I`m new to pocket watches but fancy adding one to my collection of wrist watches.
I bought this cheaply at an antiques mall a few weeks ago and was wondering whether it`s worth having fixed up?
I`ll start with the good bits :
Case is approx 5 cm diameter and appears to be silver - but I can see any hallmarks.
The alarm function winds and sets/works -although the inner bell cover is missing it`s retaining screw.
The balance seems to swing freely and the second hand will move for a few seconds when gently shaken.
Case and dial in generally very good condition although as you can seee the minute hand has lost it`s lume.
Lovely blued steel hands.
To my untrained eye the movement appears intact but dry as a bone and a bit dirty but nothing excessive.
I think it`s a fairly lowly pin lever movement ?
The not so good bits:
I can`t pull the crown up ..I don`t wnt to force it though as some initial reading up I`ve done indicates there were a number of diferent ways PW`s can be wound/set ..I`ve no idea which is the correct way for this piece.
I can set the alarm hand from inside the case OK but no joy with the main hands.
I can wind the alarm but when trying to wind the watch I get a ratchet/clicking sound ..broken or diconnected mainspring ??
Yellow crystal ideally needs replacing to show the dial at it`s best
If any one could help with some info on the calibre /maker I`d be grateful.
I`m guessing it date`s from around the 1930`s/40`s ?
Does the movement come out via the rear or does the case unscrew in some way to release it from the front ?
I like the watch a lot but can`t afford to a huge amount of money at it if it`s reckoned to be a basket case.
I`d rather someone who works on their own watches took it on an I`ll keep my eyes open for a fully functional one..
Any advice on a decent quality reasonably priced brands to consider would be much appreciated.
P.S. What`s the purpose of the little pop up pin above the 11 O`clock position please?