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Vich last won the day on October 22 2016

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    Real ale - CAMRA Member
    Watch Tinkering
    IT - Used to be what I did for a Living prior to retirement

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  1. That's it George, if you are starting to flirt with other men we are finished ! [emoji6] Cheers, Wentworth
  2. Hello Twannie, Welcome from me as well, I have been helped by others on this forum and am sure you will find a place here. Cheers, Vic
  3. Sounds like the re assembly may have put something right though you will know for sure until the watch is placed in various different positions ie on its side or face as if it was in your pocket. In time you will get things together and gain more tools sometimes circumstances dictate what you have to use but a miniscule bit of wood or indeed anything could stop a watch. don't know if you have seen this: Good luck and Health, Vic
  4. Just a thought Teng, Have you cheched the clearance between the hands, some times they can catch each other if the spacing is not right. Cheers, Vic
  5. Are you saying that when you pull out the stem, as if you were going to adjust the time etc. the movement stops or have I misunderstood. Either way pics of the movement would be useful for a better understanding and we may be able to spot something. As you have had it apart and back together then you have to retrace your steps but first have a good look at it through the loupe, manification of the various parts may help and even a bit of muck or a tiny hair could affect things. What oil did you use on it. Could you have bent something during your cleaning process, I tend to use ultrasonic cleaners but use naptha (lighter fluid) just like you, a toothbrush could possibly adversely affect a wheel. Unfortunately at this stage there are too many reasons to quote. If you do take it apart again check that the train wheels are all ok and not twisted, go slowly and be scrupulously clean look at each part carefully through magnification. Cheers, Vic
  6. Hello Federico and welcome from me, I spent some time in Santa Cruz when in California visiting my son. Took Highway One from San Francisco to get back towards LA and stopped off on the way. Lovely place. I am sure you will be at home in the forum, a wealth of knowledge here and freely given if you get into bother with a project. Cheers, Vic
  7. Hello Teng and welcome, The movement does not need to be that bad, if you have, or get yourself an old simple cheap working pocket watch from the bay, then think about doing a full service on it. So you will need to take it apart clean it all down and put it back together oiling on the way. There are others more versed than I but I would suggest staying away from the fusee type movements and stick to something more simple for your first attempt. Take pics every time you remove a part before and after for a reference for re assembly. Buy just what you need to work on that watch and you can add additional tools as you move on to other projects. Case repair is a whole separate set of skills on its own, polishing is not so bad, there are threads available on most topics like oils and tools, we are always talking about the benefits of good drivers and tweezers and the "dressing" of them on this forum I am sure that you will get help here if you get stuck. Take your time, research your project and be patient but expect trials and tribulations, it goes with the game. Cheers, Vic
  8. Hello Macleod and Welcome I am a fellow tinkerer with an ever increasing bunch of "projects", I have always received help and advice here and am sure you will get help if needed. Cheers, Vic
  9. Well done, you have achieved an impressive objective and demonstrated some excellent skills, it has been a pleasure to track this post. Cheers, Vic
  10. I suppose it's not what you use its the way you use it - probably why I have screwed up so often ! Cheers, Vic
  11. Hello David, I accept totally what you say in respect of the Eastern block countries. Jarosław Wilczyński definitely has skills far in excess of anything I, as a tinkerer, would aspire to. I decided to look at some other videos he has put on the tube and was surprised to see that he has indeed got all the modern equipment you would need as a watch repairer and maker. Check out what he was using 4 years ago "Zarta 1800 watch consist" and some of his other videos showing timing machine, parts cleaner etc. Without, I hope, being judgemental, I feel that he was merely demonstrating his skill in a way to perform a task, perhaps as it would need to be done if you did not have the relevant tools, and in honesty he succeeded from that point of view. I would guess that he perhaps would not work that way normally and was just having some fun. The idea of taking a hammer to the front of a dial especially without a fine punch certainly had a shock effect on me. However, even with the two holes he created and covered with white paint the whole demo of his skill was educational. As I said I do not have his skills and would probably have used something stupid like sticky dial pads. In conclusion, I recommend that people should check out his video on "Omega Seamaster - Cleaning, folding, checking" if you want to see some more of his real skill, he has the most steady hands I have seen and note the attention to cleanliness and care - finger cots included. A talented guy. Regards, Vic
  12. Hello PD Although I am not advertising for them the Bergeon screwdrivers are good but expensive. I bought them one at a time as the need cropped up. You can however, buy the copies or clones if you like,from the bay or red rooster, Anchor or the like and just purchase the Bergeon replacement blades and stick them in the clone drivers to save some cash. Most members will agree that you need good drivers and tweezers. My lamp oil is getting a bit low so I have numerous magnifying devices including the headgear type, these are essential for me. New tools are like new toys for the likes of myself. With reference to your amusing handle, cling film may be a necessary purchase. However, a name or pseudonym may spare some blushes for the faint hearted [emoji6] Welcome to the forum. Cheers, Vic
  13. There seems to be a problem with the link I posted. I will try it again but if it is still defunct you can get to the article by doing a trace on Lem within the whole community. Cheers Vic
  14. Pity you can not pick up a secondhand Lem, check out: It is really good. Cheers, Vic Ps cost about £65 inc postage but I was lucky