This is another one of my friend Mick’s watches. Very early 20th century, and a central second pocket watch! It’s a keyless movement, and it even has a hacking second. 7 jewels will do the trick, as that covers the most important places where you want to see one.
It’s ticking, but barely, and it is in bad need of a service. Too much oil, and a very poor amplitude.
There are also fingerprints on the plate, and they need removing, as they will become permanent if left on their own. When it comes to brass and watches, there is one rule: don’t touch!
Nice looking bottom plate. No wire springs, nicely made movement.
The hairspring is in good shape – the only problem is dirt and lubrication.
Coming out of the watch cleaning machine, all looks nice and shiny. Time for reassembly.
I’m using latex finger gloves to protect the brass. One touch with your bare hands, and you have a fingerprint. Just at 6 o’clock on top of my thumb, the little wire that goes around the balance wheel to stop the balance for the hacking second feature.
Shiny! And ticking …
The bottom plate looks beautiful, too.
Nice enameled dial, too.
The movement goes back into the case.
The minute hand is a bit too loose, so I tighten it with the staking set.
Lovely watch, definitely not your run-of-the-mill granddad pocket watch. This is meant to be a precision instrument, and it has the looks of it.