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  2. Balance nomenclature

    I suspect those numbers indicate the size of the particular movement. Generally the smaller number is the width, in lignes. the larger, the length. That would make it for a fairly small ladies watch.
  3. It's a combination tool, used to clamp around roller-table to heat up and flow shellac around the roller jewel. The roller-table clamps on the short side while the long end (wing) is heated over a flame. Cheers.
  4. Hi, I recently purchased a lot on ebay that contained an assortment of watch repair tools. I was specifically after a cannon pinion remover and mainspring winder but the following was included. Does anyone recognize this as a watch repair tool? Regards, Darren
  5. One more then I quit. Promise. I found quite a few packets from a supplier called Genuine Vantage. They all have a number just like Marshall and they appear to be part of a material system. I have the Marshall catalog and the Swartzchilde (sp?) catalog so I can look up their number and figure out what the part is but I don't have a Vantage catalog. I googles it under various name combinations and can't find a thing. Anybody know where to get one or an online copy? Thanks! Dan.
  6. Sorry for being such a pain but after about 10 hours of going through watch parts I have some questions. Here is a picture of one of the balances I found. I think its for an FHF model 60. I'm guessing the "No 200" is renata's stock number but what in the world does 6 3/4-8''' refer to? The next picture shows 5 more. I understand the A.S. 1012 is a balance for an A. Schield model 1012 and the ST 69 is for an ST (whoever that is) model 69 but the other three have that fractional nomenclature. The FHF appears to be for a model 60 but what does the 6/8" refer to? This time there are only two marks after the fraction rather than three like the others. The FEF has 5''' (three marks). Anybody know what this means? BTW, I found the fastest way to remove a balance staff, roller table, hairspring and jewel is to drop it on the floor and accidentally step on it while you're looking for it. I recovered a total of 31 balances including the one I ruined. About 5 were ruined including the A.S. 1012 and FEF shown because the manufacturer padded the holder with foam causing the balances to rust. The rest were padded with cotton and looked brand new and shiny. I plan to practice removing staffs from the bad ones.
  7. ff watch parts

    I kinda got tangled up in that last reply so this is a continuation. Here are more packages. The F appears to be Felsa. I'm confused about the ST package. The table I found online said ST stood for Seth Thomas but when I looked at the history of Seth Thomas, it said they made pocket watches until the '30s and said nothing about wrist watches. So who is ST? I have a lot of parts like these from several manufacturers.
  8. ff watch parts

    The FF was in fact FHF Fontemelon; thanks Watchmaker for the link. Here is a picture. So the next question is how to tell the application. The one on the right has 59 and 59N. I think that refers to the movement or caliber. Is that right? I have no idea what the 3 3/4 refers to. I'm guessing the numbers below are part numbers. The left package seems to identify several models under the number 443. I have no idea what 443 refers to.
  9. I have a Bulova 10BT with one of the dial screws slightly rusted and the head of the screw is stripped so that a screwdriver will not engage to back out the screw. What can I do to get this guy out? Small twist drill bit and drill out?
  10. Enicar glass with marked ring

    It finally worked with a little bit of sandpaper on the edges, to facilitate the insertion...but now another issue: does anybody see the pin to unlock the stem? I opened the watch long ago and I forgot how I did it! Sent from my Le X829 using Tapatalk
  11. It is likely a front loader, you can search for these terms here or on google. However considering that is a valuable piece I recommend that you do not attempt to work on it without the necessary knowledge and tools; give it to a professional.
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  13. Hi, I just bought Hamilton Jazzmaster Maestro Chronograph Н327660. I'm in love with the watch, but the case is very worn and scratched. and decided to polish the case, so have to strip it down. I have removed the back, removed the crown, removed the two screws holding the movement to the case. Then turned the watch, but the movement didn't came out. Any idea how to remove the movement from the case? Thanks in advance
  14. Yes, the new MS is a lot longer and thicker, which means that will be wound more tightly, excessively stressed and consequently it broke. As a rule of thumb the mainspring should take no more than one third of the barrel. You could probably use 3.00 x .195 x 600 x 18 (GR7194) but check for damage done by breakage.
  15. if a main spring breaks at one of the ends, you can aneal the end and reshape it. vin
  16. Here are the factory instructions for the Wittnauer 11 1/2 ligne 11K series. I hope people find it handy. I couldn't find anything about oiling the reversing wheels when I worked on my nephew's 11KAS, and here it was, just steps away from my bench. It's the only set of such instructions that I have, and was in a book I bought a few years back. Cheers.
  17. Hello, I had a lot of fun rebuilding my first pocket watch, a 'Goliath' (see pic). After 2 weeks of working well, the mainspring snapped... I brought a new mainspring from Cousins; I would not find an exact match of the original. The original measured: 3.10 x 0.20 x 620 (mm) Cousins replacement: 3.00 x 0.23 x 640 (mm) Could the differences in specification have caused the breakage? Or was perhaps the spring faulty?
  18. I'm afraid I made a mistake calling the "barrel bridge" a "train wheel bridge" in my previous post: "Differences between Vostok 24XX parts: The Click".
  19. Difficulty removing watch movement

    Either the bezel at the front comes off to let the movement drop out of the front or there it should all push out of the back. Difficult to tell from photo but are you sure that's not just a movement support ring at the back that's seized in looking at condition of the rest of the case and it all just push's from the fron out of the back?
  20. Hi - Although I've attempted to play with and repair a lot of watch movements, I'm having difficultly with this Avia. Challenge I've had is I can't for the life of me work out how to get the movement out of the case. The glass is off and I've tried to take it out the front but no luck as it seems the dial is just a little larger than the front opening. Can't take it out the back because of the spacer that is build into the case. Case screws and watch winder have been removed. Can anyone let me know what I am doing wrong? Thanks in advance.
  21. Hello from Pennsylvania

    Hi friend, welcome to this friendly forum. All good wishes for your success and that of your son also. Regards, Mike.
  22. Hello from Alberta Canada

    Hi Del, I was brought up the hard way as well. I did get some training from a real good watchmaker friend though many years ago so I was lucky. They keep their hands close to their chest nowadays to keep their jobs. Yes, Mark is excellent. Good wishes Del and welcome.
  23. I've got it at the pharmacy (in my country they sell this kind of stuff for laboratory use). It's a highly refined solvent, in my case Isohexane, CAS No. 601-007-07-7. In summary, it's still close to spark engine fuel and an excellent stain remover. Leaves no residue whatsoever, and no rinse is necessary, I've used on a watch movement (all parts), without any funky vintage cleaning machine, no warming, no ultrasonic, just a gentle hand shaking, and rubber blower drying. Not expensive per se, it comes in small bottles. Very volatile, must be kept closed all the time. Judging by the debris left in the container, it cleans very well.
  24. Made a video on line explaining how I make a custom tapered shank that would fit into my Peerless Lathe tailstock spindle and receive a micro drill chuck. All so i could use micro drills in my tailstock to drill out and put in new pivots. Have a look and if you have any questions, just ask. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  25. Good day, I've been fiddling with old mechanical watches for a couple years and destroyed a load of disposable cheap russian watches figuring out how to put one back together. I do wish I'd discovered Mark's channels before I had to sacrifice so many to the cause. On the bright side being made by the millions a few dozen won't be missed. I'm pleased as punch to have found such a complete resource to learn from. Thanks
  26. Just attach to a posting in "chat watches" and any Internet search will find it easily.
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