Fabricating a new hand setting stem for a vintage pocket watch
So i finally got around to playing around on the lathe (that i purchased over a year ago)
I have had a pocket watch for a while that needed a new stem, this was the ideal project to put the the theory of using a lathe into practice and try and create the missing piece – knowing what it it should look like i measured the areas on the watch and had a go!
This obviously is not a balance staff but it was my real first attempt at an actual repair using a watchmakers lathe… i am really happy with how it has turned out and look forward to learning more on the lathe when i get a chance..
obviously this post is useless without pictures..
Start off with a bit of blued steel
Turn the steel down to the size required to go through the watch
you can see the it poking through
filed down the end to size and checked the friction fit of the the wheel
using the indexes on the late i worked out the 4 positions required to get a perfect square and started filing on each side.
onto the next side..
keep on measuring until it was the correct size for the watches key
once happy i cut off the part from the remaining stock
requires a bit of polishing to get the edges crisp
the finished part with the attached wheel on it