How to open a Waltham pocket watch?

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  1. stonemoon

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    Please see www.stonemoon.com/watch.html for pictures of this Waltham pocket watch. The case doesn't have a hinge. How do I find the number etc? I tried unscrewing the back with my palm. I'm afraid to break it, afraid to wind it.

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    Louise
     
  2. stonemoon

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    Please see www.stonemoon.com/watch.html for pictures of this Waltham pocket watch. The case doesn't have a hinge. How do I find the number etc? I tried unscrewing the back with my palm. I'm afraid to break it, afraid to wind it.

    Help
    Louise
     
  3. Wes

    Wes Registered User

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    Welcome to the message board!

    I can't tell from the last photo. It may be possible that the front and back unscrew where the design is on each side, instead of at the edges like most SB&B cases.

    Here is a link to "Opening Pocket Watch Cases" written by fellow NAWCC member Kent Singer.
     
  4. mikeh

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    This looks like a case with inverted threads. I say inverted because I don't want to confuse it with reveresed threads. Whatever you call it, the back screws off just like the front. Since the cover doesn't 'wrap' over the edge as much as a conventional screw back, they can be a little tougher to open sometimes.

    Have you tried one of those rubber jar openers? The decoration is part of the back so that should give you a little something to grip.

    If all else fails, you can use the find feature and read about some pertty drastic measures taken to open a stubborn case. One I recall involves using superglue to attach a long metal bar to the case back and then acetone to remove the glue. I can't vouch for it, but I just thought I would mention it just in case you want to give it a try.
     
  5. Tom McIntyre

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    I have a number of these cases and can verify that Mike's impression is correct. The back of the body has internal threads and the case back cover has a male thread that screws into it instead of over it. They can be difficult to unscrew because it is difficult to get a good grip on the flat back cover. Sometimes just using the fingertips works better than the palm.
     
  6. stonemoon

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    Thanks to all who responded.
    I read all info and tried again. Pressed palm really firmly holding case face down against thumb. It gave and I can see inside. Again, thanks for the courage.

    Louise
     
  7. Kent

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    Louise:

    So .... what is marked on the movement?
     
  8. Albert Fight

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    IS it a swing out case walthamn made swing out casees that look like the back screw off but didnt Albert
     
  9. stonemoon

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    Thanks for the interest. It is not a swing out. It just unscrewed at the detail work at the back. It was tight and I worried about forcing it. I put a picture of the insides up on my site if you care to look... www.stonemoon.com/watch.html .

    Louise
     
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