I guess thats a good thing but I should keep up with the blog as I have interesting and challenging work almost daily. Here are some pics of an early 1800's wooden clock works that I had to turn a new hour wheel arbor for. Its running beautifully now and keeps surprisingly good time.
I recently received a Richard Ganthony chronometer for service which has the helical overcoil hairspring with detent escapement invented by John Arnold around 1775. Well, apparently a "watchmaker" was unfamiliar with the balance and tried to knock out the balance staff and hub not realizing that the hub was threaded into the balance wheel arms and subsequently he split the arms and then epoxied in a poorly crafted balance staff, and so the repair was sent to me for recovery back to standard.
I had to repair the damage on the balance spar (arms) and then turn a new hub to accommodate a friction fit custom balance staff. You can clearly see the butchery of the ignorant "watchmaker" who actually reamed out a divot in the balance and then tried to slam an improper staff into the already weakened arms finally trying to glue the staff in place.
Here are some pics and a video of the completed repair.
Here is a picture of our new bench jeweler settling in. Kimberly is a graduate of the Norman Studios in Phoenix; has studied with local artisan and teacher Bill Ford; is currently taking courses in diamonds and gem stones with GIA and is being mentored by our friend and master jeweler Steve Ruiz.
Please feel free to stop in and say hello to this beautiful and talented young lady.
I have dozens of Swiss, English and American pocket watches for sale. Here are pics of 3 very nice Americans, a 12 size Howard in 14k with a chain and knife in the original box with papers, an 18 size Ball 19 Jewel Railroad, and a pristine Hamilton 992B in a SS case.
Thank you Michael for sending me these superlative English chronometers from Maryland.
The A. Milne that I turned the custom balance staff for as well as the Guillaume and Mitchelson fusee pictured below are beautiful examples of London workmanship. I commend you for expending the time and money to bring them up to standard.
Please watch the video below the pics to see the action of the Guillaume after its service.