Thanks for the above. Here's the watch in its stand.
I've cleaned the watch stand (and had to drill out a broken screw in one of the feet). As already observed the dial is a bit of a mess. I managed to get the hands off and remove the movement from the stand, but the dial is held to the movement...
Thank you, Graham.
I may take a stab at it over the weekend. I’ve got a set of those Bergeohandpullers, but I think they might be too flimsy for the task.
Is there any point in putting a drop of oil on it in advance?
Thanks for the advice about removing the movement. It’s a bit tricky as the...
Apologies, I posted these pictures elsewhere on a similar thread - before I read these intriguing comments about Dutch fakes.
I bought this Vale & Company, Coventry yesterday.
It had been passed over at auction and I felt a little sorry for it. It was mounted in a bronze stand which I've...
Thanks for posting the charts and the photos of your Vale.
I bought this beaten up specimen yesterday. It had been passed over at auction. It's mounted in a bronze French-style stand, rather martial looking. I've deconstructed it in order to clean it, so no photos as yet of the...
Here's my minute repeater.
It has no name anywhere on it, but it seems to be an exact match for a LeCoultre 42 calibre ebauche.
The final photo shows it undergoing service.
You can see the number 1066 on the plate and elsewhere too.
Does anyone know the significance of 1066 (other than the...
New Year's Eve in the branch-Covidian dystopia.
No parties, just grappling with a seized cannon pinion.
I'm afraid to say that all is not looking good.
A visit to the neighbour produced a block of wood, a variety of punches, a small hammer ... and away we went.
After a few tentative taps...
Yes, I can see the danger!
I fear that being gripped, levered, and now hammered has already taken its toll.
When I spin the main spring barrel, I can see that the centre arbor is wobbling a bit.
As this is my first attempt at completely dis-assembly of a pocket watch, I was expecting a few...
Yes, I'm getting there with the terminology and understand that the CP is both the toothed wheel and the tube together.
And you're right, there's nothing to grip on.
Thanks too for the reassurance about the pallets.
I had a sinking feeling I might be struggling with a watch that was already...
The hand removers (one of which describes itself also as a cannon pinion remover) simply don't have enough grip; the pincers heads just move up the pinion without really grasping it.
I can't get them under the wheel, because the wheel is seated in...
Many thanks for your prompt answer.
I got a similar response from Graham Morse.
Sadly I don't have a staking set (and saw that a comprehensive one with 50 or 100 stakes can cost over £1,000!).
I'm not sure that trying to punch the pin out will work as I'm pretty certain that it's...
Many thanks indeed for your advice.
I read Skutt's too.
I've taken some better photos of the cannon pinion and, yes, I can see exactly what you and Skutt were referring to.
It appears that the pin is actually within a tube or sheath.
Assuming that the cannon pinion refers both to...
I decided in a moment of post-Christmas ennui to dis-assemble a Benson pocket watch with the Ludgate movement.
The watch wasn't going and was looking in need of a good clean.
I've not attempted such a job before, but having been watching plenty of videos on YouTube and doing a bit of...
Does anyone know the significance of this mark on the back of a stopwatch, please?
The watch is a 30 second timer with a subsidiary minute hand that counts up to 15 minutes
The stem of the arrow incorporates an F and the number underneath reads 163.
I'm guessing it dates to the...
Fascinating! And a lovely job.
I'm looking forward to seeing the finished job.
I took my minute repeater in for repair/service about 2 months ago in London and I'm still waiting anxiously for its return.
The movement is very similar to yours.
I'm pretty certain mine is a LeCoultre 42 or 43...
I've a similar McCabe Verge, no. 13103.
The hallmark would date it to 1868 which seems quite late for this type of watch.
The movement looks very similar to yours, although I'm pretty confident from the overall condition of mine that it is more or less original. The case is...
Many thanks, Isaac - that's really helpful.
I can't see any way of advancing the date manually. The figure is set into a recessed window and you certainly couldn't get a finger tip on it. I could possibly try a cotton ear bud.
Thanks for the information about the fine adjustment.
At the moment...