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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They have arrived

September 15, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Huzzah! The watches and the cleaner have arrived! It’s merrily buzzing away in the corner, currently cleaning some non-horological parts(rotors from a turbocharger that I am going to convert into a gas turbine). It’s got to go upstairs, and I still need to order some proper cleaning solution.

Once it’s geared up, I can finally finish cleaning the Waltham that’s been on my bench. Then the south bend gets to be worked on. It will be interesting, I have to change the balance staff. Can’t wait!

16 Size South Bend

September 12, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Another watch that is in the mail is a 16 size South Bend with a grade 215 movement. It’s in a little worse shape. The case needs to be replated, it needs a new balance staff, new hands and possibly a new dial. Looks like I can get the staff, though I need to check with my books to make sure it’s the right part. After that comes the fun of figuring out whether it’s friction fit staff or riveted:)

Waltham – Badly Set Mainspring

September 12, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Model Engineering Magazines

September 12, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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There are a number of model engineers who have an interest in building clocks as well. The magazine Engineering in Miniature is currently running a construction series for a regulator clock. The current issue has the second article in the series, which describes cutting the wheels. I’m hoping to tackle the project myself. My understanding is that at one point it was common for watchmakers to build their own regulator at the start of their career. This was not only a show of skill, but also to serve the practical purpose of timing watches.

Making Parts

September 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Thought I should add a quick point. Even if you don’t intend upon building an entire watch, Daniels’ book is still an awesome purchase. Any part that is missing can be made using the info it contains. It’s similar to De Carle’s book, Practical Clock Repairing. In it he describes the construction of an entire fusee timepiece, in order to discuss the making of every part.

Waltham – View under the dial.

September 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Coming: Hebdomas 8-day Watch

September 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I have an auction find on it’s way here. An 8-day Hebdomas pocket watch. The dial is perfect, and I think the mainspring is in good shape. Can’t wait! It looks like a real beauty.

Watchmaking back in print!

September 11, 2009 at 11:53 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Huzzah! George Daniels’ book Watchmaking is back in print! This is an awesome book. I’m a huge fan of Daniels’ work, and in this book he discusses how to make every part of the watch. Even the screws and the jewels! I’ve had my copy for a number of years now, and I still love to peruse through it. If you can manage it, you really need to buy this book. It won’t be around forever.

A Completely Smashed Rolex

September 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This is absolutely astounding: the biker’s rolex

You’d think it could be smashed with a hammer and sustain less damage!

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