Hello, all. First post, hopefully this new hobby will start to flourish. I humbly ask for your ear and assistance.
I have read the other thread based on the same question. I bought my first swiss movement, from a Croton watch, apparently from the 60's, but it's a hand wound A52-F521 with calendar complication. It was $20, so I guess I did well. I bought it for practice. Have some good quality tools, and I've disassembled, then put it all back together, but I'm at an impasse. I can not for the life of me get the balance wheel oriented correctly before snugging the cock's screw.
After installation, a light touch will cause the wheel to rotate freely in one direction, but binds in the other. I don't force anything of course. Sometimes it's locked when trying CW, sometimes CCW; but it's been locked every time.
Here's what I've done. I've marked on the top of the balance wheel, where the impulse jewel lies below. I do my darndest to line this up, taking note of Samantha's advice (noting whether the fork's prong is left or right after winding just a few revolutions), but despite my best efforts, I fail.
Every time I try, the wheel will spin one way, but is locked where the jewel hits the outside of the pallet forks trident-shaped end.
I've watched probably a few hundred hours of reassembly of hand-wound movements, and I've never seen anyone have this issue.
Here's my question, or just making sure my thought process is correct. If the balance wheel is not set into position upon reassembly with the jewel INSIDE the pallet fork pronged end, it will not work. Is this correct?
I'm completely able to walk away and return hours later, but don't want to be doing this for weeks.
What am I missing?