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Everything posted by spinynorman

  1. I have an Ingersoll watch which has, I think, a Smiths TY movement. The setting lever screw has come loose, just turning either direction and not tightening. I removed the dial, at which point a part fell out, which I assume is the setting lever. I didn't get a chance to see where it came from, but I was expecting it to have a hole the screw could thread into. There is something in the hole and the screw isn't protruding above the movement. I can't imagine how the screw would have sheared off, but it looks to me like that's what happened. I can't find a photo of that side of a TY to check against, so now I'm stuck. Of course, I may be completely wrong, I'm still at the very early stages of taking things apart. All help gratefully received. This is the part that fell out, followed by dial side of movement and then the other side.
  2. Interesting thread. I have an Ingersoll waiting for me to pluck up courage to try and fix it. I thought the movement was a TY but wasn't sure.
  3. That's an idea. It's on an 18mm strap with curved spring pins. What would work, any suggestions?
  4. I'd mentally put this in the exit box, but got it out again today. The case is 31mm long at the shortest point, 31.5mm across without the crown, 41.5mm diagonally from point to point. Undoubtedly small, but too small? It looks ridiculous in the box beside my other watches, but actually ok on my wrist. Don't know what to do ... help!
  5. Three tone-lowering pin pallets. Desa 221, the work of Ebauches Desa A.G., formed in Grenchen in 1937 by acquiring the factory of Otto Mengisen in Lengnau. Also made clocks and alarm clocks. Owned by the Hugi family until liquidation in 1990. EB 8021 ES 50
  6. Out and about today with the Landeron 48.
  7. Having a rare spare Tuesday, I decided on a trip to Coventry Watch Museum. It's quite small, hidden away on Spon Street and only open Tuesdays and Saturdays, staffed by volunteers. There's a lot of tools rescued from the watch makers that worked in the area, and a display of clocks and pocket watches, with a whole case devoted to Rotherhams. Outside in the yard there is also the company's air raid shelter, stocked with some remnamts of the period. Staff were friendly and seemed knowledgable, though I'd be very easy to fool. Certainly worth a look if you're anywhere near. Something I found really interesting was their working replica of a Congreve clock. https://www.coventrywatchmuseum.co.uk/moments-in-time I took my Berry & Son pocket watch, which I know has a case made in Coventry, I thought by Edward Wilday. The guide I talked to thought it was more likely to be Edward Wraithman, who doesn't feature in the list of makers marks I had found. Also, hidden under the regulator, between the Fast and Slow, a mark that indicates, he said, the watch was finished in Coventry.
  8. This is the right idea. Every year I make a resolution to join a gym, which would be horrendously expensive. As I have never, ever, given in to my good intentions, that's another fortune saved. This has been my strategy too. Most of mine are obscure forgotten brands, which makes them more interesting than the high end ones, IMHO.
  9. My wife smokes, which gives me around £100 a week I could spend on watches without a trace of guilt. Not to mention the backlog from all the years she smoked and I didn't buy watches.
  10. Do you own an Almatic watch yourself? It's easier to help if we can see a picture of the actual watch you want to know about. You would need to upload a picture of the watch to a hosting site like Flickr or Imgur, then copy the link into a post here.
  11. Now look what you've made me do. Had to change into my only squarish watch with square date window. All boxes ticked.
  12. Sorry to assault your eyes, but couldn't resist. Apparently the dial on this is in near mint condition.
  13. I assume this dial wasn't grey originally, although the patina, if it is, is very even. I hope I look that good when I'm 95.
  14. Plenty of grime on this, don't know what my father was doing with it.
  15. I love those, whatever the brand. Don't often see one that clean.
  16. Never, despite frequently rolling back my sleeve, holding up my arm and loudly declaring "My goodness, is that the time."
  17. That is a beauty, lovely woodwork. Not sure about the plastic electrical connector though. I guess that's keeping the pendulum from swinging in transit. I wonder how it got to Sweden.
  18. It's usually quite a simple latching arrangement, but I was terrified the first time I opened mine. Nothing bad happened though, just don't go poking about in it. If it's like mine, that long curved bar moves to the right, using the little peg in the middle, and then the inner case should lift off. Slide the other way to secure it when you're done. There's a watch repair shop on Anglesey that's had some recommendations on other forums, though not for something like this. It might be worth having a chat with them and see what sort of vibes you get. http://angleseywatches.co.uk/
  19. I just noticed you'd asked that question already. If you are going to get it fixed, make sure you go to someone who knows what they're doing. Don't go to a high street chain, and if you go to a local jeweller, find out who they'll be sending it away to and what experience they have of this type of watch. You would ideally want to give the repairer the picture of the dial from Worthpoint, so they can match the second hand as close as possible. I had a watch like this restored and I think it cost nearly £200, so that's something you have to consider. I rarely wind mine, but I like to know I could if I wanted to. Like yours, it has family connections. Incidentally, mine winds anti-clockwise, if you haven't tried that. Also, have you opened it right up to look at the movement? I'm assuming it's like the one in the video.
  20. I assume yours doesn't work, with the missing second hand, and looks like a bent minute hand. Are you planning to get it fixed?
  21. The Sharpie school of dial restoration does seem quite popular. Just came across this gem on ebay.
  22. I'll take your knowledge over my research any day, but in Honour's example, I was going by the lozenge for George Roberts, according to http://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/Makers/Chester-G.html Whereas in Kevin's picture it does look more like George Reader There is a video of a working JJ Dagg movement on Youtube.
  23. I don't use the little box, just control v to paste the link, or on my phone, just hold my finger on the page till paste comes up as an option. I'll check the hallmarks later, unless someone else does first.
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