Cut and paste of a thread I started in the wrong forum.
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I'm pretty sure it's not one. . but it reminds me of one so until I gain some traction in this hobby that's what I'm going to call it.
I first thought it might be a Chinese knock-off of a "classic looking" movement, but newish; but the dial removed indicated that this might actually be something old. The dial is porcelain and has some depressions that are only noticeable when viewed from an angle, like a watermark. It almost looks like the metal underneath was pitted and new porcelain applied. I realize this is not the case, but I'm attempting to describe the dial.
I spent a few hours with this $28 ebay find tonight. The seller's description was dead on. "Watch ticks if shaken but soon stops."
I first discovered there's what appears to be a V-shaped flourish that extends from the center of the pallet's end where the pallet pivot would be. I oiled all jewel holes and manipulated this tiny appendage with my dry oiler, coaxing some ticking and perhaps got a full revolution of the escape wheel, at the most I got 8 seconds of ticking. I'm not sure but I think the hairspring might be sticking at one point. Amplitude is weak.
I proceeded very slowly and figured out how to remove the dial. There is a screw with a "skirt" that bears against the dial's pillars, holding it in place. Once I got the hands and the dial off, I observed the hour wheel and minute wheel are coated with a dust-like coating of rust. Hopefully it's just surface-deep and might be remedied by a soak in oil or penetrant or whatever you nice folks recommend. (I've got brake fluid and ain't afraid to use it!) but I haven't a clue if this solvent would be overkill.
My tentative plan is to remove the train wheels, clean and lube and replace, and clean and lube everything BUT the balance; as I'm not quite confident that I can remove it and reinstall it without damage. I feel there's a ghost of a chance that cleaning everything else might put a heartbeat back into this little item.
I'm only a couple of weeks into this wonderful hobby and I'm already eyeballing tools I have no business getting (staking sets).
Anyways, any insight is truly appreciated, and I'm thick skinned, so don't be shy.
I'll keep this thread going with some photos as I progress, and hopefully this old little movement will develop a pulse.
Thanks for reading.