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1897 Thomas Peter Hewitt Pocket watch

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Hi all. I bought a pocket watch a while back on ebay for a bit of fun. I pulled it apart today. I'm no expert so I'm looking for somewhere that shows me the escapement, and balance spring & wheel. I wonder if its a failed restoration or maybe been re assembled with wrong parts? The mainspring has come off the arbor so I'll contact Cousins for that. I hope ive attached links to 3 images of the suspect parts. 

 

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/i/rosemaria231/IMG_0204.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/i/rosemaria231/IMG_0207.jpg?width=140&height=95&fit=bounds&crop=fill

https://app.photobucket.com/u/rosemaria231/p/943d9123-6156-4c85-ad0f-12093a43eb1b

Ok, I clicked send before I'd said thanks for any help. Its my first real post. Mark.

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Hi,

Nobody can answer Your questions by just looking this photos. It seems that the upper pivot is short, and the hairspring collet Is a little high for the place on the staff… Also, the roller is placed  in unusual direction. But, all this can be significant in some cases and not significant in others.

If the pivots/stones are as they should be, the balance wheel doesn’t touch anything and the hairspring is well positioned, then the free oscillations of the balance will look like this:

In this video, the balance is turned to 180 degr. and then  released.  It makes more than 250 free oscillations before full stop.

Nobody will tell if this balance is original to the movement. But this is not so important. The important thing here is if the roller on the balance is original to the movement, or at least – is it proper for the movement. The right collaboration between the roller and the lever is of greatest significance here…

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