Restoration of an Elgin Trench Watch
In this tutorial, I’m going to cover the restoration of this Elgin Trench watch. This watch is a 0 (zero) size pendant movement and was probably in a small ladies hunter case movement at some point in its life.
Trench watches become popular around World War One, and most of the wrist watches produced at that time were from Europe, and not the US.
This is likely a converted watch judging by the case, but, non the less, it is well done.
The movement was produced by Elgin Watch Co in 1889, and is a 15 jewel movement.
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Tools You Will Need!
Here is a list of all the tools I used to do the restoration on this watch…
- Watchmakers Screwdrivers
- Ultra Sonic Cleaner and Solutions
- Bench Pad
- Parts Tray
- Mainspring Winder
- External Watch Winders
- Small Rawhide or rubber mallet to open the mainspring barrel
- Parallel pliers to close the barrel
- Watch Oils for the spring and the movement
- Polishing compound to clean and polish the case.
Parts needed to do the work
Here is a list of the parts I needed to replace
- screws for case
Hardest Part of Repair
While this watch was easy to restore, there was one problem…
I did find that both the jewels located on the pallet fork were loose. One was chipped and I was able to flip it around, and use so watchmakers shellac to lock the jewels back into place.
This allows the watch to run since those jewels may have been loosened or damaged when the watch was dropped.