Saturday, April 19, 2014
You can find more information about this grade here: http://home.elgintime.com:8080/elgintime/GnumLookup?GR=303
There's more about Elgin watch grades here at the elgintime.com website:
This example was made about 1883.
Tangential and perpendicular refer to the orientation of the lever to the escape wheel.
There was a tooth broken off of the cannon pinion, visible here. That's a shame, those parts are getting hard to find.
Labels: Creative Repairs
Friday, April 18, 2014
This is an Elgin grade 345, a 12 size, 17 jewel movement. This example was made about 1920.
This is an Elgin grade 82, 13 jewel version, made about 1885. It;s a G. M. Wheeler movement.
Labels: G. M. Wheeler
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Someone just pried the dial off by force?
Here we see the broken part and a replacement.
The grade 317 Elgin is a 15 jewel, 18 size movement. This one was made about 1917.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
This watch was one I serviced early last year. It came back with a broken mainspring. That happens, there no way to predict it. Mainsprings, especially steel ones, are the most "wearable" component in a watch by far. If they don't break, they will eventually "set" and lose their springiness.
Yes, I keep information like that, so I was able to help him out. But this raises a very good point. If you own one, or a few antique pocketwatches, it's a good idea to record some key information about them, and to keep that information in a safe place. I suggest at least these items:
- A basic description including size, jewel count and grade of model.
- The serial numbers of movements, if any.
- The type and material of the case. Remember that early American manufacturers, and others, did not sell watch movement in cases. Cases are "mix and match" as it were.
- "Watchmakers' marks", the cryptic codes hand inscribed in the insides of watch cases. These are the finger prints of a watch case.
- A few good quality photos will help as well.
Keep in mind that a stolen watch may be quickly separated from it's case, so record information about both.