Hello all, it's been a very long while.
I thought I'd share something interesting with you all.
The watch is a 1918 Grade 291 16S 7J Elgin, which my grandfather carried up until the early 1950's when it "broke on him", and the watch was neglected and left sitting for over half a century with a broken staff, broken pinions, missing cannon pinion and hour wheel, worn dial with broken feet, among other significant issues.
Half a century later, we've brought a significant piece, a precious family heirloom, back to life. Not much is known about the watch, but because my grandfather was born 2 years before the manufacture of the piece, we've implied that the watch originally belonged to my great grandfather, and was probably passed down to him at a later time.
To aid the restoration process, I purchased a working Grade 291 donor movement, which I used to swap parts that I needed, including:
- Cannon Pinion
- Hour Wheel
- Fourth Wheel: (Pinion was broken off for the second hand to sit on)
- Pallet Jewels - originals re-glued (When the watch was wound, the train would slip and run without engaging the pallet fork or balance wheel - found that both pallet jewels were loose)
- Balance wheel and upper/lower jewels
Here she is, fully restored to running order and keeping excellent time, after spending a week at my watchmaker's for re-shellacking of the pallet jewels, shortening the fourth wheel pinion, and a general cleaning.