No willpower

Bought one, decided I'd buy another, but a non runner. Advertised as balance wheel OK. Indeed the balance wheel was free running, I had a careful prod of the pallet fork. Bingo! It's working.

I didn't realise that these two were a mating pair, as I now have three.

  • Of course, you can't have a pocket watch without a chain, sigh.

Waiting for a Weishei timegrapher to be delivered. My intention at some point is to service them. 馃槉

I would love a pocket watch for my desk and occasional wear. Any recommendations on what to search for on Ebay?

Waltham. The choice is bewildering. The case can be anything from base metal ( their description, not mine) to solid silver, rolled gold to solid gold.

Early ones were key wound, later were crown wound.

My knowledge is only recent, so I don't know that much.

At the time of manufacture their best timekeeper have railway movements. It seems that there was a terrible train accident, that was caused by the pocket watches not being accurate enough. So the specifications were set out by the authorities for a more accurate timepiece. But, with the age of these watches now, that may not be relevant.

The movements can be a delight to look at. The Traveller has 7 jewels, intitially that seems fine, until you see a Riverside model with 17 jewels. Even then, the bridges can vary in their surface finishing.

The temperature compensated balance wheels, once I became aware of how these watches work, blew my mind. The wheel itself is made from two metals, much like a bimettalic strip in a kettle. The wheel expands and contracts with heat, so either speeds up or slows down. The wheels have screws on their O/D which can be adjusted for at least two parameters. ( early morning here, mot quite awake!) On the best variants of the movements, these screws are made from gold, as are a few other components.

The best thing to do is to look on ebay at the various models available, then by looking at them, you'll begin to understand the differing levels of quality.

One last thing, if on the photos, a serial number can be read on the movement, do a search on the Internet for "Dating the age of Waltham pocket watches". The information is incredible. Approximate year of manufacture, model name, batch run quantities. 馃槉Number of jewels.

Bet you weren't expecting such a long reply. 馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槄

This is the Riverside model, it fascinated me that the pallet jewels on this one are transparent, and not the usual red.



This is a Bond Street, movements were made for London, who then used their own case


The balance wheel functionality馃槺


You'll have to consider getting it serviced, unless you're lucky and the previous owner did.