I have a Thos Russell half hunter pocket watch that is need of repair. I have been informed by a specialist antique pocket watch repairer that it needs a replacement Breguet balance, which I am led to believe is very scarce....he doesn't have one! The watch movement is 36mm dia slim movement and has a personal inscription with the date of 1923. If anyone is able to help or offer advise I would very much appreciate it. From what I have been told, the existing movement shows a previous attempt to clean it with oil and the balance is now stuck even after being soaked in solution to free it. I assume that the experts among you will recognise the folly in using non-specialist oil and will also know of the solution used to attempt the clean.
This is a family heirloom so any help would be greatly appreciated.