Pallet fork repair

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  1. PostalWatchGuy

    PostalWatchGuy Registered User
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    I have a few ELGIN pocket watch movements that have bad forks. My question is how do I take them apart to change the pinions. It looks like it unscrews but I don't want to attempt til I have some advice.
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  2. John Runciman

    John Runciman Registered User
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    Unfortunately for answering the question Elgin watch company made lots of different watches and without seeing a picture or which pallet fork were discussing it's hard to give an exact answer. So basically you're dealing with either screw in or friction in. To give you a clue I'm attaching a page out of the 1915 parts book.

    elgin pfa.jpg
     
  3. gmorse

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    Hi PostalWatchGuy,

    If you try and unscrew a friction fit arbor, you won't do any damage and it might still come out. However, if you try and drive out a screw fitting one, you certainly will do some damage, so always try the screw route first. BTW, they're arbors with pivots, they don't have pinions.

    Regards,

    Graham
     
  4. PostalWatchGuy

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    Thank you for proper part name. It does show threads like it is screw on. Does it screw clockwise or counter clockwise.
     
  5. Smudgy

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    Counter-clockwise to unscrew, like a regular right hand thread screw.
     

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