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Login Name Post: Pocket Watches        (Topic#282778)
Coot 
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10-01-13 03:42 PM - Post#1317596    

    In response to mhb

I agree. A little too much oil will throw off the timing, a lot too much or too thick an oil will stop the works entirely & require an expensive clean & recalibration.

 
Rifleman1776 
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Rifleman1776
10-01-13 04:49 PM - Post#1317616    

    In response to Coot

  • Coot Said:
Is doing that what caused your computer to be two weeks in repair?



Nope. I took advice here and didn't swab between uses.

 
TexiKan 
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TexiKan
10-02-13 06:50 AM - Post#1317725    

    In response to swathdiver

I have several old pocket watches - some repaired and some cleaned. Unless you know something about the works, I, too, would recommend the cleaning be done by a professional. There is more to cleaning these than what we think. And yes, it can cost a little more but in the long run it is worth it. If your watch is truly one from the Revolutionary War era, having a professional work on it is the best option.

 
Mike Brines 
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10-09-13 01:29 PM - Post#1319756    

    In response to TexiKan


Old watches that wind with a key can be overwound very easily. Breaks the spring or the cogs. Please have it taken care of by a professional that has worked on old watches before.

 
Mike M. 
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10-10-13 08:47 PM - Post#1320156    

    In response to swathdiver

I'd go to www.timezone.com, establish an account, and ask for a recommendation. I own a couple of high-end watches, and would never consider opening the case. It really is a job for a specialist.

 
rdillion 
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rdillion
10-11-13 01:02 PM - Post#1320281    

    In response to Mike M.

I have an Elgin circa 1919 railroad watch and it can be tough to find someone with the skill and knowledge to repair and service one correctly the first time. Mine has been to the shop three times in the past two years. I think it's finally running correctly but I guess time will tell.

 
Chief Moonthunder 
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12-20-13 01:02 PM - Post#1344958    

    In response to swathdiver

grandpa always used gasoline,but they wern't fancy either.

 
Alden 
Cannon
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12-28-13 07:43 PM - Post#1347864    

    In response to necchi

I believe it is still international maritime law that the sperm oil floating on the ocean belongs to the ship's master only who stops the vessel to collect it.
Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider! George Carlin


 
mhb 
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12-30-13 09:35 AM - Post#1348486    

    In response to Alden

The only way sperm oil has been collected by shipmasters, historically, is killing the whale and opening the headcase to extract the waxy oil it contains: this is sperm oil. The blubber of the sperm whale and several other commercially-hunted species was boiled-down to produce whale oil, which is not the same thing.
Neither product is found floating on the surface of the sea, though another highly sought-after whale byproduct, ambergris, may sometimes be.

mhb - Mike

 
Rifleman1776 
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Rifleman1776
12-30-13 02:56 PM - Post#1348626    

    In response to mhb

  • Quote:
The only way sperm oil has been collected by shipmasters, historically, is killing the whale and opening the headcase to extract the waxy oil it contains: this is sperm oil. The blubber of the sperm whale and several other commercially-hunted species was boiled-down to produce whale oil, which is not the same thing.



Yep. That is how it is described in Moby Dick, which, BTW, is far more of a documentary on whaling in the late 1800's than a fiction story about a white whale and obsessed ship captain.

 
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