Let me start by saying that I have a soft spot for kittens, puppies, and the occasional seriously abused watch. So maybe I was the "sucker" just made for this one. As the story goes I was browsing a local venue where I from time-to-time come up with a good watch at a good price. Today I spot this...
Now - clearly this thing is beat-up. Really beat-up. But some of you are seeing what I see (right?) - an 18s lever-set Illinois with a double-sunk dial in what was left of a swing-out case and with pretty plain font numbers. Now I don't know a lot about pocket watches, but that was enough to get me to pick it up off the table. I'm thinking there is a chance this is a Bunn Special. The stem won't pull back - at least prior to making the seller pretty nervous - so no chance to get a look at the movement.
The price? Less than the cost of a good cocktail...OK you got me.
At home I was able to get the stem to move, and hinge out the swing-ring. The head of one of the case screws fell out on the bench at this point. (I have never seen one of these snapped off before). This is what I find...
A nice movement - but a bit of a let down. Looking up the serial number it looks to be: A Grade 61, Model 6 made c. 1897. A middle of the road movement for Illinois (with the 11j and 15j below it, and the Bunn and Bunn Special above). Still not bad I guess. Predictably - the staff is bad.
My plan - To put the movement into running condition. I had wanted to try my hand at a full-plate movement and this seems as good as any. Provided I can get it rolling and rating well - I may source a replacement dial, hands and case.
Which brings me to my question.
Which balance staff am I looking for? The Marshall book shows several but doesn't have much detail to help with the selection (large collet, small collet, etc.).
Thanks sticking with the read. Thanks for the help.