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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Hello Friends and Fellow Collectors. The other day, fellow patron pw-collector(Dave), posted a new found treasure for his collection. It was a 1922 Ansonia pocket watch attached to an ashtray. He tried to get it to run , but to no avail. So with a little coaching, I told him how to remove the movement from the fixture, where he could check it out. Mean while he had another regular pocket watch same manufacture and almost same year he took apart first to see how the removal worked before attempting the close order removal on ashtray model. Well after removal and reassembling the wouldn't wind up or set the time. So long story..... I told Dave to box it and the other movement and send to me to look at.
    The complete piece was nothing Dave had done, the ratcheting lock had worn down and wasn't locking into the main spring drum gear cog, so disassembled the watch and replaced the lock lever and reassembled and serviced it....ta-da....done deal
    Then the "OMG" experience begins.... The ashtray watch was suffering "Cancer" from 93 years of second hand smoke..... that yellowish sticky build-up was through out the entire movement, the balance wheel wouldn't ever rock with help from a toothpick......YUK is the key word. I disassembled the movement and placed in an ultra-sonic clearer, and soak it for about an hour....removed it and inspected the parts and pieces....Holy Crap Batman...still covered in the crude, so reverted to something a little stronger.....GUNK carburetor cleaner and cotton swabs, cleaned each and every part of this little patient on the surgery table. Then reassemble the basic movement and reemerged the complete movement in the sonic cleaner, removed after about 15 minutes, serviced all the pins and pivots with syntactic watch oil and wound the beast up on bench....with a little CPR, it began to come back to life.....Yea....
    well came to the final step, mounted the face plate, dial and hands, and noticed the second hand was not correct one, so dug thru the "Transplant" box and found correct one. Upon completion of the surgery, I wheeled it into the recovery room, gave it a full wind-up and monitored it for the next couple days, doing minor adjustments to the hairspring for timing....after 3 days of ICU monitoring, I've boxed both of these patients to send back home.
    Thanks for looking and Thanks to Dave for the "Therapy" while I'm sitting at home.
    Doc Tick-Tock

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
    2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Thanks Sean, it's been a wonderful experience , a couple pain pills so I could sit long enough to preform the surgery and steady the old guys hands, but end results were well worth the effort. Thanks again Ole Buddy, very appreciated!!
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      Your very welcome Kerry!! I am glad that the surgery went well!!! a success !!!
    4. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Thank You AGHCOLLECT, figured you'd had something to say on this one, lol Have a great day :-)
    5. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Thanks Mike (mikelv85) for stopping by the "Visiting" room and showing the support :-)
    6. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Thanks Roy for showing the support on this old solider, he came thru it and supports a purple heart now... Semper Fi buddy
    7. Trey Trey, 6 years ago
      Job well done:) 93 years of nicotine stopped it in its tracks, until you came along and greased those gears!!!
    8. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Thanks Trey, the greasing wasn't a chore at all.....but removal of the "Cancer" from the healthy was the trick :-)
    9. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Thank you very much petey and GeodeJem for stopping by and showing the support, always great to see you've been looking
    10. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
      If it stays away from cigarettes it should live on to see his 200th birthday!
      Well done Doc Tick-Tock.
    11. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      LOL David, thanks for the complement, It should make it now if the ashtray becomes a candy bowl :-)
    12. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
      It would be best for everyone's health if it became a candy bowl.
    13. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      no doubt.....but I reserve the right to use as ashtray if I every make it out to
    14. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
      Do you still smoke or would that be for medicinal marijuana?
    15. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
      I saw on the other post that you are having some pain management issues.
      Medical marijuana seems appropriate if you live in or visit a state where it's legal.
    16. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Kerry, I just returned home from a little time at the rifle range & doing a little minor repair on a 1894 Winchester for a friend, and saw your post.
      Thanks for admitting my Ansonia Ashtray watch into the ER without proof of insurance and performing a 5-way bypass & lung cleansing surgery. Also for doing a little dental work, ratchet teeth implant or whatever on the Ansonia Daytime watch.
      Your diagnostic explanation of the chronic illness this timepiece has suffered over the past 93 years is excellent, and the delicate process of lifesaving measures that urgently had to be performed, could never be denied necessary by any insurance carrier. I'm working on the insurance board of directors to authorize compensation for your expedient healthcare services, and it should be approved shortly.
      Thanks for sharing this post and showing the ill effects of smoking.
      Love the post and photos of diseased parts.
    17. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      LOL David(walksoftly), if you wouldn't cough, smoking might be alright, byt coughing isn't an option right now, lol.
      Thanks surfdub66 & VETRAIO50 for the support.
      Dave, sounds like been a pretty good day for you.....and even though you're not covered under Obamacare, everything has been taken care of, The Doc Tick-Tock medical plan has taken care of all expenses involved or acquired and final billing has been marked as paid. The patients should be ready for transportation some time this week.....probably the day I go back to town for follow-up on MRI results.
      Thanks again guys for all the humor and conversations,
      Doc Tick-Tock aka Kerry
    18. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Thanks Lucas, didn't see you sneak in while I was typing up test results on latest Always great to see you've been by the "Ole Horde" and shown the support.
    19. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Just a fabulous post in every way!
    20. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Thank You Karen for the wonderful complement and Thanks AnthonyD for the support... Thanks again everybody, deeply appreciated!!
    21. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
      great story , just goes to show ya the lenghts that our C.W. friends will go for each other!
      Nicely done Kerry!!
    22. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Thanks pickrknows, we're all brothers from another mother in our own collective interest. If we don't help one another, what would this world become? Thanks again and have a great Evening
    23. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Thanks lndrozdenko, these little buggers were good week I'll be taken up basket weaving...... :-)

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