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  1. Hello watch guys, I finally finished my pilot build with my handmade dial. Now I don’t have to buy an IWC. What do you think?
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  2. I bought a slightly modded Seiko SKX007 off of eBay, about which in general a more experienced man than I here aptly quoted Obi Wan Kenobi: "you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy." LOL. To be fair, the watch was accurately described cosmetically, more or less, but I didn't take the time to read the description. One thing that wasn't entirely accurate was the representation that the watch "works well." Well, it did run, but not to expectations. The amplitude was low, the beat error high and the rotor felt sluggish. So what's a newby to do? Well, a full service of
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  3. They're very useful for all kinds of things. I have a bunch of these scattered around the workshop. There are two main types- ones with flat plain tables and ones with the die plate like yours; and two main makers, both made both types, Tavannes and Prazision Falke. The Tavannes are usually 0-25mm, Falke 0-15mm. They can be used for finding lengths along an arbor, using the die plate or a bench block if you have a plain table. Taking heights/depths off a plate or bridge. Nice for measuring inside of barrels (from barrel bottom to lid ledge for example). Pretty much any time it woul
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  4. Seiko meca quartz movement. Quite impressed for £50
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  5. Imado 1970s AS 2600 movement. Love the instant day/date change in this model, very un-Seiko like. Grey/brown dial. Plated brass case.
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  6. Of course it is still up to the individual to decide but, I usually reply not to "Lick" the dial. From the many times I've seen this question asked the general replies are there is more radioactivity surrounding you each day than there is on the typical dial. So don't be concerned. Even on of biggest horological foes with whom I had many intellectual dialogues with ( a nice way to say we butted heads) actually agreed with me on this one! So I offer you what I have to others. "You get in a Timex 600 ft diver and I'll gladly hold on to it for you until the half life of the radium has halved
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  7. I’m working on the hands for the pilot watch I’m building. 5 attempts to apply lume and has proven to be difficult. The airbrush gives me good professional results but the lume is a challenge.
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  8. A year or two ago, I decided that I was going to start selling off everything. I was not using it. I sold one thing...a bottle of oil for $15...it was vintage and full. The buyer replied and thanked me saying that the bottle would sit in a treasured spot on his watch bench. At that moment, I had a blinding glimpse of the obvious! I cannot sell this stuff...I have to USE IT!! That is when I started the journey (that began well more than 50 years ago) back into watchmaking. I am a newbie, but so many things my dad taught me are bubbling up from long-dormant places in my brain. With the h
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  9. Well, you found it! I see that almost every watchrepair tool on eBay is being snapped. People pay x2 x3 more for some tools now that a year ago. I guess, there are so many people now starting new hobby not to lose their minds during this endless pandemic-business time. Thank you for posting these photos as when i saw a similar bracelet i could not believe it was Rolex.. I thought it was fake, but then i realized it was the first owner with all sorts of certificates, boxes, receipts, etc. I am puzzled as why would anyone pay so much for these bracelets or frankly speaking for the R
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  10. I saw one (just photos) in much worse shape, but identical design. It was on Rolex watch from 1970s. I maybe asked to service that watch soon. Well, servicing it is understatement as that watch is in awful shape. I might be looking for a similar bracelet or several links - don't know yet. Do you see some numbers on it? Perhaps 380, 9315?
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  11. Forgot all about poljot, resourceful.
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  12. Looks somewhat similar?
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  13. I always keep the Balance and the Pallet Fork separately from other parts. These two items are extremely delicate. For obvious reasons, I clean these components separately using different cleaning solutions, methods and tools.
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  14. When I spotted this watch listed on eBay my first thought was what is going on with the crown. Its all wrong and I'm sure there is going to be signs of water damage inside. It did not disappoint there but the end result turned out great. That is just what I found and did end up replacing the movement . I began with a breakdown and inspection. Movement has seen better days and not worth the effort. So it gets replaced. Now the cosmetics - and there it is on the left along with the other 600 ft divers.
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  15. Here are my accupuncture probes
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  16. Don’t worry I always take pictures, it’s just good procedure, especially if You are working on so many different movements from different makers.
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  17. I have never tried to repair a quartz movement but Poljot's comment seems right on mark to me. Based on my background (Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering), I would say the following: 1) The quartz crystal is very unlikely to be bad. On the movements I have looked at, the crystal, in theory, could be replaced. However, you would need a very fine tip soldering iron. I have done soldering (PCB surface mount assembly) and I would not wish it on my worst enemy. 2) You will not replace the integrated circuit because it is almost always potted. If it is bad, you are done. (see excepti
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  18. Or better NOT test I just found that those tiny Jewels (Cap Jewels) become very "attractive" and jumpy inside plastic containers. Also, having a large tray with all parts is not preferable (my opinion). Something about all eggs in one basket :-). Aluminium pots help you to keep entire components separately - you do not have to guess which screw goes where. Makes it so easier during reassembly especially if you clean your parts manually. I use some larger pots for storing my donor watch movements, or items "to be fixed" later. It's very practical - takes almost no space
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  19. No doubt you will need a basic voltmeter to check batteries. Also, many quartz watches that I fixed came to me after someone (usually the owners) tried to DIY repair / battery replacement. Those watches usually have snap-on type back covers that are tricky to open, but even more challenging to close. I am not kidding - you need a press (same as crystal fitting press with various nylon and aluminium dies) to properly close such covers without bending, damaging or destroying your watch cases & back covers, or crystals. Most common issues are: dead battery, damaged components due t
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  20. "Minchia" like a true New Jerseyite you come in with an attitude. Vintage Timex parts are only available from leftover stock that may been stored by a watchmaker or repair centers. These parts have made their way to online auction sites, flea markets or other such palces. So even if you find a replacement movement it has been sitting idle for decades and will need to be serviced anyway. What separates vintage Timex from the traditional jeweled movements is that they do not have to be fully broken down to be serviced. I and many others have posted the how to steps to service a vi
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  21. Are you sure it can't be repaired ? There seems to be most parts available for this movement - check ebay and Cousins.
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  22. The watch of the day for me is my father-in-law's 1957 Bulova Sea King, not be confused with Seamasters of the same vintage lol. After he passed we had it serviced and it runs very well. It was given to my eldest son who wore it for awhile until he decided that 32mm was too small for his muscular early-20s shot-putter's "guns" (arms). I keep it in the rotation on my wrist, patiently ticking away the seconds until he decides that is is cool again; maybe a few decades form now. Then it will return to him.
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  23. Hi again! I'm Chris and I'm a total noob here. I posted an introduction that will give more back story to what I'm doing here and what I hope to accomplish. So the following are watches that I inherited about 15 years ago and that have been wondering around my garage in a box waiting for me to do something about them. Most aren't very valuable, at least I'm guessing that Timex's aren't collectors items, how ever they might be the perfect brand for a noob to start of with. I dunno, maybe they're not even worth that, that's why I'm going to post everything I got. But I also know that a few
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  24. My father's watch which he has given to me. 1958 I think. It has a lovely linen effect on the dial which I don't see that often.
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  25. It's just so you can see things more easily; with a horizontal bench mic or handheld mic it's not an issue, but with these you find yourself bending over a lot to get at eye level with the spindle. I usually use it on my watch bench so rarely use the tilt
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  26. Looks like a really professional job.
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  27. Wow I like that nice clear clean dial even with my poor eyesight I would be able to see it. A really fine job.
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  28. SG$ 46.45 39%OFF | QD-20 Watch Maintenance Tool Quartz Movement Tester Made in China Watch Movement Tester Can Measure the Battery https://a.aliexpress.com/_mtrld85 Check out this tester on AliExpress. It can do battery test, coil test, pulse test, gear train test and even claim it can test the accuracy of the quartz oscillator. It is probably enough for most jobs. When it comes to quartz movements, I tend to replace damaged movements rather than trying to repair it. The only exception being high quality vintage quartz movement that may cost upwards of $200. Then also only if
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  29. Did you already look at both Balance Staffs? Are they both broken?
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  30. I think the real question is what is really necessary. So I guess you're saying we need a multi meter but? I'm attaching a PDF yes I know everything they make is superexpensive. But Starting on page 22 is troubleshooting. So scanning through It looks like you need a way of testing a battery, testing a coil, you need some sort of power source need to measure consumption whatever the heck that is? Then in some of those tests it sounds like you might need some sort of variable power supply so basically do we really need all that crap to do a quartz watch? After all it's a quartz watch don't they
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  31. Look at the possitive side jd, we can regard this plumbers tape technology as pioneering work on water proof canon pinions.
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  32. Hello and welcome to the forum Andy, plenty of brains to pick on the forum
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  33. I would like to share a simple modification of a cheap Chinese demagnetizer. I found the modification in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhTYBPdJG7A. I applied this modification in a newly bought demagnetizer (from Aliexpress) and it works quite well.
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  34. Go to Pocketwatchdatabase.com and enter your serial number. It will give you some basic info, including worth ADVICE not appraisal, based on internet trends. Check it out. I use it. Good luck.
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  35. Looks good to me! Well done you !
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  36. Nice job there Chris well done.
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  37. I put the coffee over the existing lume material to darken it. if it has a lot of sugar in it, it crystallizes on the metal and looks like corrosion.
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  38. You may be surprised to know that one of your watches is featured in the collection of the V&A museum. Source:- http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1160743/hopalong-cassidy-watch-timex That's some pretty creative cardboard engineering going on there. The one in the V&A pictures is described as being located in the collection of the V&A Museum of Childhood. https://www.vam.ac.uk/info/transforming-the-va-museum-of-childhood This is presumably not directly related to the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh which I visited many times when I was young.
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  39. Yes thats a TIMEX in the corner! Hopalong Cassidy! And a Medana too, i love them. With £4.83/item they will not make it to the 404 club.
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  40. Hi, Just wanted to share my experience of radial brushing on a Seiko 7005-8160P. I built a little jig using a block of wood, plastic case press, and Wood screw. I think the pictures are quite explanatory. The red tape was used just take up the slack. Using a junior Jigsaw blade with some 600 grit paper wrapped around it and short 5mm strokes back and forward as the case is rotated slowly. Using the long slot I made in the screw head as a guide. The height of the screw is adjusted so that the Jigsaw blade is flat against the case and not at an angle. It's working pretty well. Will post a pictur
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  41. Arrived today from Japan: A lovely Hamilton Jazzmaster Automatic. Nice clean lines, and is currently ticking away on the TimeGrapher: +13 s/day, Amplitude: 258 deg., Beat Error: 0.4 ms. in face up.
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  42. Here we have a mechanical wind Timex Camper that has a broken mainspring. Over the next few days I will post pictures of its progress. So here we go -
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  43. One of the great things about collecting and repairing is that feeling of taking a bunch of parts and making a working watch again. This restore begins with a scrap pile of cases from a former Timex repair center. I chose a late 1960's Marlin case that is missing the stem tube. So to the parts stash and one issue resolved. Off it than goes to get a bath in cleaning solution , polished, new crystal added along with correct case back. Next I service a used #24 movement also from the same lot the cases came with and the assembly begins. Since the hands are chromed, I just us
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  44. Hi, I designed this Bergeon style part dust tray for watchmakers or hobbyist to put tiny dust sensitive parts to prevent the dust landing on it, it usually comes with a clear glass bell cover, but I can't print glass, untransparent will do for me, enjoy. The bell cover needs support while printing, I printed in 0.15mm resolution, looks good and works well, if you have more watchmaker tools requirements can be printed in plastic, please let me know, I'll love to design them, thanks. Thingiverse: Watchmaker tools - Bergeon Style Prat Dust Tray https://www.thingiverse.c
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  45. only those who did not try or want to try.
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  46. Thanks Mo!! Just to help out, adding a fully assembled pic before adding the movement plate.
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  47. Night two - reassembly continued drop in the train and add the back plate. with just a few gentle taps the back plates falls into place. Next is to flip it over and insert the pillar screws and the rest of the parts.. and give it a wind.
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  48. Night two - reassembly continued drop in the train *tip - you see the balance is used to hold the pallet fork in position.
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  49. Hi all, My humble watch collection has only been going for a couple of years now. You will see that the value of my watches is very much towards the budget end of the market, but each one has been bought because I like the look of them, but most offer really amazing bang for buck. I will get photos uploaded at some point, but for now... Seiko SKX007, my first 'proper' watch and what started to pique my interest in what a watch really is, they are so much more than a way of knowing the time. I am not a fan of the rubber straps, so this is on a green NATO strap. I loved the look a
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  50. It's amazing the number of folk that get blinded by price! They think expensive means it must be good and cheap means it must be bad, what a load of b*****cks. There are cheap tools and expensive tools, there are also good tools and bad tools, but cheap tools are not always bad tools and expensive tools are not always good tools. I have a fair mixture of both and have experienced both of these scenarios. If you really are happier in your mind because you pay more for something I don't have a problem with it, but what I do object to is folk saying it has got to be expensive to be of any us
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