Repair: Ingersoll desk / travel watch

IMG_0328Usually, it’s not worth fixing so called “dollar watches”, but this one is an exception for two reasons. The first one being that it’s a very unusual piece, and the second, and more important one, is that it belongs to my host mother Connie. I stayed with her and her family for a year in 1979-1980 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and I will be forever grateful for the hospitality and kindness received.

Connie received the watch as a gift from her mother when she was 5, so most likely, the watch had already been handed down once from her grandmother to her mother.

As you can see in the photo, the crown is missing, and the winding stem is broken. Continue reading

Repair + Service: Elgin electronic 105 – calibre 250 / Junghans 600.10 ato-chron

Torsten from Hong Kong sent me a whole batch of watches – and this great looking Elgin 105 electronic is one if them. It doesn’t work any more, but he sent a long another Junghans 600.10 for parts.

Elgin used the Junghans movement for this watch. It’s an electro-mechanical movement, based on the principles invented by Leon Hatot (that’s why Junghans called these movements ato-chron – ato from Hatot, chron from the Greek chronos = time). The idea is to provide the moving force for a watch or clock by accelerating the pendulum or balance wheel with a coil that pulls a magnet. So no winding, and an electronic watch that is almost entirely mechanical. Continue reading

Reassembly: Waltham Pocket Watch 1865

My attempt at soft soldering the hour hand of Constantine’s Waltham failed miserably. Wondering where I could find a hand that fits, I asked some friends at the BHI Cheltenham if they knew who could help. Everyone agreed that Philip Priestley would be my man. I wrote him an e-mail, detailing what hand I was looking for, and giving the measurements.

I waited a couple of days, and just thought that it had been a bit daring to just ask out of the blue. Well, I was in for a surprise!

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