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  1. What @clockboy said. Just avoid 5 minute epoxy as it may not give you enough time should you place the spring incorrectly.
  2. Because many are quite expensive, peoples opinions will be fairly subjective. I like my apple watch as it fits in with my Apple eco system very well. However, if I was a Windows/Linux, Android user then the Apple watch would be useless to me and I would have a very different opinion. And yes - I do wear an Apple watch on occasion lol - ask user @jdm who was a recent witness to this atrocity.
  3. This particular one is not possible to pin unfortunately. The best remedy is to clean out the old adhesive and apply new. I would use a slower drying epoxy (very very small amount applied using a clock oiler for example). Apply when the glue is tacky enough to hold the spring in place so you can test if it is correctly positioned. Once you are convinced of its correct position along the length of the end of the spring then leave it to set. Do this with the stud re-attached to the index but the hairspring not attached to the balance staff so that you can check the position of the hairspring collet being directly over the pivot hole. This will make it easier for you to observe that the spring is straight and true on the stud.
  4. Mark received this reply. Just a heads up that he does send you a PM

    Quite a brutal necessary evil, but I understand your side.

    Another Question

    After Mark built his New shop, he moved away. Why?


    You will have to ask Mark. I am not fully aware of his reasoning & never asked.

  5. I hope you didn't put steaming hot coffee in that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. New certificate purchased and installed. I have reverted the board to secure login. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. OK - waiting for a new certificate to be issued now. Not sure how long, maybe 24 hours so I have set it to be able to login over standard HTTP for now until its sorted. Will update this thread when it's resolved.
  8. OK - thanks, dealing with this now
  9. As The New York Times wrote after his death, Henry B. Fried was "widely acknowledged as the dean of American watchmakers." In the revised, 1961 edition of his classic book The Watch Repairer's Manual, reprinted here, Fried addresses topics important to contemporary watch repairers, such as self-winding watches, waterproofing, calendar watches, alarm wristwatches, and chronographs. The Watch Repairer's Manual also includes a fine visual dictionary of exploded views in isometric, which are very helpful for ordering watch parts. One of the few modern books available on the techniques of watch repair and certainly the most esteemed, The Watch Repairer's Manual is outstanding for its sequence of presentation and its many useful illustrations, including enlarged details of alarm and self-winding watches. The consummate craftsman and master of details, Fried himself created the illustrations. From teaching others, Fried has learned that if you have a good understanding of how and why the mechanisms work, you will become better at fixing any problems you face-often without needing to consult a book. The Watch Repairer's Manual provides: For anyone interested in watch repair, this volume will serve as a working manual, a reference manual, and even a course of study. Assuming little previous knowledge on the part of the reader, Fried provides complete and clear detail on each operation. The Watch Repairer's Manual should be of great value to the student, hobbyist, watch collector, and instrument maker. Henry B. Fried wrote and illustrated 14 books, many pamphlets, and hundreds of articles on horology, the science of timepieces. The first American to receive the Silver Medal of the British Horological Institute, he served as president of the New York City Horological Society and the New York State Watchmakers Association and vice president of the old Horological Institute of America. He taught and lectured on horology and served as an industry consultant. He also was a consultant for the Random House Dictionary and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Product details Paperback: 326 pages Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media (14 Mar. 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 1626549982 ISBN-13: 978-1626549982 Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.7 x 24.4 cm Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  10. An unabridged reproduction of the work as it was originally published in 1948 by a London publisher, Watch Repairing as a Hobby remains, more than half a century later, an indispensable guide to understanding how watches work. Starting at the very basics of watch operation, Fletcher moves through the various tools required for repair, disassembling and cleaning, as well as a troubleshooting guide for common ailments with detailed solutions. Included with dozens of illustrations to guide you through analysis and repair, Watch Repairing as a Hobby is an essential text for anyone interested in watches. Product details Hardcover: 64 pages Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (18 Oct. 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1616086459 ISBN-13: 978-1616086459 Product Dimensions: 14 x 14.7 x 21.6 cm Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  11. Brand new item from Clocks Magazine, the experts in horological publishing, 65 pages, A5, lavishly illustrated in full colour. Written by the acknowledged expert in the field. Full instructions on how to dismantle and service a clock, perform common repairs and put it all back together again. Also contains a fault-finding section, essential in a book of this kind. Now in its second printing, Clock Repair A Beginner Guide is a concise and easy-to-understand guide for the absolute beginner to clock repair. It takes the reader through all the stages of repairing a clock, from removing the movement from the case, through dismantling it and performing simple repairs, to reassembling it and getting it going again. Technical terms are kept to the minimum and those that are used are explained in the glossary. There is also essential advice on how to trace the fault that is stopping your clock or causing it to run erratically. Product details Paperback: 64 pages Publisher: Splat Publishing Ltd; Third printing edition (28 Oct. 2010) ISBN-10: 0956273211 ISBN-13: 978-0956273215 Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.4 x 0.4 cm Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  12. Mechanical clocks are now considered works of art, a part of history, a member of the family and they need love. Sooner or later, your treasured timepiece will stop. Your choice is to either live with it in silence or go to a hard to find repair shop, leave it for weeks and pay perhaps hundreds of dollars to get it back, hopefully working. The fact is, you can more than likely do the same thing they do, yourself. There are little-known items that stop a clock that you can easily do yourself for very little money. You can even oil your clock for just a few dollars’ worth of oil. You can service: Grandfather Clocks, Mantel Clocks, Wall Clocks, Kitchen Clocks, French Clocks, Cuckoo Clocks, etc. No expensive tools needed besides oil which I will tell you where to buy it very inexpensively. I will teach you how to service your own clock. Product details Paperback: 136 pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (1 Jan. 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 1523217723 ISBN-13: 978-1523217724 Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.8 x 27.9 cm Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  13. All of the precise and delicate gears and levers in a clock can appear dizzying to the amateur, but this guide, with its wonderfully detailed diagrams, can clear things up. It covers the theory behind clock movement and design, including the particulars of escapements, pendulums, balance wheels and the sheet music for popular chimes, while the 400-day clock and the alarm clock receive special attention. The in-depth information, including explanations of clock repairing terminology, plus details on the tools, materials and supplies that are needed for success will benefit even skilled enthusiasts. Product details Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.; Reprint edition (17 Sept. 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 160239153X ISBN-13: 978-1602391536 Product Dimensions: 14 x 14.2 x 21 cm Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  14. In "The Clock Repairer's Manual, " Mick Watters explains how to approach all aspects of clock repair, maintenance, and cleaning with confidence. For anyone who has ever considered clock repair as a hobby or a profession, as well as those under initial training and for the existing repairer, this comprehensively illustrated and detailed manual will be a useful reference. Topics covered include the typical clock movement; dismantling, cleaning, and reassembling; striking and chiming clocks; repairing worn pivots and bushing; and escapements, staff fitting, and jewelling. Product details Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (25 Nov. 1996) Language: English ISBN-10: 1852239603 ISBN-13: 978-1852239602 Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2 x 25.1 cm Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  15. The repair of clocks calls for a variety of skills and crafts, few of which can be 'picked up' by bench work alone. In the horological trade, it is technical practice that the 'prentice hand' is first tried out on clocks, before attempting repair work on watches. Clocks have the advantage of possessing sizeable and robust parts and of being easier to handle. But there the advantage for the repairer ends. The sizes, shapes, complications and even the nationalities of clocks appear to be without end. Every movement has detail difference and, naturally, the defects when due for repair, are as varied. In this book, the author has dealt with the usual faults likely to develop in each type of movement in general use; from the lordly grandfather to the humble alarm. All the tools and equipment are described and illustrated, together with the ways of using them. The craftsman's most important and valuable tools of all - his skilful fingers - are shown in use in the clearest manner. As is usual in N.A.G. Press textbooks, the drawings have been specially made from parts under working conditions. A glance through the book will show their usefulness and clarity. Over 400 line drawings are used throughout and the reader is left in no doubt of what he is asked to do in following the author's clearly written technical and practical instructions. Product details Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: NAG Press; 3rd edition (1 Jun. 1968) Language: English ISBN-10: 0719800005 ISBN-13: 978-0719800009 Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 22.1 cm Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)