New England Watch Co - Yes or No?

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New England Watch Co - Yes or No?

#1 Post by JerseyMo » Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:37 am

Here is my latest project, a restore of a New England Watch Co key wind. What intrigued me about this particular watch was that the company name falls within the time line of Timex.
(Waterbury - New England - Ingersoll - U S Time - Timex) But it is not a true New England piece, rather it is a Swiss made piece. The first clue was the "Providence RI". Actually the New England
Watch Co. was in Waterbury Conn. Second was the style of the "Adelphi" logo on the case which I found was used on many Swiss "American Look Alike's".

But, besides that I had never worked on a key wind and figured this one would be fun. So far I have taken it apart, cleaned up all the pieces and put it back together.
The last challenge now is to find a mainspring replacement.

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Re: New England Watch Co - Yes or No?

#2 Post by Dadistic » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:00 am

Yes, there was a time when the Swiss were the "Evil Counterfeiters". :twisted:

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Re: New England Watch Co - Yes or No?

#3 Post by unreformed66 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:55 pm

That's a good example of a Swiss Fake from the latter part of the 1800s. There were never any parts available for them but if you measure the mainpsring I would just about bet that you can find one close enough to use. What kind of end does it have?

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Re: New England Watch Co - Yes or No?

#4 Post by JerseyMo » Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:08 pm

it has a tongue end
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Re: New England Watch Co - Yes or No?

#5 Post by unreformed66 » Thu May 03, 2018 5:35 pm

If it's got a regular Swiss style tongue end then I bet you can find one close enough to use in it. If you can't and can find a T-end spring the right size you can always drill holes in the barrel and the barrel cover. I don't like it but I've done it before when I couldn't find a proper spring. I wouldn't do it on a high dollar movement but on one of these you're not really hurting much.

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