Can’t remove Elgin movement from case.. UPDATE - figured it out...

Bob Weit

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Evening folks - I wanted to clean an old Elgin watch but for the life of me, I couldn’t get the movement to come out of the case. It is as though the stem was welded to the movement..

Turns out the screw that holds the stem lever also retains the stem in the movement. Once I removed that screw, the movement fell right out. I am sure most of you all are well aware, but for anyone just starting out like me, perhaps this will be of help.
take care - Bob

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Bob Weit

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Evening folks - I wanted to clean an old Elgin watch but for the life of me, I can’t get the movement to come out of the case. It is as though the stem is welded to the movement.. it is loose, and moves well forward from the case but the darn stem seems either well stuck or somehow fastened.
Any ideas, suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance! View attachment 631839 View attachment 631840
 

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Moved to watch repair


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I'll move this over to watch repair ;)
 

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That's called a detent screw. There is no need to remove that screw, but need only loosen that screw about 1-1/2 to 2 turns to remove the stem, to replace the stem, just slip it in and tighten the screw.

Now that you removed the screw, it gets a little more difficult. You must remount the screw into the detent.

Tom
 
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