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  1. A Marion struggle...

    Hi!
    This short post is about a watch I've been trying to restore since 2015.





    Here you can see it with the non original Elgin balance I made for it.
    The original balance was not there when I got this movement, and it's too nice to use for parts.
    In fact, damaged and somewhat polished, ...
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  2. Forgotten masterpiece...

    'The Forgotten masterpiece' was a title of my entry on Elgin 761 self-winding movement.
    This was before I started my blog, and it can still be found somewhere in wristwatches forum, and my today's purpose is not to re-post the same work.
    No, today's post I write because I got myself another one.

    Big deal - another lousy 761 - you'd think. Well - yes, not a big deal, but it's not exactly easy to get one of those in Europe. And in USA good ones have quite high prices, and ...

    Updated 05-11-2017 at 05:46 AM by pmwas

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  3. List of the many branches of English Watch-Making trade (Keene, 1817; Rees, 1819)

    From the proceedings of the parliamentary hearings on the Petition of watchmakers of Coventry (circa 1817).

    A watchmaker who appeared as a witness, Mr. James Keene of Coventry, provided this detailed and interesting list of all the different specialties of craftsmen that went into the making of an English watch at that time.

    Movement maker, divided in:
    • frame mounter
    • brass flatter
    • pillar maker
    • screw maker
    • cock and pottance maker
    • wheel maker
    • wheel finisher
    • barrel
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    Updated 05-13-2017 at 02:31 PM by rstl99

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  4. Vance Johnson

    Working on a Waterbury Rack and Snail marked "Patented Sept 13, 1898" shelf clock. Rack & Snail on back of movement, connected by arbor at the very bottom of the movement that connects to the front. On the front, the arbor has a small gear and a washer that holds on the hour pipe. The back side of the arbor has a large gear that prevents removal of the springs. The front side gear is very tight and I can't seem to remove it. Steven Conover Book 7 on page 107 shows a similar gear ...
  5. Man, that's American - has to be crap!

    The title of my blog post might seem ridiculous for American members of our Forum, but when I was getting started collecting American watches - you'd hear it here all the time.
    Lucky me, at the time I was rather buying than selling, and such opinion resulted in ridiculously low prices.
    Wy would people in Poland say so? Well - most of the immigrants that went from Poland to USA to earn money were poor people, unwilling to spend they hard-earned money on luxury goods like watches. ...

    Updated 05-02-2017 at 03:20 AM by pmwas

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