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    Help with a Waltham

    I just picked up a sweet little Waltham on the Bay for about 10 bucks. I think it's 1960's or thereabouts. Never had one of these before but for the price decided what the heck.

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    Its throwing up fairly decent numbers but running a bit fast and I'd like to try regulating it.

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    However, for the life of me I can't figure out how to open it up. I assume it's a snap back but I can't find any notch, and my effort have been unsuccessful. Doesn't seem to want to screw off either.

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    Anyone know how to crack these open? Thanks!

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    Re: Help with a Waltham

    Not sure without seeing the sides but I think this back just pops off. Pretty sure its not a split stem and going by the pics best I can, doesn't look like a crystal that has to be lifted.
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    I assume the back just pops off too. But I can't get it to pop off. Its stuck hard.Name:  Screen Shot 2018-10-27 at 8.47.40 AM.jpg
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    Re: Help with a Waltham

    Ok, I'm pretty sure I'm wrong. Looking from the side, looks like you probably do have a split stem watch and that crystal more than likely has to be raised off. It does look like its comes out the front to me.
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    Re: Help with a Waltham

    It doesn't seem to be a one-piece case (case is plated steel I think, back is stainless). But it may be? If so, I have no idea how to open it. Watched a few videos, but i'm hesitant to break it if i'm wrong.

    Its running decently-ish, this may be one I just stick on a nice band and enjoy until it gets crappy. THEN try to open it, and if it breaks I spent $10 and got some enjoyment out of it first.

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    Re: Help with a Waltham

    mozo...Hello!

    Well: it certainly looks like a snap-back case to me!

    Take a look between the lugs...it seems there's a pretty-well defined notch there. Find a rather dull bladed-knife / push it into the notch / twist gently / back may-well come off.

    If you cannot succeed here, I'll be happy to do it for you--free!--just PM me for my address.

    There: problem ( almost ! ) solved!

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    Re: Help with a Waltham

    Given que unknown service record, the slightly low amplitude and the somewhat erratic pattern on the timegrapher, I would highly suggest you have it serviced before any further usage.

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    Re: Help with a Waltham

    Quote Originally Posted by sergioag View Post
    Given que unknown service record, the slightly low amplitude and the somewhat erratic pattern on the timegrapher, I would highly suggest you have it serviced before any further usage.
    I agree but it's a $10 watch. Nearest decent watchsmith is 4 hour drive away. I have my good pieces serviced but this was an impulse sawbuck buy. A professional service isn't in the picture for this one.

    I've been tinkering around with pocketwatches and cheap indian frankenwatches. The only way this is getting serviced is if I take a crack at it myself when I'm feeling more confident.

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    Well, for now, just going to enjoy it. Stuck it on a nice lizard strap and it looks like a million bucks.Name:  20181101_090709.jpg
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    Re: Help with a Waltham

    Quote Originally Posted by mozo View Post
    I've been tinkering around with pocketwatches and cheap indian frankenwatches. The only way this is getting serviced is if I take a crack at it myself when I'm feeling more confident.
    In that case I would really suggest this one as a practice watch, when you fill ready. Surely you'll enjoy it!

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