DIY Pocket Watch Repair

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DIY Pocket Watch Repair
Pocket watches are comprised of intricate mechanisms. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Pocket watches are complex mechanisms which include various miniature components that allow the watch to function properly. Although they are not as commonly used in modern times, pocket watches are often passed down from one generation to another. The watches may, therefore, grow old and quit functioning properly. Luckily, this is usually because of an obstruction or loose screw in the balance wheel. With a few small-sized tools and delicacy, you can repair the pocket watch yourself and avoid the cost of a professional jeweller.

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Things you need

  • Small screwdrivers
  • Watch blower
  • Tweezers
  • Watch oil

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  1. 1

    Position the pocket watch facedown on a flat surface.

  2. 2

    Disassemble the pocket watch with a small screwdriver. Remove the pallet lever, the small mechanism that controls the balance wheel.

  3. 3

    Use a watch blower to apply a few puffs of air onto the balance wheel. Examine the movement of the balance wheel. It should move freely and regularly.

  4. 4

    Tighten the balance wheel, should it not move freely or if it's too wobbly. Use tweezers to tighten the wheel, as it may be challenging to get into such as small area with your fingers.

  5. 5

    Examine the balance for obstructions, such as small screws from other components that are not completely tight and stick out onto the wheel. Tighten any obstructions with a small screwdriver.

  6. 6

    Apply a small amount of watch oil on the balance wheel and other parts that may cause friction.

  7. 7

    Assemble the pocket watch in the reverse order you disassembled it.

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