lubricating swingout case

Quinn

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Hi there,

To my surprise one of the watches I purchased recently is in a swingout case, a silver Keystone depicting a train in gold. It's quite nice and in good shape. It has a 293 Elgin in it. As I tried to remove the movement though I found the case would not swing out. The crown took a bit of force to pull up. It appeared to me the hinge pin was out somewhat and appeared to prevent it from lifting the movement up. I removed the pin and cleaned it as it was quite dirty. The pin is straight so I'm not sure what prevented the case from swinging, possibly the stem does not pull out far enough?

I wondered before I put the pin back, would a lubricant help and if so what might I use?

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Jim Haney

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That is the most common problem with Swing out cases. The stem needs oiled or lubed with stem grease.

Just hold the bottom of the stem in the case with pliers and unscrew the crown. The stem will pull out from the bottom. I bet you find rust dirt, etc on it .

I would unscrew the sleeve also and clean everything and oil or Lube then and reassemble.
 
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musicguy

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Some of mine are also a very snug fit.


Rob
 

Quinn

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Thank you all for your helpful replies. Musicguy, I will attemp to disassemble the stem and sleeve, I've not ventured there yet (newby). What kind of oil is used for the stem? Thanks again!
 

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