I posted a pic of this earlier this week, and thought that since it presented an unusual problem, I would share the information I gained with the forum in case it may help someone else.
I picked up this Rolex pocket watch for a very reasonable price around 7 years ago. The only thing wrong with it was that it was missing a crown. I work on my own watches, so I didn’t think it would be a big problem to replace the crown.
I figured there could only be two ways the stem/crown configuration worked.
- The stem/crown is part of the case, and the movement just falls out of the case.
- The stem/crown is not part of the case, so there should be a screw to release it.
But when you look at the back of the movement, you will notice that there is no screw to release the stem! Now what? Since there was no crown on the stem when I bought it, I could remove the watch from the case, but if I was to replace the crown, I would need to know how the stem/crown was meant to be removed so I could service the watch and put it back together now and in the future.
I spent a few years looking for information by emailing folks all over the world that had similar watches with no luck. Finally, after around 3 years, I contacted someone at a Rolex service center who had the answer! On this watch, to remove it from the case, you first need to remove the dial.
After removing the case screws, you need to pull the winding stem out to the first stop. Then the watch will be loose enough to tilt it forward (out of the case) so you can access the dial screws. The screws are positioned more towards the side of the movement (not the usual one screw near the “11” and one near the “5”). After removing the dial, there is a detent screw that holds the stem in place. Who knew? When you loosen that screw, you can then remove the stem and pull the movement out of the case.
A bit tricky. I had a crown waiting till I got that information. After overhauling the movement, and replacing the crown, I now had a really killer pocket watch. It’s one my favorite watches, and can be found in my pocket at every NAWCC show.
Hope that information helps someone else that may have a similar problem.