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Elgin Grade 141 and Jewel Replacement

This watch had a broken lower pallet jewel - broken right in half, and half was still there.  The third photo here shows the tool used to re-bevel in the jewel.

Yes, this is the old fashioned way...


 Here we can see the Swiss-style lever escapement in the upper part of the image.



This watch is a grade 141 Elgin. It is 18 size, 15 jewels, lever-set, made about 1896, in a very heavy nickle alloy case.



Waltham Grade 220, 1894 Model

There's been an interesting repair to the mainspring arbor pivot here in the main plate. It has been punched around the edges to spread the metal and close the hole some. The hole probably got worn to an elongated state allowing the barrel to run uneven or out of flat and perhaps it was jamming up.

All sorts of interesting repairs are found in old watches.

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This is why it is important to get a watch service. Grit gets in the pivots and causes wear over time. Running a vintage watch without getting it cleaned is just like running a car without changing the oil
 Here are a few details on the winding/setting mechanism found on many vintage Waltham products.


The moving parts are covered and held by a simple round clamp and one screw.





There's plenty of character to be found in this dial.

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2000!
This is the 2000th post to this humble watch blog. There so much yet to do... Thanks for reading!

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