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  2. Hi Steve Wat Sqiffy has said is sound advise keep it simple until your confidence grows. Th time only mantle clocks (one hole in the dial) are chunky enough to play with only the suspension and escapement are breakable the rest is quite tough, please mind the mainsprings and be sure to remove the tension before undoing the plates as the un tamed power when released can damage the clock and make more work. Take care and be patient as the cock up gremlins are sure to turn up.
  3. Hi Andy, the previous owner of all the above watches has had a go at them all ! He said, " the Rondamatic was running fast and the Oris was slow, so got his mate to adjust them and they both stopped" ! Can't imagine why lol. I will try your suggestion about the stem removal. They were cheap and ideal for me to practice on, and the bonus is I know out there there is someone worse than me ! Thanks Andy for your time and advice.
  4. One I restored for a lume-rot. I will be reluming it at some point to mount in this restored model as my eyes can't easily make out the hands on the gold dial.
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  6. I've still not finished with the various bits of building maintenance round here, so not much in the way of actual watch repairs going on, but I gave another of the freebie junk lot generic quartzes a quick polish and a new battery. I'm not fan of fabric nato straps, but this was what it came with, so it got a clean too. It has no brand name, but is reasonably well constructed, all be it with a pot metal body. Mineral glass and a two hander Chinese movement, and not much else to report.
  7. So it is either try to retrofit another or replace the whole movement? Or maybe replace the whole shock? I will try to grind a bit the extended edges of the new spring to see if it fits and come back! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. So far as I recall, you press the silver button to the right of the stem in the picture. I can't be certain which position you need to be in, but I think it was the wind position. The hairspring... 5 minutes and you will have that sorted It does look unfankleable but you will have your work cut out. The real question is why is it mangled in the first place. Has something jammed up and "bounced" the spring out of the side of the balance, or is this simply the result of fat thumb trouble on the part of the previous owner?
  9. I handle many 6R15 watches and none shown to be very sensitive to temperature, so you would have to take timegrapher pictures taken at controlled temperature. Anyway to help you with expectations I'm attaching the Technical Guide, like it or not Seiko specifies an acceptable accuracy on the wrist from -15 s/d to +25 s/day with temperatures between 5° and 35° C. But as mentioned with good regulation most pieces do better than that. 6R15B, 6R15C.pdf
  10. Correction... of course that's 3 s/d/d.
  11. I recently bought a Seiko 6R15 based Alpinist. It keeps pretty good time if I keep it wound and sitting on a table in various positions, temperature in the mid 60's F. On the wrist it goes to around +45 seconds/day. Timegrapher shows similar results.. half or fully wound it runs way fast coming off the wrist or pocket and you can see it slide back to +/- a few seconds/day over the next 15 minutes as the watch cools off. I don't know what wrist temp means for the watch (skin on the back, ambient on the crystal), but guessing the difference is around 15 C, so the change would be 5 seconds/day/degree. That sounds like a lot (COSC limit is .6). What could cause this? Are Spron hairsprings more sensitive? Anything to do about it other than regulate for expected conditions?
  12. Isn't that easy to find something that matches perfectly. Not just the diameter but the mov.t and stem height have to match. In the easiest case you can adapt or 3D-print ring holder otherwise it could be quite complicated to execute a good job.
  13. looks like glass, i would be interested just as long as its pure not based in anything.
  14. Not even that much expensive, the two more costly tools I have are a 5700 bench case opener and a pressure tester (both Chinese knock-off), they are like $200 each, guess what I rarely use them now. That doesn't buy a good camera body, or a medium-high smartphone, or 5 dinners for 2.
  15. Google "shellac leaves" and you'll see what it is.
  16. Hi AndyHull, That's a very interesting point, while I'm still learning about the basic stuff, I'll keep an eye out for affordable timepieces to buy and try to work on it, thanks for the tip. Darak
  17. is it pure shellac? as in solid form not liquid?
  18. My first point of call is usually the manufacturer... info@bergeon.swiss You never know, they might know!
  19. PS, any idea how to remove stem and crown from the Rondamatic? The silver button and the indent either side of the stem does nothing, nor the screw, I am stumped ! The balance spring appears to be glued??? And is wrecked I think.
  20. Hi Jdm, Thanks for the reply, I agree with you on developing dexterity, correct techniques and confidence on a more affordable piece, I'm still a long way from that, also building up my tools on the way, I do enjoy that, it's an expensive hobby for sure, but it's very very rewarding, and thanks for the encouragement, I'm not working on my nice Seiko SARX055 just yet, only regulate it, but I took apart my Seiko 5 for sure, and I'll continue work on it to build more confidence. Darak
  21. Oh and you might want to reconsider your title..... we could end up with fetish weirdos finding your post through dodgy search engines
  22. I was there a couple of months ago, be careful it’s addictive! the advice given, and good advice it was too, is to start simple and initially stay away from the cheap mass produced stuff. They are so built down to price that they are throw away and not ideal candidates for repairs. Good for pulling apart to see how things work but then difficult to get working right again. my suggestion would be to start on an old mantle type, time only or time and strike. Plenty of Smiths out there for low money and once inside the movements are solid. I was given a Smiths Westminster chime and it’s a lovely old clock. The chime setup is complicated and with three trains to work through it takes time to figure it all out. Take photos, lots and lots as you dismantle everything. Keep the different trains separated placing each cog run into their own containers to avoid mixing them up and if you can number or mark the order of each train. There are some top guys on here who will help when things go wrong (and they will go wrong) but when the thing is right and it starts ticking it is the greatest satisfaction of knowing you did that. good luck and keep us informed
  23. Hi Deggsie, Thanks for the long reply, a lot of information, I do appreciate that, I have some Rodico and an old ultrasonic cleaner, I don't have the cleaning solution yet, so I think I'll just use Rodico to clean the balance stones, and I also have 9010 and Bergeon oiler, so I can oil the stones, it will be a new achievement for me, never done this before, looking forward to that. And yes, I always measure in six positions, and every time I change positions, I'll take it off and move the watch around, but this makes me think, some watchmaker uses auto timegrapher, means the timegrapher will move between positions by itself, does this means take the watch off and move it around is not necessary? "Don’t waste time trying to learn on cheap movements", I heard you, but I'm very new to this watchmaking hobby, even I can do very very tiny electronic SMD hand soldering, it doesn't mean I want to risk myself or a friend expensive timepiece, still need to train my dexterity ,new techniques and confidence, and I just got a visit from the screw-up fairy a few days ago, by using the wrong screwdriver on the wrong job, just got a new set of Bergeon after that, hope it won't happen again. Darak
  24. Don’t beat yourself up about it I’m always hear to tell you what to do.......... ha ha ha ha ha
  25. Hi guys, I was thinking I'd like to dip my toe in the waters and see what makes a clock tick. What would make a good first project / victim? I was thinking a cheap fold up travel clock maybe, if anything just for nostalgic reasons, we had these around the house when I was growing up in the 80's (I don't think they ever got used just sat in a cupboard where I could get my little fingers on them ). Like the one pictured below (I pulled the pic from a google search)
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