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More about watch accuracy and rates here...
The Google Photo albums are all named with the make of the watch, and the serial number, or grade of there isn't a serial number. These are likewise indexed, and watch movement serial numbers will also come up in Google search results. These albums are public, but neither these, nor the job numbers are linked to any information about the watch owner.
Motor barrels fix the arbor to the part that drives the watch such that the two halves of the barrel move separately. In the event of the mainspring breaking, the train is protected. In addition, lower friction allows a stronger spring to be used, and power to the train is less impacted by winding.
This is by the way, an 18 size Elgin Veritas model. It's one of the best movements the company made.
It is a grade 239, 18 size, 21 jewels, lever-set railroad watch. This fine example was made about 1904.
I enjoy reading your blog posts and seeing the pictures you post of your excellent restorations of old Elgin pocket watches. I would like to ask you a question if I can as it is driving me crazy. Please can you tell me how you let down the mainspring on Elgin size 6 7 jewel grade 206 movement year 1907 as its not like other pocket watches that have the cogs exposed. Thanks for any help you can give me.
There is a tiny hole in the edge of the lower plate. When something is pressed in, it presses against the click pushing it away from, and releasing, the ratchet wheel.
The masonic dial is not original to this particular watch, however, the dial is vintage and is reasonably believed to have been manufactured by Elgin (there are modern masonic dials made that fit Elgin watches).
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- Elgin Grade 102 - Dirty
- I Heard...
- New arrivals...
- Briefly... Searching for Watches
- Elgin Grade 239
- Letting Down A Mainspring
- Elgin Grade 194
- Checks Recieved
- Elgin Grade 478
- A Set Mainspring
- Elgin Grade 62
- Advice To Young Jewelers
- Elgin Grade 74
- Old Ratchet Wheels and Old Repairs
- The Venturesome Fool!
- Unusual Clock
- A Tickless Clock
- Elgin Grade 454
- Serial Number Database Update
- Elgin Grade 542
- Elgin Grade 222
- Is Your Watch Railroad Grade?
- Watches I have Known
- FAQ - Will Part XYZ Work in My Watch?
- Mystery Watch
- Waterproof Watch Is Here To Stay
- Crawford Watches
- Miscellaneous Technical Subjects
- Signage from the Elgin Watch Factory
- Elgin Grade 478
- General Watch Company
- Elgin Grade 303
- Yet Another Photo Stream!
- Elgin Grade 83
- Elgin Grade 208
- Two Unfinished Elgin Movements
- Year End Blog Wrap Up
- Elgin Grade 345
- Waltham 1879 Model
- Attendance at Meeting, 1933
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