I was able to get my hands (Pun! Whomp whomp.) on a mechanical watch for the first time.
Before the invention of the electric watch in 1957, all watches were mechanical. You had to wind them every day (although there were self winding watches as well, known as automatic watches).
Although this watch is in the Art Deco style, the history of the company suggests that this watch was produced in the early to mid 1930s.
I watched a number of Youtube videos about repairing mechanical watches, then opened the back of the watch to see if there was an obvious fix.
I was able to see that the balance (top left wheel), fork (it’s a T-shaped piece, but most of it is hidden), and escape wheel (silver wheel with little hooks on it) are all moving, but the movement stops at the fourth wheel (the one mostly hidden, right under the escape wheel). To see what’s wrong, I’d have to take off the train bridge (the metal plate hiding most of the wheel train).
Unfortunately, even my tiniest screwdriver was too big. I’d have to order a 0.5 mm screwdriver.
I’ll have to put this project aside for now, until I can get a screwdriver small enough to open the bridge without destroying the screws. But it’s a really amazing piece of history, and shows incredible engineering skill.