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  1. thanks, I've got the minute wheel and smaller wheel - just not in the photo. the wheel off the barrel arbour, isn't that what the key winds the spring against? Wondering if I replaced balance will it actually wind. THere's more of this type on ebay than I realised, but none are too clear on size. How important is that - calibre size for the balance? Same components on a wider plate? I'm thinking of swapping out whole balance cock / wheel assembly if possible for one that is complete. on't really want to remove the tiny tiny pin that's holding the hair spring in place. Been there before and it was a nightmare when I dropped it...
  2. I've started on another watch. This one is a jewelled cylinder movement. It has repair marks 8/8/6 - which I'm assuming is 1916! Movement has a large S and 2 marked on it. 2 is size I've worked that out. S is what? I've stripped, cleaned and re-assmebled. Movement spins nicely. I know the balance staff is broken. I think there's a cog missing off the bottom of the main spring barrel, based on looking at google images of similar. Would be nice to have it confirmed by the collective brains here though. I'm on the scrounge for some parts to see if I can get it go again. If anyone has something suitable they wish to donate / sell, i'd be interested...(there's potentially a size 0 one too, but that's for a few weeks hence). They'll be going back to my M-in law if I can get them going. Photo's below. If they give any more info, I'd be interested in that too...
  3. Hello Danny1962, Sounds like you're on a similar 'dabbling path' to me. I was going to be out of work for a while looked for something to do. Messing with watches was at back of my mind. tools - I bought a 'set' from ebay, about £100, no named brands, but looked good value. In fact, I used very little. Case opening knife, tweezers, screwdrivers. Screwdrivers were rubbish - bits kept coming lose, and tightening screw made of toffee. It's now waiting to go back on the bay... Meanwhile, I've picked up the following Screwdrivers, hand removing leavers, hand pressing tools, oiling pins, loupes, oil, movement holder, tweezers. Mostly I've gone for the Anchor brand, which I think is Indian and cheap. Sourced from ebay / cousins / red rooster. So far tools are fine. Most used - tweezers, screwdrivers, loupe, movement holder. Watches - started on pocket watches. Smiths / Ingersoll. Possible error as not really designed for disassembly / reassembly. First one - almost tears of frustration. Slowly getting better. Now looked at 4 or 5. 3 working, one wrecked by me (Doh!) Watches - keep buying broken / not quite working ones from ebay, £10-20 ish tops. Careful though runs away with you. Broke a Licita I bought for 0.99p, trying to fix it. Then bidded over odds to make sure I got a another donor one. Couldn't get that to work either, or combination of the two. Put them both back on the bay, gone for £5, down £20 - but I had £15 of 'enjoyment'. Come to think of it, there may be an endless churn of partial watches and Smith's pocket watches cycling through the internet...Like some giant mechanical catch and release scheme. But now thinking actually I need a working one, as if it's bust to start with, how can I know I've fixed it. Last one was a swiss one, £25. Hoping if I don't break it, it goes back up for sale once I've finished playing with it. Do wonder if you had limitless cash, could you spend say £50-£100 on a watch (working) and it would be of better quality and thus easier to work with. Becomes bit of a high stakes hobby at that point though. Advice on here - brilliant. Supportive, informative, enthusiastic, practical and useful and humourous. Can't go wrong... Good Luck.
  4. Ok, no worries. Thanks for trying. I think the Junghan's may be remaining in the tin box for a while longer. There's other's to have a mess with....
  5. Thanks Simon, that'd be helpful. I'm still a bit of a novice - as you may have gathered. Watch is now inside a sealed food bag inside the tin box (where it lived any way). Hopefully can get it going...
  6. Thanks David, That's the one. 1915 - 1924. I think the lume's going to be radio active. Eeek. And yes, I agree there's a cog and a spring bar missing. Shame. Wonder how to get hold of one? Presumably i'm going to need a donator movement. Possible, as now I know what I'm looking for. Always amazes me that this site beats google - though it really shouldn't amaze me if I think about it. Bob
  7. Next in the box my Mother in Law gave me is this one... I'd be grateful for any knowledge on the history / date etc. Do you think the luminous hands would be radioactive for example? Is it old enough? It's also missing three screws to hold the 'bell' plate in place. I'd be more than happy to receive a donation of 3...Or failing that, any ideas where to get the right ones...Could I buy a non functional Smiths pocket watch and try those screws? Bell plate is in the photos below. Is it missing something else, in the big circular hole? Idea's how to get the movement out? I see a very small screw on the winding stem...(last photo). Just realised the button on the left of the stem retards the alarm setting by five mins. I passed the hour hand and went off! Big grin. More photos below....
  8. I've managed to get this Smith's pocket watch going again (1960 edition). Quite pleased with how it went - 2nd go at an Ingersoll, much faster to disassemble, clean and re-assemble than earlier attempts - only took two evenings this time! (Luming could be a bit neater, but that's a scratch on the glass over the hour hand) What came with the watch was this groovy little case. Which turns the pocket watch into a little clock! Good eh? If a little sad. Can imagine the engineers and development folk in the Ingersoll factory, sweating over declining sales, looking out the window and fretting over the lack of youngsters in suits and a decent hair cut..."How are we going to sell pocket watches now. The times, they are a changin' ..." The case was part of their ultimately doomed attempts to hold on... If only they'd managed till now. I'll bet there's a ready made market with the Hipsters - back in suits, but still without a decent haircut...
  9. Also novice.... I've found only squeezing hard enough to just hold it helps - less energy to ping it if/when it does slip. keep tweezers low close to bench top - if it does ping will travel less (high bench helps with this). if desk is low, I either build up little platform to work on, or get eyes close to desk (no good for the back, or all day, but ok for an hour or two). minimise the time the screw is in the tweezers. Your hand may not grip at constant pressure for more than few seconds - you'll feel screw moving, brain and fingers will react without you thinking about it - Pressure on and PING! Don't transport anything far. Far being more than a few inches. Get work space organised. Move slowly and smoothly. Practice and good tweezers helps (mine are Anchor ones from India (cousins / flea bay), fine points and actually cheap. I do wonder what a top notch set would feel like, same for screw driver. Initial 'watch kit' tools I got from the bay was rubbish in comparison. Head torch, hands and knees and crawling on the carpet is my recovery method. Was almost reduced to tears of frustration looking for a hair spring pin from Smiths pocket watch (first go at fixing something). unbelievable what you see on minute examination of the carpet...
  10. for info, but no pictures, I got the watch apart following your advice Harry. Looked to be a wheel missing - to allow the sliding lever on the case to link to the movement. So this with a knackered balance means can't get much further. Did get it all cleaned and reassembled though - always nice giving spring holder a gentle push and watching the gears whizz round. keeping eye out for replacement movement to cannibalise.
  11. I can feel the urge to fettle with something building again... I'm thinking about chronographs. There looks to be a fair few 'Landron' movements only on fleabay, but no cases. I'm probably out of my depth taking one on, but I was wondering if I did, how do you get hold of a suitable casement to put the restored (ha haaaa - that'll be the day) movement in? can't see many casements, but maybe typing in wrong search word - I do get lots of boxes. bob
  12. Hmm. Now you've got me. i'm assuming so, but no evidence to prove it - as in before after photo. Zooming in on lensed photo, looks like something has snapped off... Defo heard a ping, and the the watch plates have v small jewel holes top and bottom at it's location - implying it should be held in the vertical to spin on it's axis? If I try to fit it, it won't locate in the vertical - skids about whilst trying to get the top plate back on and fiddling with wheels to get them all vertical and home. (If it's not broken, it means it's upside down - embarrasing!. I'll have another go though...
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