Just a very gentle heat, and not direct, is what I would recommend.
On the chance that it is simply congealed oil holding it firm, a little warmth should loosen it.
As Graham mentions, you could even go overboard with a soldering iron if you're not careful.
The torch is for when you've given...
I haven't ever seen another like that, either. I had presumed it was done particularly for the American market, and not very often. Possibly, specifically requested this way by Brismaid Bros.
It is right in that time period when big American coin silver cases were frequently marked...
I believe that is the Cyma 999.
A respectable movement, but not English obviously.
I think Graham is probably correct and the Liverpool dial signature is just a spurious "trade name", and that this watch was marketed to/in the U.S.
I imagine we've all had that cannon pinion problem at some point.
Penetrating oil is my first go to. If I'm down to just getting that off, I will run the whole thing through the ultrasonic. Then let it soak with penetrating oil again.
I have also had success using a clamping roller table...
I looked at it a little closer today. It sure looks like that is the case.
But, I would love to see a complete example.
The radius from that post, and the depth that the setting wheel engages, looks like it could only connect directly to the hour wheel? It might have been more of a pinon on the...
If I'm not mistaken, the click will allow for winding in one direction and setting (when the button is pushed) in the other direction.
Obviously, my example is missing the intermediate transfer wheel for the setting, but you can see the post there.
Thank you very much, Dr. Jon!
The similarities to La Brassus and Nielsen didn't escape me, but I thought there must be a more concrete attribution for this particular design.
I didn't realize there was no Swiss patent system then.
More or less, a well done standard Jurgensen style bar movement with key winding and setting, but also peeking out from under the dial is an interesting winding system.
I wondered if anyone has patent information on it, or knew if it was one of the Henri Louis Matile's designs, even maybe a...
I find this watch and the records of Edward Prior very confusing. Brittens does list him as c. 1800- 1875.
But, everything about this watch except the hallmarks, says more like 1756 than 1856.
Was he making reproductions for the Ottoman market?
Thank you very much for pointing it out to me.
Now I know what a fire damaged watch can look like.
It is pretty amazing to me.
On most areas it is such a nice, uniform black, it seems easy to mistake for a deliberate finish.
The brass of the balance wheel also being black really threw...
Yeah. It is so weird, but as I look the glossy black parts that most look like a finish are the ones that would have had the best polish and the ones that are flatter black and less uniform are ones that would have been less finely finished. So it's making some sense.
I had thought that at first, too. But after studying it a bit, I do think it is some sort of applied finish.
Firstly, I don't think you get that uniform black color just from heat, especially on intricate parts of widely various size and finish.
But, the best evidence I think is, if...