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Author Topic: Clock Making for Novices  (Read 2608 times)
Goodbye Blue Monday
Deck Hand

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« on: July 15, 2010, 07:25:53 am »

Long before I even knew that steampunk was a genre, I've been interested in clocks and their inner-workings. About a year ago, I found an old box of pocket-watch parts that belonged to my dad. I asked him about how to disassemble and fix them, as he did just that for a few years, but according to him, he's not the best source for those things.

Regardless, I'd like to learn a thing or two about pocket-watch maintenance.

I'm just not sure where to start. Would it be advisable to just purchase a cheap pocket-watch and play around with it? Anyone have experience with this?
United States United States

« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2010, 07:13:54 pm »

check google books for completely free pdf versions of old books on the topic.
Snr. Officer
New Zealand New Zealand

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2010, 05:52:07 am »

I've been reading this one recently

Baron Nicodemus Ainsworth
Deck Hand
Canada Canada

« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2010, 05:42:42 pm »

That's how I learned.  Check your local public library for books on watch making and repair.  There's a good online course at  The tool kits they sell are an excellent starting place (tool wise).  The courses are geared towards wrist watches, but 90% of the logic and technique is transferable (and larger pocketwatches tend to be both easier and less complicated, although I'd stay away from the full-plate movements like the Waltham '83 until you're a bit more experienced).  You'll find that pocket watches in the 6-12 size can be had for fairly cheap, especially if you scan Ebay for movements (without cases).  If you go that route, try to get 15 or 17 jewel models; it's easier to put the plates on if the pivots are jeweled, and the price difference is usually minor.


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