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While I am going on about pocket watch Chronographs, I may as well share this one as well.

Made by New York Standard (owned by Keystone), anywhere from 1905 on, in a nice 20 year Keystone J Boss case. New York Standard were very much a low-mid range manufacturer, well below the likes of Elgin, Waltham, etc. It has a giddy 7 jewels - but a nicely finished movement with blued screws and damaskeen/frosted finish. It was not an expensive watch at the time, but rather an interesting piece from a US manufacturer.

I am missing the chrono hand, which is 20mm from pivot - otherwise working fine and pretty much mint. Photos are a bit rubish, I should try harder :think:



Nice thing about this movement is that it tries so hard. The three positions, start, stop and reset are there and the chrono drive is properly engaged and disengaged. The flyback feature even works :-!

 

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It is nice to see one of these in working condition.
I know what you mean - most seem broken in some way or other. I have a another one the same but in a Dueber case, that I am repairing at the moment. :think:

I have not seen many of these in 18s as this one is, there are a few about in 16s.

If anyone can suggest where I might be able to source a chrono hand, it would be much appreciated.
 

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And here is number 2, just finished the repairs/service. Size 18 as well.

This one is in a Dueber case, again needs a chrono hand - otherwise it is fully functional. I doubt the case is original, but it is period, in good condition and everything works - so that's fine by me. Movement is the same as the other, and I am too lazy to take another movement shot of the same movement.





Condition is not as good as the one in the keystone case, and there are a few minor chips to the inside of the glass - but perfectly useable.
 

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I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate the watchmaker who is mentoring me...

He 'lent' me this today,...



and in it...



I have to get or make a boss to fit the (0.6mm) shaft on the NYS - but many of these (the ones on the left) are the right length (or can be shortened slightly) and look just right :-!
 

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A good illustration of why if your interested in antique or older vintage watches you need to know an old watch maker. A lot of these parts are unavailable, but these old watch makers, have drawers of them.
 

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Well, I have now fully serviced this one and it is back up running wonderfully and keeping very good time for such a cheaply engineered movement. I didn't say in the original post, but I did have to repair this one when I first got it as it needed a chrono pinion and pinion arm from a donor movement and during the recent service I chose to replace the anchor/lever as the original one had a damaged pallet stone.

Case is a 20 year Keystone J. Boss with a chronograph button in the crown and no brassing.

As you can see, it also finally has a chronograph hand. :-!

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If you are feeling bored here is a very jerky (I blame my camera) youtube video of it running - for such a crude chronograph mechanism and low original price, it isn't too bad :-!.

As Eric_H said, there are not many of these left in working condition.
 

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Trim,

That is an unexpectedly beautiful watch. It seems to tick very loudly, though!
 

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Excellent post Trim and well done on getting yet another watch up
and running.

That is an amazingly simple chrono mechanism and with flyback too,
but many times better than the simple English chronograph which
raised a lever and stopped the balance and hence the watch.
 

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Excellent post Trim and well done on getting yet another watch up
and running.

That is an amazingly simple chrono mechanism and with flyback too,
but many times better than the simple English chronograph which
raised a lever and stopped the balance and hence the watch.
Thanks. :)

Also, with the English chronograph, I imagine that after a day at the races checking form you'd miss your train home. :-d

You may remember I have a very nice English chronograph as you describe - it is still waiting on a Fusee chain repair, but soon, soon....
 
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