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Vich last won the day on October 22 2016

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About Vich

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    Newcastle upon Tyne
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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. Hello Neil and a belated welcome from me, Bit wounded by what you said about Omegas but you might still be suffering the effects of being oot on the toon . It would be a pretty boring forum if we all liked the same stuff though so I hope you enjoy it here. Cheers, Vic
  2. Hello Bluestifford and welcome. Look forward to seeing those pics. Cheers, Vic
  3. Hello Spook and Welcome to the Forum. There are some good videos by Mark on correcting beat errors and regulating your watch and lots of postings to trace through. I am sure that if in a spot of bother you will get help here, at least parts for a Seiko 5 are quite available so you can get stuck in there. Cheers, Vic
  4. Hello Enzo and Welcome from me in the North East. I am also a hobbyist or tinkerer and it is good fun. Beware though it can get addictive. Loads of help given here though ! Cheers Vic
  5. Hello Jason and Welcome, Sure you will find a good home here. The garden shed is a thought I toyed with but started overcomplicating it by planning insulation and lining as well as looking into temperature control and consumer unit and other things, may get back to it, perhaps!! A few members have mentioned 3D printing, sounds fascinating, any good for the new pound coins Cheers, Vic
  6. Although it is not specific to any brand of watch a lot of us buy "Practical Watch Repairing by Donald de Carle". Although it is an old publication, a lot of members work on older watches and find it contemporaneous, a lot of the guidance is still relevant for newer watches as well. Watch Repair for Beginners by Harlod C. Kelly is also worth having. Lastly the Cooksey Shugart books - Complete Prtice Guide to Watches is also useful and is updated yearly, there is quite a bit of info given especially for American types but Swiss and others are also covered. If you are starting out you may find these worth having. Cheers, Vic
  7. Hello Andrew and welcome from me, great forum here with good advice freely given. My idea of a basic movement would be three hands, hour, min and seconds no day, date or chronograph stuff. You may try a pocket watch as the parts are a bit larger but just the ordinary type no fusee etc. lastly good luck, Cheers, Vic
  8. Hello Redbat, had to smile when I read your lead in. In the past I have also made all those sort of mistakes, in fact I would hazard a guess that lots of us have but philosophy jumps in to say mistakes are just lessons learned. Expletives also help in the moments after such lessons are learned of course Welcome from me Cheers, Vic
  9. Hello and welcome from me, That was a really good intro and earns respect from the start. This is the forum for you and I look forward to your postings. Cheers, Vic
  10. Hello SPC and welcome from me, I noticed your reference to the Timex and personally I have an interest in the Bulova Accutrons which I have always found to be lovely bits of advanced engineering for their time. This is a great forum and loads of help and good advice is always given if needed. Cheers, Vic
  11. Hello Hayley and welcome. Well I must admit that this is a first from my point of view and its outside of the norm for the forum. There are so many members that maybe someone will know something ! I can see a mechanism in your pic with what appear to be plastic bellows and a regulator ? Try to work backwards through from the bellows to what and how someting is compressing them to how that something gets its power and how that power is supplied - wind up key ? If it is a wind up operation it will involve a spring as the drive, giving a controlled level release of power to operate the bellows and perform any movements of the bird if that is applicable. If it is a spring it may be wound up tight so be very careful if releasing that power or you may hurt fingers or eyes. Really if the members were to help they need a tad more info and you would need to remove the movement for a better look. If you are intent on diy, as you do so, take pics each time before and after removal of screws, bolts and parts generally. Broken parts may present a problem with spares if they are needed so be careful. Look for simple stuff first, has anything foreign got in there to jam the works. Regarding movement parts, plastic is generally OK to clean with mild detergent and light brushing, metal parts of the movement could be cleaned in lighter fluid and in your position a light oil like sewing machine oil may be OK where metal touches metal on faster moving parts and 3 in 1 oil on slower moving parts to keep things simple but without a better view of the actual mechanism these are just guesses. PS I have assumed it is mechanical if it is battery operated other info may apply. I have deliberately kept away from complicating this help and hope that if others spot any flaws in my suggestions they will jump in to negate or supplement my advice. Forum members here are helpful and often willing to give advice but I have to admit this is a new one for me, Cheers, Vic
  12. Hello Frank, Welcome to this forum from a fellow tinkerer, loads of help given here and a wealth of experience is pooled in one place. Cheers, Vic
  13. Hello Ray, Welcome to the forum and thanks for the insight into your skills. Like yourself I have a boundary line and stick to tinkering, actual watch making is way beyond me but I like tinkering especially with the watches that seem to be lost causes. I find it both relaxing and frustrating which although dichotomous, if it leads to success, gives great pleasure and fun. I have so many projects I have lost count. I started with a small group of watches mainly accutrons but went on to add pure mechanicals. I still don't know what I am doing sometimes but the forum buddies amongst whom are many pro's and long time repairers who have always bailed me out and I can now contribute sometimes. The caveat is that It does draw you in, however, as a hobby you will find it engaging and of course you can wear your success on your wrist as well. Cheers, Vic
  14. Sorry transporter, I thought that my suggestion was different from what you had advised but if both methods produce the same result I guess its back to the drawing board Cheers, Vic
  15. If that is the seahorse type movement you can wait till the date changes at 12 then move the hour hand back to 9 you may get a slight click then wind forward past 12 again and keep repeating. My Glycine works that way as well. Cheers, Vic