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  1. I have been ‘tinkering’ with this ‘Aviation’ watch on and off for about 6 months. As ever, those beryllium copper hair springs are my nemesis. The problem with vintage watches is you never know if someone has fitted incorrect parts before you get to look at it. I just couldn’t get this watch to regulate - always running way too fast. It turned out the spring was too short so I had to sit tight and wait for a similar movement to come up on fleabay. Anyway, with the case polished, a new crystal fitted and sporting a brown leather bund from Germany, I’m rather pleased with this little Pin Palle
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  2. Even though the garden is screaming for attention one has some spare time to continue my magical journey through the heap of quartz movements. This time it is the ETA 251.262 Chronograph which can be found in watches like Breitling Colt Steel, Certina DS FIRST, Longines Hydro Conquest and so on.. I'm quite surprised of the amount of quartz movements which are getting a new life after a good clean and service. As usual all the files are in a PDF format, and all pictures are original. ETA_251_262_Dissasemble.pdf ETA_251_262_Assemble.pdf
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  3. Typically with watches like this there is no tech sheets but I found the attached tech sheet on cousins. It's the only Cartier Tech sheet that they had. Unfortunately no parts list but it does have the electrical tests which is usually harder to find than the parts list. 3982_Cartier 690.pdf
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  4. I thought the same, got nothing to lose in having a go. I’ve done quite a few quartz anyway. You’re right though, the stepper is totally frustrating, sticking to everything. I have tried spinning it up with my quartz tester, it only ran for a short time and stopped. The movement has been in for over ten years now so I reckon it would be due some attention anyway. I’ve a couple of other things to finish up first, then I’ll have a go.
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  5. if it is a flat crystal, I use a " lapping plate" with all the above paper and compound. I have had good results with glass and modern crystals. vin
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  6. welcome to the forum. another Dad gone. very sad. I would put it all in storage for a year or so, enjoy this forum and see if you want to collect or repair watches. good luck, vin
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  7. Oh. I solved it. Two minutes after posting. The indicated plate has lost its spring. It's not pushing down enough on the date set yolk. A little bending with stout tweezers seems to have done the trick. The process of posting here and documenting things makes you think very clearly about the problem. Just looking at my own photos gave me the idea!
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  8. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been re-jigging my workshop so I can do Watch repairs in a more orderly manner. Its a work in progress but coming on pretty nicely. Best wishes from Jon.
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  9. Done a couple of seiko hardlex glass crystals basically using process of wet/dry then diamond pastes. It is essential that the crystal is thoroughly cleaned after each polishing step before moving to a finer grit. This is to ensure that any of the previous grit is removed as it will only scratch again when the finer grit is applied. No short-cuts and patience is essential as it can take a long time to get a really good clear finish.
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  10. Hi Nucejoe. I now have the hair spring and don’t need any further components. She ticks away beautifully - to my wife’s annoyance, she isn’t keen on loud Pin pallet watches [emoji6]. I’ll report back on the movement, but believe it’s a newmark mk2. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  11. What lighting do you have? Is that your ultrasonic little cleaner over in the right hand corner, or do you have a proper watch cleaner. It takes a long time to plan a workshop. It will never be big enough.
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  12. Hi SW we do like to see a collection Enjoy your time on here
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  13. Russian watches sometimes have a shim to set the balance-staff clearance. If it was missing you may have too little end shake but I would imagine that that would result in the watch stopping, not making noises. This post below has a picture of a shim but on a different movement. Something to think about. Good luck Anilv
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  14. I just needed to have this tool, in case I need to make a plate....or other alignment work. But if I never, it is a cool tool from the past. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  15. Having had a listen it's hard to say what the noise could be, it could simply be a little more amplified through the movement, it could be old lubrication starting to dry a little and a service, clean and fresh oil could resolve it, but i'd suggest it's nothing to worry over if you're getting accuracy to within 3 seconds a day currently.
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