Items found in pocket watches

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  1. musicguy

    musicguy Registered User
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    I've been enjoying the "Items found in clocks" thread in the clock section of the Forum.

    Over the years(looking at ebay) and watches I own(or have owned)
    I've seen receipts, photos, Names scratched into pocket watches,
    and other things inside pocket watches. I was wondering if anyone here wants to share
    some photos(or stories) of stuff inside their pocket watches that wasn't there when new.
    (or stuff that was there from new that was never taken out).

    Rob
     
  2. Mark UK

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    For the past few years I have been servicing my own watches and it never ceases to amaze me at the amount of microscopic 'junk' that finds it's way inside the case and movement - I don't have OCD but I make a habit of washing my hands thoroughly after handling an 'uncleaned' watch lol

    I did recently purchase a non-runner and on inspection all that I could find wrong was the largest, tightest ball of lint firmly wedged between the balance and the bottom plate, I can only imagine the poor old balance had been rolling this around for years before it eventually decided enough was enough!
     
  3. musicguy

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    I've bought two literally smelly watches in the past 12 months.
    One smelled like something died in it(I mean bad), and the other smelled
    like cigarette smoke(but really pungent).

    Rob
     
  4. Mark UK

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    Maybe you can mix a dose of 'Febreze' in with your cleaning solutions :)
     
  5. Jim Haney

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    The old smelly watches were lubricated with refined whale oil and after 80-120 years it gets rank.


    I serviced a watch once and discovered a brown outer peel of an onion skin under the balance bridge used as a shim.
     
  6. topspin

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    I've seen a couple where the seller has stated the second hand is missing - but if they'd looked a bit closer, they would have noticed it floating around loose inside the bezel, just needing to be pushed back in.
     
  7. luvsthetick

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    Absentminded previous owner of this watch would always be able to get in the safe if he remembered to put his watch in his pocket.

    [​IMG]


    Gus was proud of his work and didn't use a code when he serviced this watch.

    [​IMG]
     

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    Not only in pocket watches but the number of times they have brought their watch in saying it has stopped without knowing or having noticed that the watch hands are trying to drag date frames or numerals around the dial.
     
  9. Jerry Treiman

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    I must admit that I was entranced by this lovely mystery lady whose photograph was in the back of a 6-size watch.
    6size_beauty1.jpg
     
  10. musicguy

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    Nice lovely lady. Did you leave the photo in the watch?


    Rob
     
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  12. musicguy

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    Nice photo inside your watch StanJS

    I have a 12s that had a unique name scratched into the inside
    of it. I emailed 3-4 people with the same unique name,
    and said I would give them the watch for free if they were related
    but I never received any answers back.


    Rob
     
  13. David Mac Farlane

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    The oldest dollar watches and some other old american PWs I have opened have had balls I suppose, of solidified oil, and have found bits of bugs in them.
     
  15. ANDY YALE

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    I've got a 16s hunter case with two names scratched on the cuvette and back cover entwined with hearts. I've been tracking down the story for a couple of years intermittently. I've found the boarding house in Pennsylvannia where the man apparently stayed and the nearby town has a woman of the correct name listed in the census.
    One William Mckinley parts movement I got on line had what were apparently fish bones in it.
     
  16. rrwatch

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    I had done an overhaul on a 16 size South Bend pocket watch for a local client. About six weeks later he returned the watch to me because "it had suddenly started to run erratically and then completely stopped". I had to remove the top gear plate to find the insect that had flown inside while he had the back covers open and became enmeshed in the 3rd wheel pinion. I removed the intruder and the watch again ran as it should. When the owner (who was a computer programmer) asked what had happened, I just told him I had to get the bugs out of the system.
     
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