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    cleaning my Elgin

    Hi to all,
    here is my just received third Elgin, need a good cleaning and service:





    I will make that myself, I'm not at all a watchmaker, it's only the fifth movement cleaned, so please pardon my mistakes. I will try to post a step by step dissassembly...

    First, remove bezel and hands:



    A view of the complete movement:



    Remove the two mouting screws, pull out the crown. The movement will fall out off the case. Remove the spacer ring:



    Remove the three small screws for the dial feets, remove the dial:


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    Re: cleaning my Elgin

    Good post. Please continue.
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    Remove the hour wheel and his washer:



    Remove the balance, carefully and complete with his bridge. I clean these parts assembled, too much fear to make a mistake:



    Remove the palet fork and his bridge:



    Remove the wheels bridge:



    Remove the wheels, in order: escape/second/third:


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    Remove the click:



    Remove the little click spring, with his so little screw:



    Remove the crown wheel screw !ANTICLOCKWISE!, the crown wheel and his washer:



    Remove the barrel wheel:



    Remove the barrel bridge:



    Remove the barrel, the stem, the canon pinion and the center wheel:


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    Here we are:



    Remove the levers:



    I have lost one picture, so I remove the two levers on the other side, finally unscrew the two small, very small screw of the minute wheel plate and pull out the minute wheel.
    I will post the result in few days...thank's!


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    What a great post! Very fascinating. Keep it up.
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    Nice job, and nice watch! I usually remove the mainspring bridge and the train bridge at the same time to make it easier to remove the wheels, but that depends on the arrangment of the train.
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    Re: cleaning my Elgin

    Sir, I take off my hat to you. Real watch-cleaning and watchmaking is an art, a science and a delicate set of skills. I couldn't possibly do that...I'd be far too scared of losing something, dropping something, putting something back in the wrong order or leaving something out!

    It's a handsome pocket watch, though. Are you keeping it once you've serviced it? Or are you selling it?
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    Re: cleaning my Elgin

    Quote Originally Posted by Shangas View Post
    Sir, I take off my hat to you. Real watch-cleaning and watchmaking is an art, a science and a delicate set of skills. I couldn't possibly do that...I'd be far too scared of losing something, dropping something, putting something back in the wrong order or leaving something out!

    It's a handsome pocket watch, though. Are you keeping it once you've serviced it? Or are you selling it?
    Thank's and yes I will keeping it. I do it only for fun and the pleasure to see the time on a hundred years old watch. Cleaning a pocket movement like this one is almost simple compare to wristwatch movement because the size is big and there is no complication. With patience, carefull we can near all do that. And I'm far from an artist because I have a problem to cleaning the case: I have already remove the crown and the "pop" big springs but I don't really know what can I do to remove the hinges, those who hold the covers, in order to check/clean/oiling them properly

    The movement is ready for casing:


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    Re: cleaning my Elgin

    What an excellent thread! Thank you for sharing!

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