..DY W.Co wristwatch
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    ..DY W.Co wristwatch

    Today's buy...

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    It's not like I wanted something like this. It's just that I could not fin anything worth buying at all, so I bought this just to come back with something...
    The dial is faded and scratched, but this watch does have a nice, silver case.

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    The hairspring was one problem, the other... WD40.
    I knew this smell was familiar. The whole movement, the hairspring, the dial was al covered in WD40. Nice...
    Now what did the seller say? 'It des not work, but I don't know why'.
    But... don't you :) ? OK, maybe someone did that before he got it, but it seems fresh :)
    The hairspring I cleaned and more or less straightened. It looks not bad in the picture, but it's not very flat and there are bends in the middle coils, rather unadjustable. I dnt know how wonderful magnification and hoe precise tweezers one would need to adjust this. This hairspring should be replaced.

    Now - the watch had some more damage, and among the problems - the setting lever screw turned out to be jammed, the screwdriver notch broken and so I could not remove the barrel bridge. Also, telling by the replaced barrel bridge screws, someone had already been struggling with it.

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    So I had to force - remove it. Not plenty of force, because it was only due to the damage that the screw would not just go through the barrel bridge hole without struggle. Still - I left some damage on the edge of the barrel bridge (circle). Because the setting lever could not be removed, I had to mount the stem along with the barrel bridge (that was now hard to install back in place - again - due to the damaged setting lever screw :( ).

    OK, continuing with the assembling, I reassembled the balance cock and went on to train...

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    ...and escapement:

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    The watch has an all steel Swiss double roller lever escapement. Good quality.
    The pallet bridge jewel had once been replaced.
    Installing cannon pinion, balance wheel and dial...

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    And we're near the end :)
    The movement is marked ...DY W Co. The first letters cannot be told. Also you can see the near faded 15 jewels 3 adj's sign.
    The signatures are faded and I think someone had once polished the plates. Shame, ast this looks to be a good quality movement and the pillar plate is finished nicely, I wonder what the top side finish used to be?

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    I can't take a proper picture of the hairspring, but it's not very bad. It's not flat, but it's also not touching anything, so it actually works correctly.

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    More or less correctly, as the busted movement works with satisfactory, but inconsistent balance wheel amplitude.

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    Cased and done. Well?
    Hmmm - a nice relic of the past due to it's decorated silver case. Still - it's not exactly a masterpiece and the movement had suffered a lot in the troubled past.
    It actually keeps time now and even as I write, it's ticking merrily on my wrist, correctly showing half past five.
    A good buy? Probably not, but I certainly had a good time working on it. I like working on pieces I can simply discard to parts' bin in case of failure. Makes my moves calm and steady, no pressure at all!
    and also, the watch accidentally got a second chance. Oh well - maybe it was worth buying after all :)
    Have a great day!!!

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    Re: ..DY W.Co wristwatch

    Case made by Wilhelm Becker of Pforzheim. No idea about the movement - I think I've seen it before, and the hairspring stud carrier design seems familiar, but my memory fails me on this one.
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    Re: ..DY W.Co wristwatch

    Yes, I've been looking, but I can't find an identical movement anywhere. And the unreadible brand name does not help as well...
    Have a great day!!!

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    Re: ..DY W.Co wristwatch

    It sounds like thru all the trouble the watch and you went thru, you enjoyed the task of getting it working. Well done!!
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    Re: ..DY W.Co wristwatch

    Great stuff, and thanks for the time taken to write up.


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    Re: ..DY W.Co wristwatch

    This may be next to impossible to confirm, but the initials suggest the Derby Watch Co. of La Chaux-de-Fonds. The center bridge has a similar shape to their 10 1/2 ligne caliber 33, although this is not that.
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    Re: ..DY W.Co wristwatch

    Sounds probable, but I'm sure it's a DY. The D is obvious. There is probably an A before, but that's not clear...
    Have a great day!!!

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