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Burlington Special

#1 Post by PedroA » Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:12 pm

Following with the recoveries of Illinois watches, today I show this beautiful Burlington Special. I do not know if it will be correct or the right forum to show a step by step recovery.

Sometime ago I bought this Burlington Special with an Illinos 0s movement, in very good condition, but with the mainspring broken.

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Although I had some boxes to use, I thought it was right to find a suitable box in time and form, so, I spoke with Fred, who sold me, at a very good price, this silver sterling box manufactured by Nawco. Thank you very much Fred. In his books he explains something about them.

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Repairing the movement.

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Making the stem.

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The box after polishing with the stem and crown.

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Finished, looking beautiful.

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Best regards.

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Re: Burlington Special

#2 Post by FJF » Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:51 pm

Great work Pedro!!

NAWCo stands for the North American Watch Co. . They sold both complete watches and stand alone cases. I described them in detail in the Case Chapter of my new Book Set. These case are very difficult to locate.

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FJF

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Re: Burlington Special

#3 Post by PedroA » Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:22 am

Many thanks Fred.

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Re: Burlington Special

#4 Post by JackW » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:29 pm

most excellent work you are doing. Fred recently supplied a nice case for one of my watches.
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I'm in the process of cutting a stem too, but for an Elgin... I had an existing one that fit the Illinois.
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Re: Burlington Special

#5 Post by watchdoc#1 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:44 pm

Another nice job Pedro! :mrgreen:
I used to be known as "watchdoc" now I'm watchdoc#1. Check me out under the members list. :roll:

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Re: Burlington Special

#6 Post by PedroA » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:46 pm

Many thanks to both.

JackW. Perfect case for a very nice watch. 3 or 0s movement?

What lathe cutters do you use to make the stem? I show you a small video with mine that I posted in YouTube. They are very easy to use.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp-WQ-kJIIs

Best regards.

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Re: Burlington Special

#7 Post by trim » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:20 am

Hi Pedro,

do you have a source for those 1/8" tool bits? Are they are carbide or HSS?

Nice watch. I also have a Burlington the same as Jacks. What he didn't mention is that his watch case back is also signed.

Kris.
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Re: Burlington Special

#8 Post by trim » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:26 am

FJF wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:51 pm
These case are very difficult to locate.
I have never seen one myself!
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Re: Burlington Special

#9 Post by JackW » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:56 pm

PedroA wrote:
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:46 pm
Many thanks to both.

JackW. Perfect case for a very nice watch. 3 or 0s movement?

What lathe cutters do you use to make the stem? I show you a small video with mine that I posted in YouTube. They are very easy to use.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp-WQ-kJIIs

Best regards.
It is a 3/0s movement. Like Trim, am very curious where you got your gravers/cutter. I'm kind of stuck making further progress with the stem until I find one that is smaller. The one that I have is a carbide one but is too big to accurately make the last section for the stem.
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Re: Burlington Special

#10 Post by PedroA » Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:23 pm

I bougth both carbides in a watchmaker's store. I cut a small pieces and sharpen both ends, like I need. Then I use a hand drill like you see in my video.

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