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Author Topic: Watch ticky ticky, hands no movie movie  (Read 934 times)
Heckler
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« on: September 18, 2015, 04:17:05 pm »

I have an 1891 Waltham pocket watch which I had serviced by a rather aged local horologist just over a year ago (new main spring full strip down etc.).  Recently it has developed an odd problem, I wind it and it runs, however the hour and minute hands never turn.  I can turn them and I don't feel any undue resistance (they adjust via a nut on the hand spindle) but they won't turn by themselves.  I tried to take it back to the old gentleman and the shop has closed, apparently he's either gone bust or retired so I'm a bit stuffed for local help.

So my question is, is there anything obvious I could (carefully obviously) check before I start looking for another horologist on my Babbage engine?
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Heckler
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2015, 04:51:16 pm »

Anyone, anyone, Bueller?
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2015, 07:58:25 pm »

It could be that the mechanism which decouples the hands from the movement to let you adjust the time isn't re-engaging properly. If you can turn the hands by turning the crown this is probably the most likely explanation. Usually you pull the crown out to set the hands an push it back in to reengage. If it won;t do that there may be some foreign object stopping it .
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2015, 04:59:04 am »

That would be the 'Keyless'.
Sometimes a little tricky to reset/put back together correctly because of the minor complexity with the spring.
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2015, 02:24:35 pm »

The watch is a key wind and adjust, with the adjust via a nut on the hand spindle.  I now wonder if when it was re-assembled it may not have done correctly.

Well that's encouraging, at least it sounds repairable, I just need to find someone to do it.
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2015, 04:23:43 pm »

does the watch have a crown? this thing used to adjust the hands.
if so, try to push it in a little.
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2015, 03:12:34 pm »

does the watch have a crown? this thing used to adjust the hands.
if so, try to push it in a little.

<cough>

The watch is a key wind and adjust, with the adjust via a nut on the hand spindle.

<cough>
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2015, 04:09:42 pm »

oops sorry
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2015, 01:35:36 pm »

 ;)No worries.
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