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  1. In order to maintain a healthy and friendly community there are some restrictions for new members as well as benefits for those who contribute the most to this forum. It has occurred to me - or rather, been pointed out to me that I have never really made the details clear. And for that I apologise and I hope this post will be helpful. All members will find their current forum status in the left pane of any content they post on the forum (non-mobile) or by clicking on their display name to view their profile. MEMBER LEVELS NEW MEMBERS (Zero to 9 Posts) New members can
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  2. Well, that was so easy as to be anticlimactic. I figured 30 minutes was enough curing for a glue I would be removing with acetone anyway, so I gave it a shot using my desktop jeweler's vise (cushioned by some soft plastic). I wouldn't have tried this without a case vice except that I noticed the design of the lugs gave two nice reinforced perpendicular surfaces that would fit easily into a jeweler's vice without significant risk of damage. Slow, even pressure with a 1 1/8" wrench opened the caseback on my first attempt. Easy peasy. Thanks all for the advice!
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  3. Hello fellow watch enthusiast, I have been working on a new dial and would like your thoughts on it. Created from bare brass and is not, I repeat is not a decal or a decal slide and is not pad printed. Tell me what you think.
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  4. Guys I did it it's working I cleaned the ground soldering and soldered a new wire then put it in an aluminum external hard drive case and stuffed the front and the back with aluminum foil and voilà it's working perfectly (well I don't know it it's perfect but who cars it's working). I tried a citizen 8200a and a Seiko 7009 and an Orient 46941 on Watch-o-scope and the results weren't satisfying at all looks like I have to service them again the Citizen and the Seiko rates are all jumping all over the place so I'm not including them to save my self some embarrassment . the Orient howe
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  5. It's friday night over here and what is better than having an small party with wine, chips and a small check. Just because it is ticking it might not be ready to be adjusted. Since this question is freqently occuring in different shapes I will just make a small guide which can help you decide if you done the minimal checks. Maybe it will avoid this beeing an 50 + page post There are some initial checks one can do while servicing a watch after the repair, here I use a ETA 2824-2 as an example. First of all, I assume you cleaned the movement properly. After and before cleaning alw
    6 points
  6. Was late trying to complete a repair and was tired. Got the Keyless works done and only thing left was the Pallet fork and the Balance complete which I didn't have installed yet. Started to wind the watch but was not getting any resistance from the mainspring. I stop and though was did I do wrong. So I pull the mainspring bridge back off, took out the the barrel, pop the lid and took a look at the mainspring, looks good, what the you know what's going on. Got everything back together then it hit me , you dummy the Pallet fork not in yet to hold the power. Moral of the story "No more work afte
    6 points
  7. Hi, it worked absolutely fine first time with no adjustment. I checked it over a couple of weeks and it never looked like it would cause any problems. The appearance was sub-standard and if I had to do it again I would try and prepare better before soldering to make the appearance better. Thanks for your interest
    5 points
  8. I have created a new Theme for the forum for people who might find it easier on the eye. The DARK MODE theme can be accessed by using the "Theme" selector at the bottom of the website.
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  9. Part 3 is a sort of redemption, or at least some lessons learned. The donor arrived about six weeks later (thank you Covid) and I quickly transferred the balance complete. The wavy traces quickly returned. So I stripped the movement again, paying close attention to the barrel arbor bearings. Looking closely, I could see that the barrel had actually been scraping the bottom of the barrel bridge. Manipulating the barrel with the bridge on and the train removed, I could also see that, under torque, the barrel would foul both the bridge and possibly the mainplate. Swapping in the donor m
    5 points
  10. I'm so glad this topic popped back up. I'm new here and hadn't seen it. Blue is probably my favorite dial color, in contention with champagne. Even so, looking through my collection I appear to only have 4 watches with blue dials. Then again, my collection seems like it's probably puny compared to some of you here. In order of acquisition: Seiko SNKK45 ("Seikonaut"): Seiko SNZH53: Grand Seiko SBGA375 (it's hard to coax the blue out of this one - it looks black most of the time - had to get in bright sunlight for this picture): Bulova Precisionist 96B257:
    5 points
  11. Some of you may have noticed last week, I was struggling with a major update for this forum software. I was getting a lot of errors in the back-end and it was making it very difficult to manage. I rarely do this, but I opened up a support ticket with the developers (Invision) and at first they put the blame on third party plugins, something I knew was complete BS, but I went through the process and eventually we got bumped up to 1st level support after quite a bit of whinging from yours truly. 1st level support immediately saw that it was a bug on their end and we had to wait un
    4 points
  12. Hello everyone, please let me introduce myself. I am Nick. I have had a keen interest in clocks and watches since I was a small child as one of my uncles used to repair both at his home and I would stand watching him for hours. I didn’t do anymore than that and grew to the ripe old age of 15 yrs and my first job was a toolmaker ... that was it my interest started to burn again. However my path took a different direction and at the age of 52 yrs I found myself pensioned out of my job with a non-stop shaking right hand and a diagnosis of Complicated PTSD, I am lucky enough to still be
    4 points
  13. Just finished this 1970 Seiko 2517-0211 for my sister's 50th birthday in 6 days time. I am so relieved that I got it finished in time. Main issues I had with it apart from it being so tiny were the barrel and auto bridges. The pivot holes for the reversing wheels were worn badly oval on both. A donor movement fixed that luckily. Hope she likes it. VID_20200923_151815818.mp4 VID_20200923_151815818.mp4
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  14. Howdy all, picked up a couple of nice seiko pieces other day, a 6319 6032 black pogue, and a 6138 0011 ufo. Both run beautifully.
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  15. That's awesome. In non-power delivery gearing, often you can get by with some serious leeway as long as nothing binds. A friend of mine worked at Breguet around 2000, he had an 80s vintage watch come in with two brass pins in the minute wheel where teeth had stripped off. His boss said ,"if it works, leave it", which he did and promptly quit haha (Breguet has massively improved in that time btw).
    4 points
  16. Did a very big update to the forum software earlier when most of you were sleeping this has made the Forum even more mobile friendly, I’m using it now and I am enjoying the mobile version much more than Tapatalk which I personally stopped using months ago. I am keeping the Tapatalk extension installed though. anyway, just in case you witnessed the downtime, now you know why enjoy.
    4 points
  17. just off the bench - a 1967 factory prototype early model 87 LACO -
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  18. @JohnR725 @rodabod the donor movement is in and running nicely. Traces are still a bit wavy, but good enough for a 50 year old Russian watch. Thanks for your help!
    4 points
  19. Try pulling the crown out to setting position, then loosen the two case screws. The movement should come out from the front.
    4 points
  20. @AndyHull - I’m curious to know what you said when you found it! i misplaced a lovely clean Tissot my wife bought me when we lived in Switzerland. Looked high and low, was gutted. A few countries and change of addresses later, I was rummaging through a fancy picnic bag we’d bought whilst living next to Lake Geneva.There it was! Last time I’d worn it was my birthday-middle of October 2006 -it was a late heatwave and a bunch of us had gone for a swim in the lake ..water was 25oC! I’d put the watch in one of the picnic bag pockets, one of the lads then badly cut his foot, he ended
    4 points
  21. Perhaps you could remove the pallet (and put the balance complete back) and see if the balance behaves as expected with a smooth motion that gently drops of as it looses energy ? You could use an air blower to just "puff" some air on the mounted balance to get it to move and that should be sufficient. That should show you if the problem lies with the balance or the pallet (or elsewhere).
    4 points
  22. Have a check of the attached. You definitely need digital calipers when working on watches, as well a crystal press. Crystal Codes.pdf
    4 points
  23. Thank you - I’m pretty sure I may use everyone’s advice at some point, but I will certainly look at oldhippyy a lot he seems to give consistent excellent advice about a wide range of topics.
    3 points
  24. Hello Everyone, I am going to share the details of my adventure with a trinocular stereo microscope and a digital camera attached to it. I bought a second hand AmScope SM-1T (1st purchase) and I had no experience with stereo microscopes before. What I am going to write might be evident for some, but probably will help someone out with limited experience with trinocular stereo microscopes, I might be even wrong with some of the things I am writing/thinking, please feel free to correct me as the last thing what I would like to do is to mislead somebody else. You might have a different
    3 points
  25. Normally fake Seiko use a NH36 because it's cheap and of good quality. You can post a picture if you are in doubt. If you need predictable accuracy I recommend that you do not try swapping and the like, just get a quartz watch.
    3 points
  26. Two more pocket money pieces for you all today. Despite the outward similarity, they are from different corners of the globe, with the Roman dialled one hailing from China and its Arabic numeral cousin, from the USSR. Both are keeping reasonable time, within 15s/day and both, despite being dead on arrival needed nothing more than a clean and lubrication. The Chinese number (on the right in this picture) is a ZB1 or SZ-1 variant. The Russian, on the left, has a Raketa or Poljot 2609.HA Note that I swapped the brown strap from one to the other, just to confuse you.
    3 points
  27. One I made earlier...... Simple DIY project. 3 layers of acrylic mirror glued to form an art deco style stand.
    3 points
  28. Don't forget to do all the escapement checks before you start moving stones. Drop lock, run to banking, fork horn clearance, guard pin clearance.
    3 points
  29. I was going to make a "coming in the mail" post about this circa-1965 Poljot Signal, but it's already here. I do not wear *wrist* watches often, but the alarm on this watch is just so doggone handy. I can be forgetful. I adore alarm watches.
    3 points
  30. A Simson Schwalbe restored by my Dad. Probably it does not mean a lot to the ppl who did not enjoy the hospitality of the soviet/eastern block of Europe in the second half of the 20th century. I love every bit of it and I am going to be the happy owner of it!
    3 points
  31. Hello everybody, I posted this topic a couple of months ago but my depression got worse and I spent alot of time just sitting around doing nothing, I satrted feeling better a couple of weeks ago so I decided to make this little "project" Please note that I'm not being stingy or I don't want to buy a proper timegrapher the thing is it's not really worth it for me to buy one because I'm barely finding a decent watch to work on every couple of months I'll most definitely but one if things get better. the other thing I want to point out is I have no idea what I'm doing I'm ab
    3 points
  32. All fixed. Boy that was intense
    3 points
  33. I knew in the back off my head I had a service sheet for this and on my old NAS I found this. JLC 815_HSL Edition.pdf Seems my memory served me well
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  34. It's time for me to give back.. these are not expensive items but it takes time to picture and ship, give with the sincere hope of helping, Offer is for old and new members worldwide, I reserve the right to not send to opportunists. Unless noted I will send one item per person Small countersunk screws, polished, Ø available 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65. Beginner's polishing compunds assortement. Includes one slice per type. More items to come as time permits.
    3 points
  35. Been. There. Too many times to count. The worst is when the late night project is a car you need the next morning to get to work. Me and a friend once spent way too much time, and all the swear words available in both our native languages on an oil change (there were other tune up things, but the oil change is what did us). However many HOURS into trying to remove a stuck oil filter, it turns out we were turning it the wrong way.
    3 points
  36. After a nice dinner and a short snooze, I think the mojo came back. The part that I previously suspected was in the wrong place, probably are. One can’t really see it from the picture but I don’t think the unlocking wheel bridge (7151) goes on with a setup like this, that part will poke up to much. The bridge should keep the wheels in place nice and flat. So, if you pick the pinion off the position where the ring is in the picture you should have an intermediate wheel left in place underneath it. There is a small hole in the pin holding the wheel in place. The slot milled beside the
    3 points
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  38. Hello everyone! My name is Benjamin Marn, I am a 20 year old college student who has been interested in horology for about 4 years now. I have since aspired to be an independent watchmaker, most likely as a hobby or a side gig but possibly as a full time career, assuming people appreciate the watches I would design and build. More immediately, I have been planning to make my own bespoke, finely finished watchmakers tools, everything from tweezers to mainspring winders, to jeweling and staking tools, as I am fortunate enough to have access to a 1934 South Bend lathe, a 40's LeBlond lathe,
    3 points
  39. Little tip for you with 2824-2/SW200-1s etc. For speed and efficiency, if you pay attention to the date jumper Maintenon bridge, you’ll notice a “tooth” shaped slot cut into it, now if you move the date ring round either by using the quick date or by gently moving it with a piece of rodico so that it lines up with that slot, you can simply lift the date ring out without having to strip the watches keyless/date sections from the watch to gain access.
    3 points
  40. The screw might come loose if the bearing is bad, the screw mostly is attached on the top of the automatic winding mechanism, not the barrel arbor . The screw head is tightened onto the inner ring of the bearing which allows the oscillator to rotate the outer part of the bearing which is attached to the oscillator weight. If the balls inside the bearing isn't moving then the inner part of the bearing might move too and slow but sure loosen your screw. If you used the wrong screw, slightly to wide it will case the same effect.
    3 points
  41. Though I would share this here mostly for someone new like me who just started in this hobby. I think it be fair to say most of us started with this movement and is the one Mark uses in his watch repair course although it's says ETA the Chinese clone is the same. I used this myself and save me from having to take pictures all the time also show where to lub and what kind. This might have been posted before, not sure. Make sure you have flash player enable . https://www.eta.ch/swisslab/6497/6947.html
    3 points
  42. Hi Markr attached id the tech sheet for the eta/esa 944.111 hope is of some use. ETA 944.011, 944.111 (1).pdf
    3 points
  43. Unfortunately there is a problem with 9415? I'm attaching a PDF starting on page 13 it covers lubrication of the escapement. notice where they're putting super tiny quantities on? This is because if you get carried away with the quantity which normally wouldn't be an issue if this was an oil you will lose amplitude. This is because on impact the grease becomes a fluid it's very slippery and outstanding but if it's heavy the edges of the escape wheel are not an impact and there literally tearing through the grease. Omega 8645_WI_40_rules for lubrication cousins uk.pdf
    3 points
  44. I got it looking real good now was just surface rust. Will start the rebuild in the AM, I also replaced the mainspring since I have 3 in stock just for GP.
    3 points
  45. As far as I've been able to determine: There's two different systems of stem measurement, metric, and "Tap size" which is one of those traditional and strange bigger-is-smaller systems like wire gauges. Unfortunately, they also get used interchangeably, so sometimes a place that uses metric will express it as "Tap 9" when they mean 0.9mm, or both, like Cousins. If they say "mm", I'd go with that. If they say "Tap" and don't also list the size in mm, it's hard to be sure. Esslinger uses the old up-is-down Tap system as they show in their Tap size table. I tend to only buy from seller
    3 points
  46. Cousins has it for £10.95. Even though I'm in the states sometimes I order from Cousins as they have a great selection. https://www.cousinsuk.com/search?SearchTerm=310P03HN03
    3 points
  47. The next one from my ebay job lot, a 'Gisa Soleure', another Baumgartner 866 based watch, this time with centre seconds, the dial branding is a bit 'naughty'! I assume the 21 is meant to fool you... (note there is no mention of 21 what!, it certainly isn't jewels!) Many watches from the era seem to employ this ruse, and I've seen Ebay listings where these are stated as '21 Jewels' so it is still fooling/conning people today! This one was a little dirty and wouldn't wind, crown would just spin, on opening it up I found the setting lever spring/yoke (single part) was broken so it wouldn't s
    3 points
  48. I wear one every day. Most of my jeans have those watch pockets and all but my largest pocket watch fits in them. I never, ever carry a pocket watch without some kind of chain. I dropped a watch once....ONCE! Here is where I store mine. This was a small display cabinet for something, I dunno what originally. I got it at Goodwill for $2.50. My father made the drop in shelf adapters .My biggest Pocket watch is way to big to fit in the case, so it sits under a dome.
    3 points
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