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    Article: My First Cleaning: Part 3 The Regathering

    What a mess! I got most of the corrosion off. At least it looks like a used watch. LOL

    Time to put it back together and hope I didn't break anything. Putting this watch together is not done in reverse order.

    1. Install main spring and large face side gear.



    2. Replace hour hand gear and face. Turn over and press close Face clips.



    3. Put in gear train, escapement, and fob lever.



    4. Hard part. Replace the movement cover plate and balance wheel. This will take patience aligning all the pins. Sujest replacing screws as you go to help hold your place. Do not tighten screws. There is a chance of bending a pin.:oops: (Another hour wasted straightening a pin. At least I know how to do that now.)

    5. All screws should be in place, but not tightened. Remove the 2 screws that hold the case clips and relace the case clips.



    6. Replace the Fob cog assembly.



    7. Tighten the 3 screws holding the gear train. Remove the other 3 screws.



    8. Place the main spring cover and tighten in all screws.




    9. Gently press movement into case from backside.



    10. Align Fob and gently pushing (Now that the watch is clean the lever actually slides up and down easily by turning the watch over.) with face up the lever will slide and the fob will lock into place. Make sure the lever goes back down. Easy way to tell the pin above the balance wheel will be flush with the movement plate.



    11. Replace lager screw into the main spring cover.

    12. Replace back cover.

    13. Replace hands. (Minute hand stolen from cheap broken fake Rolex.)

    14. Replace Bezel and crystal.

    15. Wind up and cross fingers!



    Woooohooooo! It runs.... :oops: I guess I cleaned it too well.... Gaining 5 seconds for every minute! Time to adjust it.

    I guess all is well since it is running. It has been fun doing this. Maybe I should look into some real cleaning equipment.

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    By Jon Nailor
    Last edited by Jon Nailor; September 12th, 2008 at 16:02.

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    Re: Article: My First Cleaning: Part 3 The Regathering

    Thank You for these posts. They are very informative and well made.
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    Re: Article: My First Cleaning: Part 3 The Regathering

    Congratulations!! I wish I had the balls to try and repair a watch, but those things scare the hell out of me. I admire the people with skills like these, though.
    "Pipes are occasionally of extraordinary interest...nothing has more individuality save, perhaps, watches and bootlaces."

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    Re: Article: My First Cleaning: Part 3 The Regathering

    Skills???? I think was a little more towards dumb beginners luck. As I said, "I am new to this". I honestly surprised myself when I got the watch together and it ran. Thanks for reading. You really should try doing at least one. It will give you a new insight on how hard the first watchmakers worked to make finely tuned machines.

    Jon Nailor

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    Re: Article: My First Cleaning: Part 3 The Regathering

    5 seconds per minute is beyond adjusting.

    From what can be seen the hairspring in your re-assembled picture doesn't look good. It appears distorted (non concentric)



    It looked OK (concentric) in your before picture:



    It appears that you might have the wrong coil of the hairspring engaged with the regulator.

    Perhaps you will be sued for malpractice!?

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    Re: Article: My First Cleaning: Part 3 The Regathering

    :oops: I will check that out. At least I can prove I am human now.

    For a newbie, getting it running was the big thing... Getting perfect will take practice.

    Jon Nailor

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    Re: Article: My First Cleaning: Part 3 The Regathering

    That was not a hard fix. Got them concentric and now it is showing a minute as a minute.:thanks

    Jon Nailor

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    Re: Article: My First Cleaning: Part 3 The Regathering

    Now you're talking. Good job.

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    Re: Article: My First Cleaning: Part 3 The Regathering

    Good job. Very instructive posts.
    Keep us posted on accuracy.

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    Re: Article: My First Cleaning: Part 3 The Regathering

    Quote Originally Posted by SiroMiel View Post
    Good job. Very instructive posts.
    Keep us posted on accuracy.
    Here is the first accuracy check 10 hours of running loss 3 minutes. That is 1 minute every 3.33 hours or a loss of 1 second every 5 minutes. Which for this low quality movement is not bad, but I will adjust it a little and see if I can get it a little closer to right.

    Jon Nailor

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