A week ago I bought my first pocket watch, it's a 1909 dennison half-hunter case, with a waltham movement not dated that I can see, but 13727524 is the serial number, and I looked this up as being size 18, 15 jewels, breguet spring and OF style (though I'm not a collector so I don't even know what those last two things mean)
It's been running well since the day it got here, the first day it lost a minute, since then it's gained two, but hasn't stopped at all in that time. I've been wearing it to work and the stables, as I got it to use not to begin a collection, and have been very happy with it so far. Only this evening, I think I might have accidentally killed it
I'd wound it up, just til it started to feel tight, not forcing it too far, and it was still ticking away happily after that. I've got it on a piece of wide ribbon at the moment cos I can't afford a chain for it til next month, and I'd been playing with the ribbon wrapped round my finger, twisting it round and round in a spiral, and to untwist it before I put it down, I let go of the watch, so it could spin free on the ribbon and undo all the twists. It went round quickly, a lot of times, then back in the other direction a bit too. I didn't look at it at once, but put it down, and a couple of minutes later noticed the second hand wasn't moving and it had stopped.
Giving it a very gentle tap and shake hasn't made it restart, nor has a slightly less very gentle tap, and four hours later, it's still stopped. I opened the back and the balance wheel is stopped, but will move easily if I turn it with a pin, and springs back to it's original position when I let go. I haven't wound it so tight I've broken anything that way, because it was still working after I'd wound it, and I even wound it a couple more clicks just to see if that would make it start working again so there was room for further winding. And I didn't drop it, knock it, or do anything else to it apart from letting it spin on the ribbon.
So now I'm thinking, was that a totally idiotic thing to do, and spinning is an obvious and stupid way to mess up a watch and stop it from working?
Sorry if I'm using all the wrong terms or telling you information which isn't even helpful, I'm so new to this subject : all I know about pocket watches other than that I always wanted one, I've learnt in the last two weeks from reading online, so I've tried to think of everything useful I can say about my watch and what's happened to it, but can't help feeling like a bit of a daft newbie for not knowing much and especially for the fact I might have just done something to ruin my watch!
I'd really appreciate any help anyone can give, suggestions on how to make it start again would be most welcomed of course but even just confirming whether or not my spinning it on the ribbon is likely to be the cause of it's demise would be a help. I can't afford to send it for repair unless it's something very minor and inexpensive (and I fear just having them look at it would be more than I can pay out right now), so I'm really hoping it will be ok!