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    American PW picking the right balance staff

    I am replacing the balance staff on a Waltham grade 845 model 1892 but while trying to measure the staff I dropped it on the shop floor. lost and gone forever. The right replacement should be either a 1703 or a 1703A can someone tell me which one it is? Serial # of movement is 16006052 with a...
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    pocket watch case repair

    Can anyone suggest a book or two on repairing pocket watch cases? It seems more and more when I pick up a watch for repair off of ebay the case stem pulls out of the case I guess from too many people not understanding what a lever set watch movement is. Anyway I need some reference material...
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    help with Watham 1883 wwinding mech.

    Thanks for the info Rick I will check the pinion on this watch in the morning. The watch I am working on is a lever set but it looks much like the one in your pictures. I am particularly interested in the position of tip of the spring under the yoke in your second photo at about the 2 o clock...
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    help with Watham 1883 wwinding mech.

    Can anyone show me a photo of how the setting wheel spring is supposed to look in relation to the potance and setting wheel on a Waltham 18 size 1883 model ? Does the spring rest under the setting wheel? I can"t seem to get the ratchet wheel to engage and when I try to wind the mainspring the...
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    elgin pallet fork

    I could use some ideas on was to line up a pallet fork on an elgin grade 102 18 size pocket watch.I can't seem to get the end of the fork to extend out into the lower plate and line up withe balance without pulling the pallet fork pivots out of the jewels. Are there any secrets to this? Thanks.
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    removing broken plate screws

    Does anyone know of a way to remove broken plate screws from a 18 size full plate pocket watch? The heads of the screws are completely missing and only the shaft of the screw can be seen. I would like to remove the screw without damage to the treads of possible. Thanks.
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    replacing pocket watch bushings

    I have an Elgin 11 jewel pocket watch that I have not opened up yet, but I was wondering if anyone has ever had to replace one or more of the bushings that are in the plates because of wear? If so are replacement bushings available today and is the procedure for replacing them the same as...
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    rusted dial set screws

    I was not able to save the threads on the third hole and when I did get the dial off many of the parts under it were too badly rusted to be of much good,but the watch was bought as a "parts" watch and with the dial and jewels and those other parts I was able to salvage I think I made out o.k...
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    watch cleaning solutions

    does anyone out there still make their own home made watch cleaning solution? I would like to fine something that I can make in small amounts from local materials.
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    rusted dial set screws

    Thanks for everyone's advice. I did try the clp and it worked on 2 of the 3 screws. The third one I had to drill out but I was able to save the dial.Sorry if I started a heated debate on the topic but I guess it's a good way learn. And I will have to look into a god mini lathe that can hols a...
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    watch stops when on its back

    Great advice . I have let the mainspring down and the balance has good movement in all positions.I wonder if it could be dirt? I don't see anything but I have not taken the movement apart yet.After my first post I wound the mainspring put the watch on it" back and it ran down completely without...
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    rusted dial set screws

    I am taking apart an 18 size parts watch that has some bad rust problems. I cannot budge the dial set screws,but need to remove the dial without cracking it. Are there any other ideas other drilling? I have had the screws soaking in oil for several days with no luck.
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    watch stops when on its back

    I have a 21 jewel waltham crescent st with an up/down indicator.And recently it will sometimes stop when laid on it's back I know there are several possible reasons for this,but I would like to know the best way to start troubleshooting the problem. Watch is running fine in all other positions...
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    the trouble with gilbert

    Thanks to everyone for the help. After more tinkering I see that if I allow the movement to enter the strike phase on it's own then the movement will not stop striking until the spring runs down or I stop it.But if I lift the count lever the movement only makes one or two revolutions of the cam...
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    the trouble with gilbert

    Hi Tom I have double checked the pin in the pic. and it is there. the whole gear and pinon seems to me to have a lot of end shake ,but even when moved to its limit in both directions the pin still hits the stop lever.
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    the trouble with gilbert

    the peg wood is there to stop the motion of the movement while I was taking the photo.
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    the trouble with gilbert

    I have cleaned and re-bushed this Gilbert half- hour strike clock and now with it on the test stand I put it in motion. It runs fine except that when it begins to strike the hour the movement will not stop. the count lever does not drop down into any of the count wheel slots and the locking...
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    Clock parts wanted Obsolete older posts II

    I am looking for a mainspring great wheel and arbor for a gilbert mantle clock. I don't need the mainspring.Carl
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    escape wheel movement

    when I move the crutch by hand the escape wheel will move one tooth at a time as it should. And without the verge and crutch installed the movement will run down uncontrolled as i believe it should. I forgot to test the movement by tilting one way or the other to see if it would run in that...
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    escape wheel movement

    I have been trying to teach myself clock repair for some time now but one thing the books and videos have not helped with is how much movement in the escape wheel is too much. Case in point I have just cleaned and repaired an E.N. Welch which runs strong with out the crutch installed but will...
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