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  1. 10 points

    Watch of Today

    My 1961 Omega Constellation. Hard to believe its 60 years old. I don't think the Omega bracelet is correct . I believe these types came out in 62'. Doesn't matter since I like these more squared grains more. CAL 561 under the hood.
  2. 10 points

    My build is finally finished.

    Hello all, This build took me 2 months to finish; mostly due to the shipments delay from Europe. But here it is. A watch designed by me. Well at least put together by me. When I decided on this project it was very important to me that I used as many Swiss components as I can. This is just a personal preference. Searching for parts I found a NOS dial that at one time were used by Ollech & Wajs. I got super excited since they were used for vintage Unitas 6497s. The movement I planned to use. Speaking of which, I took a Unitas out of an old pocket watch from the early 60s. I found the perfect case for my project in Germany. As you can read on the case, it was a swiss made case also made for the Unitas. When I placed the dial on to the movement, it did not fit exactly into the case. I literally had to grind the edges using 600 grit paper until I shed enough around the edges to finally fit the movement flush. The hands finally arrived today. I chose these German made hands aviator hands as they were open blade hands. I wanted something that would allow the black of the dial come through. The Orange added a wonderful contrast. I think it all works. A watch that looks like I paid thousands for.
  3. 7 points

    First Watch Build, Feedback Appreciated

    Hi all, This is my first watch build. I started it in January 2020 with no previous experience of watches or watchmakers tools and it's been quite a learning curve but hugely enjoyable. It runs on a Miyota 8215 movement that appears to be working well (after a few issues with hands getting stuck). Total Cost of materials was £115. I've never owned an automatic watch before so am enjoying wearing this, but I think the dial looks pretty bland without some form of personalisation. I'd appreciate any thoughts on how it looks now or how others think it could be improved. I've had a great time on this project and am happy with the cost, but would be interested to hear what others think of the total cost of the build, does it seem worth it? Cheers, Tom
  4. 7 points

    Lapping setup

    I’ve always been really impressed by the lapping machines that are used to achieve flat faces and crisp on cases. Although I don’t do enough case refinishing to warrant the price of a machine, I though maybe I could achieve a similar result with something home built. The impetus to try came when I bought an Omega Chronostop. The case came with a sunburst case finish that was long gone and would require precise brushing. I figured I could replicate the multi-axis adjustment by using a telescope head. Found one on eBay for $125. Then added a 3 jaw Chuck for $50. My only issue was that I needed to adapt the two together. Because the stress won’t be so high I figured I could just 3D print some adapters and it worked perfectly! The great thing about the resin printer is that the resolution allowed me to actually print the threading! Because the case is a top loader, there was no good way to hold it properly so I printed an adapter to screw on the back. All ready to go: I am really happy with the results! The case has some dings that I wish I could laser weld but alas I can’t built one of those on the cheap. Lol. My next step is to find a way to fasten everything down so I get more consistent engagement with the sander and recreate the angles consistently between checking my work. - Craig
  5. 7 points

    Baumgartner BFG 866 - Oiling cap jewels

    Hi All, I posted a while ago a walk through of the Baumgartner BFG 866 and wanted to add to it, especially as there is little out there to explain how to oil the cap jewels of a non shock proof watch. This is the balance cock of the BFG 866 and as you can see it has a cap jewel held in place with two screws, screwed from underneath. Some pull the hairspring out of the way to oil through the oil sink, but I find it safer to remove the hairspring, but also it is good practice to do so. If the balance and hairspring is removed the shape of the hairspring is seen a lot easier and any manipulation can be done. The hairspring may have to be taken off the balance if it isn't a simple tweak. Removing the balance from the cock is quite simple Measure the balance staff to find out how big it is, so when we make a tool to push the oil through to the cap jewel, we will know the correct size to make We need to unscrew the cap jewel to clean it Now we are going to hone an old oiler to fit through the hole in the oil sink that the balance staff pivot passes through Be careful not to damage the pivot hole Once the balance cock and setting has been cleaned thoroughly, we can then oil the cap jewel through the oil sink with Moebius 9010 If you are not sure you have oiled it enough, or your technique is correct, remove the cap jewel and have a look. Obviously before screwing back the cap jewel it will have to be cleaned properly again This is a safer way than oiling whilst the hairspring is attached to the balance cock. It may take a while longer, but it is a lot safer! It is also good practice in removing the balance and hairspring from the cock, but also checks the state of the hairspring, especially the uniformity of all the coils and how the hairspring is studded onto the collet The other cap jewel in the mainplate would be oiled in exactly the same fashion. Trying to oil the cap jewels and then fixing them onto the setting isn't a good way to oil them, as the oil will probably be smeared when re-fitting them. This is the way I teach my students to oil their non shockproof cap jewels I Hope this helps someone else in the future. More BFG 866 practicals to follow....
  6. 7 points
    ORIENT Calibre 46E40 Service Walkthrough - Assembly
  7. 6 points

    Vintage Watch Bench Restore

    All done and it came out just as I thought. Still showing the scars of years of use but, no longer will all the dirt and grime. ...now the real task of having to reorganize the watch room.
  8. 6 points
    Good morning Folks. I hope everyone is staying healthy and occupied in these difficult times. I'm going to write about skilled tradesman a bit here. If I get a bit wordy, pedantic, opinionated, boring or generalize too much, I apologize in advance. Some of what I say here are solely my opinions and observations based of the experiences of myself and others I've known. There was a time in the world when skilled trades were respected and revered. During this time, If you weren't born into wealth or royalty, a trade was one of your only opportunities for a better life. Master tradesman would only take on a few new apprentices every few years, so the opportunity to be accepted as an apprentice was a great honor. Apprentices worked long and thankless days learning their craft from their tradesman. Master tradesman could be demanding, stern and harsh to their apprentices but they knew that people who needed the expertise of that tradesman would accept nothing less than the best. An apprentice would learn every aspect of the given trade and in most respects become an expert. An apprentice was bound to their master for the entire term of their apprenticeship which could be as long as seven years or more. When the apprenticeship was completed, they would become a Journeyman. They had enough skill to work for someone, gain more experience and were worthy of being paid for their work. As the name implies, a Journeyman could travel to many places and work for many tradesmen to gain experience and knowledge. In time, that journeyman could apply to become a Master Craftsman/ tradesman by applying to a Guild and creating a "masterpiece" If this masterpiece was accepted by the guild, the journeyman has now become a master. He could own his own business and take on new apprentices and journeymen thus continuing the trade. With industrialization and the advent of Trade Unions in the mid 19th century there was a modernization to the process. Unions organized trade schools that gave many more people an opportunity to learn a skilled trade and earn a living along the way. Worker health and safety began to become a valid concern. During this time new trades were added to the world specifically geared towards the many new industrial and technological achievements. Machinist, plumber, electrician and our own venerable watchmaker were added. All trades were still respected and valued and it was common to know families with multiple generations of tradesmen in one field or another. This system worked well and served society up until the late 20th century. I'm not sure anyone can pinpoint the exact fall of trades, but in America, many agree it began to unravel in the mid 1970's. Trade and labor unions gained a lot of power over the years and had exerted that power in excess. Pay and benefits were skyrocketing and the workers were safer and healthier than ever before but potentially excessive labor disputes and strikes began to cripple many of the industries that depended on the tradesman. Mildly skilled, non-union workers began to slip in and fulfill the tasks of skilled tradesman at a lower cost. Many unions were inflexible or too myopic and resisted the need to adapt to this "unskilled labor infiltration". In some areas, especially the southern states where trades and labor unions were never really strong, unskilled laborers out competed and underbid for jobs. The inadaptability of trade unions nearly led to their complete extinction as a viable entity throughout the Southern United States. Corporations and the government, which had generally stayed out of labor disputes other than to expand labor unions began to take advantage of this change and in 1981, culminated in President Ronald Reagan decisively firing over 11,000 striking air traffic controllers. I was fortunate enough to be accepted into an apprenticeship program in the late 1990's. It was a 4 year program that focused on several aspects of the machinist trades. I chose a specialization in machine repair. I had some difficulties during my apprenticeship but fortunately I was able to complete my entire apprenticeship before the program fell apart due to a corporate culture that had lost the understanding of the value of skilled trades. I have been very fortunate to work as a Journeyman for several good employers to help further my education in my trade. I currently work for one of the worlds largest defense contractors and it is truly a blessing. But, as with most good things in life, I earned my way here, I worked hard and learned a lot and became an asset for the company. I can absolutely relate to the value of a skilled trade. Many here may be aware of the television presenter Mike Rowe. He was the host of the Discovery Channel program "Dirty Jobs". Mike also narrates many science and history channel programs including Deadliest Catch, Ghost Hunters and How The Universe Works to name a few. Mike has become an outspoken proponent of the skilled trades. He travels the country promoting trades, apprenticeships and craftsmen and has spoken before congress on the subject. Mike speaks of the skills gap, where employers cannot fill positions in their companies because of a lack of skilled workers.I believe it is because there is a pervasive attitude here in America that the skilled trades have no value. He points to the removal of shop classes from high school curriculum programs. As an example, the state college near me invested millions of dollars to build an advanced technology / trade school that now sits barely used. My high school dropped shop class a few years after I graduated. This has happened all over America. The failure in this is multifaceted. Schools aren't providing opportunities for kids to be inspired though a shop program. States are gutting education budgets to the point where school systems that are willing to provide opportunities are simply unable to. Add to that a general apathy by many employers to actually invest in skilled labor and the culture and infrastructure required to build it. It seems many companies have always expected there to be an unlimited supply of skilled labor that they would not be required to invest in. Now that it's drying up, they're baffled on what to do about it. Generally, there is a lack of interest in trades in america. We pushed college so hard that we lost sight of this need. Generally speaking, kids have been lead to believe that computers and technological savviness will be the only skills they'll ever need. They're sadly mistaken. It seems many of our young adults assume that if they can do some coding that they'll be hired by giant tech companies like Amazon or microsoft or others, reality proves otherwise. The US government has invested nearly $700 million dollars in apprenticeship programs in the last 10 years which is great, but recently they have begun to restructure the standards to the point where the integrity of the system is being called into question. The article in this LINK goes into detail on this subject. Everyone from the government to corporations have to understand the reality of investment. You invest in money and time to produce a skilled tradesman or craftsmen. They are not simply created. And if you want Tradesman who meet a set of standardized criteria that you can count on their education and training being thorough and complete, there has to be cooperation with state and national programs like the US Department of Labor. Other countries have not forgotten the value in that investment. Japan for example has a terrific trade and craft apprenticeship infrastructure and culture. Manufacturing companies offer 7 year apprenticeships. The companies provide for many of the needs of the apprentices including healthcare, food and lodging. There is still honor and prestige in being a skilled tradesman and craftsmen. I feel this is one of the reasons Japan is outperforming America in terms of manufacturing prowess. In Japan, our own venerable trade of watchmaking has a few devotees and a very small number of watchmakers and apprentices still ply the trade. Here is a link to an article that tells the story of 2 generations of watchmakers, one old and one young. Even there it is a very slowly dying skill. I do find it fascinating to know that there are women as in the article I linked to, who are expressing an interest in watchmaking, even if they are hobbyists. Several women have recently joined our forums here. Diversity is key to our future I feel. In conclusion, I think it's a shame how we have lost sight of how valuable tradesmen and craftsmen are to the strength of our future. Hopefully, in my lifetime we will see that shift back the other way. If your'e interested, here are some watchmaking educational rescources https://www.awci.com/educationcareers/careers-in-watchmaking/ http://www.nghayekwatchmakingschool.org/The-Schools/miami/General-Information.aspx https://www.britishschoolofwatchmaking.co.uk/ http://www.wostep.ch/fr And many others from all over the world here: https://www.eternaltools.com/blog/27-of-the-finest-clock-and-watch-schools-around-the-world Thank you for taking the time to read this, I really appreciate it.
  9. 6 points

    Watch of Today

    My 1960s Gallet Multichron. One word- elegant. (Well I do) It sports a Valjoux 7733. I wear this one with a tux or formal ball type attire. I think the vintage Gemex bead bracelet makes this very festive. Way too blingy for casual use. Just took a little effort to resurrect this one from the dead.
  10. 5 points

    Reward for good grades

    As we all know, our world has been deeply shaken. Lifestyles, routines and every partXa,a of our lives have been effected in some way. This is equally true for our children. Their academic and social life's have also been upended. As a father of 4 who range in age from 15 to 24 this new reality is all too acute. My youngest two are still in high school with one a freshman and one a sophomore. They have been pretty much on their own with getting their online classes up to date and completed. My daughter, who is also my youngest, has been on task the entire time, she had finished her work last week. My 17 year old son has procrastinated much of the entire time. 4 weeks ago he was in danger of flunking. So, as an incentive, I offered to get him his favorite watch which is a duplicate of mine if he finished with at least a C average in each class. In this case, it's a 1978 Timex Falcon Eye. Thankfully I had found one for an absolutely fantastic price, a steal to be honest. When it arrived, it was pristine! Tonight was his final night. The final assignments were due. He plugged away and by 9:45pm, he crossed the finish line! And as required, no class was below a C grade point average. In fact, only one was a C, the rest were comfortably within B and A averages. I'm very proud of him and it was a Thrill and an honor to present his watch to him. For fun, I had him put on his new watch but told him he was trying on my watch to see how victory feels. He was all smiles and kept saying how awesome the watch is. Then I held up mine on my wrist and put it next to his and said, yep, it's almost as cool as mine! He was like, What!? Is this mine? No way! He was so excited! Totally worth the wait. Here they are, two of the finest original 1978 Timex Falcon Eye's you'll likely ever see!
  11. 5 points

    Watch of Today

    I needed a Lorsa P75A for a custom build and I saw a little watch on eBay, quite ugly but with the right movement and a nice bracelet ... Bought it for €20 shipped ... The Lorsa ticks great at 5s/day so much better than I expected ... customer will be happy ... And the bracelet looks !!! great !!! on my Ingersoll Sealion ... Today is a happy day [emoji16] Envoyé de mon moto g(7) power en utilisant Tapatalk
  12. 5 points

    New bench

    Well from working on a shabby chic table and using a chest of drawers for storage for the last 6 years I have been hankering a new work space, the garage was first option. All the plans were in place, pricing for lining and insulating etc etc, then the new 2 seater arrived and now lives in garage so watch work shop put on hold. So back to old table again, an Internet search a good while ago I found a site that a tinkerer had made a bench from Ikea products. I saved that site and went back to it and searched Ikea and all components were still available, so whilst on this lockdown I ordered the lot and it arrived. Now I’m fully organised with no more hunching over the bench. total cost £247 including delivery, much cheaper than a bench from cousins/horotec etc.
  13. 5 points

    Incabloc Ass'y Cleaning

    looking at the discussion I thought I would make some observations. so starting off with tweezers everyone makes the assumption that they're all the same. A lot of times people new to watch repair think the tweezers have to be super delicate super tiny fine tips which are really bad for watch repair. Super tiny tips can be good for fixing hairsprings. one of the most important characteristics of your tweezers and I'm attaching an image gently squeezed together the jaws come together parallel. Really important for holding round things. that a link to a good bad video. May be bad isn't quite the right word. For instance if I was cleaning a watch like this I leave the balance in whereas everything else comes off. So the balance stays on the main plate with its bridge and the jewel assemblies come out. Make sure you remember to put the springs back down so they don't go anywhere undesirable. Then the jewel assemblies will clean just fine in the cleaning machine the balance is protected the hairspring is protected. so he shows them in and of course his watches running which it really shouldn't be makes it a lot harder when it's running. Plus the jewels clean better if they're not in. So a difference between the procedure that you've outlined above is after you put your drop of oil on the end the stone what's left of the oil on the end of the oiler is applied to the hole of the hole jewel and yes he does point that out in the video. if you take the jewel assemblies out for cleaning just remember there probably not exactly the same sometimes. It's usually best if you keep the top and bottom separate. https://youtu.be/KpII8WDZnYQ other thing is helpful to have or equivalent. so for instance at the link below because it was the first one I found a small jar of rinse typically referred to as hairspring rinse. http://www.stsupply.com/tools/cleaning-polishing/other-cleaning-supplies/one-dip-hairspring-cleaner-2-oz.html then the suggestion of automatic oiler above? I was at a lecture once where the person brought up using the automatic oiler and he would a sold a dozen of them on the spot if he had them after he explained how wonderful they were for oiling. Unless of course you've just practiced a lot like I have and I'll still do it the old-fashioned way. I'm attaching a link notice they even have a drawing of it in use. The advantage is the black one of the smallest diameter one will go through the hole jewel assembly. So everything is nice and clean you can apply the oil and as a bonus I don't remember how to do it but you can actually suck oil back out if you get too much. https://www.esslinger.com/bergeon-7718-1a-automatic-watch-and-clock-oiler/ then quantities of lubrication have changed with time. I'm attaching a PDF page 17 you are 30% would be considered unacceptable. cousinsuk.com Omega 8645_WI_40_rules for lubrication-4.pdf
  14. 5 points

    Vintage Watch Bench Restore

    One of the things about my interest in time pieces is the long and rich history. so what better way to get a sense of it than to sit at a true watchmakers bench. Here is where it begins - all the draws are to the right. The shelf is not original and you can see the back has been cut out. The lower door doesn't look correct either. Most noticeable damage is that many of the joints need to be re-glued. I will start with giving it a good wash with wood cleaner. And here it is after a good scrubbing, See how the wood has already become lighter in color. - that board will be what I use to repair the back panel.
  15. 5 points
    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.
  16. 5 points
  17. 5 points
    ORIENT Calibre 46E40 Service Walkthrough - Disassembly
  18. 5 points

    My LIP

    Hello everyone, today I'm showing another watch of my collection : my Lip Chronometer. Brand Lip Model Chronographe Movement 7730 Valjoux Case material Gold plated Year ? I don't know anything else about this watch, so if somebody has some infos I will be glad to hear them ! I can't do a summary of the history of Lip because the story is tooooo long. Idk if the brand Lip is known in other countries in the world, but in France Lip is a symbol. Lip is the french watch that your grand parents had, and gave to your parents etc... Lip exist since 1867, and since that date there has been some issues with the worker, even taking them to block the factory and sell the watches themselves so that it doesnt close during the quartz crisis ! If you want to know more about that brand, I suggest you to go to : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIP_(company) A. Nogues, watchmaking student.
  19. 5 points

    Watch of Today

    Just finished fixing the day/date synchronisation problem on this 6923-8000 (June 1982) so fitted a new crystal and as it looked so nice I thought that it deserved some wrist time.....
  20. 5 points

    Staking set box restoration.

    And just for reference, this is what the set looked like upon arrival.
  21. 5 points

    Show us your blue dial watches.

    1972 '21 Jewels' by Timex - that is dial! -
  22. 5 points

    Watch of Today

    1966 14k Omega Seamaster Ref KL6746. It's my understanding that these particular C cases were made for the US market and imported by the Norman Morris Corp. The solid gold case resembles the other C style cases that made up the Constilattion line that was designed by the famed designer Gerald Genta. I have it on a period Perlon strap. Summertime!
  23. 5 points

    Watch of Today

    Some month ago Johnnie here gave an Ingersoll Sealion that needed some care and had no bezel anymore ... It took me some time but today it's on my wrist ... Envoyé de mon moto g(7) power en utilisant Tapatalk
  24. 4 points
    hi guys, my obsession is early Timex watches from the 1950s, 60s and 70s with a particular focus on 1976 birth year watches, Dundee made pieces and early 50s pieces. what attracts me to Timex is how disposable they were and how they shouldn't have lasted as long as they should. there's a UK connection and a wide range of mechanical pieces produced in 1976 when the quartz crisis was at its height. unfortunately i have the money but not the time to restore many of these pieces so for now stick with m24 (no date) restorations with others being helped out by the timex community on fb and ig. (@timetrope) my current challenge is getting date wheels on m25 movements back on. theyre tricky. and getting crowns to stay in place on m21/22 movements which im hoping some new antimagnetic tweezers will help with. if your looking to sell or trade pieces then my goal is to collect them ALL and even at 200 im short quite a few
  25. 4 points
    With me it was practice. Never took notes and never used a camera.
  26. 4 points

    Completed project watch

    Hello fellow watch lovers, I have just completed a build from part sourced from various sellers. It turned out to be the best build for me yet and I have really amazed myself and the skills I had to exercise on this timepiece. I have impressed myself with this one and it is a stunner with a salmon dial. The NATO strap is very lovely on this timepiece. I apologize for the lack of details on this beauty, Enjoy
  27. 4 points
    Hello, I finally got round to finishing an overhead drive for my lathe, inspired by pictures of a Schaublin example. I've yet to fit locking handles while I decide whether to go for press fit / threaded in / sliding handles.. and the MDF base is still in the testing stage while I get used to the ergonomics and decide on a way of locating it onto the lathe bench. The short belt was just a length to hand, and the WW headstock will eventually be replaced by another heavier-duty DIY spindle. I'm not entirely unfamiliar with lathe based gear cutting but my own setup is still a work in progress. Overhead Drive for lathe Hardinge Cataract gear cutting in progress A new ratchet wheel for a ladies fusee watch
  28. 4 points
    looking at the parts list at least they have a nice picture of the front and more important the back. So I snipped out the image for you if you want to release the power you definitely have to get to the dial side.
  29. 4 points

    On the wrist

    1950's recreation timepiece
  30. 4 points

    Incabloc Ass'y Cleaning

    I think @JohnR725 rapps the most of it together in a good way. I only can give a couple of links from the same school on here. The first is a lecture on this subject and the second of the washing process with the balance in place. Cap jewel cleaning lecture. And the second shows a basic service and the oiling and cleaning.
  31. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    Today I'm finally able to wear my newly acquired Art Deco Gotham. It has an AS 340 beating inside. The case is amazing! I love the two tone gold and chrome scheme with enamel detailed engravings. I also love the swinging lugs. I've read these were called Driving watches. It was a bit of a challenge getting it to run consistently, but I think I have it sorted out. I'm not 100% sure what year it was made, but according to Ranfft the movement was produced from about 1920 to 1935...or there abouts. I'd guess about the mid 1920's for mine. If anyone knows how to date these older A. Schild movements, please let me know.
  32. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    Hi everyone, I'm Hai, from Vietnam. Nice to join you guys. Wearing a 1941 Gruen Veri-thin, small and fit. Too small for men's wrists, maybe consider it as unisex Have a good day, stay safe!
  33. 4 points

    My Practical Exercises, Course Level 2

    Hi everyone! I made log of my activities with photos of my practical exercises for WR Course level 2. It's in the PDF file attached. I had some scary moments doing this. One of them was the balance cock that slid off the movement onto the table while dangling by the hairspring. Furthermore, I discovered that end stone jewels and shock springs also like to fly, causing lengthy search parties Cheers, Mark Watch Repair Course L2 v2.pdf
  34. 4 points

    Pre-Cleaning A Watch

    in modern watch repair shops is where you're going to find pre-cleaning. the pre-cleaning procedure is to remove the watch from the case remove the dial and calendar parts for the most part. I know someone who does Rolex repair and claims at least one Rolex watch you can leave the calendar parts on because they're not affected but to be safe everything with paint the dial etc. has to come off. then the entire watch is run through the pre-clean cleaning machine. Yes they usually are separate cleaning machines. It's usually set to a shorter cycle than you normally would run all the pieces through. The reason for doing this is it gives you a nice clean watch allows you to evaluate everything. then out of curiosity how was your escapement class? then you want to be careful with your rodico is really amazing for cleaning but it can leave a residue behind that interferes with things.
  35. 4 points
    I wanted to use a pocket watch as a desk clock while I’m WFH. Fortunately I found this display stand hidden inside a small log from an ash tree in my wood pile . Interested to see what others do with theirs...
  36. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    these did originally come with a Tropic strap. You can find many good alternatives like these I have on my 600 ft series.
  37. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    Once again a 60's Certina gets to see the sun, this time it's just a plain one no fancy name. It has a 28-16 pushing the hands around the dial.
  38. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    This vintage Seiko quartz today (7546-8720 from July 1978)......
  39. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to introduce you to Heritage 2.0! Heritage 1.0 was a flop. Through the generosity of @AndyHull, a donor movement was provided and now Heritage 2.0 is looking Sharp and keeping great time. It's powered by an EB8800. Heritage 2.0 is actually a direct read rather than a true jump hour, so there is still an opening in my collection for a jumper. Lots of blood sweat and cursing went into this watch, glad it's done!
  40. 4 points
    Hi all This came up for sale cheap (£200) very very near to me (Around the corner!!), The only trouble was that the owner was in Australia and i'm in the UK!! He had left it with a friend of his five mins from me, When I initially queried the watch through facebook, The lad didn't get back to me for almost two weeks! I thought it must have sold but he explained it was with his friend, Fast forward andother week and I went and bought it yesterday whilst observing the distance thing!! It's been on three different straps already!!, A Darlena, A Di Modell and now this flieger style strap, The Di Modell was very comfy but it was brown! The Automatic Valjoux 7750 movement.. It comes with Sapphire front crystal and screw down pushers and crown.. It has marks but isn't bad for a 12 year old watch!! All in all i'm over the moon with it!, The lad said it had a service a few years ago, No receipt so assumed it hadn't but I have to say, The movement looks new so maybe it has!! HAGWE John
  41. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    Ujujuj must have been very tired an Argonaut Automatic has of course an 25-651 as engine. Today I will air this Certina Bristol 195 from the late 60's, it has the 25-66 stomper ticking away the time.
  42. 4 points
    Just won an auction for this sexy beast, another Art Deco watch. It's a Gotham, probably from the mid 30's but I still have yet to identify the movement. I thought at first glance it was an FHF movement, but I'm beginning to think it's an in-house movement. If anyone knows, please let me know. Love the 2 tone case with enamel inlay and the swinging "Drivers" lugs. Only thing it seems to need is a seconds hand. Flawless otherwise.
  43. 4 points

    Show us your blue dial watches.

    My Swiss homage to the same Omega watch, Camy Kings Club..... It dates from 1969 and is absolutely mint condition and came with the original strap (now replaced with a genuine crocodile one), a tag and a service booklet.....
  44. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    Fitted replacement crystals to both of these today (arrived from 'Cousins' lunchtime), currently wearing the 7S36 'Superior' .........
  45. 4 points

    Show us your blue dial watches.

    Seamaster Chrono Blue Dial 1972 145.029 cal. 861 "Rolex Datejust 18k/Stainless 1995 Bob
  46. 4 points
    Hamilton 992 with a salesman case. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  47. 4 points

    Bushing nightmare/Depthing tool

    What is your definition of a mess? Remember this is not a precision jeweled watch so it may run just fine with what look like crap for pivot holes. Another variation of using solid plugs is for people who don't like premade bushings. So for these a solid plug is used the plate is refinished then a depthing tool Is used. My understanding of these early made watches is that a whole variety of people made the components. Somebody would cut wheels somebody else made the plates conceivably somebody else fit the wheels to the plates. It was a cottage industry of a whole bunch of different people all coming together to make one watch. This unfortunately from a repair point of view means that every single watch is unique.
  48. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    Today.... My 1940's Heuer Ref 347. Rugged looking watch with its battle scared dial. It has a Valjoux 22 under the hood. It's quite a large case for the time which gives it more of a contemporary flair. I were this one quite often.
  49. 4 points
    Good evening everyone, hope we are all managing quarantine fever reasonably well. Today I'm going to briefly cover my 1938 Westfield Art Deco watch I recently completed. It began with an urge to acquire a nice Deco watch. I won a handsome Hamilton, but sadly the seller had lost the watch. Thankfully they refunded my money and the hunt continued. I finally came across this Westfield powered by a Bulova 10aw. The price was perfect because it was sold without a crown. I tracked down a donor movement with a crown that didn't look too ratty and purchased it as well to serve as a parts donor, wise choice as you'll see. The parts donor arrived first. It only needed a clean and lube to get it ticking away Parts donor... After a delay, the watch arrived. It looked thousand times better in hand than it did online, thankfully. It was fitted with a truly pristine Crystal that surely must be a recent replacement. The case doesn't seem to have any base metal showing through. I promptly opened the watch and lifted the dial and movement from the case. The Westfield as it arrived... A close-up of the barrel bridge showing the little crescent moon date code signifying the watch was made in 1938... Looking closely, I found that the crown and stem weren't just missing, it was broken, snapped off at the winding pinion. I removed some of the keyless works to get at the stem remnant. After fishing the piece out, I pulled the crown and stem from the donor. Winding stem switcheroo... I then attempted to give the mainspring a wind and see how the watch performed. After barely 2 turns I heard a crunching noise indicative of a broken mainspring. Thankfully the donor's was perfect. I swapped out the barrels put it back together and gave it another wind. Off the balance went and the mainspring wound smoothly and stopped at the end. Sprung spring... I put the dial and hands back on, gave the dial a light wash down to remove any excess grime. I put it all back together, added a new leather strap and here she is. Very excited to be wearing an 82 year old watch that looks this good!
  50. 3 points

    New Mainspring

    No, all Generale Ressorts springs come pre-lubricated. However, note that when you service your first automatic movement, you will have to lubricate the inside rim of the barrel with some braking grease, but that's a different story. Other than that, just do it exactly like Mark explains and video illustrates in his watch repair lessons "C2.4.5 ASSEMBLE THE GOING BARREL".
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