Swiss watch

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Swiss watch

Post by Chilgrove » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:23 pm

I recently found a lovely Swiss pocket watch using my XP Deus. It has the usual three bears silver hallmarks on various parts of the case. It probably dates to late 1800s. Missing are: dial, glass and both hands. Everything else is there. I know it will never work again but I would like to restore it as far as possible. My problem is this. Covering the watch movement there is a very dark lump which is extremely hard. I have had it soaking in WD40 but so far no sign of the lump softening to allow me to remove it. Any ideas please about what that lump could be or how to remove it?



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Re: Swiss watch

Post by fred » Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:33 am

Sorry, not without a picture. ::g
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Re: Swiss watch

Post by Arch Stanton » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:50 am

Cool, but pictures would be brill :) As a first guess I would say the hard lump is probably the rusting and decay of any ferrous parts of the movements. I have often had the same with buckles, where the main body of the buckle is non-ferrous but the hinge-pin (?) is ferrous and has rusted into a large blob. I have only tried to remove one of these, and it resulted in an otherwise complete Jacobean shoe buckle falling apart, so now I just brush off any loose bits and leave well alone....!
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Re: Swiss watch

Post by Chilgrove » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:51 pm

Thanks guys.
Here is a photo showing the outer case. Next photo will be what lies inside: Yuk. I imagine this watch has been lying in the earth for 100 years so I cannot expect too much.

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Re: Swiss watch

Post by Chilgrove » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:54 pm

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Re: Swiss watch

Post by Chilgrove » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:15 pm

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Re: Swiss watch

Post by Phil2401 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:51 pm

Great find and personally I'd leave well alone - as Arch Stanton says, probably just ferrous parts conglomerating, or whatever the technical term is. Point is, it's never going to work again as a watch, so what would be the point of trying to 'clean' it? Would probably cause more damage than reveal any further details. But it's a lovely bit of history that can be dated.

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Re: Swiss watch

Post by fred » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:56 pm

Very nice. I'd also leave it well alone. ::g
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Re: Swiss watch

Post by Chilgrove » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:31 am

Thanks guys for your advice. I think the suggestion of the hard lump being the remains of any ferrous components is probably correct so I will most likely leave it alone. It's just so tempting to reveal as much as possible!

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