I tried to google the name on the watch and the serial number but nothing came up.
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A watchmaker, never a jeweller!Agreed. If you can't open it yourself, a jeweler will often help you out for free. Then upload some pictures.
And definitely don't run it! If if it starts ticking, the oils are are dry and crusty. It will only cause the watch the grind away on itself.
Took a bit of effort, but I've managed to open it! I tried to take the photos with as much details possible. Also, some of you guys have told me that I should NOT run the watch because it might break. However, the reason I found it in the first place is because of the ticking noise that it makes while running. Is there any way for me to stop it?What RON in PA said.
If you know what you're doing, gently remove the caseback and if applicable the dust cover until you can see the movement. Write down every single marking you see on both the movement and the inside of the case, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Take an overall picture of both. There are very good records of Waltham movements and decent records for the casemakers they used.
I managed to find out everything about a family friend's heirloom Waltham by that method.
IF you're not comfortable opening it, take it to a local watch repairer. Ask them nicely to open it so you can look at the movement and take some notes/pictures. It would be good manners to then buy a token item like a strap for another watch you have at home to compensate for their time.
After I've seen cases of jewellers trying to service a Speedmaster by replacing the entire movement, or charging a grand for repairing a run-of-the-mill PW (and I don't think I've heard as much as one story of a jeweller actually servicing a watch properly), I don't think they should be let anywhere near a watch, unless it needs fixing a hinge or a lug.If you can't open it yourself, a jeweler will often help you out for free. Then upload some pictures.
WISE WORDS!!! I made that my new signature.