Excelsior Park Chronograph or Rusty Barnacle?
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    Excelsior Park Chronograph or Rusty Barnacle?

    Hello,

    I have a bit of a project on my hands but one I am very keen on succeeding with if possible. No doubt it will take me sometime and luck!

    An excelsior park movement with dial and hands: an ep4 or ep40 I am not sure which.

    I would date it in the 50's due to the smooth balance wheel and incabloc.

    I have never worked on a chronograph before so it's going to be a mighty challenge.

    I have notice the operating spring is broken, along with some rusty hammer parts and there could be a problem with the click along with others!

    I would like to try and get the movement operating to begin with, however just removing the parts is going to be hard enough.

    Has anyone come across a good detailed guide on the chronograph it parts and how it works. Specific to Excelsior would be fantastic.

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    I have finally started working on it, soaking the movement in penetrating fluid. I have been able to remove the case spacer and one hand. I shall leave the movement to soak for a good day, as I have been unable to remove the other hands gently. I am assuming they are just lifted off as any other watch.

    Any advice is much appreciated.

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    Re: Excelsior Park Chronograph or Rusty Barnacle?

    Is it possible to revive the movement? Yes, probably. The good question is: will you have anything to revive it with... From what I've heard, parts for chronograph movements from makers like Excelsior Park and Universal Geneve (ebauches by Martel) are hard to come by these days, many of them are already obsolete.
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    Re: Excelsior Park Chronograph or Rusty Barnacle?

    movement is an Excelsior Park JB04 - but this looks like a tough project.

    parts are very hard to find and sometimes offered at extortionate prices, finding an original EP Yachting dial will be almost impossible - and then a complete case too (though that might be the easiest, a a Swiss seller has or had them until recently).
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    Re: Excelsior Park Chronograph or Rusty Barnacle?

    Quote Originally Posted by WatchFred View Post
    movement is an Excelsior Park JB04 - but this looks like a tough project.

    parts are very hard to find and sometimes offered at extortionate prices, finding an original EO Yachting dial will be almost impossible - and then a complete case too (though that might be the easiest, a a Swiss seller has or had them until recently).

    Hi Fred,

    Out of interest do you know what the difference between the cal. 4 and cal. 40 is?

    From my research I have found spare parts to be extremely expensive, if I have to CAD model them and machine them I will give it a go.

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    Re: Excelsior Park Chronograph or Rusty Barnacle?

    the JB40 has an hour counter, the 04 does not

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    Re: Excelsior Park Chronograph or Rusty Barnacle?

    To look at things slightly differently, this would be a good parts movement to restore a different watch with an EP40 movement.
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    Re: Excelsior Park Chronograph or Rusty Barnacle?

    This Excelsior Park Yachting is a rare bird. I would try to preserve it as much as possible. There are many Excelsior Park 4 movements and dials out there but only a few Yachting examples...
    It deserves care...
    Good luck!

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