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    Mechanical WW Orient balance problem

    Check if the balance spring is free. It could be rubbing against the cock or the balance arm. Regards Aditya
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    Problem with dismantling barrel

    Skutt50, that sounds like a good solution, thanks! Of course, I will have to acquire a left handed tap and die set of the right size. Jerry, the movement is mine. Thanks for the suggestion and drawing! I shall mull over this, since it's mine and there is no time pressure :-) Graham, this is...
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    Problem with dismantling barrel

    So I carefully milled the mushroomed head of the arbor, happy to inform that the wheel suffered no collateral damage :) The threads in the wheel aappear to be intact, those on the arbor are all but gone. I will think about what to do with this. A threaded assembly is likely to fail again...
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    Good Amplitude...but Running Slow?

    another reason could be that it is out of beat. regards Aditya
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    Problem with dismantling barrel

    Jerry, Dewey and Karl, Thanks for your help. I tried unscrewing the wheel from the arbor but it turns both ways. I think the thread gave up at some point and somebody tried riveting the arbor to the wheel. The end of the arbor does look a little untidy. I'm going to put on my thinking cap. At...
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    Problem with dismantling barrel

    Hello All, I got this movement recently because it intrigued me. The dial is held down by screws and I found the "Lepine" layout unusual for an English watch. The trouble is, I just cannot figure out how to dismantle the barrel. The ratchet wheel is secured to the barrel arbor on the dial...
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    Mainspring question.

    Thank you Graham, That is a very useful resource! Regards, Aditya
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    Mainspring question.

    Hello all, This is my J W Benson Ludgate watch. The mainspring needs to be replaced. The one that came in the watch is as follows- 2.1mm X 0.15mm X 550mm Another, similar junk movement has a different size mainspring- 2.6mm X .02mm X 550mm Here are the internal dimensions of the barrel-...
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    Anybody ever use the stepped wheel collets?

    I've got a set of 5 stepped collets for my 6mm lathe. My most common use is for opening the holes of pocket watch barrels and barrel lids for bushing.
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    mainspring lifetimes

    Hello again Graham, There's no markings anywhere, apart from the serial numbers and 'reversing pinion' on the barrel bridge. Its got a club foot escape wheel, if that helps, and I'm quite sure the beat rate is 18000. regards Aditya
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    mainspring lifetimes

    This has got all the ills you mentioned. I had first serviced this watch years ago, when I didn't know better. Regards Aditya
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    mainspring lifetimes

    Thank you! I have been facing a problem similar to the subject of this thread. The watch is a J G Graves from 1900. A new mainspring is on the way from cousinsuk. Kind regards Aditya
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    mainspring lifetimes

    This is such an informative thread, thanks everyone for sharing your knowledge. Graham, do you always change the mainsprings in the Verges/cylinders/levers? Thanks in advance for the help. Kind regards Aditya
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    The elusive remontoire

    Hello Karl, I am in a bit of a hurry now. No time to study the Smith or watch the videos I mentioned again. All the same, I found them and here they are- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvQhnqgBJcw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC_LbPOCjPY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jwaIhi4qCA...
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    The elusive remontoire

    Hello Karl, I see your point. However, I feel if the power loss/friction is constant and repetitive over a small interval it could be tuned out. Of course, George Daniels wrote that the remontoir is too much trouble to make for something that can be fixed by other means :-) Kind regards...
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    The elusive remontoire

    Many years ago I watched youtube videos of a home made remontoir on a skeleton 6497. The remontoir spring was between the fourth wheel and its pinion, sort of like a balance spring. In addition, the extended pivot of the fourth pinion had a wheel attached to it on the dial side. This wheel had...
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    Help needed on where to bend hairspring

    You might want to inspect the balance pivots, considering you dropped it. Even a little distortion can affect the rate drastically. Kind regards Aditya
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    Making a balance staff

    Well, I live in India and we do not have a rich watchmaking or watch repair tradition here. So, used tools (what a person on a budget looks for) are virtually impossible to come by. Many years ago I bought a Wolf Jahn turns from someone in the US. It only had large female runners so I made the...
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    Making a balance staff

    Over the years I have made and collected the tools required for this delicate operation. Last week I decided to take the plunge. In the picture below you can see the balance with the balance spring and roller table removed. The old staff is on the balance and you can also see a balance staff...
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    Help with quarter repeater movement (in parts)

    Thank you for the tip Will! Unfortunately, I am not a member. Would anyone have other suggestions? Thanks in advance Kind regards Aditya

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