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clockboy

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  1. longines 6922 http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&&2uswk&Longines_6922
  2. Excellent walkthrough on a movement that is unfamiliar to me. Your work to get around the hand issue & the post you made for the recessed jewel I found very interesting & useful for future reference. Great job done & very a nice watch.
  3. Strange one. Is it by any chance a pin lever movement. I have noticed on a Timographer that the sensitivity has to be turned down with these movements to compensate for some of the unknown noises. If a swiss lever perhaps its a loose pallet. There is a fault analysis here by Witschi on pp5 it mentions the third noise !!!!!! spooky Witschi Training Course.pdf
  4. If the repair is hidden then I suppose it could be a way. The interesting part for me was how he steadies the piece with the end of the tip over rest. I might try that one. If he had used a song metal glue & did not drill completely through his method would work.
  5. Well I never knew that. I could have saved £7.00.
  6. The point I was trying to make, re- some tools with the brand "Bergeon" are I suspect are now made in China is that the quality is now longer a guarantee. I have no problem paying a premium for quality tools but in return I expect quality. However I agree with your list of quality brands & vintage tools such as K&D which are always quality. For example I recently purchased a vintage spring winder by "Master Craft". It just works perfectly every time & in my opinion is far superior than my Bergeon winder. However it is difficult to justify the cost of quality tools if you are a hobbyist or just a tinkerer working with the occasional watch.
  7. I purchased a new Bergeron cannon ponion remover as shown. However the new one,s are inferior to the orginal as they do not grip small canon pinions
  8. Just to add an important point. Normally removing a balance via punching it out (I use a Platax tool) is OK providing the rim of the balance is securely held and that the balance staff is not made of the old style metal. This is important as the hole that the staff is held by is not distorted/stretched and the rim of the balance is also not distorted during removal the process. I have read in a few BHI reports that some of the old style staffs where made of superior metals. If the staff does not show signs of moving with gentle taps you will have to remove the rivet using a graver & lathe to remove without causing unnecessary damage.
  9. There is another tool that can be used & I have used it with pocket watch staffs. It works by placing it over the old staff & pressing firmly on the balance rim and when pressing the plunger (which is spring loaded) it shocks the old balance staff out. The shaft is the same diameter as a staking tools punch and it is recommended that it is also used with a staking tool. I must admit I have not used it for a few years now but it does work but a bit crude. The bottom line is use the correct tools if available.
  10. It's difficult to give a definitive answer because not all dials are made of the same materials. If attempting to clean always try in a not viewing area of the dial if possible. However if it was me I would leave alone as it is showing its a nice vintage watch.
  11. The price guide books only really cover the high end watches and only give guide prices. If by any chance you think you have a rare/valuble watch or clock in the Uk "Bonhams auction house" have specialists who can advise & sell. However you could try this one that could be more comprehensive . "Wristwatch Annual 2016" by Peter Braun or this one to be found on the Bay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-A-C-Becken-1949-Jewelry-Diamonds-Tools-Novelties-Catalog-Price-Guide-/371867720873?hash=item56950b1ca9:g:kOgAAOSwA3dYkpqW
  12. Welcome Steve, Lots here started just tinkering & then just got hooked on the never ending horological journey. Enjoy.
  13. Welcome degas, I am too from the garden of England. Enjoy the forum.