I recently received a couple of pocket watches from a very trusting member who asked if I could do anything to resolve the problems with them. One was a well used Omega GSTP ex military watch, the other a nice little Elgin. Being an Omega fancier I thought I'd start on that. First thing is a visual inspection, and this one showed that it hard worked hard. Next was a quick timegrapher check to see if anything obvious stood out. That didn't go well as it wouldn't run in any position longer than a few seconds, so straight to disassembly. With the caseback off I first removed the balance assembly and was surprised at the amount of oil around the place. Although hard t see here, let me assure you there was a LOT! With the balance under a microscope, it wasn't hard to see a problem. Like may watches lacking shock protected balances, this one had a broken balance staff pivot. Even if the pivot was fine, I don't think this watch would have kept time anyway. Hairsprings must be scrupulously clean to function properly, and this one had enough oil trapped between the spirals to lubricate the whole watch! Now that we had identified a culprit, it was on to complete the tear down. No other major surprises, other than evidence of amazing amounts of oil. Next was the barrel and mainspring, which once again didn't disappoint with the amount of oil . Finally, all of the parts were ready for inspection to see if there were any more secrets. Some of you may notice the mainspring. This caused me to consult my mentors for advice which you can see here. So a new mainspring and a new balance staff were ordered, and so we continue.