Actors in this little play is:
Jon Nailor as Clueless Newbie
Columbia Coronado as Poor Hapless Victim.
As I sit looking at my first cleaning I am wondering if I have bitten off more than I can chew. Well if it breaks it will be no great loss. What we have is a Columbia Coronado 0 jewel pocket watch sold from Gamble Stores back in the 50's. This one was made April 1957. First look tells me I am in for a ride. Missing minute hand and water stains on the face of the watch.
1. Remove strap. Remove front and back of watch. This turns out to be easy. They are just simple snap on covers.
2. Remove largest screw to access fob lever.
3. Using small screwdriver, lift fob lever to release fob.
4. Remove hands.
5. Gently push from face side of watch to remove face and movement from case.
6. Gently lift the 3 face retainer clips. Remember these are part of the face and can be broken easily.
7. Lift off face. (Note: The next pictures are not for the faint of heart or stomache!)
8. Very important.... Push down on lever lock behind the face to de-energize the watch. This may not be easy if there is heavy corrosion. (Like the one pictured, I thought I was going to need a blow torch to cut the lever loose!)
End of Part 1
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By Jon Nailor
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