I won this old trench watch from Ebay last week and whilst waiting for some parts
to arrive from Argentina for another watch I have spread over my workspace, I thought
we'd take look at this one.
It is a Stauffer, center seconds from 1915 in a 9ct case. I usually don't buy trench watches
in gold cases as they are overpriced but this is quite rare being an early center seconds so I
had to have a punt.
(I could have bought 1570 of Marricks penny watches for what I had to pay for this).
It is newly surfaced, being an old family piece that nobody wanted..."put that old watch on ebay,
I'm sure its gold"...oh well, I'll have it.
The movement is 30mm dia and the case dia is 33.25mm, there is no indication on the movement as to
the movement maker, it is entirely possible that Stuaffer imported this movement and modified it in
his own workshops to center seconds. If that is the case then I think this movement would originaly have been
produced as a fobwatch movement with subseconds at 6.0clock.
The movement is presently dismantled on my bench and it has a problem (which as Trim points out, most
watches of this antiquity have).
Both top and btm center holes have been rebushed at some time and the center wheel is slightly out of upright
resulting in the center seconds hand having a very fluttery action as the teeth from the drive wheel and pinion
are meshing intermittently.
The bush in the bridge has been set and tightened around the edge with a center punch!!!!..not good practice.
One or both bushes will have to be replaced and the wheel uprighted, unfortunately this has halted procedings as I need to
clear workspace and set up the mandril head (an attachment for the lathe which allows for the accurate centering
of opposing pivot holes). But slow is good, I enjoy laid back hobbies.