter pocket watch movement to me knowing I have spare cases. This movement is in good working order and comes from a northen Ireland watch maker. The movement measures 1.658'' or around 42mm, this is just a tad small to put in a 16s case without a carrier.

    In all probability it is a size 15, the question is can I make a carrier, or are they available a web search has given me no leads. Any one done this, I have access to metal working machinery. Regards Mike.


  12. Recently I came across this pocket watch which was in poor condition. After stripping cleaning and lubing the movement, it sprang to life when wound up. The nickel case was intact but very stained and corroded in areas, the front bezel is push on and the rear has the usual two doors. What did surprise me was that the inner surfaces are finished in what appears to be satin black nickel. This company has had a distinguished career making all manner of objects which at one time most of us will have owned, they even made the FA Cup. My question is did they make watches for the armed services, this is my only guess at why any one would like an all black watch. Any one recognise this discription. Sorry I can't post images to much of an effort on this site, to use a third party host.


  13. A recent ebay purchase was a 30mm across the body silver pocket watch. The inner cover has the inscription A Montaigut. beneath this in script is the word Ursat. The movement has a oval mark containing the initials S&A. The face of the watch has roman numerals with gold stars between them. The watch is stem wound, and pinset with a cylinder movement. Has any one come across this name or watch before.......Mike.


  14. Thanks Will I am going down the path of finding donar watch with good case for some of my movements, but some have been waiting a long time now. Last week I got lucky and found a Limit watch for sale cheap. The hunter case was in excellent condition and cleaned up beautifully and has now become home to one of my J.W.Benson movements, and very smart it looks. The 2N Limit movement has now become one of my homeless, I can't win...Mike.


  15. With time on my hands I had a quick web search on Arnold and Lewis, it would appear they were principally Gold and Silversmiths, and took over the business of T Simmons around 1871. They appear to have traded until 1905. As is usual very little seems to have been archived about them. Most English makers seem to have become importers of movements after 1860, so this is probably an imported movement. Pin set with a balance stop on the side it has worn well and is still keeping time accurately. As a Mancunian it has attraction to me.


  16. First post on this site so hello to all members. Recently a pocket watch was added to my collection, I bought it on ebay as a working movement and fitted it into a spare silver case I had The maker or stockist is Arnold and Lewis of 7 St Annes Square Manchester. The movement is 50mm with a centre second hand and arabic numerals, The movement carries the Number 30305. Any imformation on these people would be appreciated.

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