After having taken the watch apart, I put all the parts that can take cleaning fluid into the stuff for a couple of hours. Then all the parts are taken out and thoroughly dried. As I had a couple of days until I wanted to reassemble the watch, I put all the parts on top of a tissue into a dust-proof container ready for the day.
Today is the day, and I’m getting ready. Three types of oils in my oil tray – clock oil, watch oil and a super-fine watch oil for the escapement and pallets.
As the pallet fork can't go into the cleaning fluid, I start off by manually cleaning the pallets. I hold them with a piece of tissue paper and clean them with a sharpened stick of pegwood
Starting off with the centre wheel, I then put in the pallets. Before tightening the screw that holds the pallet cock, I make sure that the pallets move freely
The centre wheel has its own bridge. After that is screwed down, the other wheels go in
Now the wheel bridge goes in. Before screwing it down, I nudge all the wheels into their jewels and make sure that they all turn freely
When the wheel bridge is tightened, I apply oil to all the jewels in the bottom plate and in the bridges
The barrel bridge is put in. I put a couple of drops of oil into the spring barrel
The transmission wheel screw and the barrel screw look almost identical, but the transmission wheel screw tightens anti-clockwise. I check with a loupe which is which
The balance jewels have to be oiled before the balance goes in, as you can't oil them from the top. I carefully check that the balance wheel turns freely before tightening the screw of the balance cock
With the top plate complete, I turn the watch around and put in the crown and castle wheels
I put in the wheels for the time adjustment, oil them and put the cover into place
Now the date wheel is put into place, and the pawl without the pawl spring is put into position
The pawl spring goes in after the date wheel cover is screwed down
I polish and clean the hands by lightly rubbing them over a piece of paper
To put the hands on, I manually adjust the watch until the date wheel changes date. Then I put the hour hand to midnight. Afterwards, I forward the watch to 4, and then put the minute hand on, making sure that the hour hand is exactly on the hour. After that, I check the date jump again and make sure it's exactly at 12
The movement goes back into the cleaned case
The back is screwed back into place
And our watch is ticking nicely again
This is a nice little watch and I'm quite envious of Joris!
Before sending it back to the Netherlands, I will leave it on my bench for a day or two just to make sure everything is all right.