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    Advice for newby to vintage pocket watches

    Hi
    I have been tinkering with wrist watches for the last 6 months, working my way up slowly to movement disassembly and reassembly. I have an Australian? Waltham movement pocket watch (Macrow & Sons dial) that I have had for some time and would like to disassemble to practice cleaning and reassembly.
    Can someone point me to any resources specifically on Waltham movements?

    I have the usual texts by Watters, Kelly and Donald de Carle that cover the general disassembly and assembly information.

    Thanks
    Rob
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    Re: Advice for newby to vintage pocket watches

    This is exactly the same model as the first watch I serviced. You really don't need any waltham specific resources, it is a very simple very ordinary negative set movement - and the references you already have are more than sufficient.

    The best tip I have for you (for your first ever movement) is to take a digital photo every time you remove something, and keep each part with its associated screws. Once cleaned, it will be clear how things go back together. You will in essence be making your own guide as you disassemble. Not all screws are of equal length (in general - I don't recall this movements details), so if you strike a shorter one, note which hole it goes is.

    Do replace the mainspring (if blue), and make sure you peg all the jewels (check for cracking) and bushes (check for ovaling), also pith the pivots.

    Also, these triangular studs on the hairspring are a bit more of a pain than the round ones.

    Welcome to a larger world.

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    Re: Advice for newby to vintage pocket watches

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    Welcome to a larger world.
    Well said!
    Tick Talk says, "A watch in the hand is worth two on the wrist"

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    Re: Advice for newby to vintage pocket watches

    Thanks for the tips. I will proceed with fully documented caution
    Rob

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