Your lessons have made me an Elgin
fixing fool! I have brought
Long Letter of Thanks
I purchased your combined lessens 6 weeks ago hoping to learn enough to repair a pocket watch I was given. The watch is a Illinois size 8 with 11j that would only tick for a short time. After reading volumes 1-3 several times I worked up the bravery to work on the watch. The first problem I discovered was a brown goop on several surfaces that made me think it was old oil. I did a simple (not complete) disassembly to discover the first problem, the cannon pinion was way too tight.
After cleaning, polishing and lubrication the canon pinion was tight but the time could be set. Next I discovered that the roller jewel was pushed up (out of position). I cleaned the area with alcohol (I donít have an ultra sonic cleaner with trichlorethylene, yet) and glued it to my best judgment. At this point I had a ticking watch but it was way too fast (20 minutes a day). I disassembled the watch expecting that I did something wrong to find more brown goop on the hair spring. Carefully cleaning the hair spring I noticed it is quite rusty in spots.
With the goop gone the watch now runs only a few minutes off a day. I think Iíll have to find a new hair spring.
At this point Iím thoroughly infected with a lust for vintage pocket watches and my wife was upset with that, until I got her a pocket watch.
So ďThank YouĒ for sharing your love of vintage watches and providing valuable reference material. I expect to enjoy the hobby for a long time.