After installing the battery the watch was still not working. I am used to working on these movements. It's essentially the same watch movement we had to complete on our SAWTA 2 tests. So i took everything apart and during the process I dinged the coil and ruined it. Replacing the board was not an option because this is a special 3 volt board with a custom battery holder.
No big deal, we have plenty of extra coils around. So then began the painstaking process of melting off the existing solder and epoxy and soldering on a new coil. This is difficult because the wires are VERY fine. After about a half an hour I was able to get a new working coil installed.
This process is incredibly messy. There was oil everywhere, all over my bench and my tools. It was a very strange feeling getting oil all over a newly cleaned movement as that's usually exactly what you are trying to avoid. At least putting the movement back together was quick because you didn't have to worry about oiling anything.
Once back together and ticking once again I refilled with oil, vacuumed most of the air out and we now have a watch that only has almost microscopic bubbles suspended in the mineral oil. I've not figured out how to remove those yet, I'm guessing a stronger vacuum pump would help with that.
|Oil-filled watch, complete with bubble|
|Even with a new battery the watch did not run, it needed an ovehaul|
|My vacuum platform, made mostly from scavenged materials helped pull some bubbles out of the oil. The air compressor's pump does not draw a very efficient vacuum though so it was not as effective as it should have been. We need a proper vacuum pump.|