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Yes basically. Usually they catch quite easily.Do you wind and insert the spring into the bottom half and then wiggle the top half into position so that the tang will hopefully engage the mainspring key by turning the ratchet/arbor in the proper direction? Would a winder potentially enlarge the spring inner coil so that it will no longer be able to catch the center tang?
Thanks again. I think I can picture how this should be done finally.Yes basically. Usually they catch quite easily.
Most winder arbors are (or should be) roughly the same size or a bit smaller than the barrel arbor and usually don't distort the inner coil too much, so using a winder shouldn't be a problem.
If it's your watch, leaving it is fine, you can always do it when you feel more comfortable doing it. Though it may wear more and need replacing if it was dirty.
Follow up. I did get the thing apart. Gonna clean the spring and hope for the best in reuniting the parts.Thanks again. I think I can picture how this should be done finally.
You make a good point. It IS just for me to repair and file away. Watch came running but crown not winding. Disassembled and found that the ‘crown wheel’ is on the underside of the barrel bridge (another new one on me) and was jammed by a plate post. Problem solved. Then got to looking at the unusual barrel. “Nothin’s Easy” has become my motto.
I fiddled with the barrel some rotating it back and forth a little. If I can get a good grip on it I’ll try to push the envelope a little more. A fiddly part to manipulate with the fingers. Do you have any words of wisdom on a simple way to handle it? Maybe hold the bottom into rodico and rotate the top?
Again I appreciate your help providing clarity so it begins to make some sense.