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  1. 3 points

    omega 1012 would not beat

    Maybe your endhsake is insufficient. Loosen the balance cock a bit and lift the cock. Sometimes when swapping parts over the clearances could be different and lifting the cock a bit could make it run.. Its not a cure as the issue will still need to be resolved but at least you know where the problem lies. Anilv
  2. 2 points
    I've just answered my own question. These dials are also pad printed, but in this case, obviously with enamel. Furthermore, the elements are soldered together with tin (not lead) solder, using a very large soldering iron, however to repair them, you may well need to heat the entire dial as I described, in order to avoid stress cracks.
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    You need to prise it out from the back, use a case opening knife or a screwdriver blade. It doesn't have a two piece stem
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    You can press an acrylic crystal with a tension ring. For example GS Diver Tite. I would go with a 38mm or 38.1mm. Because if you dont you will never be able to press it in since it expands when pressed and in some case tension ring slips out. GS Lo/Hi dome can be compressed in using a brass jaw type crystal remover. In this case you will need to go 38.4mm because the jaws grip the crystal and it compresses it then when set into the bezel or case the jaws are released expanding the crystal to set in the case. flat crystals will need to be glued and any acrylic crystal can be glued except tension ring crystals.
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    That is German and it’s an 8 day duration. The balance staffs on these clocks normally wear and the tips become like a blunt pencil, so they need to be pointed, so you need a lathe to do this and re-point using a stone, I used a small arcanses stone to do this with oil. Also check the cups as these can also wear, if so they need to be smoothed out by means of a countersink.
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    I will do when I get to it. It’ll mean taking it off and dismantling it first and I’m working during the day at my new job. I’m now an apprentice saddler! At 54! Working in a proper old school type workshop
  7. 2 points

    Seiko 7s26c

    awesome job!
  8. 2 points
    I found it out!!!!! I had put the holder for the pallet fork on the drive side, the wrong way, so the jewel nearly fell out. So be sure to check that folks.... See photo
  9. 2 points

    Breitling Movement.

    Hi markr, i,d put it right back in the box.
  10. 2 points
    Have this one coming. Don't know much about the fun timer series tho. Sent from my SM-N975U using Tapatalk
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    Pin pallet question

    Hi T de Carles book chapter 6 there are several pages explaining the pin pallet operation and adjustment. Mine is the second edition and quite old. But as Joe explains its just a job of observing the lockings and making any adjustment as required. In beat is when the arm of the fork is centered between the index/banking pins at rest no powerand the pallet pins are just about to release and lock to achieve this its the same as theJewel lever done by adjusting the balance spring on the staff to achieve the center.
  12. 2 points

    Walter de Lorrell

    The reason to use nonconductive tweezers is to avoid shorting the battery. Skin contact won't short it- but skin oils can lead to corrosion and shortened life. There are numerous tweezers with plastic or wood or phenolic tips that are appropriate, or finger cots as above and just get it in there. I use the cots, even with high class tweezers batteries are surprisingly slippery!
  13. 2 points

    Seiko 6R15 center wheel and jewel

    Center wheel 224.086 is the same as on 4R series and despite the different number I believe is also interchangeable with the 7S26 B or C. Seiko is not detailing or distributing fixed jewels anymore, but again I believe it's common with the above. Cousins UK should be able to order at least the wheel, or if you PM me your address I can gift you the 7S26 parts.
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    Very nice, I especially like the last one in the second photo with the dial that resembles tiger's eye. The most interesting Timex I've had recently was this one from 1986.
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    Help replacing chronograph pusher tubes

    Lol. I was trying to be all watch maker uppity....the one you shared is actually the one I have. Ive learned that for every ridiculously overpriced watch tool there is a cheap chinese knock off. The trick is knowing when the knock off is decent enough. Some times the chinese knock offs arent worth the cost to ship them. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  16. 2 points

    Happy Christmas

    Merry Christmas everybody.
  17. 1 point

    Present for my dad

    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.
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    Graves Express English Lever

    HI if the balance moves freely and the fork moves freely and the movement is wound then there is a blockage in the train First let down all the power on the mainspring , Once done remove balance and the fork. Now try the train wheels just jiggle them are they free if so put two turns on the winder, does the train move ok , If so, replace fork and balance and put some turns on the spring and try again, Does it work ? If not its a strip down and check all the wheels mainspring pivots clean and re assemble this is the same if it works it will still require a strip down clean and lubricate.
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    Hello and many greets from Germany

    You came to the right place with like minded fanatics! Welcome! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Antique show haul part deux!

    fantastic haul.
  21. 1 point

    Seiko 5 6309a

    First, the hairsping in the picture is unacceptably distorted, many topics on the subject of correcting an HS and the difficulty of the task - high. If you want to show how an HS looks like, remove cock, lay it down and shoot from above. Then, fault finding consist of taking the entire mov't apart, clean it the best possible, inspect every part under magnification, pivots, jewel, gear teeth for damage. Put it back in the most basic form and test every function, end shake of every wheel etc. You can do that even without oiling because it will run anyway, not perfectly but it must not stop. Again, the forum has many many repetitive threads, which will tell you always the same things, just as any book would.
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    Very cool, is there an equivalent Seiko caliber to this? At first I thought it was a 66B
  23. 1 point
    Prise out EVENLY.
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    Stem from crown.

    If there is any kind of loctite or adhesive on the threads of the stem, just heat it up with a lighter or oil lamp, it will come right off. Just be careful not to put the flame too close and cause any unwanted damage.
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    Eterna caliber?

    According to Dr ranfft Mainspring 1.10*11.0*0.11 mm .
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    Seiko 7s26c

    Good job. I’ll need to do this in a few weeks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Uh...I don't mean to sound condescending. But if this is your first watch. Put it aside for now.I was 18 once, as long ago as it was!get some practice on a few watches of negligible value. There is a touch to watch repair. I know from experience it took me a while to learn it.I ruined a few early on through my own impatience and heavy hand. You are in the right spot to learn..you have chanced upon a great bunch..however if you feel confident to proceed. Pictures would help.
  28. 1 point
    Alright, some more spoilers. The yellow case holder is crap but the black one is damn good. Fit it in a vice or clamp it. The pin remover is also good. Punches, on pin and collar bracelets all you need is 0.8 or 0.9, and 1.1mm. Also urgently needed Seiko style (there are 4 types, pick based on your mood) caseback opener, which you may need to sharpen. A crystal press and lot of other cheap stuff. Some you can also use for electronic repair, some is just cute to look at. Once in there is no way out. Sorry.
  29. 1 point

    Paul Garnier Chaff Cutter Escapement

    This page might be interesting: http://www.my-time-machines.net/chaff_cutter_detail.htm If you click on one of the main pics it will take you to a further page with extra pics / breakdown detail. Also note the video download links (1,2,3) at the end of the first paragraph.
  30. 1 point

    Breitling Movement.

    Seems to me a good occasion to practice on that mov't. Learning from it will be worth the time spent, and any improvement on the timegrapher picture a reason for building pride and self-confidence.
  31. 1 point

    Twisted Stem

    ETA 2824-1 is like that. I think the idea is that the twist helps the setting lever in keeping the castle wheel pressed.
  32. 1 point

    Timex Forum?

    Just an FYI that the Electronic print on the dial identifies that watch as a model 51. What makes it different than a model 41 is the inclusion of a diode in the balance assembly. Lanco? no you mean to say Laco as being the company Timex purchsed for the battery operated watches?
  33. 1 point
    Its a Cyma Tavannes Calibre 998
  34. 1 point

    New Blood

    Welcome Michael to the forum, follow watchies advice and enjoy your self.
  35. 1 point
    +1 All I can say is... you might not break anything.... but there is a reasonably good chance you will strip some teeth, bend something, break something... scratch something... or in some other way, have a bad day.
  36. 1 point
    Here you go - Timex Documents Happy New Year!
  37. 1 point

    Helvetia Pilot watch caliber 51-10

    Some good may come out of missing another screw. Arrange screws so the two missing are symetricaly on opposite side. This would minimize the imbalance, it would run right face up or down, not so right pendent up or down. I may have some screws for this caliber, will dig in my bag of tricks.
  38. 1 point
    The stud doesn't look vertical to me in the middle pic. Is it just the weight of the stud making the spring cone downwards ?
  39. 1 point
    Check the stud that it is straight. Sometimes the coil have been twisted near the stud. I often have to remove the coil and check that the stud is pointing straight . Also check that the hairspring is sitting horisontell . As it look now the hairspring is going up from the stud. Try very gentle to press it down and see what happens to the rest of the hairspring.
  40. 1 point

    Barrel arbor slipping

    Hi reform the spring center and set it sightly off center so when the arbor is turned it picks up the anchor point. Make sure the spring is in the right way round for it to contact the anchor point. When done check the locking of the spring by fitting in a pin vise and rotating the arbor and watch the arbour pick up the spring, then fit the barrel lid carefully.
  41. 1 point
    More info here -> https://17jewels.info/movements/a/ahs/ahs-152/ ... including this good clear picture of the movement and balance. Note: This image is a slight optical illusion, the balance is under the balance cock, despite looking as if it runs over the top. There appears to have been both a pin and a palette lever version, and it does indeed have a center second wheel (held on that top bridge).
  42. 1 point

    hello from Southampton

    Hi and welcome Valentin.
  43. 1 point

    My rolex daytona

    Hi Craven and welcome to the happy factory, lovely watch.
  44. 1 point

    Question, HS in the family

    Those in the picture above is the hardcore ones no collar..
  45. 1 point
    A problem in watch repair is assuming that a pocket watch is just a big version of a wristwatch. Then I'm restricting the word pocket watch to be associated with American pocket watch versus a modern Swiss pocket watch which is basically equivalent to a wristwatch. So pocket watch repair requires a different strategy than wrist watch repair. You have to assume with 100 years of variety of types a repair that things have been changed modified or bad things have occurred unfortunately. You always have to check the escapement check the safety features checked the banking pins. You can't just assume there where there supposed to be. The balance wheel is another place of concern. Mean time screws that are now loose or even the timing screws that are either missing or different sizes. It's amazing how much bad things have occurred to American pocket watches and they're still trying to run. Then replacing parts to solve the problem isn't always the best solution. Because getting a replacement part means that you going to have to fit the part to the watch versus others to fit the watch to the part which can be a definite problem with staffs ending up with one that won't fit at all. So start with the banking pins verify that your safety features are functional then you can deal with the stones which are definitely not the right place. It's amazing how much energy you lose with that much locking.
  46. 1 point

    Watch of Today

    Nice Omega JBerry , ... I too have seen the Turler logo on a few fine vintage watches . Kinda like Tiffany I imagine . While I will quickly admit that I am addicted to Hamilton watches new and old , I recently had the opportunity to service a vintage Gruen with a 480SS movement and was impressed with the interesting design it presented . Multiple winding barrels , levers , clicks , and srpings . Also very nice finishes to the movement parts . So I have been on a Gruen phase these days . They are nice ..... Here's one I recently acquired as a good deal because it was sold as a non-runner . The first pic is the sellers .
  47. 1 point
    I just thought I'd share this as it may be useful for another learner. By far the most difficult thing I've come across starting out in watch repair has been correcting bends in hairsprings. I've got the right tools, the right light, a powerful eye glass and a pile of scrap watches I've been practicing on. But I found time after time I was just making the hairsprings worse. I think part of my problem is that I'm slightly dyslexic and I find looking at the spiral really confusing sometimes. But I had a bit of break through last weekend which has dramatically improved my technique. Quite simply, I hold my eye glass up to my iPhone lens and take a close up picture of the hair spring. I then make a cup of tea and sit and look at the photo, zoom right the way in and really think about what I'm going to do. This is so much more effective than hunching over the hairspring and straining my eyes for long periods and losing patience. Once I've really thought about what I'm going to do, I go back to the hairspring with a clear strategy, ie, slight bend in, fourth from the centre at 3 o'clock. I apply the bend, take another picture and repeat. I know it sounds simple, but it's been a huge help to me and I'm finally having success
  48. 1 point

    how to remover the rotor on an ETA 2452

    Hi, My usual method is pressing on the rotor on the edge away from the weight. If the rotor weight has noticeable movement I would consider tightening up the bearings. Problem with any bearings which are not fully to spec is that the more freeplay the faster it degrades. On my own watches I may not do so if I know that the watch will see limited use. A NOS rotor does turn up from time to time but this is only half the solution as it does not address wear on the other components. Previously you could 'harvest' the parts from other watches obtained cheaply but even these are thin on the ground. On these watches if you are using them regularly I would suggest an annual clean and oil of the automatic reversers and rotor bearings at least. When these are neglected, debris will be the result and this affects the running of the watch. Anil
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    Seiko Repair Hairspring

    I recommend however to learn replacing the end stud to the arm. I found it unnerving as well, and even opened a thread here without much solution, until I realized that using angled tweezers makes the job much easier. You can practice at will on the damaged hairsping.
  50. 1 point

    Regulator Pins

    So I may not quite understand what you're asking as far as I know with most hairsprings the regulator pins or as the Swiss call them curb pins should be as close as possible to the hairspring without grabbing. Then the problem of specifically where did I get my information from is far too many sources too many years so as you're asking for an exact specific I grabbed a book from the shelf. The book is titled Watch Adjustmentv by Hans Jendritzki. I've scanned the relevant paragraph and attached the images.
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