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Discussion in 'American Pocket Watches' started by Jskirk, Feb 28, 2019.
I got this in the mail today.
congratulations nice watch
just remember to loosen the detent screw when trying to remove the movement from the case!
do not pull up on the crown.
Very nice! Looks to be in great shape! The 3055 case is about my favorite Railroad case. The second hand is a replacement, but you can find the proper arrowhead hand on Ebay, if you're so inclined.
Terry - If you only loosen the detent screw but don't pull the stem out, aren't you likely to break the stem when trying to take out the movement?
gene, yes, the stem must be removed after loosening the detent screw... thank you....
the stem extends into the movement body and will interfere with angling the movement out of the case...
and just as you infer... force will most likely break the stem.
Main point.. be careful of the detent mechanism, difficult component to replace.
The original replacement parts were depleted decades ago. The 'fix' to 'save' the watch, short of making the part(s) or stripping them out of other watches, was to use the remaining parts for the pendant-set 570-series watches (Nos. 574 & 575). S. LaRose offered up a kit of these parts (that they created). This is the source of the pendant-set No, 571 watches that people run across from time-to-time; usually from sellers touting them as "rare" pendant-set No, 571 watches.
BTW, this is an excellent reason NOT to buy an uncased 571 with the idea of finding a case for it. It might be uncased because the #6196 "Lever, Setting Winding Arbor Locating for Lever Sett." is broken/missing. Same goes for the 572 and 573.
That particular part has vanished from the wild. I sometimes wonder what it would cost to get someone to machine about 10,000 of them, because I'd bet you could sell one or more to every 571 owner/collector and charge a decent amount.
Have the design specifications for the lever survived? I imagine they could be reproduced.
Doubtful, but it's a simple enough piece to measure and reproduce.
Thankyou for the information, this watch sets and runs well. I am still just collecting what I can afford and like. I will eventually take on the task of learning to take one apart and clean and service.