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Restoring a 329 21j The Studebaker...

pmwas

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No good watch. A wreck, nothing more. No dial, broken balance... replaced regulator - BAD. But a 329 The Studebaker... so... I’m screwed, I have to make it run... damn it...

I bought a staff. The pivots were too thick, so I decided to do it the simple way - I replaced the - cracked anyway - balance jewels as well.

The dial I took from a 15j mid grade. I hope to replace it one day...

Ok, let’s go...

I began with the setting mechanism
All steelwork is mirror polished, but has some corrosion and fingerprints...

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On with it...

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Very simple, lever set mechanism...

Other side...


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The escapement is all polished steel.
The pallet fork is bent down and does not engage the balance correctly...

Part of an old staff repair...

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I tried to straighten the fork and...

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...it was reluctant.

That would pretty much end the restoration here, but I still had the 15j South Bend fork somewhere...

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No good... single roller
But what choice did I have:???:
At the point, I decided to scrap the 329 for parts, but...

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Yes. Let’s make that double :D
Just a cut, the arbor, transfer the sapphire pallets and...

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The fork is back again!

As for the balance, I broke the sapphire roller (I do break things when I’m angry)...


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...and I had to use a brass one...

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The balance has an overcoil (rusty) hairspring...

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...and some filed down screws.
Not unexpected - rusty hairsprings tend to be slow...

Assembling...

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Barrel:

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And almost done...

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And the original gold plated case:

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Runs nice.
The dial is crappy...

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So I still need a HQ dial, hour hand and crystal.

All in all... a working 329...

Not THAT bad :)
 

darrahg

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It is not what I would call 'restoration' but you did get it running. Congratulations.

The moderator of this blog will be moving this thread to the 'Watch Repair' section.
 

pmwas

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It is not what I would call 'restoration' but you did get it running. Congratulations.

The moderator of this blog will be moving this thread to the 'Watch Repair' section.
Yes... to finish the ‚restoration’ I still need the dial and regulator...
 

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I am amazed with your skills. One of my favorite watches. Thank you for saving this one!
 
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