Illinois Ensign - Progress at last

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Illinois Ensign - Progress at last

#1 Post by mrcardigan » Fri May 12, 2017 3:36 pm

Thought it was about time I got on with restoring my first ever vintage purchase, that some of you very kindly commented on when I first joined last year.

As I've mentioned before, I bought this last January for the bargain price of £8.50 ($10ish). I've now at least gotten the movement running. However, when I took the dial off, all the winding bits fell out (no stem to hold them in, rookie mistake) so to the back of the drawer it went.

30 or so Hamiltons, and a couple of Illinois later, I'm feeling brave enough to try again (but not mechanicals tonight)

Anyway, this was it before...
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I've now given bezel a tiny buff to see how it will come up (shame about brassing on corner, but can't expect perfection for the price I suppose!!!)

Anyway, this evening's project has been to try to restore the dial (which I believe to be original). Didn't want to lose the old lume, so have just stuck to really patiently blotting, rolling and rubbing Rodico for 2 hours, and I have to say, I am REALLY pleased with the result.
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Now to figure our how that winding mechanism jigsaw goes back together again :)

Andy C

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Re: Illinois Ensign - Progress at last

#2 Post by Magpie » Fri May 12, 2017 3:55 pm

That dial looks great! Your patience is paying off.

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Re: Illinois Ensign - Progress at last

#3 Post by mrcardigan » Fri May 12, 2017 10:38 pm

Thanks. I'm definitely improving, the more I do. I was surprised myself how well it came up.

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Re: Illinois Ensign - Progress at last

#4 Post by GJH » Sat May 13, 2017 7:59 am

Your dial skills are getting really good!
That Rodoco stuff is amazing and as long as you don't rub too hard, the paint will not
come off... it is a skill that takes lots of practice and I have lots of success with it.
The dial looks amazing!!!
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Re: Illinois Ensign - Progress at last

#5 Post by mrcardigan » Wed May 17, 2017 3:53 pm

HA....sorted :)

This mystery flummoxed me all evening. When i took the dial off for the first time, and because there was no stem in, the winding pinion and sliding pinion fell out, along with a couple of other bits - one small p shaped spring and a second sliding pinion. I couldn't for the life of me figure out where these went.

Finally, realised they were just a spare sliding pinion and yoke spring that must have been left in there when previous owner gave up on mending it. Not sure why you'd leave them jammed in a movement??? Ignored them, reassembled winding gear as normal (not as complex as it first looks, works a treat.

All I need to do now is...
- source a nicer crown as the one on my spare stem is yellow not white gold,
- clean the case,
- refit dial,
- clean and refit the hands,
- find a second hand in my box of tricks,
- source/fit a new crystal.
- possibly have a go at reluming the hands???

Easy. Sourcing the crystal will probably take longest to do.

(A very happy and relieved) Andy C

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Re: Illinois Ensign - Progress at last

#6 Post by HamiltonIllinois » Thu May 18, 2017 6:31 pm

Ensign crystals come up often -- you will find one. A correct white 3/0 crown will likely be harder, or at least for me they are. I own a few thousand vintage crowns -- but I can never seem to locate a correct/proper white crown when I need it.
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Re: Illinois Ensign - Progress at last

#7 Post by mrcardigan » Wed May 31, 2017 1:41 pm

Crystal sorted, and winging it's way over the pond with a few more goodies (thanks Wayne).

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Re: Illinois Ensign - Progress at last

#8 Post by mrcardigan » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:25 am

Spare stem 1 too short. Grrr.
Spare stem 2 - doesn't stay in when detent screw wound in. Ridge on stem looks too small. Grrr. Still not there.

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Re: Illinois Ensign - Progress at last

#9 Post by GJH » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:42 am

Some inspiration...
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Question about Illinois Ensign Crystal

#10 Post by Gabe » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:20 am

Does anyone know if Germanow-Simon makes a replacement crystal for the Illinois Ensign?

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