Bad News

September 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I just decided to take a look at the South Bend watch I purchased. It’s in bad shape. The dial is damaged, the crystal is plastic and has thoroughly yellowed. Oddly enough, the balance staff seems fine.

The main plate is badly scratched under the balance cock. At some point in the past, it was worked on by a very poor watchmaker. He did not keep the screws straight, and placed one of the barrel bridge screws in the balance cock, and vice versa. The barrel bridge is thoroughly scratched around the head of one of the screws. The hour wheel is completely missing. A number of jewels are missing the screws that retain them, and I think at least one is stripped. One of the winding wheels is missing a tooth. My inclination at the moment is to keep it as a parts movement. Unfortunate, because it really is a beautiful watch.

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