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Antique fair hunt on The Three Emperor's Corner (part nine)

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Today, after some hard day and night work, I visited the monthly antique fair in Dabrowa Gornicza. Please forgive me - I'm not going to transliterate this one, as I might as well spent the whole night doing that, it's just a city neighbouring mine from north-east. So we remain at the far end of Russian empire.

One could think that on an antique fair on a post-Russia territory, one would find plenty of old Russia's watches, but no. In fact, I don't think there were that many watches in Russian Empire (per 1000 people for example, but I don't have such data), and secondly - this was a rather poor region as well.

So finding a Russian hallmarked watch is not that easy, and in fact I found only one seller with two watches:



Two silver watches I'd date to circa 1900 or somewhat later, in average overall condition.
The beautiful ladies' watch with enamel is cute, but today I'll focus on the big one.
That's the one I decided to work on, a small size cylinder movement I'm afraid to touch - too easy to screw up...

The big watch has a movement that consisted mostly of rust and dirt...



The number on the caseback matches the number on the movement.
It's about the most exciting moment when working on an Imperial Russian watch - you take off the dial and check the number. Either you have an all original or a franken watch. And there are many frankenwatches ('these numbers hardly ever match' - told me the seller).



Not only is the main plate number original - the other plates have 91 scratched on them, so they are original as well!
As you can see already, the watch is lever set.


Below - I'm assembling the gear train and cannon pinion:



Now the issues. The watch had a broken winding mechanism.
The winding stem turned out to be non-original (too short and would not fit the windnig pinion) and broken crown wheel. Notice the plate was repaired and re-threaded.

In fact - the crown wheel had a smaller metal circle punched in and this was simply screwed down loosely with right-thread screw to the plate - no good.
I've selected a more appropriate set of parts to allow the wheel to turn freely on the pate.
If it had a left thread on the screw, it would be much better, but that's all I can do at the moment.



I also filed down the stem to fit the winding pinion.
The escape wheel is of pretty good quality - steel with nicely, diagonally filed teeth.

I assembled the escapement:



And then I had to adjust the crown for the crown tube, so that I could insert the stem deep enough.
I could either do this (not very nice) to the stem or use a shorter tube, but the tube would not come out of the case, and I did not feel like disassembling the front lid latch.



The balance has a replaced balance staff and damaged hairspring collet. This made adjusting the beat more difficult and dangerous, but I managed to adjust the beat flawlessly.
The dial is original and - this time - has it's feet.
It's signed Qte Saltier, 'Saltier's quality' in translation.
In fact - many Russian watches of the time had a Qte something marking, likely representing the finish quality.
The caseback is marked 'Watches for Russia - Ancre - High grade - 23 jewelled - Qte Saltier - Precision'.
Notice it says 23 (point) jewelled, not 23 jewels. Many Imperial watches are marked '23', but hardly any of them actually have 23 jewels. This particular one has 13.



Cased and done.



The front and the back...



The cuvette...



And the movement:



In fact - if that's 'high quality' I can't wait to see a low quality one.
Truly, used to American timepieces of the era, I have to admit ths is one of the worst movement's I've worked on.
After oiling, it actually works. Not very well, but works.



Once again - the watch in all its glory.



No sarcasm there - it has a wonderful 'antique feel'.



Beautiful silver hunting case and sweet, loud ticking sound.
I'm so glad I bought it
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