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Author Topic: A lever set watch, with no lever?  (Read 1170 times)
agent036
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« on: December 04, 2010, 02:53:29 am »

I have a Waltham pocket watch. The serial number dates it to 1903, the bezel has certainly been replaced, possibly the whole case has. I can't figure out how to set it. The stem doesn't pull out, it doesn't have a key wind, and while it has a notch for a lever set there is no lever, not even a space for one. I am at a loss.

My camera takes terrible pictures, but here's what I've got.

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2010, 06:59:01 am »

The lever should be under the bezel. Remove the bezel front to find it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2010, 07:34:44 am »

I removed the bezel, which revealed the notch where the lever should be, there is no lever there. Nor is there the remains of a snapped off lever or a slot where a lever should extend from. I am flummoxed.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2010, 08:07:31 pm »

You don't say where you got it, but it may be that some opportunistic soul took a stem set watch and put it in a lever-set case.  You need a special type of stem/tube arrangement to support the stem set.  A watchmaker could probably fix the case, if they can find parts.  The stems and tubes were fairly standardized, so it's just a matter of swapping them out.
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2010, 03:16:04 am »

Most cases are designed for use with both stem set and lever set watches. The only offhand exceptions are early set-screw pendant cases, and a few later special RR model cases like the Keystone #15. The case in question does not look like either of these to me.

After years of dirt and rust, the stems are often difficult to click in and out. Try pulling on it while rolling the crown backwards(not in the winding direction) slowly. This wills sometimes help loosen up a tight stem.

Assuming this works, a watchmaker can remove the stem and sleeve, and then clean and grease them for easier operation.
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