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Today I’ve got on a simple 17 Jewel Rotary with an AS 1900 movement. Finished working on it recently and think it turned out well considering the state it was in when I received it. I think it was owned by a mechanic or something similar previously as it had a number of weld spots on the case and also two incredibly deep scratches.

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This has sorely tested me of late, but in a kind and fuzzy way. The setting spring has broken and I have been trying to devise a simple spring that will hold the clutch lever in place and allow a click/notch, when the crown is pulled out, to set the time. I fitted a spring which broke when I tried the final adjustment: the air was blue until the light bulb over my head suggested I turn the remains over ..... and b****r me if it didn't work. I've replaced the crystal and filled in the scratches on the dial with permanent marker applied with a bit of kitchen towel, and it has taken on a sumptuous presence with which I am entirely happy.
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PS it will probably stop tomorrow.
PPS It is probable that it belonged to George W White who lived in the Chicago area and was drafted into the 5th Army to serve in the Korean War 1950-3.
It has possibly been refaced a long time ago. I suppose if you take a watch to war it will get a lot more stress than if you don't, and this may have been the reason for the redial. The lume is a lifeless sludge so it must have been quite a while ago.
 
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