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  1. I picked up my latest project today, listed on Ebay yesterday as a Victorian Grandmother clock, The clock is certainly not Victorian it dates from 1924 this can be pinpointed quite accurately because it has a two train full Westminster strike movement utilising a locking differential gear although patent applied for in 1920 its first use by Gillett in a commercial clock was around 1924, this clock movement is stamped with the Gillett and Johnston trademark, some time in 1924 F.W Elliott purchased Gillett and subsequent production was stamped Elliott. I already own a couple of Gillett and
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  2. I'm not familiar with that type of watch at all, but on your pic the hairspring looks absolutely not concentric. That will cause the coils touch each other and the watch will run way too fast.
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  3. Also a closeup of the Rolex crown etched into the crystal. It should be sharp and no feathering at the edges of the dots.
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  4. With all the talk of blue dial watches lately, I figure it's time for me to jump in. This is another birth year ('73) Timex (Mercury I believe). The metallic blue dial is captivating. I just finished servicing this watch and it's keeping great time. First thing to go will be the ladies sized "epilator" expansion band. Maybe @JerseyMo can steer me in the right direction of a period correct band or strap.
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  5. Hi guys … I had promised that I would make a « custom decal dial tutorial » on another thread there So here we are … There are many variations of decal dials, the best IMHO being the « negative gilt » dials which gives the best results. The process I’m showing today is aabout how to make a dial with black printings on a one color background. I had a cheap quartz diver waiting in my drawers so I’ll make a Heuer diver hommage based on the 980.016 model (quartz one too). DAY 01 : It’s 4:30 AM (I’m an early bird) and I have 2
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  6. I picked the up the 1945 Bulova Cadet as a non-worker on eBay, then I received a parts lot that had a Westfield case and dial. Of course, I had to get a 1940 Westfield Trojan cousin movement for it. Unfortunately, I didn't notice til this morning that the replacement Westfield had a curved dial whereas my case had a flat dial and it doesn't fit. Oh well, guess I'll have to buy more watches.
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  7. Hi What a stunner, being a clock man I have a collection of around 30 but none as grand as that one A worthy purchase and one to cherish.
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  8. Just for clarity of terminology and my own pedantic nature, The part in question is described in the manual as the "Setting Lever Axle". Which means it acts as both the setting lever pivot and the stem release. Describing it as the "setting Lever" is terribly confusing.
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  9. Hi I am a long way from Milwaukee but its a very nice gesture
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  10. Welcome. It’s a great group! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  11. Your problem isn't the mainspring. However, if you really want to increase the strength I would suggest going to 0.13 thick maximum. Going higher will almost certainly cause rebanking and you will lose power reserve and cause undue stress and wear on the gear train as well. I am fairly convinced that you do have one or more damaged teeth either in the chrono runner or the clutch wheel or both. More likely is the chrono runner. That your problem is consistently with the chrono runner at 12h; this is the position that the coupling clutch engages the chrono from zero and the most like
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  12. Yes, that is a Mercury and it would have come with a vinyl strap of the same color or the dial. These straps tended to get hard and brittle over time. If you are luck to find one, it also is common that the hold down is gone. Also just like in the picture I show which is Charlie Tuna. They also came without the date feature. Other colors, white, red, green, brown as I recall. Mu suggestion is to go with a nylon nato style as a replacement.
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  13. Nice. That would make a great clock dial. I may "borrow" it when I'm back from holiday. I haven't used Corel Draw for donkeys ages. Its is a very capable package, but I must admit Inkscape is giving it a good run for its money.
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  14. I love these dials, I make paper/card dials and laminate them. At present I am working on Mark's version with the decal water slide transfer paper, I have some old scrap watch dials to practice on, I have made my dials and printed them on the decal paper (reversed) forgot about having to lacquer them before soaking them in water, I also have some cut polished brass to try, ready to slide onto it....Here is an old dial that I made in Coral draw from scratch.. Len
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  15. Ouch... I feel your pain. I have to confess, I managed to do the same to one of the Viscounts I was working on. I wasn't using excessive force, it just fatigued, honest. I was initially confused when I tried to refit the hand, and there was nothing there to attach it to. Obviously what I thought was quite gentle treatment wasn't quite gentle enough.
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  16. I have the exact same reddish/orange dial from the same year as my blue. I haven't showcased it yet, because I snapped the tip off the seconds wheel shaft while removing the second hand. I have a donor, just need to disassemble the victim. Photo below is from prior to servicing and breakage.
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  17. I have a couple of "Petites" with similar dials, one Burgundy, and one blue like that. Its a great colour. Unfortunately it doesn't show too well in this picture, as the flash has made it look flat, but it has a similar shimmer to the burgundy one and your one above.
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  18. Hi I have attached the raketa tech sheet for reference, unfortunatly it has no exploded diagram and therefore may not be of much interest to you except for future use regarding parts and numbers. Raketa 2609A.pdf 4328_Raketa 2603.pdf
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  19. Hi and welcome to the forum. You have come to the right place, As Old Hippy mentioned have a look at Marks video's there is a wealth of information for you.
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  20. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum. You should watch Marks videos or better still enroll in his beginners class.
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  21. Hi Chris, welcome to the forum.
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  22. Date changes as hands advance past hr24. At this point turn hands anticlock to hr8 then forward past hr24, this will change the date.
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  23. I checked that book out at the library a few months ago but didn't know this was in there. I'll have to check it out again. Thank you.
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  24. One of my petty annoyances, has been the vostok case. With the exception of the amphibia, they are pretty cheap.A recent trip to the salvation army netted me a solar pulsar with a bad cell.. what you see is the result of my brain "storm" .A nicely regulated 2234 with its retainer ring altered a bit and a different crystal. Nice stainless case and bracelet..now I have to do something about that dial.
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  25. Don't think so . But some screws from 6309 and other 6 series movement would fit. I have worked on lots of 6309 and 6138/39. They is also different even if they are the same . You can take an older 6139 movement and the look of the screws are different. As for me it tend to get it as good looking as i can . So searching around on my donor movement can be a lot of work. The 7 series screws have a lower and thicker head . The diameter of the threads i think are different to. Many of the screws are available to buy . From places like cousinsuk. Just check the parts number . May cost some but you
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  26. This is the other really 'different' one that I have...... Just waiting for these to arrive in the post, picked up as a job lot .... going to be busy for a bit...
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  27. a book like "the machinery hand book " will spell it out for you. vin
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  28. If you are turning annealed steel to size (like we are here) and it doesn't need to be extremely hard, but have enough carbon content to harden and temper, then I can recommend EN8. It is sometimes referred to as "medium carbon" or sometimes even "mild" but it has sufficent carbon content to harden and also to produce vivid colour if aesthetics are of consideration. The benefit here is that it is easier to turn than silver-steel / high carbon steel. As I mentioned in the 4th post, you don't need to temper to be very hard. And why would you? It'll only break. Take a piece of scrap rod
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  29. Today I wore a Navajo silver cuff bracelet watch. The turquoise stones originated from the Sleeping Beauty mines in Arizona. I got interested in Native American jewelry (and watch cuffs), when I saw the late Burt Reynolds wearing one in a movie, I think it was Smokey and the Bandit. Some really crazy movies back then :o)
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  30. The first thing I do before pulling the balance out or trying to make adjustments institute is pull the pin and see if the spring lies any better. You might just just have an incorrectly installed pin. The spring will deform if you put "English" on it when inserting the pin. For a tool to insert the pin with, I cut just the tip off a toothpick (not the whole tapered end) and poking a small hole in the end with my tweezers. It gives enough control to avoid undo influence on the spring. Your spring, on the other hand, has problems. I believe this is covered in the videos listed above b
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  31. The finished version. I rounded the corners on the major indices and added sub-second marks. Grab yourselves an old Russian 1800 bph movement or one of those old beat up Chinese standard scrap watches in your junk box fire up the inkjet printer pop in some ebay special Chinese decal paper and have some fun with it. You could also grab a Quartz clock mechanism and make your own erzatz USSR ships clock. Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA USSR30.100Centre1.79RoundCream.svg
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  32. I had a little fun with the theme of the Lutch dial design above, and some open source SVG images from Wikipedia. Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA USSR30.100Centre1.79Round20%Grey.svg I omitted the "Quartz" ( кварц ) and CCCP text, but they would be easy enough to add if you want them. Just pick a suitably 1970s chunky soviet vibe font, fill colour and stroke, and place them wherever you feel appropriate. This would almost certainly be a decal design, as there are way too many colours to realistically pad print it. As with the others, it shoul
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  33. Ah, ok, as you mentioned 220 Amp with chrono running I didn't think about this area. So here are more candidates: - remove chrono runner friction spring nd observe amp (to check if tension was too high) - check engagement of driving wheel-clutch wheel-chrono runner (if its too high and teeth are touching the opposite wheels ground amp will collapse). Do the check with the chrono running for a whole minute in case not all the wheels are 100% concentric. I think you already checked that all bearings are absolutely clean and no teeth are damaged (esp on the runne
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  34. My son today gave me his Seiko Quartz Chronograph that he wears to school with the second Chronograph hand rattling around behind the glass. He tells me it just fell off, but I suspect the watch took a bit more of a harder blow as the minute hand and the large second hand were also knocked out of alignment and interfering with each other. This watch I had given my son a year or so ago after I had used it for one of my projects for my watch class and when I got it the chronograph hand had been loose and I had to tighten it up, so I wasn't overly surprised it had fallen off again.
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