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  2. Esslinger.com beats CousinsUK in quality and typically price, especially with Swiss Bergeon tools and tool kits. Esslinger offers tool kits for beginners as well, starting at like 60 USD. That is where I started off, even though it hasn't progressed to much.
  3. May I ask the watchmaker community what are those extra numbers mean on these crystal glasses? The top is obviously the size of them what but are the others? Last year I bought a box of these off eBay. Is that cloverleaf (had to find its name in dictionary so hopefully I named it correctly) a trademark?
  4. Hi Just for interest what is the make of the movement and its caliber number, I cannot make it out , Well done for getting this far. Has this adventure fired your enthusiasm ?
  5. Hi I reckon Klassiker is about right, The extra will be worth it as regards quality and the tools will be ones that will be used, That is a "KIT". or there is the other route as mentioned by Joe, purchasing the items as singles and building up your own kit to the price you quoted, either way there will be plenty of advise from member as to what they personally recommend is required or essential to the task. Cheers
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  7. Bergeon is certainly good but as watchweasol said not cheap. Among products you see on ebay bar above, some will do for a starter/ hobbyist. Screwdriver sharpener for 2.99 Set of screwdrivers for about 10 to 15 bucks Tweezers about 20 bucks Stem holder 6 to 10 bucks You can get advice on each item right here. Moebius 800 oil for about 10 Jax case back opener 10 to 15 bucks And a running watch, Mumbay special with ST96 for about 15 to 20 bucks. Plus all the help, advice and friendship on this forum.
  8. What about the Bergeon 7812 Watchmakers Quick Service Kit? It would be 35 pounds over your budget (e.g. Cousins), but there won't be any waste in there.
  9. progress, thanks to all of you in this forum! It was a split stem, indeed, that had to be pulled out with scary force. Now to the next step - energizer 341, and see if I can get get the stem back together.
  10. thanks .. witch Bergeon kit would you recommend? thanks again
  11. Hi I would peruse the Bergeon catalogue, top quality tools but not cheap, Beware of the cheap options as they are usually bundled with tools which are not very good.
  12. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum.
  13. Hi everyone .. im looking for some advice for a present for my dad. My grandfather, his dad owned a watch repair shop.. in delhi between 1950- 1980 ash. he's always been fascinated with the mechanical watch movements. he's now retired ENT surgeon based in the UK.. and wanted to get him a good repair kit to start taking apart and repairing mechanical watches.. he's well versed in small fiddly work given his previous career and using microscopes.. loupes and fine motor skills.. looking for recommendations for a birthday present for a starter kit.. ive been looking but as this is not something im familiar with.. struggling to decide on a good option. ideally something that has a good case holder (versatile in terms of size.. up to large mens watch sizes) and all the required tools to get started. If it comes in a nice case would be beneficial.. budget up to £120 , but can push a bit more if it really fits the bill.. also looking for some mechanical watches for him to start playing with.. any suggestions welcome. thanks all Atul
  14. Thanks Nucejoe.just for reference I also have a similarly dialed,but differently cased seiko version.
  15. i hate split stem cases like this, i would suggest to avoid issues like marring as Marc said, take it to a jeweler and ask them to just remove the movement and thats it, it will cost much less, and then you could do the battery replacement yourself and re-assembling would be much easier than dis assembling.
  16. i just moved the solder that was already there over in order to release the sub-dial then installed new one then pushed the solder back over.
  17. This arrived today..as previously mentioned westclox used outsourced movements. This one a jeambrun.
  18. Nice end result. I use a similar process finishing off with polywatch. Care is needed to not press too hard, let the abrasives do their job. If there are any deep scratches or deep micro-scratches, too much pressure will tend to make them worse, and can even become so bad as to make the crystal needing replacement (I know I have done it, especially with ladies watch sizes!!). To protect the case a use duct tape or similar which stays in place even with some wetness present.
  19. As already stated this looks like it may well be a split stem in which case a quick note of caution..... If you use any thing to lever against the case to remove the outer part of the stem make sure you use something between the case and the lever to protect the case. It can be very easy to mar an otherwise good case if you don't, and as yours looks to be a solid gold case the risk is even higher.
  20. I'm afraid I reassembled my model 262 day.date incorrectly. How can I find the correct position for the day assembly. Is there a service manual pdf available anywhere?
  21. Nucejoe

    Hello

    Hi Ed, welcome to the forum.
  22. Hi and welcome to the forum Ed. Might find the SCWF seiko forum usefill if you have not already found it. Plenty of info to be had on both.
  23. Okay thanks again everyone!
  24. Hello and welcome to the forum! Obviously jewellery and watches are related trades, but your business is jewellery only, isn't it? So your interest in watches is more as a hobby, I guess.
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