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  2. Thanks Wayne, a detailed and painstaking contribution. I'm not entirely green when it comes to identifying movements - I have a Paulson catalogue and use the Ranfft site plus the usual web searches. I was misdirected a bit as my friend with whom I jointly buy and sell stuff was adamant about it being a Cyma. Strange how that sort of certainty can prevent one from starting from a blank page. There was another person keen to buy it who was equally certain and, it seems, equally in error! Thanks again Roy
  3. You have to do your research when dealing with watches of this vintage on the bottom plate of your watch there are 2 markings one is a triangle made up of a A and M so that tells me that its a Adolf.Michel movement, there is also a second symbol shaped like a shield this is a Ebauches Trust mark also know as Ebauches S.A which was a small group of movement manufactures who in 1926 set up a partnership to pool resources in developing movements in order to survive against larger manufactures Adolf.Michel was one of the founding members of that group, the mark on your watch was fairly short lived and ran from 1936 to around 1939 so your watch movement dates from that period. It looks like a calibre 273 from the dial side so you need to measure the width of the movement and confirm its a 12 ligne movement if so that would make it a calibre 1710 finding info on watch movements of this vintage is very hard finding parts is almost impossible, for a positive identification you will probably need a Bestfit book to check but you have been given enough information for you to do your research. Other things I can tell you about your watch are that it is a British military issue watch issued by the Hydrographic Service to the Fleet Air Arm so you maybe better doing more research along those lines, I think I have a reference book with this watch in, but I am at work at the moment so will look tomorrow when I get home, Wayne
  4. Thanks Guys! As usual, fast and helpful. Eric
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  6. Thanks. Could I have been more wrong? Quite possibly - I've had a lot of practice. Now I need to take a look at the setting lever - may be an easier fix than I thought. Are you absolutely certain about the movement? Not questioning you just interested in not having to be in any doubt. And now that you've pointed it out, it's pretty obvious that the teeth aren't engaging fully - barely at all. How did I miss this? Same answer as above. Roy
  7. The cal is a 1710 which is a modified 12 ligne cal 237 which is a non chronograph cal but the setting parts will be the same as the 1710.
  8. The movement is a A.Michel S.A Grenchen usually just prefixed as A.M movements the teeth look not to be meshing correctly as opposed to excessive wear so more a problem with the setting lever than the wheels it looks like to me
  9. Hi Frenchie, you don't want much do you LOL. Thank you for replying. Johnnie
  10. Thanks for those diagrams, Henry. I understand what you're talking about. I'm just waiting on delivery of the thermostat and the bulb to get going with it. I'll update as soon as I do!
  11. That doesn't look that good. You need to replace the fork or shellac the jewel back in place. As the movement is pretty small that could be a real challenge? The jewel could be fixed in place with shellac.
  12. I think you've answered your own question. You need a working jeweller not a watch maker. My local college runs jeweller's courses. They could be interested in your jobs as practice or you may find a student who'll work for beer money. Ask at your local college. Cheers Neil Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I have just acquired this one - the price reflected the fact that the teeth visible in the accompanying close-up snap are worn and occasionally jump when setting. Otherwise it runs well. I was wondering whether there are any options for fixing this fault. So far I've been unable to identify the movement so sourcing a spare part (s) changes from difficult to impossible. I have some other reservations about it but I'll hold back on them for the moment. Thanks! Roy
  14. Omega Speedmaster Moonphase (for now anyways ) Or, in an ideal world, one of the Patek Philippe Grand Complications 6300G-001 ... droooooooool..... (also: $750,000... and it's not even waterproof... ouch... but so amazing!!!)
  15. Cheers mates. Im working on a Rolex cal. 2030 lady watch. When put togheter I see that the one end stone on the pallet fork is misplaced. And the balance wheel have very small movment sideways. And stopps after 6-7 seconds. Is the reason that the end stone is msiplaced? Must I buy new pallet fork? This cannot be glued? Shall I replace the escapment wheel as well? As usual, thanks for alle help.... Armand
  16. Hi Anilv, wise words indeed! I am actively seeking a Seiko Pogue but cannot find one that's100% original, also being a big fellow I need a big watch LOL. Until I found this forum I didn't actually collect watches even though I have always loved them. The watches that I have are watches that I have owned from the early 1970s and have simply sat in my desk for years but I wind them regularly so they all work perfectly. Thanks for replying, Johnnie
  17. Sorry but if you don't have a timegrapher you can't be sure if the beat error or if the adjustment you make are right? You could be way of beat and the movement can still run by the look of it okay? If you are going to service more movements you need a timegrapher.
  18. Do you apply silicon to this gasket prior to pressing in the crystal?? Answer NO.
  19. This is my hobby so not complete equipment.
  20. Absolutely nothing goes in there.
  21. Don't have.
  22. Do you have a timegrapher or equivalent application? That will tell you more than just the rate.
  23. +8 minutes per day
  24. Clean already
  25. Beautiful watch. I have always enjoyed BULOVA watches, collecting and repairing them. I have probably 50 in my collection and hundreds of parts movements and thousands of individual parts. A BULOVA accutron was the first watch I ever purchased myself at 10 years old, and I also have both my grandfathers watches that are BULOVAs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  26. There is a verity of baskets here and mini baskets https://www.cousinsuk.com/search?SearchTerm=baskets
  27. You have a number of options open to you, try and find a National electric complete basket off the bay but I think you would have more luck finding a bag of rocking horse poo than that. The national uses a three prong bayonet fitting that is 80mm across, the basket fits to a shaft with bayonet fitting that is connected directly to the motor. The photo above shows a National basket compared to probably the most common type of basket which is a Elma basket these are approx 70mm across, the dividers from the elma will fit snugley into the national basket so divisions can be created in the basket using these, I can with my national basket create 3 useful layers using elma dividers. The Elma bayonet fitting is not wide enough at 70mm to fit directly to a national machine, but you can remove the shaft and fitting from the national by loosening the grub screw that hold the shaft to the motor and replace it with a Elma shaft and fitting again held in place with a grub screw, this would allow you to use elma baskets and dividers on the National machine, you can also buy useful little baskets that will fit in your National such as these, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/16mm-Brass-basket-parts-holder-ultrasonic-cleaning-mesh-screw-type-watch-tool-/301581103372?hash=item4637a2710c:g:hpcAAOSwhQhYxwhS Complete baskets and dividers can be bought for elma type machines new such as this, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Watch-cleaning-machine-janta-pearl-brand-spare-parts-bottles-and-baskets-/291879006669?var=&hash=item43f55831cd:m:mp1w4YBMDAelzeQs1e3Twkg I am of course providing this information assuming that your National machine has the original basket and shaft fitted, so a photo would be useful of your machine to confirm, you will have to at any rate to keep your eyes peeled on the bay but with a little adaption your options are open in order to have a useful machine.
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