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  1. 7 points

    First time lumed dial..

    I'm very satisfied with how this dial turned out. I'm building and Elgin pocket watch conversion into wristwatch and wanted a vintage military dial look. I had recently purchased a lume kit but hadn't had the chance to use it yet. I design the dial with bold outlined numerals for the purpose of filling with lume. It really turned out better than I ever hoped! The first dial I did turned out very acceptable, except that I had another issue with it and had to start over. I learned quite a bit just from doing that one dial. Once I had the printing plate made I repainted the original Elgin dial to a flat white. I then Inked the plate and printed the new dial. Once everything was dry I then slowly added the lume using a 100 - 0 paintbrush which is about the size of a watch Oiler. I went around the dial 4 times adding a layer little by little. I'm very surprised just how much Lume this process adds. The markers have a nice three-dimensional heft to them...
  2. 6 points
    Just got back from going to the Patek Phillippe "The Art of Watches" exhibition at Grand Central in New York. It was AWESOME!!! Not only did they showcase all of their best watches through the years, including ones owned by superstars like Joe Dimaggio and Duke Ellington, but they let you watch the actual artists and watchmakers at work... I watched a guy cut a gear out using a lathe made in 1910... apparently this is how Patek STILL makes the majority of their mechanical movements... I thought all that would be automated by now, but nope... you can talk to the watchmakers too. They also showed off all of their most complicated movements, and let you see the way repeaters and moon phases and everything fit together. Stunning. The exhibit ends tomorrow, so I realize this is late notice, but if you are in the Tri-State area and can get into Grand Central I say go to this, you will not be disappointed... though expect a wait to get in!!! I couldn't believe it, but we had to wait on a line for 30 minutes just to get in! I had no idea that mechanical watches had such a big fan base. I thought I'd be one of the only ones there, but it was packed. Well worth the wait though. http://www.patek.com/en/communication/news/the-art-of-watches-grand-exhibition-new-york-2017
  3. 5 points

    Parts mart

    Whilst parts sales not allowed on WRT, they are now encouraged by watch guy. Just added this to the suppliers links page. https://www.watchrepairtalk.com/links/watch-clock-repair-suppliers/ Anyone can add their parts catalogue and make parts available for sale
  4. 5 points

    Watch of Today

    I finally latched onto a nice Accutron "Woody " after making several attempts in the past . I can honestly say that I really like this 218 Accutron , probably as much as my 214 Astronaut .
  5. 5 points

    Materials Used in Watchmaking Vid

    Interesting vid on watch materials
  6. 5 points
    Stopwatches are different then regular watches for hand removal. Usually with stopwatches the hands are not removed but the dial is removed with the hands. The hands are friction on with extreme force to a tube that on the backside has a heart shaped cam. So basically the hands go on spring-loaded cannon pinions with a heart-shaped cam used for resetting.
  7. 4 points

    Mark Lovick - You NEED this

    Ok. Any millionaire members here care to sponsor this?? [emoji3] @JDM and I'm not talking about Lira!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    I'm in a nostalgic mood today...
  9. 4 points

    Croton Aquamatic

    Morning guys (at least in South East Asia!) Digging thru my collection to find something to wear this Friday I pulled out this. A 'Croton Nivada Grenchen Aquamatic'.. now that's a mouthful, as the actress told the bishop. Inside we find a nicely finished ETA1256 movement. This would be one of the first ETA automatics. ETA kindly provided instructions on the rotor (hammer)... "TO REMOVE HAMMER ASSEMBLY UNSCREW 3 SCREWS 'A' ". Probably they were worried that watchmaker of the day would have problems with these newfangled technology!. Croton were one of the early innovators of waterproofing and they achieved this on early models with a case back that was fastened by 4 screws. These might have worked back in the day but they're just a pain today as the screws are usually badly damaged. This example is a bit recent and has a screw down case back. I wonder is the stamped 61S denotes year of manufacture? Groton watches are not too rare but stainless steel cases are less common and you usually find basemetal cases watches. I've got it on a vintage brand which is super supple and suits the watch. It is similar to a 'bonklip' in function. This is the bandmakers mark. Cheers! Anilv
  10. 4 points

    My new timing machine setup

    My new watch timing machine setup. I ditched the bulky laptop (well it ditched me as it just stopped turning on lol) Running Graham Baxters escapement analyser software on a windows 10 tablet. The tablet didn't have a sound input socket so I thought I would try a cheap USB sound card (about £4) and connected the microphone which was a Greiner model modified by Graham and it all works like a treat. The great thing about these vintage microphones as compaired to the modern timegrapher models is that you can get a full 360 degree turn. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. 4 points
    And here's just a few of the (bad) pictures I took on my phone, to make people even more jealous
  12. 3 points

    Mark Lovick - You NEED this

    These optics are awesome!! The 3d function would be very useful for your current lessons. Sent from my Honor 5c
  13. 3 points

    First time lumed dial..

    I will try to put together a walk-through of the process of dial printing along with creating the plate itself. Honestly I spend more time on the computer designing the dial layout then it takes two create the actual plate or print the dial.
  14. 3 points

    My Basic Watch Repair Tools

    My current collection of watch repair tools. All tools have a special purpose and there are only a few duplicates, where I found a more professional tool. You basically need all these tools to repair watches. Did not include and oils or cleaning solutions. Did not include my ultrasonic cleaner or and timing tools (I use both PC and Tab Software). Did not include my Drummel tool used for case polishing . Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  15. 3 points


    A few pictures of the Squale restoration. Thank you to everyone that replied and gave invaluable advice. Unfortunately the coil is knackered so watch doesn't run so have started another post on this forum to try and resolve this. Glass or plastic came up a treat. Had issues as the old battery was left in the watch for eight years and it leaked acid all over so corroded a number of bits and bobs but managed to source replacement parts for this. Didn't check the electronic circuit as I was assured it was running when it was put away by the owner. Shame on me. Andy
  16. 3 points
    Looks like a incabloc duofix or seiko diafix . http://great-british-watch.co.uk/watch-anti-shock-settings/
  17. 3 points

    How long is edit window open?

    Being a Mod, there's no time limit for me on editing any posts on the Forum, but - as I recall - it's only about 2-3 minutes before the edit facility closes. There's a reason for the time limit on this sort of forum software - which is to prevent statements being altered. On other, more argumentative forums, this can be crucial. Luckily, we're not that kind of forum and, if we were, I and the other Mods would be wielding big sticks. This is a friendly and supportive site, for which I'm sure we're all grateful! However, the principle of letting original posts stand is a good one. If there's something which you obviously need to amend with hindsight, contact one of the Mods and we'll check and change it for you - at no extra cost!
  18. 3 points

    Watch of Today

    Had the 7a38-7069 on today after a crystal change. Sent from my Honor 5c
  19. 3 points
    They'll be embossed just as wls1971 says. Good little article here if you're interested: http://www.timezone.com/2014/03/04/the-differences-between-applied-and-embossed-numerals-by-paul-delury/ With pad printing using a flexible medium to transfer the ink then, yes, small embossed reliefs on the dial should not present a problem. Also very likely that the embossed numbers themselves are hand finished in some way.
  20. 3 points


    Neil, have you been sniffing the hairspring cleaner again? I have a pen plating kit, but I wouldn't expect the results to last very long. A friend of mine had a steel Omega crown gold plated by a jeweller (against my advice) and it lasted about 6 weeks. You can buy replacement bracelets from t'internet if you want, e.g. http://www.bablas.co.uk/watch-straps/michael-kors-watch-straps.html
  21. 3 points

    Ernest Borel Kaleidoscope.

    These watch appear similar to Zodiac Astrographics in that they use acrylic discs in stead of hands these discs on the Astrographic are removed by loosening the dial screws and lifting the dial upward thus removing the hands in the process my guess would be that these are removed in the same fashion obviously great care is needed this page explains how it is done with the Astrographics http://www.crazywatches.pl/zodiac-astrographic-oval-sst-mystery-dial-1971
  22. 3 points

    My first vintage tool

    Is a S-14 Seiko crystal tool No need until now, but good to have. Love the label saying "If glass cannot be removed, apply additional force scale by scale"
  23. 2 points

    Citizen 6031 Movement Question

    Most quartz watch testers have this function. It creates a spinning magnetic field that drives the watch mechanism at speed. This can be enough to break loose old crusty oil or slight corrosion and get the watch running. It's a bit quick and dirty as watch repairs go but can be very effective especially if the watch has been sitting unused. Neil Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. 2 points

    seiko 5

    I gather you had trouble putting in the pallet fork.... With the balance spring out of the way, wind the movement up a little, and with brass tweezers barely touch the end of the pallet fork: It should swing to the opposite end quickly and with no hesitation. If it does that, then make sure you place the hairspring jewel just ahead of the pallet fork. This requires a slight rotation and manipulation of the hairspring before you tighten it. Often It will immediately start running once the pivot settles in and the jewel on the balance hits the pallet fork creating the initial impulse. If that pallet fork doesn't swing freely when gently prodded with a tweezer, take it out and inspect it. P.S. Love that profile pic. JC
  25. 2 points

    Lorus V501-X201 won't start

    It's basically a strong rotating magnetic field which causes the rotor to spin. You don't even need to remove the case back. I have achieved the same effect by using a strong magnet (one of those neodynium ones salvaged from an old computer hard drive) to manually turn the rotor to clear a jam. In so many ways it's a bodge but if it gets a cheap quartz that either isn't worth a strip down clean or whicgh can't be stripped down going again then it is an ok work around.
  26. 2 points

    Watch of Today

    Had this on today. Decided to pair it with a vintage looking rally strap. Sent from my Honor 5c
  27. 2 points

    Lorus V501-X201 won't start

    I hate to admit to this method of resurrecting Quartz watches that have stopped but appear undamaged. Usually it is a lack of lubrication for the gears and/or specks of dirt in the gear train. You can’t disassemble them, so this method has brought back to life literally hundreds of otherwise “dead” watches for me. Buy a squeeze bottle of old fashioned lighter fluid, and let one drop of it hit the movement plate and spread out from there. Chances are that it will immediately start up if the only problem is that the gears can not overcome the friction any longer. The fluid is slightly oily and most of the time the watches continue to run for another year or two. You do want to immediately blow it dry with canned air and make sure it isn’t on the dial. It doesn’t seem to affect most paints or plastics like solvents will. Don’t ever use alcohol. It dries them out so badly that a running one will likely stop if hit with it. Hope this helps. It’s worth a shot on inexpensive watches. Steve Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  28. 2 points

    Another unknown logo to me

    Thanks wls1971. I looked up AS922 and got the spring size of 1.45 x 9.0 x 0.11 x 260mm which has made me happy as my calculated thickness and length based on my measurements and the K factor was 9.0 x 0.11 x 270mm. It's good to know my calculations were correct. I've now added the mainspring to my next Cousin's order.
  29. 2 points

    ETA 2390 shims and dimples

    Generally speaking amplitude in the horizontal positions (DU/DD) is noticably greater than in the vertical due to the reduced contact area between the domed end of the balance staff and the flat surface of the cap jewel (horizontal) compared to the contact area between the side of the pivot and the side of the hole jewel in the vertical positions. In fact one of the adjustments that can be made to improve (reduce) the delta (difference in rate between positions) is to very slightly flatten the ends of the balance staff pivots so as to redude the difference in contact area between positions at the expense of amplitude in the H positions, although this should only be considered if the sides of the pivots are in as good order as they can be. A drop of 60 degrees from H to V is probably towards the higher end of what is reasonable to expect, but in my opinion it is not at all unacceptable in a vintage watch, especially when you're getting 300 in the H positions. It may be worth checking your oiling. I have in the past found that over oiling the balance pivots increases the delta between V and H positions; an interesting experiment would be to remove all of the oil and put it on the timegrapher dry to see what values you get and then adapt your oiling technique to get the optimum balance between adequate lubrication and minimising viscous drag. I assume you are using 9010 or similar for the pivots, if you are using anything heavier then changing that would help. Also you will probably find that sorting out the beat error will hellp to improve things If this were my watch and I was happy with all of the above but wanted to try and improve things still further then my next move would be to polish the balance staff pivots to try and reduce friction in the V positions.
  30. 2 points
    More than one time I saw requests for mainspring sizes. There are rules, how to calculate the optimum mainspring for a given barrel. I packed them into a tiny windows app: just enter the barrel diameter and the optimum spring will appear. App attached for download (unpack the zip file). Frank Mainspring.zip
  31. 2 points

    Hello from old dinosaur

    Hello to all. I'm Marty and an old watchmaker. I truly mean old. I went to watchmaker's school over 50 years ago. Been in and out of the watch repair field since then. I found this forum and thought I would join to see what new tricks I can learn. We never know it all!
  32. 2 points

    My Basic Watch Repair Tools

    I think I might give up.. I thought I only needed a bed spanner, lots of enthusiasm and a rubbish bin to put all the watch bits in!!!!
  33. 2 points
  34. 2 points
    FWIW, I know International Dial uses a silk screen process to refinish the dials. That's probably why you can see imperfections under the loupe. They have an extensive library of screens for different dials. However, I don't know how they mask the numerals, name, etc. unless they apply some substance to protect those during the process. But, I have had dials come back with gold numerals enhanced as well. I've often thought about how to go about it, but never had the time to work on it.
  35. 2 points

    Mainspring replacement

    Are you using a mainspring winder? If not I think, it depends on the best way for you. I have in the past hooked the spring on before winding it in. Fit the spring in about half an inch before the hook so when you go to wind it up the spring slips on the hook, in order to do this you do not need to fit the barrel into the movement, just hold it and wind it with pin tongs. In some cases, the hook part is too close to the barrel so it needs to be bent a little, but not to much as it will rub on the spring and wear through. I am sure with practise you will find your best way.
  36. 2 points

    How to remove stuck Cannon Pinion

    Plus gas is a excellent penetrating oil. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
  37. 2 points

    ebay codes

    It's probably just the stock codes for that particular seller if they are selling hundreds of items and have hundreds more to sell its probably just to help the seller keep track. Email them and ask I'm sure they wont bite The other numbers you may encounter will be Calibre, numbers which are the original manufacture designation code for movements to help identify and help when ordering spares but they are usually stated as such E.G Omega Calibre 620. And then there are Lignes which are also stated in listings this is a measurement of movement size and is usually written as 10.5 Lignes or 10.5L These are the only numbers I can think you would encounter and you probably already know the above. I should also mention since you are intrested in pocket watches American pocket watches had a different system of measuring pocket watch movements these are termed as Size so can be written as Size 16 or 16S
  38. 2 points

    movement dust covers

    I like these - https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/trays-watch-disassembly-assembly You can even lock the cover with a key. I got tired of scattered parts
  39. 2 points

    Seiko 7009 Hairspring

    What do you mean? Seiko balance and hairsping are never to be taken apart. To all effects they're one single part. OP: in my experience it takes a of destruction to become proficient with this type of Seiko escapement. Don't be put down, but at the same time do not assume it's easy at all. That even before going to manipulate the HS. Inviato dal mio E5823 utilizzando Tapatalk
  40. 2 points

    Hello from Toronto

    Greetings and Salutations! Measure twice and cut to ribbons is what usually happens to me. Just the other day I tried to move a ladder that I had left a hand drill sitting on top of, It fell off pointy end down right onto my head. Bled all over the place and completely freaked out my wife's friend. Turned out to be a minor thing, all is well I hope you do a bit better with the horology!
  41. 2 points

    Watch of Today

    @ro63rto, when you get bored of your 7A's let me know and I'll help you out...! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  42. 2 points

    Watch of Today

    Sent from my Honor 5c
  43. 2 points

    Watch of Today

    7a38-7069 on VNHCA croc Sent from my Honor 5c
  44. 2 points
    Thanks @JohnR725, I removed the dial this evening and as you said, the hands came right with it.
  45. 2 points
    You cant remove the markers a great deal of Bulova watch dials are embossed or stamped out using a die much in the same way coins are produced if they could you would see where the pins for the numerals have been soldered on the back of the dial
  46. 2 points

    Hair springs - repair or replace

    Hello Bob, Well, it's usually easiest to replace the entire balance assembly if the hairspring is missing or damaged beyond repair as the hairspring has been vibrated for particular balance. When you replace just the hairspring on a balance you'll usually have to cut the replacement to the proper length to ensure it swings the balance at the right frequency. This can be particularly difficult if you are replacing an overcoil hairspring. Fortunately complete balance assemblies are not too difficult to come across for most 20th century watches. Unfortunately, they are usually pricey. For much older watches (19th century and earlier) I think you would probably have to either find a parts movement to scavenge a balance complete from or vibrate are replacement hairspring. There are tools out there to assist in vibrating hairsprings but again they can be pricey and you would need to find the tool which is tuned for the watch frequency you'll be working on (ex. 18,0000 bph). There are also tools out there for forming an overcoil- I've been trying to score some Dumont tweezers for this purpose but again they are pricey. If you are working on American pocket watches, I know some of the manufacturers did produce replacement hairsprings. Many NOS Elgin hairsprings can be found on eBay. Some suppliers also sell uncolleted hairsprings which can be used by an advanced watchmaker to replace a damaged or missing spring. I believe Otto Frei sells uncolleted springs. Personally I always try to fix a damaged hairspring. If it's already broken then it's hard to feel bad about making it worse- especially if there is no other option. You'd be surprised what can be accomplished if you just keep plugging at it. The first watch I repaired involved mangling the hairspring and then sorting it out. I also think it's the greatest thrill in watch repair- bringing a dead hairspring back to life.
  47. 2 points
    2320a Is a small movement used in ladies watches http://m.ebay.com/itm/253032487323 Sent from my Honor 5c
  48. 2 points

    Tempus World Timer

    They where made by Sindaco Ltd so do a search for that company and you will find information on them, The watch will have a pin pallet movement which could be anywhere between 1 to 17 jewels but probably one jewel.
  49. 2 points

    Screwdriver Sharpening

    This should put your mind at rest. Click on this link. http://members.iinet.net.au/~fotoplot/sdriver/sdriver.html
  50. 2 points

    Tissot 2031

    Thought I would round this one off. I bought the watch for spares or repair as the minute hands "were not working". It transpired that they were actually working but to accomplish that task you had to press in the crown for 5 seconds then release and hold it in then off they whiz. It turned out to be a Tissot Seastar Quartz, Tissot Le Locle with Caliber 2031 movement badged as 22265 which makes it 1980. It also came with original tag and box. I cleaned it up and after taking it apart because I clumsily popped the stem retainer , it is working nicely. There is a bit of patina on the face but nothing really bad and having rubbed out the ding and scratches it is not too shabby so I might get a little return on it but mainly I learned a little along the way so it was fun. All the parts are still original as well.