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BOB BLACKSHAW16/11/2019 10:30:52
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I've got a problem with a Smiths Astral mechanism, it works for around two days then stops,I've stripped it down and given it a good clean but again the same happens, in the end it becomes fully wound up with two days of it working.

So the mechanism will not fully unwind, the platform to has had a clean but I think that this is the problem. I have three other Smiths ships clocks in the loft with platform problems, but the cost of replacing them if you can get them makes them worthless.

Is the platform on the clock the cause of not letting the mechanism fully unwind, any help please.


Russell Eberhardt16/11/2019 11:01:57
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How did you clean it? Have you lubricated it? What oil did you use? Platform escapements are very delicate and need a watch oil.


BOB BLACKSHAW16/11/2019 13:10:40
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I cleaned the main body and platform in petrol,then used clock oil.The platform I just oiled the pivots very lightly. The clock worked the same before I touched it .


roy entwistle16/11/2019 15:30:30
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I would suggest that the platform needs stripping,cleaning and lubricating properly. I have known a sort of lint get round some of the arbors.


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