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    Pocket Watch Stem Position

    Can you tell just by looking at a picture of a movement, rear side, whether it would need a 12:00, 3:00 or 6:00 case? It has a dial but unable to see where the stem goes. This is the movement in question. I dont have it inhand is the reason I ask. Also, if this is a pendant setting, would it be a 12:00 stem?

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    Re: Pocket Watch Stem Position

    Open face. Stem at 12. In that pic it is just above the case screw on the right

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    Re: Pocket Watch Stem Position

    Also...look up the serial. That will tell you too.

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    Re: Pocket Watch Stem Position

    I could see where the stem goes, but I really couldn't tell whether that would be at 12:00 position. I looked it up in the database, but I didn't see nothing that stated position except that it showed Movement Setting: Pendant. I guess that would mean 12:00?

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    Re: Pocket Watch Stem Position

    General rule:

    Draw a mental line through the mid points of the smaller winding wheel (crown wheel) and the centre wheel.

    If the sub second bit is on this line, then your crown is at 12, if it is at a 90 degree angle, then your crown is at 3.

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    Re: Pocket Watch Stem Position

    I never knew that. I've never had a 3:00 pw. Thanks to both of you for your help.
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    Re: Pocket Watch Stem Position

    bsshog40...Hello. A quick comment today: do be wary of buying movements with the intent of casing them yourself... some USA movements , DO NOT fit regular cases--they only drop into cases made for them ! Waltham , Elgin and E. Howard ( as differentiated from Keystone Howard ), come to mind...

    The Waltham shown here looks to be what's called a "Colonial", and as I recall, belongs in a Colonial case...a standard 12size case won't do it!

    NOW: I'm not sure of this in this instance...here's your chance to do a bit or your own Research...if you get stuck, let me know...I reckon I have the answer somewhere! Michael.

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    Re: Pocket Watch Stem Position

    You are right Michael. It's actually a 14s Colonial. For some reason I'm attracted to it though. Lol
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