As the new mainspring has arrived in the mail yesterday, I can put the Glycine back together.
I had a great training session with my master watchmaker in Gloucester yesterday (thanks, George!), and we spent the day in his workshop.
With new inspiration, it’s back to my own bench …
As usual, I start off with the barrel and barrel bridge. The barrel arbor pivots both get a bit of D-5 before they go in.
Just to amuse you, I notice too late that the second wheel (there is no centre wheel) has to go in before the barrel. Oh well, barrel bridge back off, barrel out, second wheel, in, and we are back in business. Wouldn’t be fun for you if these things didn’t happen!
Now I can put the wheel bridge in.
I turn the movement around, and put the bottom balance jewel in. The cap is still on the side.
With the flat side up, I put a little drop of Moebius 9010 in the middle of the cap. Once I put the cap on the jewel, the capillary effect of the tiny jewel hole will draw just enough oil into the hole and leave some on the cap.
Once the cap is on, I close the shock spring, and I have a perfectly clean, oiled bottom jewel.
I do the same with the escapement wheel cap jewel.
As I use a cleaning fluid that contains ammonia, I clean the pallet fork with a piece of rodico. (Ammonia dissolves the shellac which is used to hold the pallet jewels in place).
With the pallet fork cleaned, I can mount it with the pallet cock. Now is this a beautiful movement, or is this a beautiful movement?
Same procedure with the balance top jewels – jewel in, drop of oil on cap, cap on, close shock spring.
With the mainspring just one turn wound, I instantly get a decent amplitude.
Now it’s time to put together the bottom plate. I like this date changer construction – it’s very fast (e.g. the date change happens very quickly just at midnight).
Now just look at that. Gorgeous.
The dial and hands go on.
I case the movement.
And now I can mount the auto-winder.
Someone tried engraving for the first time 😉 I wonder if this watch was worn by someone in the military – I read that Glycene Compressor watches were very popular with the US Army.
What’s not to like?
Only one thing I can say about this watch: Grab one for yourself!
I will leave the watch on my bench for a couple of days, and then make a final adjustment. Nice amplitude, perfect beat error, hello ETA!