American PW Rockford Watch Repair question

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  1. lopab23

    lopab23 Registered User

    Oct 24, 2016
    I live in Byron, IL and was wondering if anyone knows of a reputable repairman/shop that I can send my watch to. The two issues with my watch. The first is that it runs very slow (loses around 5 minutes per day or so). The second issue is that I just broke the crystal. The bezel and case are fine, but it just tapped the crystal hard enough to break it (the watch was running slow since way before I broke the crystal). This is a 16S watch. Thanks in advance for any advice you guys may have. :)


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  2. 18k BPH

    18k BPH Registered User

    Aug 18, 2016
    While I can't recommend a repair person, perhaps I can provide information you can give to a repair person when you find one.

    Based on the serial number, your watch appears to be the following:


    Also, according to the "Swigart Illustrated Manual of American Watch Movements" catalog, it uses a Rockford 451 spring:


    Allow mainsprings can be found here:

    I hope this helps!
  3. Samantha

    Samantha Registered User

    Jun 28, 2009
  4. darrahg

    darrahg Registered User

    Dec 22, 2006
    Your watch looks like it is pretty good shape and probably just needs a good cleaning, main spring (the old one is probably set) and, of course, the crystal. Try and find a watchmaker that works, or preferably specializes, in pocket watches similar to yours. The watchmaker should also be able to clean up the dial so that the hairlines are less noticeable. Good Luck.
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