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    • Yeah - the spring on my incabloc seems to fall out a lot. I have noticed the people doing videos using the eta movement seems to have a much easier time manipulating the screen. I was wondering it is just more practice (probably) or if the Swiss movement just fits together better at the hinge. 
    • A Chaika 1601A based "Dupont" USSR era with a deep blue dial joins the 404 club. It needs a new crystal, which I probably have in my stash, but other than that, it needed nothing other than a clean and a new strap. The Chaika 1601A turns up regularly in Sekonda ladies watches from around the late seventies till the late eighties, although there seems to be some debate about when the Chaika 1601A went in to production, with some sites suggesting as late as 1985. It seems to me to be a much older design, with more in common with 1950s calibers than ones from the mid eighties.   It has slightly odd dimensions, for a gents watch, which I presume it is.  With the two hander dial, 17mm lugs and a case size that would not look out of place on a 1950s watch, and a touch of the beer bottle cap design of the Rolex Oyster, it is somewhat unique. Its origins are a little unclear. Mikrolisk has a couple of suggestions.  Despite its diminutive size, the relatively large 1601A balance makes for a reasonably accurate little watch. It isn't likely to make COSC standars, but it runs pretty well for what it is.   As you can see the dial changes colour quite markedly depending on the light. Quite attractive, and well worth the four quid it cost. ... and of course we have to have the "money shot" too. It may be possible to date this more accurately if anybody knows how to decode the serial number.
    • These days I seldom ping parts (knock on wood!), and when I do I have a wonderful wife who helps me find them having the eyes of a hawk (bless her!). To me personally, it comes down to being relaxed, physically and mentally, and being patient, taking my time, which I can afford as an enthusiast. I constantly try to monitor my physical state of mind and body. When I become too tense, frustrated, or impatient I try to force myself to take a break, which, in itself can be frustrating at first. This, just like handling tools, takes practice.
    • I like the idea of using the rodico to manipulate the cap stone, especially during the oiling process. Just a little confused - since we use rodico to pull the capstone out of the chaton, it seems like it would be a challenge to remove the rodico from the chaton without pulling the two apart. 
    • Three of my lathes are setup for dedicated use. 1) primary turning (Levin), 2) graver sharpener (Peerless), 2) remote office general purpose (Peerless). I started with the two Peerless that my dad left me.  Kept searching for better precision and then discovered Levin and searched for that.  My Levin with cross slide and 4-jaw chuck, collet tailstock, also came from FB for $300...another good deal.
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