I didn't know Hermle helped make 1920's Ansonia Movements..!

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  1. Isaac

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    Begun my teardown of my Sonia clock movement today and have encountered a clockmaker's hall-of-shame worthy repair. Yes, it looks like Hermle played a big part in this repair!

    First off, someone took what looks like the result of a hacksaw and cut out a corner of a Hermle plate to use as a makeshift mainspring hole. Then, they used the hacksaw to cut two slots into the Ansonia plate for who knows what reason. :mad: Then a good ol' glob of sodder looks like it was used to join the two pieces together, and both of the plates are severely discolored from this process. Also, check out why we don't oil winding gears!

    The result? When you tighten down the mainspring sub-plate, both of the plates are bent outwards at their lower portions, especially near the strike train where the repair is. The second wheel has almost 90% of its pivot showing out in the open instead of inside the plate as you can see in the picture. You've got to be kidding me! :mad: This is an accident waiting to happen.

    Whoever did this repair makes screw in bushings and rathbun bushings look like a heavenly offering. Fix one thing and break 50 other things. My question is - is this plate salvageable at all? Why would someone go through all of this work instead of just doing the job the right way?

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    Isaac Registered User

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    Any suggestions on where to start with this one?
     
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    Yep. Give it a try. I would completely disassemble taking many photos and marking wheels (somehow). Strip the plates and rebuild all those messes. Plug the hacksaw slots by soldering in strips of brass and polishing them out. Then bush bad holes and polish pivots. Lots of work but doable.
     
  5. shutterbug

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    It looks like the plates are overlapped? That's going to be a challenge!
     

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