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  1. 2 points
    m1ks

    Budget friendly Bergeon-ique winder/tester

    A recent purchase which I thought warranted a review. Chinese Bergeon style winder/tester for auto watches at under £35! I'm pleased with it currently and will see how it holds up with more use, past 2 days with a morning and evening 2 hour session on an auto plug timer so far.
  2. 2 points
    TexasDon

    Something to lighten the day.

    A very small Catholic parish agreed with the priest that the trim around their mostly stone church was in bad need of a new coat of paint. Lacking much in the way of funds, they advertised for bids, emphasizing the need for economy. One local house painter of questionable reputation looked the job over and thought to himself, "I can make a quick buck here if I play my cards correctly". He submitted a very low bid and sure enough, the parish secretary phoned him a few days later to let him know that he had been awarded the job. The painter's plan was simple enough. He had just enough old paint left over from previous jobs and would not only mix them together, but also thin them severely so that he could cover the trim with new paint for only the cost of his labor. Accordingly, he arrived on the job site with his paint, rollers and brushes and began painting furiously. He needed to get the paint applied, collect his money and depart before a looming black rain cloud dumped rain on his fresh paint. That would wash all of his thinned paint from the trim and create a very expensive problem for him. He was applying paint to the last 50 ft or so of trim when the skies opened and it poured down in buckets for close to 1/2 hour without letup. The painter had taken refuge inside the church and upon exiting and looking up at his now thoroughly ruined paint, he thought to himself, now what am I to do? Right on cue a deep, resonant voice spoke to him from the departing storm clouds above. "My son, repaint and thin no more".
  3. 2 points
    JerseyMo

    Watch of Today

    1978 Timex 'Viscount'
  4. 1 point
    jdrichard

    Help Putting collet on hairspring

    I need to know the best method of putting a collet on a hairsprings...tools and techniques. Before I jump out the window. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  5. 1 point
    oldhippy

    Something to lighten the day.

    Four Catholic men and a Catholic woman were having coffee. The first Catholic man tells his friends, "My son is a priest, when he walks into a room, everyone calls him 'Father'." The second Catholic man chirps, "My son is a Bishop. When he walks into a room people call him 'Your Grace'." The third Catholic gent says, "My son is a Cardinal. When he enters a room everyone says 'Your Eminence'." The fourth Catholic man then says, "My son is the Pope. When he walks into a room people call him 'Your Holiness'." Since the lone Catholic woman was sipping her coffee in silence, the four men give her a subtle, "Well....?" She proudly replies, "I have a daughter, slim, tall, 38D breast, 24" waist and 34" hips. When she walks into a room, people say, "Oh My God!"
  6. 1 point
    Deggsie

    Watch of Today

    Nice! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. 1 point
    oldhippy

    Crown size query

    You need what are called a water proof button.
  8. 1 point
    yankeedog

    Watch of Today

    Not an original piece in this one.pobeda movement with non original everything.That keeps reasonable time.
  9. 1 point
    yankeedog

    Watch of Today

    A watch does not need to be original. It needs to work.Far better to wear a watch made from parts, than those parts went into the smelter.
  10. 1 point
    yankeedog

    Regency 17 Jewels watch repair

    We need to see the movement. Could you please open the back and show us?
  11. 1 point
    I have to agree. The hairspring will need to tilt quite a bit when inserting the pin (it looks frightening), like 45 degrees. Anything that impedes that will make pinning 10x harder to impossible. I didn't see an image in a book, will try to get a pic of it.
  12. 1 point
    praezis

    Help Putting collet on hairspring

    Having done this work more than once, I suppose this tool is no advantage to the traditional method mentioned by Nickelsilver. By the way, I found fixing the collet to the hairspring is easier than expected. But making the tool gave you a nice delay before having to start the real task Frank
  13. 1 point
    AndyHull

    Something to lighten the day.

    Its pretty a pretty universal joke, as old as time itself. .... “Where’s the {insert_name_of_politician_here} clock” “Oh, we’re using it as a ceiling fan.” .... A drunk was proudly showing off his new apartment to a couple of his friends late one night. He led the way to his bedroom where there was a big brass gong and a mallet. What's with that big brass gong?" one of the guests asked. It's not a gong. It's a talking clock", the drunk replied. A talking clock? Seriously?" asked his astonished friend. "Yup", replied the drunk. How's it work?" the friend asked, squinting at it. "Watch", the drunk replied. He picked up the mallet, gave the gong an ear-shattering pound, and stepped back. The three stood looking at one another for a moment. Suddenly, someone on the other side of the wall screamed, "Shuttup you $@!%! It's three-fifteen in the morning!
  14. 1 point
    m1ks

    Something to lighten the day.

    An old one. Englishman Irishman Scotsman are stranded in the Sahara and have to make an arduous trek. They find an old lamp, give it a rub and poof, there's a genie, he says I grant you one wish each but only something to help your trek across the desert. The Englishman says. A large flask of water to quench my thirst. The Scotsman says, a wide brimmed hat to protect my head and face from the sun. The Irishman says. A car door. The other two look at him and say, what? Why? He replies, if it gets unbearably hot I can wind the window down.
  15. 1 point
    m1ks

    Something to lighten the day.

    Three watchmaker's were having lunch and discussing their favourite components in a movement. One said, the cannon pinion. Without doubt. It signifies you're near the end of a successful assembly. The second said the escape wheel pinion is better, it's such a quirky and fascinating part of the movement. The third is silently sipping his drink. Well, what do you think? The others ask. He replies, is there a definite answer? It's all just a matter of a pinion isn't it?
  16. 1 point
    That's nice to know. At that price its a must have.
  17. 1 point
    AndyHull

    Something to lighten the day.

    I’ve just been fired from the clock making factory after all those extra hours I put in. I've always said 6:30 is the best time on a clock… hands down.. Have you ever tried eating a clock? It’s really time-consuming, especially if you go for seconds. I was in the Science Museum the other day, and I noticed a new exhibit... the "lying clocks".. I asked the guide about them. “These are lying clocks, they tell how many lies a person tells.” “oh cool” “this is mother Teresa’s clock, the clock hasn’t moved because she never lied.” “Makes sense” “This is Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands only moved twice indicating he only lied twice.” “Where’s Trump’s clock” “Oh, we’re using it as a ceiling fan.”
  18. 1 point
    With any electrical goods from China just make sure it does not catch fire. Myself I wouldn't leave it going if I wasn't there with it.
  19. 1 point
    Squiffything

    New Member from NYC

    Welcome WB get yourself an old movement and some basic tools and have a go. The World on our wrist is even more enjoyable when you enter and become immersed.
  20. 1 point
    STUCKX ROCK CHAMP Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  21. 1 point
    jdrichard

    Help Putting collet on hairspring

    Made the tool Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  22. 1 point
    The first suggestion I'd make given that out worked before the dial and hand swap is to remove the replacements and leave it wound and see if it works. If so it's either the dial or the hands binding or catching. If not, it has to be something in the movement. Possibly an ingress of dirt.
  23. 1 point
    AndyHull

    transistorized watches

    I suspect it will have.. a transistor, coil, a couple of capacitors, a couple of resistors, and not much else. Can you post a few pictures? Is it like this example?
  24. 1 point
    AndyHull

    Watch of Today

    The case, caseback and dial look original, but I'm suspicious that the caliber may not be. Partly because of its condition, and partly because the movement holder looks to have been hacked about a bit. This is what it looks like after some fairly major gunk and rust removal. There is still some remaining evidence of corrosion as you can see.
  25. 1 point
    yankeedog

    Hello from Central Florida!

    welcome, but we usually refer to "junk" and "crap" as vintage.. it just sounds nicer.
  26. 1 point
    AndyHull

    Something to lighten the day.

    Well, when Nigel Farag's lot have dragged us all back to 1926, I'm sure we will all be measuring our cloth in cubits, drinking our beer by the firkin and tugging our forelocks to our imperial masters once more. In the meantime I'll stick with Napoleon's system.. apart from kilometers of course 'cos those are bonkers. Speaking of which.. Lincolnshire archaeologists have found the grave of what is believed to be Britain's oldest man. The headstone was discovered by the side of a road that was once an ancient trackway. Careful examination of the enigmatic carvings on the stone have revealed not just his age (147) but the fact that his name was Miles from London !!!
  27. 1 point
    you could also shorten the tube a wee bit.
  28. 1 point
    AndyHull

    Something to lighten the day.

    As a once blond Scott, I feel I need to return the jibe... Q: Why are there so many unsolved murders in Texas? A: There are no dental records and everyone has the same DNA ... although being an ex-blond, you might need to explain that one to me.
  29. 1 point
    TexasDon

    Something to lighten the day.

    In a similar vein: An old cowboy, who also happened to be blind, walked into a blonde biker chick bar without being aware of it's specific clientele. He just wanted a beer. He perched on a stool at the bar and order a cold one. When the bartender delivered his brew, he asked if she would like to hear a good blonde joke. A hush came over the entire bar as the bartender responded. "I'm a blonde and I can bench press 250 lbs. The lady on your right is blonde and she's a professional wrestler. The lady on your left is blonde and she teaches karate". "Are you certain that you want to tell a blonde joke in here?" Well, not if I'm going to have to tell it three times" the old cowboy replied.
  30. 1 point
    BUSAKAZ

    Help Putting collet on hairspring

    Jd the best tool for holding an HS collet is this you can clamp it where you like and you have a good platform for the HS to rest on if you need to manipulate the HS hope this helps Kaz Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  31. 1 point
    GregC

    Making a leather steampunk clock

    Finished with a working movement and mounted in a frame. I had a few issues with the frame and need to do some touching up.
  32. 1 point
    More low cost fun. Just a little over three and a half quid each. My guess is, possible franken-dial, probably original and probably original. I spent more on two coffees and a couple of sticky buns in the supermarket cafe yesterday.
  33. 1 point
    Nucejoe

    Watch of Today

    Jenco manual.
  34. 1 point
    Nucejoe

    Watch of Today

    Valgine eta movement.
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