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September 1, 2016 at 2:52 pm #49843hank7421Participant
I wanted to show you my newest project. I am very nervous about taking apart this watch because of it’s small size. It is only 15mm or 6.5 lignes diameter. I have never worked on anything this small. The winding gear clicker does not spring back so I had to wind it a little and then push the clicker back into position. After a few winds I gave the balance wheel a push and it started working but then stopped right away. If any of you have worked on a similar movement and have a trick or two or some good advise I would appreciate it. I know that a lot of our training comes from jumping in there and trying new things, but if you guys feel that I should not attempt this repair at this time, feel free to advise me of such…Hank
September 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm #63980aruthaParticipant
there is nothing wrong in trying to service a watch movement of this size unless it is of any value, sentimental or otherwise. If so I would suggest you buy a similar sized movent to practice on first. It will certainly show up any weaknesses in your watch servicing technique.
Paul.September 11, 2016 at 11:36 am #63981hank7421Participant
Thank you Paul, that certainly was good advise. Since this is a watch of value to a friend of mine, I gave it some serious thought. This movement is so small that I could not even find a movement holder to fit it. When I tried to take the watch apart by holding it in my hand a couple of pieces fell out and I had no idea how to put them back. Eventually after tinkering with it for hours trying them in different positions I was able to figure out how to put the pieces back in correctly. I came to the conclusion that this particular movement was too small for my skill set at this time and so I returned the watch. It’s a good thing to know our limitations and expand into unfamiliar territory slowly and cautiously. Especially when working on someone else’s watch….Hank
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