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Waltham Grade 210

These are a few details of a Waltham style motor barrel. In a motor barrel, the center arbor is fixed to one half of the barrel. The two halves turn separately, one winding and the other powering the train. A "going barrel" is wound by turning arbor and the whole barrel turns to power the train.

 Many Waltham pocketwatches have a winding/setting mechanism called a shipper, pictured here. It's a little harder to assemble than a typical Elgin design. The shipper spring has to be handled with care.

On this movement the click and click spring are one piece.

The click spring was broken. Here it is with the replacement parts.
 Here is the click in place.
 The pallet fork...

This watch is a American Waltham grade 210, 12 size, 7 jewels, 1894 model.

See more Waltham examples here!

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