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  1. I was allways fascinated by Gems, Minerals and Meteorites. Then there was a Video on Youtube about a Watch with a Meteorite-Dial. I want that too...... luckily i could buy a Meteorite-Dial with 31mm Diameter. But the way the Guy in this Video made it was not acceptable for me, i dont want to glue the Dial to the Movement and he did not use the Screws to fix the Movement to the Holder. So i bought Dial-Feets and glued them to the Dial, for this i made a Fixture to get the exact Position for the Dial-Feets. So far so good, but the Dial was not flush with the Spacer (Werkhaltering)
    7 points
  2. Hello all. I recently posted a video on my youtube channel showing the process I use to make pivot drills. I hope its helpful. Comments and critiques welcomed.
    7 points
  3. A dip in the ultrasonic bath, some lubrication, a new crystal and a pimpt up bracelet and it’s back to it’s 60’s bling bling shape. Not bad for a few dollars more, even Clint Eastwood would agree
    7 points
  4. $5 each at a yard sale today. The Omega has a 625 in it. Both are running.
    6 points
  5. Well...it finally arrived from Montana. It is my third AND LAST watch bench. The wife put new grips on the frying pan, so...this is it...no more! Did I mention that I have five WW lathes...ugh...mental illness. I won't keep them all in the end though. Now if my skill could only match my acquired tools...I would be king. Hey...I am getting there...give me three or four more years. Having loads of fun! What you see here is not my final setup...just quickly setting it up for a picture.
    5 points
  6. When coming over to the dark side of watchmaking instead of the watch repair with ready made parts it will cost a bit. I might have been a bit sloppy and lazy in the text above, it’s what happen when you lay in a hammock and drink G&T. I’m on the mandatory Swedish 5-week vacation right now , but what you need to make a perfectly centered slot in your screwhead is a vertical milling attachment in which you have a disc cutter. You fasten your screw material in the lathe collet next you adjust the height and depth on the cutter with the slides. When it is perfectly centered you cut the
    4 points
  7. This was in the box-o-watches. Had water damage. I posted about the third wheel having the pivot rusted. That movement ultimately died at the mercy of untrained hands. No tears...it is a BFG866 movement and they are plentiful on ebay disguised by watch faces. I think I got the replacement for under ten bucks including shipping. I also posted about the challenge of installing the crystal. Anyway...here it is. Two things though: 1) It needs a new rubber gasket/grommet for the back. I have the old one, but it has stretched. 2) The crown needs replacment because it has l
    4 points
  8. I am not sure where to Showcase my new dial and watch build achievements because some members get upset when I post on here. Here goes anyway, what do ya think? Notice the position of the name Flieger and it is a fantasy luxury caliber 3307 and kinda has a ring to it
    4 points
  9. Woo! It's been MONTHS since I snagged a 404 despite trolling eBay at least weekly that whole time. I finally got one last night, and I got it all the way! $1 plus my personal $15 max shipping limit reserved for when I think a watch is super cool. A fully jeweled jump hour totally fits the bill! It's a plated brass case, which I'm not a huge fan of, and that crystal will be a challenge, but jump hour! The description just says, "Doesn't work, traces of existence. The balance is alive. 35 * 40 mm." in Russian according to google translate. I haven't dug into the movement ye
    4 points
  10. Let me know if you agree with the reinterpretation of one of the dirty dozen dials. Handmade dial but putting matte coat on the dial is Nerve-racking
    4 points
  11. I decided to play in the 404 club and was able to land this gem. I think I am allowed to exclude shipping in the 404 number. This is an AS 1187 movement--the 7-jewel version. It is a very simple movement, but I had some problems. 1) For whatever reason, I had a lot of problem rewinding and installing the mainspring. Couldn't get the winder to catch, set the winder diameter too large and and to start over, through the process, I managed to open up the inner coil. Worried that the arbor would not engage, I re-shaped the inner coil. Fortunately, I have the proper tool to do tha
    4 points
  12. A 'Delvina Genev' 17 Jewel ladies watch joins the club. This has a 6.75''' ETA 2410 with a fixed stud carrier (so probably ca. 1955) I added the Sekonda for a sense of scale. It is now clean, and running reasonably well. Oh, and did I mention, this is a really tiny watch. So much so that I had to file down one of my smallest screwdrivers to access the smallest screws on this watch. "Why would you torture yourself with any thing that small if nobody is likely to ever wear it?" I hear you ask.. well apart from the obvious mild insanity, the story is th
    4 points
  13. Here is the EB 8800 after servicing and cleanup...before and after. this was $7.5+tax+shipping. Polished the crystal and cleaned the case.
    4 points
  14. Came in Yesterday, an eBay sleeper. Similar Junkers models are available, but all with a quartz movement. This one was already for over 3 weeks on offer. There was no mention of an ETA 7750 (25-jewels) movement inside and I only discovered that by studying the pictures. According to the seller the movement didn't start straight away, but everything else worked for 100%. New available on Amazon for €1279 ...... got it for €1044 ..... LESS that is It ran, in all positions, quite decent on the timegrapher. Obviously in need of a service. I couldn't hold my excitement
    4 points
  15. This is a guy I have been watching on Youtube. He has some very good and interesting videos to watch some are for those just starting out. Here is a a nice one from him about Tweezers. He has a very good one on watch oils and grease. I have subscribed to his channel and I hope you will do the same.
    3 points
  16. Looks like pallet pivots. Many old watches and pocket watches had types of pallets fitted so when a pivot got damaged or broken you just taped out the complete old one and inserted a complete new one.
    3 points
  17. I took apart and cleaned an Elgin pocket watch. It was a 1930s 478 model, and a well preserved example. Working on this was a nice change after fixing up several smaller watches. I was also delighted to find the regular Bergeon movement holder just fit a 16s. Servicing went well, just took my time and made certain all the jewels went back in the orientation they came out. No hidden damage either, except, like many PW I come across, the crystal popped out and looked so thin that I felt it warranted replacement. Watch gave odd timegrapher readings at first, when the amplitude was
    3 points
  18. You tap that out using your small bench hammer. Remove the small screws that hold the key gard, place it upside down on something that is strong and so the key square can be in a hole to give you a nice firm holding place, some bench blocks have holes or if you have a staking tool.
    3 points
  19. Don't worry- I've spent a week+ researching remaking a component for a piece and there's probably the same time maybe +2 till it works, but they (the customer) are ok with that. Always do your best, always ask questions.
    3 points
  20. These two showed up, so got full service/restorations this week. The one on the right had to be re-cased due to a bent lug and corrosion on the back of the original. I think this case suits the dial better, anyhow.
    3 points
  21. sorry about I use dictation software and it doesn't like me at times which means we get goofy wording. in this particular case the word was supposed to be pin. occasionally I've seen this staking set would be really nice here. You can use a bench block but whatever you do you have to make sure everything is flat because of anything as protruding on the other plates you risk damaging stuff like of the balance bridges farther out in the main plate you to break the balance staff. Another way you can do it is the holding your hand? Then gently whack it with a hammer. If nothing is sti
    3 points
  22. My first week of vacation I got hurt in my back playing superman while lifting 24-wheelers with one arm. Unfortunately, I’m not 20 any more so I had to limp for a week bent like a U after the show ended. So today I felt like I could make a strong comeback so I wanted to put me to a test, in doing that I whipped out the smallest woman’s watch from the man cave I could find and off I went. What better way to spend a sunday off. This walkthrough will not show any disassembly since I also only had the smallest camera I could find at hand. I fast forward until the point everything been properly
    3 points
  23. Some old watch cases would have what I will call nipples molded to the case where normal holes would be for spring bars. What you have are female spring bars that would fit those cases. Here is the modern type used today.
    3 points
  24. LeCoultre update.... I had to buy a whole coffee can of spring bars from a watch maker's estate to find a few that would work. When the add said "assorted", they were not kidding. Anyway...This was the result. Next up was making a drill that would work around the lugs. I decided on this and it worked pretty well with an extra long 0.8mm bit. I used a Dremmel tool, pointed tungsten bit to mark/center punch the holes. The end result. Sort of... Next order of business is to clean & oil it.
    3 points
  25. Ohh dear... i can see the smile on the face of that hungry carpet!
    3 points
  26. You will not get good results with a set and broken mainspring, so start by replacing that, then report back.
    3 points
  27. I have restored quite a few dials and have gained enough experience about when to do it and when not to. In this case I would definitely leave it alone and recognise that the patina and wear is part of the watches history. Any attempt to clean or restore this dial will in my opinion end in disaster and disappointment! Don't touch it! Live with it and learn to like it.
    3 points
  28. I can't stand football.
    3 points
  29. Avia Matic - FHF 905 with an interesting patina and a strange reflection from the magnifier I was taking the picture with, just in case you thought I had turned into some weird cyborg with LEDs under my skin.
    3 points
  30. Hi there LittleWatchShop ,on that particular dial I would go no further than saliva (enzyme solution ) on a q tip .It will not remove printing and lacquer only dirt and leave it at that. But don't do it after eating chocolate and drinking coffee or you might end up with a tropical dial Cheers
    3 points
  31. My bench was always in a mess. I was proud of my filthy bench, bits and parts all over the place. My boss always would say how can you work in such a mess.
    3 points
  32. just because you want to open up a repair center what makes you think the watch companies want you to open up repair center? a very long time ago yes there were people that could get citizen parts or Seiko or a whole variety of other brands and they didn't have to sell watches. But for the most part that appears to be a thing of the past. Basically today to get their precious parts you need to sell watches conceivably purchased quite a few watches. Then you may also have to purchase whole bunch of expensive tools and conceivably go to one of their training classes. Just because they want
    3 points
  33. No need for the screwdriver on the arbor, the 5606 will hand wind very nicely from the crown. When you've got the watch in hand check the power reserve yourself rather than relying on what the seller has told you, they may be right in their assessment, on the other hand they may not have sufficient understanding of the watch to make a proper judgement. Assuming they are correct there are many potential causes ranging from faults in the autowinding system, a badly worn, broken, or incorrectly lubricated main spring, power losses in the train, etc. Once you have the watch on the bench
    3 points
  34. Just thought I would brag. Got my 2nd Meyers #58 Movement Holder off eBay, and I won it because it looked like crap. Well, with a good buffing wheel and a Dremel tool, here are the results.
    3 points
  35. There is a bit of adjustment if you loosen the jaws... I've got them pretty close now:
    3 points
  36. I am not about in which section you post. I rest my opinion that your secretive attitude is in contrast with the spirit of this forum in general.
    3 points
  37. Tools and clocks are my weakness along with watches, Cant help but fix them up and put them on the shelf. Love 400 day clocks but have to stop now as I am running out of room for the clocks but cant turn down a bargin. Picked up a couple of clocks a large mantle clock and a 400 day for £45, so still got itchey fingers, must learn to behave.
    3 points
  38. Off subject a bit, but here's one I made 100% myself 60+ years ago at metalworking class in school. I was only about 12 or 13 at the time. Would the children of to-day be taught this at the same age?? I still use it occasionally to this day, hence the slightly battered condition!!
    3 points
  39. Several options according to your skill and equipment. Close the hole with a domed punch, then ream if necessary Tin the hole with solder then ream Loctite 638 gap sealant SLO-ZAP gap sealant (CousinsUK) Jewellers cement And of course shellac - make a thick solution in alcohol. This is the easy fix and it is reversible.
    3 points
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  41. Lack of sleep, hunger, and full bladders... The causes of so many corners cut. 100% what the covered trays are for. The downside to tapping out is that it can be a challenge to find time to tap back in. I have a movement in a holder in a covered tray that I needed to sleep on. It's literally been months now since I put it down and my desk was overtaken by work detritus. I have no idea what the status of it is. Either it just needs to be regulated, or there was some significant problem with the escapement... I was finally able to declutter a bit this weekend, so maybe I'll get back to it soon.
    3 points
  42. justice for watches they have a whole bunch of their own timing devices here's a couple ideas to get you started https://www.bmumford.com/mset/ https://minnesotawatches.com/timing-a-clock-with-the-timetrax-185/ https://adamsbrown.com/wordpress1/timetrax-timers/
    3 points
  43. @HSL; Thank you for the links Reading the articles, can you imagine how proud I'm on this NOS mid-1970's (40mm) housing with a 17-jewels (as they were at the time) 7750 ? and yes, the 3133 (in my eyes an improved 7734) is (still) money-wise an amazing bang-for-buck. Once @VWatchie has done his first chronograph, I'm pretty sure he too is hooked on chronographs. I could eat soup of them, but my budget restricts me ....... hence I'm only looking for "sleepers" I for sure will support VWatchie to overcome his chronograph-"fears" . I think he's now ready for the chal
    3 points
  44. These are used when turning hollow parts between centers. Something like an hour wheel, you slide it onto an arbor that fits well, hook your bow around the pulley, put it between centers and now you can work on it. They are the brothers to drive dogs, which clamp onto the diameter of a part for dead center turning. Very old drive dogs are actually small pulleys too, for direct bow drive, but most you see are turned by a finger from a pulley on the turns which is either driven by bow, a hand wheel, or a motor. In the pic you can see a set of drive dogs that are fixed by a screw, a c
    3 points
  45. Nucejoe was correct. It appears that the fork got displaced on the other side of the impulse jewel. Amazingly nothing broke and it's now working. Thanks to everyone for the help! Charlie
    3 points
  46. Just "won" this on eBay. My first chronograph ever, and I feel pretty excited about it.
    3 points
  47. Thank you for letting us know which one it is not, very helpful Let's try IOSS than (Import One Stop Shop); https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/vat/online-sellers_en ...... or perhaps it's one of those other OSS's? Fact is that there is an EU system by which the appropriate duty can be paid at the source (Seller). This would hopefully avoid the "friendly" local handling-fees. They are absolutely right in one line give in the IOSS article; "As EU customers are used to prices including VAT, the payment of additional fees at the time of importation might lead to t
    2 points
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