servicing a 140 year old pocket watchFebruary 7, 2015
This beauty of a watch laid for years in a dark corner. I had no experience with watches and didn’t want to demage it for testing. Some months ago I found a mechanical Kienzle travel alarm watch. It has a similar principle and also didn’t tic.
I disassembled it and studied the function. After some hours I got it to work and weeks later I felt ready for the 32mm masterpiece. I had no special tools, so I sharpened my smallest screwdrivers and tweezers to fit in those little screws.
After reading for hours and hours, I knew something about those kind of watches and why mine is not running. There were 4 problems to overcome.
- The hairspring was in a bad condition. It was sticky couldn’t swing freely and the spring was loose and not aligned as it should be. Further on it was magnetised and slightly bent at two points.
- The broken mainspring was not easy to find. I had to look twice in the housing to find the little broken part at the beginning.
- A Broken bolt made it impossible to wind up the watch
More on the problems later. First I’ll show some photos of the inner living.
Here’s a step by step instruction on disassembling a similar Swissmade watch: http://www.mikrolisk.de/show.php?site=205&chapter=6
Case imprint: A.G.R. 1875
Dimensions: 32.4 mm width, 40.9 mm to top of winding crown, 9.1 mm depth
Solid silver with gold over lay LOUIS JEANNERET Dial 31.4 mm with carved ornaments
Dial imprint: Argent 935/1000 parts sterling;
Information about pocket watches: http://www.mikrolisk.de/
–> Photo of 1904 watchmaking
modern Glashaus watchmaking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwpP_s8LV_Y
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