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  • Birthday 20/02/1968

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  1. I have just repaired my broken fusee chain. Not easy! Ended up having to use a old pocket watch spring for the replacement broken links. Took 2 attempts as I managed to ping a nearly finished link across the room! Check out this photo I took..... The problem with a watch that has been sitting is the steel of the chain rests on the brass or gold plate of the moments fusee cone & spring barrel. This causes chemical reactions in dissimular metals and rust too occur. Also if they are stored in damp conditions that will cause rust. A method I found that works is to dip the movement into a cup of tea before taking it apart or winding it then rinse it off under distilled/demineralized water stops them snapping. The answer is do not wind them until they have been serviced first unfortunately as it is expensive to repair a fusee chain. I do have a perfect 7 5/8" chain spare if that turns out to be the length you need. Also you need to know the width, depth & link distances to be certain it will fit. Only want what I paid which is 15 GBP + postage if it'll help. You'll need to take a few measurements with a micrometer first. Cheers, Silar
  2. Get out a no.2 magnifying glass and look at the links in the chain. Simply a work of art! Considering they were made in gas or candle lit workshops in days before electricity you have to take your hat off to them. I brought a fusee watch with a broken chain off fleabay. I was going to try repairing it myself but it turned out the hook was broken at one end too. Now I am trying to source a replacement chain. Unfortunately the escapement lever is broken too but I've found some old watch genius repair man who will replace the snapped pivot for 60 quid. Most of these watches can be repaired but due to the nature of the craftsmanship its normally more than the watch is actually worth. Yours being your grandfathers watch the sentimental value outweighs the repair costs. Mine was a anniversary present from the mrs so I'll have to fix it or face the wrath of my wifes mouth! Good luck, Tone P.S Check out the watch fairs. Do a search on google and you'll find out where and when they are held.
  3. Simply stunning watches. Lucky guys... cheers
  4. What a beautiful watch. Very classic and classy design. Beautiful movement too. Amazing how much work was put into these old pocket watches. A real peach. I'm looking for my first verge watch at the moment and can only hope I find one of the same quality. Enjoy.
  5. Hi, Nice looking watch. J.H Stewart Stands for James Henry Stewart. 406 Strand (London) 1856-1871. So your watch is 1871 or earlier in other words. Unfortunately your photo's do not allow me to take a closer look. You'll be able to get the silver date from this site: Click here for London Silver marks It looks to have a nicely made swiss movement but it could be a fusee. It's hard to tell because I am on a very small monitor and your photo's are not in focus. Hope thats of some help to you? Cheers, timelord tone
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