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    Default Re: Durable pocket watch (By: smurphy)

    Nice collection... I really like the one with the serial 400325 inside the hunter case top. What model is that as it has a beautiful back to it.

    I just received my Westclox Pocket Ben. I'm quite satisfied with it. It's not nearly as nice as what you have, and you can feel the quality difference between it and my Waltham. I'm still waiting to hear back from the seller on what is wrong with it. It was delivered on Saturday, but with the Easter Holiday, I'm certain he has yet had a chance to look at it.

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    Default Re: Durable pocket watch (By: kd8tzc)

    Kinda late for this thread but I purchased a Illinois 12s grade 405 model 3 17 jewel open face pocket watch which had issues for under $50. I took a chance as the seller advised the balance wheel was sticky but everything else worked except it was not keeping time. Turned out to be a terrific looking watch and movement. I was guessing it just needed cleaning and oiling so I got started disassembly and found it had a broken lower balance jewel cap. I was hopeful that it would still work with a cracked jewel cap but nope. It works just fine when placed on its face, just a little slow but when I turn it on it's back, the balance wheel stops.

    So now is the question as to how to obtain a new balance jewel cap? I tried looking up a part number or size references but no luck. It's 2 millimeters in diameter with 2 small locking screws on the outside edges. I tried buying a parts movement on the bay but I get outbid. This is my 5th watch repair, 2nd pocket watch service, (my own watches) so I'm just learning. Any recommendations would sure be appreciated.
    Rob

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    Default Re: Durable pocket watch (By: kd8tzc)

    Oops, I meant to say when I turn the watch on it's face, the balance wheel stops.

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    Default Re: Durable pocket watch (By: langseth)

    kd8tzc,sorry for taking so long to reply back to this thread the 400325 case was made by the Cresent Watch Case Co., the movement A.W.W.Co. ser # 226220 is a model 1888 produced in 1892 and is a Grade No.20 I have an 1899 Elgin Illinois movement ser# 742754 Model 2,Class 56, Grade 175 it is a 7 jewel movement in a 9925 silver case it is missing a hand and is not working. I would love to get it repaired as it is the perfect size 6s for my coin pockets. But the repair I can assume would be costly and more than the value of the piece. I still may do it if a sale goes through for my 1901 J.W.Benson pocket watch.
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    Default Re: Durable pocket watch (By: smurphy)

    ser # is 5226220 forgot the 5 would have been a cival war watch without the 5 on the serial no.cheers

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    Default Re: Durable pocket watch (By: smurphy)

    For me, a durable watch must also be fully jeweled.
    And, (as said above) it must be worth repairing if I want to use it
    on a daily basis. The 7j watches can be adjusted to be fantastic
    time keepers, but in the long run they are disposable watches unfortunately.


    Rob

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