I wish these beautiful time keeping pieces, could also help keeping peace, over time.
Henrik Wrote:When the wonderful weather turned into rain I got started on a long-delayed project: Bringing an old pocket watch back to life.I got this one from one of the auction houses in Stockholm, the price reflected the terrible condition of the watch:As you can see someone not skilled in the dismantling of pocket watches has tried unsuccessfully to remove the dial. Too bad this happens so often.The problem with the movement was that the mainspring was broken. My very friendly watchmaker gave me a replacement mainspring which I managed to install in the spring barrel.Winding the spring just a few clicks got the watch started. I think that's what is so enchanting about watchmaking: the movement really comes alive when it starts ticking.The case is a niello silver case. The niello has been damaged, but it looks to me as if the wear is due to the watch being carried in a pocket for many years. They will not look like this after a lifetime spent in a bank vault. So this is a watch that has been used and hopefully cherished. This makes it beautiful to me.Too bad I can't use the watch until I have disassembled, cleaned and oiled the movement, but that will have to wait for another rainy day.Regards from the Stockholm archipelago,Henrik
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