Classic watches, watchmaking, antique tools, history, vintage ephemera and more!

Learn about mechanical timepieces and how they work, the history of the American watch industry and especially all about the Elgin National Watch Company! Check back for new content daily.

Although this is technically a blog, the content is not generally in a time-based sequence. You can find interesting items throughout. Down the page some is an alphabetical word cloud of keywords used here. A great way to dig in is to look through those topics and click anything you find interesting. You'll see all the relevant content.

Here are a few of my favorites!

There are some large images on some posts, so that might impact your load times, bit I think you will find it worth the wait. Thanks for visiting!

Repairing a Loose Pallet Stone

This 18 size Elgin pocketwatch had a loose pallet stone. This is a common problem in movements that have not been serviced in a long time. Fortunately in this case, the stone is still there, it's just no longer secure.

The pallet stones are held with shellac. To fix this, all I have to do is to set the pallet fork in a pallet warmer and then heat the side with the issue using an alcohol lamp. Then I add a tiny speck of shellac over the back of the stone. It melts from the heat and flows in. Moving the stone a bit to and from while the shellac is liquid assures it will be secure. The shellac firms up almost instantly.

Often this task has to be repeated to get the stone at the right depth for the escapement to function, assembling the watch each time to check it.

Post a Comment

Click "Older Posts" just above for more, or use the archive links right here.

Blog Archive