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    De-tangling the tangled hairspring

    I received a lys Longines 5L for cleaning. Upon opening the case, I saw some surprises under the balance bridge. I have outlined my steps on how I uncoil a tangled hairspring in hopes that others can benefit by this method. George Corder IMG_0505.m4v
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    Bent hairspring

    Oh oh, @rogart63 , that one was a prank
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    De-tangling the tangled hairspring

    Nice repair with that hairspring. I used to use the finest clean oiler that did the trick. I wish all h/spring problems were that easy.
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    It requires a 90 degree turn to remove, this movement is a Sellita supplied sw1000-1 http://www.sellita.ch/images/stories/documents/SW1000_1_37_20150901.pdf cant you make something yourself to do the job ? Actually having looked at the data sheet you remove the rotor bridge and unscrew the screws from below to remove the rotor and bearing assembly do you really need to remove the rotor from the bearing ?
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    Ingersoll Crown

    Found this on ebay the other week. Cost £2.45 – I’m a big spender me! When I got it the first thing I noticed was the smell. Whoever owned this didn’t just smoke – they must have eaten tobacco and coated themselves with tobacco tar. So stripped it down and put it in the cleaner. Twice. Still got a hint of tobacco tar. I looked up the serial number and this was made between 1900 and 1905. It’s one of the Ingersoll watches that were sold in the UK for 4/- (4 shillings – or about 20p - today that’s around £70). Pin pallet and damn fiddly to get back together. Anyway – it's back in one piece and it runs nicely (gaining slightly and if you've seen any of my other posts you know my nemesis is everything runs slow - so fast is great lol). Dials a bit of a mess so made a new one: And here it is – needs a bow, second hand and maybe a new crystal. Might need to reprint the dial as damaged it a bit - the laser print is more delicate than you'd think. What ever coating the case has is long since gone - it's left a patina that looks almost like a tortoise shell in places - probably all that tobacco tar lol (I wanted to get more photos of the job in progress but I end up getting engrossed and forget to take any)
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    Watch of Today

    Starting the day with this Titus........
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    Mainspring Winder

    I have purchased cheap mainspring winders in the past and they have been terrible. In the end I plumped for the 5356 Set. It serves both left hand and right hand mainsprings. But I find mostly that I use sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 Most swiss movements use the clockwise wound handle and cranks and I find the anti-clockwise handle and cranks useful for Japanese (like Seiko). There is a special ETA set, but I find #8 is OK for the 7750 and using size #7 with #6 crank (carefully) works well for 2892-A2 and 2824 The rest in the set I rarely use.
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