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  1. Hello, I am a total novice so please forgive me and my lack of correct terminology. I have a JW Benson wrist watch. The back is clearly not gold but the front bit has a gold hallmark on the lug (sorry) bit. Is this normal please? Thanks in advance for any help you could offer. Kate
  2. Good afternoon, As a collector of old Zenith watches, I am not only interested in the technology, but also in the history of these watches. As you know, Zenith started supplying their watches to countries all over the world at the end of the 19th century. Larger orders from institutions first came from the railway companies of some countries, later government orders were added, especially for the military. From around 1914, Zenith also supplied the British government with Mark IV A pocket watches for the RFC and later for the RNAS. From 1916, Mark V watches were also added. I have been researching these MK IV and MK V watches for a few weeks now, but also the H.S. 3 watches by Zenith from WW II. The technology of the watches is known to me so far, also most of the calibres up to the manufacturer codes on the dials of the MK V watches. The patent situation for the Octava movement is also known as far as it goes. Where I get stuck is the military standards of the time for these watches. Which British institution was responsible for the standardisation and are these still accessible somewhere? Where could I find sources or information on the further details of these watches? Are there any British online archives of historical records from the period relating to military watches? Or has something similar already been discussed here in the forum? A link to such topics would already help me. To avoid misunderstandings, I am talking about watches of this type: If anyone has questions about their own Zenith pocket watches, I would be happy to try to answer them. Many greetings, Herold
  3. Hello all, I'm a newbie here and I wanted to see if I could tap into some experience on this forum in helping to identify this watch movement, its manufacturer, and it's age. The movement is signed H. Stone and Leeds but with the bit of research I was able to do, Mr. Stone was a watchmaker and retailer so the movement was most likely made by someone else and then resold by him. I have pictures of the dial, the movement, and the outer and inner case backs with their hallmarks but I'm not sure how to insert them into this post - there's no attachment link. Any help getting the pictures posted and information would be greatly appreciated.
  4. I have an Omega Seamaster from circa 1954 inside the case back it has a case number of 197 which corresponds to the case . I was wondering what the "PAT APPLIED FOR" is in reference to. Any help would be most appreciated. The case is made by Dennison in DeniSteel stainless steel. https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZpsuQfFEHjsR6s6h8 heres a picture of the case back
  5. I announce I have no idea about watches, but I would love to learn whatever you could offer me. So today my father came home from work with a box full of vintage toys he found at an old factory he is going to demolish. Soldiers, horses in glass boxes... And a pile of 8 little red boxes with vintage watches (about 9cm wide) on them, all of them inside a larger box. The word "Smiths" is written in all the red boxes, the big box and the watches. There're also little cards with the guarantee in each. I'm here to ask if anyone of you could tell me if those are genuine or just copies (I really don't mind at all, we're gonna keep them because they look nice and I like vintage-style things, but I'm really curious because it's kinda weird to find an entire set of those like that). Also, tell me if you can se the images properly. It's my first time here and I don't know if I did it well.
  6. First post here so bare with me.. I have recently purchased a Swiss watch which is branded as a Rone incabloc and a 17 jewel. I loved the look of the vintage/worn dial and so I grabbed it! I tried doing abit of research on the Rone brand but found very little info apart from they produced Swiss made watches from about 1920s - 70s. Also there are very few Rone watches available to purchase I have only seen a few on eBay but none of the same model as mine. If anyone knows anything about it please share. i tried to add a photo of mine but won’t let me for some reason :(
  7. Hello All, I got the nice wall clock in a brass housing. There is another number stamped on the pendulum: 785 or185 ( A bit difficult to read) Please see the linked pictures. I would like to know, how old the clock is. The size (outside measuring) : 17,5 centimeter Any comments are appreciated. Thanks in advance Peter (Germany) Here are the pictures https://www.directupload.net/file/d/6026/u3fmgryu_jpg.htm https://www.directupload.net/file/d/6026/pa773zjk_jpg.htm https://www.directupload.net/file/d/6026/pa773zjk_jpg.htm https://www.directupload.net/file/d/6026/u58wnqq9_jpg.htm https://www.directupload.net/file/d/6026/b4krgtlo_jpg.htm
  8. Good evening all I have have had this watch since the late 1980s it no longer runs I have sent this to seiko who have stated spares are no longer available the watch has ran without missing a beat since I purchased it until recently Is there anyone else that can possibly help me please the watch has a 24hr face and only sweeps once each day ie 3am = 6am ie everything doubled Kind regards Pete
  9. Hi all, I have a Brook & Son vintage mantel clock that I have never been able to wind. It opens from the back and has its winding key, but it barely moves a hair. It looks like there is a latch/lock which prevents the winding mechanism from turning (see pic 4 below). Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, Shane https://ibb.co/8PMP4g2 https://ibb.co/ThgBh07 https://ibb.co/19VGb1q https://ibb.co/rQSd4qL (lock/latch?) Sorry it seems my pics didn’t link in the first post: https://ibb.co/8PMP4g2 https://ibb.co/ThgBh07 https://ibb.co/19VGb1q https://ibb.co/rQSd4qL
  10. Hi people, I received an Times watch when I was five years old and I am looking at the feasibility of swapping out the old knackered movement for a decent mechanical one. Is this doable? and any tips on how to go about it? All the very best!
  11. Hi there, We are small British start-up, trying to get crowdfunding for our first release,available at CF platforms As it usually happens on the start, we don’t have money for paid promotion. Don’t you mind to allow us to place crowdfunding link into your forum? Mörester watches Regards Alex, Mörester watches campaign coordinator
  12. Hello. I am lucky enough to own an antique 36 hour, chain wound, whiteface, longcase clock. It stood in our kitchen for over 20 years and began to stop at random times, as well as mostly not striking. We diagnosed that it needed cleaning and oiling, which has been done. It now runs beautifully and strikes every hour on the hour. BUT, it stops every three hours, to the minute - well sometimes it manages 6 hours, or even 9 hours, but you get the idea. This happens regardless of what time it has been started. When you come to re-start it, by swinging the pendulum, it doesn't begin ticking unless you gently pull down on the weight or give it a bit of a shock by winding it or getting it to strike. Any suggestions would be very welcome.
  13. I have an old J W Benson wristwatch that recently found its way into the washing machine. It is still working, but clearly requires a little TLC. Can somebody recommned to me a reputable watch repair service that might know their way around J W Benson watches? Many thanks, Duncan Flack
  14. How to tighten the cannon pinion on a Timex Model 25 wrist watch movement with day/date dial? The exploded view in the manual lists canon pinion assembly and I've read mention of a friction pinion. Is this the source of the hand slipping problem?
  15. Hi there, Just wondering if anyone could help an idiot out! I'm a newbie and just getting into the hobbie. I've successfully serviced and repaired a couple of old British 'Services' movements. And now I'm getting around to ordering crystals and I'm flummoxed! It appears to be a tension ring domed acrylic crystal. But I'm not too sure. The chrome ring is on the inside of the crystal. The crystal is 30mm in diameter, 4mm high, and the side walls are 2mm. It's domed, but doesn't seem to be a high dome? And the watch case opening doesn't seem to have any indents in the side wall, just straight down to the ledge. Oh and I'm not fussed about the bubble/date window. They don't appear to have come with it originally anyway. Had a scour of cousins parts list and I just wound up being more confused than when I started :D, standard vs domed vs high domed.. 'High domed chrome ring' vs 'Tension ring armoured' and so on.. Here's a link to some pics of the crystal/case: https://imgur.com/a/8s8qCR9 Thankyou for any replies!
  16. Hi first time post I'm looking to buy the egrad V3 manual wind watch which has a modified jinghe Ind movement in it, Any body had experience with this movement, can't find out if it reliable or how accurate it is. Any info would be appreciated
  17. My mother and I have recently taken up watch repair after inheriting some broken pocket watches. We have two watches that are proving rather tricky, both have an English lever which appears to have a broken pivot, it seems that the pivot may have been a jewel since there was some residue in the bearing on one of the watches. I’m very new to this so I’m sorry if I’ve said anything silly so far, please correct me if anything I’ve said is wrong. We haven’t had much luck searching the problem since we’re not strictly sure what we should be searching for, so any help would be appreciated. I’ve only just realised how to add images, I’m new here too so apologies again!
  18. Does anyone have any information on this watch: Limit Alarm Chronograph / 50M Emergency Quartz? Dates of manufacture? Parts? (new crown and stem) Collectability? Many thanks. Dan
  19. Greetings, A long case clock I've owned for nearly 40 years requires repair, and in the spirit of lock down, I thought I'd have a crack at it myself. The first time I've attempted any clock repair that requires significant dismantling. The clock itself is I think mid 19th century, full height, painted face. The engineering quality suggests the 'bog standard' end of the market. The problem is that when I attempt to wind the chiming train, the ratchet doesn't catch and the weight descends immediately. Visual inspection indicates that a small black leaf spring has shattered. From my distant Meccano days, I knew that the widget that locks a ratchet is called a pawl. However in clock spares lists, I have searched for the word in vain. - Am I correct in thinking that the devices listed as 'click springs' are what I need here? - My second query concerns whether I need to prepare to open up the core frame of the mechanism, or are there any clever tricks for replacing these things without doing that? - And finally, if i do need to open up the mechanism fully, is there any standard protocol for putting these things back together again, aside from not bending anything or losing any bits? Any YouTube instruction videos that can be recommended would also be appreciated. Cheers.. Tom
  20. I have just purchased a Westminster chime mantel clock. This is my first resto and I have no idea how to determine which model it is and where I might find spare parts including a new click face. I can add pictures but not right now. Any assistance would be appreciated.
  21. Hello im a new member and would like to introduce myself. Iam an 30 year old guy, father of 2 girls and Live in London. I have a couple of watches as Omega Seamaster, Iwc Top Gun,Gmt master II aka batman,Breitling Chronomat, Oris, Longines Thank you for membership and I'm looking forward to give/gain experience I hope this is the right place to let people know I'm a new member
  22. Hi Porker here, Yes I am fat but it is really a reference to my love of most things Porsche. I have loved Watches since teenage years and bought a Rolex Datajust 36 when I was in the RAF in about '96. I then left the forces and ventured out into the big bad world. Watches then took a back seat whilst other things took priority. Cars & motorcycles amongst other things. However in the last couple of years I think I have gone completely mad. I sold/exchanged the Rolex for a Tudor Pelegos LHD as I never wore the Rolex because the clasp kept coming undone every time I flexed my wrist and then my watch buying went completely mad. Several more Tudors, a couple of Nomos, a couple of Oris, a couple of Christopher Ward, a Fortis I have a Seiko diver from about 15 years ago as well as my fathers old Omega and an Aqua Terra. Then finally just before the shops shut I went into a Rolex AD and bought a Rolex Daytona. I think I am going mad and need help.
  23. Hi just stripped cleaned & rebuilt my first 1879 english lever fusee pocket watch now have just to pin hair spring but i am struggling to see the pin What is the best magification equipment to buy from Cousins Thanks in advance George PS i hate fusee chains lol
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