Friday, February 27, 2015

Elgin Grade 291

This watch has seen a lot of wear, but it still works fine. This is a grade 291, a 16 size, 7 jewel, movement, made about 1921

Small Upright Drill Press

From American Horologist magazine, December 1938


In making up small watch parts it is often quite necessary to drill small holes for the steady pins or screws. I have always found it an awkward job by doing it in the watchmaker's lathe. It is so hard to' see where one is drilling and also awkward to hold a small piece while drilling that I decided to make up a small drill press where the work could be laid flat on the plate and conveniently held down and holes drilled without getting out of upright or out of place.

The drill press itself was converted from a Swiss bow lathe. The spindle and chuck were made from a small Starrett pinvice which holds drills from 0 to 1 millimeter. The driving pulley is attached to the spindle and is easily driven by a light belt connected with the countershaft.

The work is fed up to the drill by means of a sliding spindle and the plate is attached to the top of the spindle to lay the work on. The lever feed is light and very sensitive so small holes may be drilled without danger of breaking the drills or the holes becoming out of upright.

The photograph is self-explanatory and I am sure many of my readers will appreciate the benefit of a small drill press and with a little ingenuity convert the old Swiss bow lathe into to something useful.

The diameter of the driving pulley is one inch and one-half inch, the overall length is six inches and the angle piece or shoe for clamping the press to the lathe bed is set up two inches from the lower end of the frame. Diameter of the drill plate is three-quarters inch.

Diameter of chuck for holding drill is three-eighths inch. The feed lever is two inches long with a fulcrum placed one half inch from end. The stroke of feed is three-quarters inch and the length of the spindle for holding drill plate is three inches. The top of the spindle is brought to a point and runs in a bearing similar to the balance staff in an alarm clock.

I believe, with these dimensions and suggestions our readers should have very little trouble in building up one of the most useful attachments for the watchmakers lathe. 

Jeweler Finds Certified Watchmaker a Business-Builder

From American Horologist magazine, December 1938

Jeweler Finds Certified Watchmaker a Business-Builder

Mr. Fred J. Cooper, Jeweler, 113 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, Pa., told Mr. Herman R. Pedrick, President of the Horological Guild of Philadelphia, upon a recent visit, that he is gratified to find that the fact that he employed a Certified Watchmaker has increased his business in the Watch Repair Department to such an extent that he has been obliged to add another watchmaker to his force.

Mr. Cooper, it may be said, is an outstanding believer in having high craft standards, and he is a very skillful advertiser; so he has been successful in impressing the public with the fact that his establishment is out-of-the-ordinary in its technical service on timepieces. So the two things together having superior service, and telling the public that he has this-are having the inevitable effect in making business more profitable for Mr. Cooper's establishment.

We suggest that Certified Watchmakers, and their employers generally, would profit by making more of a point of impressing upon the community what Certification is; and what it means to watch wearers, as a safeguard, to seek a Certified Watchmaker.

To Watchmakers Seeking Legislation

From American Horologist magazine, December 1938

To Watchmakers Seeking Legislation:

Receipt of constant inquiries indicates that Associations of Watchmakers and Jewelers in every part of the United States desire protective legislation similar to that enjoyed by Wisconsin Watchmakers, and in most cases they are at a loss to know how to obtain its enactment.

The following suggestions are made for the purpose of helping you get started.

To start with, three committees should be appointed or chosen. Each must be manned by men willing to work hard. Your success depends upon how well these committees do their job. The committees and their jobs are:

1. Legislative committee of not more than three men with chairman of unquestioned ability, loyalty and integrity. The actual work of obtaining the enactment of our legislation is the job of this committee.
2. Legislative Finance committee to raise funds for the expenses of the Legislative committee. Contributions can be solicited from all watchmakers, jewelers, material supply houses, jewelry wholesalers and watch manufacturers. The material supply houses and watch manufacturers were most helpful in the Wisconsin program.
3. Special Membership committee.

Now is the time you need members as you have never before. Ask every watchmaker in your state to join his organization to help NOW. A really active association is necessary to succeed.
The first job of the Legislative committee is to contact every watchmaker in the State, obtaining his sentiment for or against the proposed legislation.

This is an important step and the results will be used constantly later. I suggest that a generous quantity of "pledge" cards be printed so that they can be signed by every watchmaker possible, to indicate his support. Ask salesmen and material supply houses to assist in distributing, obtaining signatures and returning the cards to the committee.

The second step is to find the greatest number of politically influential friends for your cause and especially, friends in the legislature.

After you have done the work outlined, if you will write to me at length, explaining fully the results of your work, I will, without obligation, suggest ways and means of going further.
If you want protective legislation, determine to "go and get it" and start TODAY.

339 N. 35th St., Milwaukee, Wis., 
National President, U. H. A. A.

To the Officers and Members United Horological Association

From American Horologist magazine, December 1938

To the Officers and Members United Horological Association:
November 19, 1938

Dear Brother Craftsmen:

At the 1938 National Convention I was honored by election to the office of Vice-President of this, your Association. It is so very seldom that a Vice-president is called upon to perform the duties of President, that I felt entirely safe in accepting this honorary office.

Having accepted the office of Vice-President, I now find myself bound by the rules of Honor and Fair Play to accept the obligations and duties of President. Frankly the requirements of this office are beyond my available time and ability. Your Executive Board has expressed its unwillingness to accept my plea that I be relieved of this office and some other person chosen.

I therefore pledge myself to uphold the principles and obligations of this Association, dedicated to the American Watchmaker. I ask that each of you reaffirm your faith in our aims and purposes, and your obligations to carryon our work now successfully begun.

There is no expectation on my part that I shall prove myself a Good President. I therefore ask each of you to work a little harder to carry forward our plans for the betterment of our fine craft. Inactivity, not incompetence, is the enemy of a successful association. If we will all put a little more into our association work, we will all enjoy the fruits of success.

With the knowledge that it is humanly impossible for all to see our various problems and their solutions in the same light, but that we are all nevertheless striving toward the same end, let us each determine to do more than ever before to strengthen and unify our National Association.

Your Association needs the constant and active support of every competent and honorable craftsman.

Fraternally yours, (Signed) 
B. W. HEALD, President, U.H.A.A.

Elgin Grade 372

This Elgin grade 372, B.W. Raymond model, was made about made about 1911.

It's a 16 size, 19 jewel, high grade lever setting movement.