No time to moan, though…
The movement turns out to be an St96 – nice Swiss movement, but nothing to write home about. The ring that holds the movement in the case is certainly even less to write home about.
After I have taken the hands and the dial off, I can work my way to the broken off winding stem.
And here is the little beggar – nicely broken off. And I know just the place to get a new one – John’s obsolete watch and clock parts site! £ 3.95 and postage later, I got a new winding stem.
Winding stems come pretty long, so you can fit it for any case the movement might be in. Tony from Newcastle helped me out with an old HMT Janata crown, and it fits after a bit of modification to the pendant tube.
I cut and file the winding stem to size. I leave the crown to stick out 1/10 of a mm, just in case Uncle Jeff happens to have the original crown, which I would prefer to fit.
The watch back even has some kind of model number – 6074.
The crown is a bit on the large side for the case, but it doesn’t look too bad. Considering the price of the repair, I’d say it looks excellent!