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    Help/advice needed for vintage "lighter" clock

    Hello All,

    I have a Ronson table lighter with an inset clock that does not work. The clock was made by New Haven Clock company & I know this company was best known for "dollar watches".

    Additionally I know that "dollar watches" are very hard to service, and I have heard that the best 1st step is an overnight soak in solvent (like lighter fluid...how appropriate).

    Referring to the attached pictures, I am going to assume that I need to remove the movement from the case so as to not also soak the watches face (dial?).
    Can this be done by taking out those 3 visible screws or will this casue the movement to grenade on me?

    I know those hands slide off because one did accidentally (I replaced it prior to this photo).

    So can I safely slide the hands off the center, remove those 3 screws and then get access to just the movement or am I asking for trouble?

    Thanks in advance,

    GHEN
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    Re: Help/advice needed for vintage "lighter" clock

    I hate answering these questions as I know so little about real watchmaking... Is there a chance the back comes off??
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Help/advice needed for vintage "lighter" clock

    Quote Originally Posted by ghen View Post
    Hello All,

    I have a Ronson table lighter with an inset clock that does not work. The clock was made by New Haven Clock company & I know this company was best known for "dollar watches".

    Additionally I know that "dollar watches" are very hard to service, and I have heard that the best 1st step is an overnight soak in solvent (like lighter fluid...how appropriate).

    Referring to the attached pictures, I am going to assume that I need to remove the movement from the case so as to not also soak the watches face (dial?).
    Can this be done by taking out those 3 visible screws or will this casue the movement to grenade on me?

    I know those hands slide off because one did accidentally (I replaced it prior to this photo).

    So can I safely slide the hands off the center, remove those 3 screws and then get access to just the movement or am I asking for trouble?

    Thanks in advance,

    GHEN
    In my opinion ? No
    Do not even attempt it
    NEVER ARGUE WITH AN IDIOT. FIRST THEY WILL DRAG YOU DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL. THEN, THEY WILL BEAT YOU WITH EXPERIENCE.

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