Seems that many watches I have bought over the last month have had cracked or chipped jewels. The result of this is a ever increasing pile of watches in pieces and less and less bench space as I had really been putting off learning how to do it. Even though I bought a Stietz press and borrowed a jewel selection some time ago
Anyway, I finally gave in and bit the bullet - funny thing is, turned out to be easier than I expected
This 1934 Octus (which I have posted before) had a movement full off gluey green oil, a bent second post and a (consequently) smashed jewel on the second wheel dial side. Original post here.
Ready to assemble
Assembled top bal pivot jewel and swan neck.
Was very nice to work on this one. Very nicely finished AS movement. The date of 1934 comes from the shield stamp on the movement, as dated by RR.
That was fun, so I ended up replacing 3!!!! jewels in this trench watch.
Cracked 3rd wheel top jewel. Bottom cracked as well. Can only be mishandling in the past.
Colour is a bad match - but better a working watch.
Bottom 3rd wheel.
I also had to replace the top jewel for the anchor/lever as it broke when I cleaned it
Checking it is right - the cock is very very thin.
Not finished yet.