A while ago I bought this pocket watch on the Bay for a couple bucks. I thought the movement looked interesting but I didn't have a clue if it was a replacement or original. The seller stated it was not working so that's always a gamble I have plenty of parts for this type of movement so I figured I'd buy it, hope for the best and see if I could get it working without major effort.
It's not a particularly valuable watch, but I like it. It started it's life as a standard, cheap 6 jewel cilinder watch, someone went through the great effort of first destroying the movement, drilling holes all through it to fit other parts and make it a 10 jewel movement, getting it working again and taking on the bridgework to make it look as fancy as this. Quite a project to do on such a cheap movement. I guess it's much like what hotrods are to cars - taking an old cheap model and just make it look a lot cooler and increasing the performance.
Ever since it's hotrod overhaul it's been neglected and beaten up pretty badly. This is what it looked like when I bought it:
Looks like a bunch of mice lived under the balance for a few decades..
Nicely drilled holes This guy was no Patek Philippe.. At least the bridgework looks a bit nicer
Seems like the (damaged) dial isn't original to the movement, two legs have been grinded off to make it fit. I decided to keep it on there as it adds to the character of this horological hotrod
The dial side of the movement was plenty nasty too
Alright, time to take this thing apart:
Looks like the mainspring has seen better days.. Time for a fresh one
After a bath in lighter fluid and a lot of pegwood and rodico later:
more bits and bobs:
Oiled and cased, replaced some missing parts like the second hand.
Ticking nicely at +1.5 min/day. I doubt I can get it to run more accurately but performance isn't why I like this thing! Plenty of character in this one