How Do You Remove The Stem On An Antique Pocket Watch?

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How Do You Remove The Stem On An Antique Pocket Watch?

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Removing the stem from an antique pocket watch is a moderately difficult task. The job relies less on the knowledge of the parts of the movement (the spring mechanism that powers the watch) and more on skilled manipulation of precision tools. Identifying parts of the antique pocket watch’s movement is easy, but using special watchmaker’s tools to perform intricate work is difficult and requires practice first on a watch you don’t mind destroying. Watchmaking classes offered at adult education classes or online are recommended to acquire the skills of basic pocket watch repair. Pry open the snap-down case back of an antique pocket watch by placing a case blade or your fingernail under the lip at 6 or 12 o’clock and lift. Place a screw-down case back model face down in your hand and use the palm of your other hand to unscrew it counterclockwise to open. Unwind the pocket watch by letting down the mainspring, which is a tightly wound ribbon of thin steel in the mainspring barrel. Twist th

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