ST 103A ... Q?

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  1. fbicknel

    fbicknel Registered User

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    Anyone know what the Q signifies on this movement?
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    And... on the same movement, the dial says 4 jewels. But I only see 2, assuming the escapement pivots are those 2.

    Where are the other 2?

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  2. Uhralt

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    Are you sure it is a Q? If it is, the font size is much larger than for the ST 103A, which would be weird. And why is there a dot in the center?
    Can't really help with the jewels but I would suspect that the balance wheel and either the escape wheel or the fork to be jeweled. Take a close look in these places.

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  3. fbicknel

    fbicknel Registered User

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    Almost certainly, that's a Q:
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    I had the same thought, but these look like standard bushings to me...

    Once it's disassembled, it might prove otherwise, but from out here, it doesn't look so. 20200404_180156.jpg 20200404_180214.jpg 20200404_180220.jpg 20200404_180249.jpg
     
  4. JTD

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    I don't know what it stands for but you might like to look at the thread 'Ansonia Queen Elizabeth' in the 'New Acquisitions' section, where there is another movement with the letter Q.

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  5. fbicknel

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    True, very true. But that one clearly stands for 'Q'ueen. :D
     
  6. JTD

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    Well, it may, but without any supporting proof I am not sure we can be certain about it. I am not aware that Ansonia movements were stamped with model identifications (of course I may be wrong).

    And even if it does stand for 'Queen', it doesn't account for the letter 'Q' on your movement, which is a ST and not Ansonia.

    It is curious. I hope those who are better versed in American clocks than I may be able to shed more light on this.

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    fbicknel Registered User

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    Got this one done yesterday.

    The case came back with the application of the Warren Formula. A couple of times over with steel wool did the trick. I let the finish cure a day, then applied wax. Looks pretty good!

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    This was the only before picture I had:
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