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  1. 5 points

    Look at this beauty "William Goffe"

    I have been asked to look this beauty. It is heavy and is real quality and the name on the dial is (I think) is William Goffe. On initial inspection it looks like the cord /gut has broken from one of the barrels. Also to open the front is via a key which is missing, I will investigate in a few weeks as I am away on a short break. I must say I can't wait to delve.
  2. 5 points

    Watch of Today

    I recently acquired a Citizen "box-o-parts" from the Bay. I got it because it had parts for a Citizen Jet which I need a proper case for mine. There was included several cases, dials hands, misc gears and 2 movements. When it arrived I found that one movement was a 27 jewel Jet with the automatic rotor assembly in pieces and missing the rotor weight. The other movement turned out to be a complete mid 60's 21 Jewel, Crystal seven. The balance was good and the mainspring was intact. I gave it a wind and it attempted to run. So I thoroughly cleaned it, assembled and lubed it and it took off running like a champ. I matched up a dial, hands and a complete case in the parts provided, and now, here it is on my wrist adding miles to the odometer. Yes, the crown is mismatched, but only I, and you, will know, lol.
  3. 4 points

    Super glue

    I have read several threads talking about using super glue for the repair watches. Whether or not I think it is the right way or the wrong way to fix something isn't my intention. I would gust like caution everyone that cyanoacrylate adhesives release vapors that can be very irritating to the eyes, damage the surfaces of some materials, as well as, negatively affecting electronic circuits, especially if allowed to set up in a confined space. The words of experience. Shane
  4. 2 points
    I also have envy over your very valuable watches.
  5. 2 points

    How to open this old Benrus...

    Here are a couple of pics of the movement... -Paul
  6. 2 points
    So, I'm embarrassed to say but i noticed a small piece of peg wood in the teeth of the mainspring barrel. Removed it and now the watch doesn't stop in chono mode. I learned a lot from you guys though. Thanks again.
  7. 2 points
    If it fixes the problem 100% why should it matter if the watch is really expensive? I'm wondering if you have a defective watch and maybe you should send it back to Rolex for warranty repair? Because the lower assembly shouldn't fall out and it should go back in and stay in place. Then they do make tools for closing holes in a more uniform fashion then recommended above I'm attaching an image. But you want to be careful here and not to get carried away and smash the heck out of the hole otherwise you're going to need a new plate. It's probably a dyslexia thing on my part but I think I'm reading this backwards from the way I usually think about it? I'm attaching an image out of the Seitz manual showing a jewel but the same principle applies. Looking at my Kif book unfortunately it's not a PDF it shows the settings being pushed in the same as the jewel is being pushed.. Then from the Rolex Service manual side view of the balance assembly. It is not a lot of thickness to the plate the setting needs to be centered for maximum strength. The adjustment of end shake is by the brass nuts on the other side. The alignment of the balance wheel with the pallet fork in all of this is extremely close tolerances. Rolex gets really obsessed with end shake adjustments so there's not a lot of play here.
  8. 2 points
    Did a lot of work this weekend on a Citizen Eco Drive. Needed a new battery and a new bezel. It looked very worn out. Here are some shots. The double bezel needed replacement and I did a lot of work to recover the crystal. I also got all the scratches off the case with a drumel tool. The end result was amazing. Basically a new watch. When I pushed on the second bezel ring, it would not turn. I put it in my case opener to grab the bezel and then grabbed the movement and forced to rotate. The wire inside the bezel fell into the slot and the bezel now works great. I also made a video on YouTube of some of the action. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  9. 2 points


    I also heard it makes the hairspring antimagnetic, temperature insensitive, oil-repellent and indestructible.
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    Depending on pivot shoulder it may run fine without one or both end stones. If you must keep both end stones on and make adjustment, you can push out both end stones, one may not move out adequate to free the pivot ,without falling off itself. Reinsert if it did fall out. Fitting another end stone with deeper concavity can be an option, or end stone+ spring. But shortening a pivot Sas outlined several common approaches to increase distance between end stones .
  11. 2 points

    Watch of Today

    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)
  12. 2 points

    Seikosha 851 Parts Source

    Check other parts from Seiko . I think the jewels are the same . Maybe the barrel from a 66 movement is the same. Found this on jules . http://cgi.julesborel.com/cgi-bin/matcgi2?ref=Ud\D`L[
  13. 2 points

    Blacksmith, with a love for watches.

    welcome James; i like that image with the anvil, repairing a Timex ? vin
  14. 2 points

    Russian Watch w Liquefied Gasket

    Personally I would just remove the most of the goo with an 1mm driver while keeping the watch face up. Then remove the module and bezel and drop the entire case in your favorite cleaner.
  15. 2 points

    Antique show haul part deux!

    fantastic haul.
  16. 1 point

    Seiko C153-5007 (Digital)

    It was the battery connector. It's up and running.
  17. 1 point
    Your screws are great, a bit rounded is ok (if intentional haha). Did you tell him how much time you spent? Most would have given up.
  18. 1 point
    I know these dont actually qualify to be classed as black polish, as my edges are not at true 90 degree, But at an angle they do appear black, this was what I actually meant. That's because of the mirror finish I have given it. To get a true black polish, you need a true 90 degree on edges of the screw head and a mirror finish. I did all by hand, no machines, lathe etc. A member of my family is a watchmaker graduated from " W.O.S.T.E.P he challenge me to it. And showed him without all the fancy tools what can be achieved?
  19. 1 point
    Good question! I secured the screw on a small pin vice and then cut a flat surface on the peg wood, about an inch. It has be flat, so I kept checking on a 12x mag. You then start off with the low grit and work your way up to 10k grit. Theres 12 grit to get that finish. Put plenty paste on and work in a circular motion, with gentle pressure. So you only feel the paste and the head of the screw rubbing. I would say the finish is black polish. Hope this helps.
  20. 1 point

    mainspring 8 day clock

    Hi Regarding the wire system used in these clocks have alook for David La Bounty on the net he gives very good graphics on how they work and how they are set up I have the drawings on my other machine let me know if toyu want them Cheers
  21. 1 point

    Fake Jaeger Lecoultre or is it?

    At 500 paces looking through the backend of a telescope yes that watch is FAKE
  22. 1 point

    Bulova Automatic

    Probably since 1890:) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  23. 1 point

    Bulova Automatic

    I got a Buren with loose rotor, pretty sure would have to bush the rotor, axle needs work too. Would go machining or spend the rest of my life searching for replacement parts. TIA.
  24. 1 point

    Click spring replacement

    Yes that's correct just keep turning there is no quickset feature
  25. 1 point

    Click spring replacement

    If you can identify the movement then you can probably just buy a new one. Post some good clear close-up pics of the movement and make a note of any numbers or symbols on the movement plates, particularly on the main plate underneath the balance wheel and someone will likely be able to ID the movement and caliber.
  26. 1 point


    Hi Jeff and welcome to the asylum, you should fit in perfectly
  27. 1 point
    I really like this book too, it covers a lot of ground and is very well written. I visited the horological society of New York last year and they have Henry's old bench and some of his tools in their office! They also gave me this book while I was there.
  28. 1 point

    On line auction

    Hi A nice little haul, will keep you busy for a while
  29. 1 point

    WARNING !! Timex Content Ahead !!

    no I don't have any catalogue information on these. I have rebuilt them before just for the fun of it.
  30. 1 point

    WWW Eterna sucked me in.

    New toy, a bow milling machine. Now how and when to use it? I must figure it out, cleaned a little bit up and greased/oiled it.
  31. 1 point

    Why is it like this?

    That's where the maltese cross would be mounted. It limits the number of turns you can wind up and also allows prearming the batrel
  32. 1 point

    Seiko Spring drive explained

    I wouldn't mind pulling one to pieces
  33. 1 point

    Rolex Tudor ETA 2484 Servicing

    As @Graziano mentioned that he thought the movement was based on the ETA 2452, I thought you might find this post (ETA 2472 - Disassembling the automatic device) of mine useful. Also, if the date complication is similar to that of the ETA 2472 you might also find this post useful (ETA 2472 - Disassembling the date mechanism). Also, if this movement has a setting lever screw similar to the setting lever screw of an ETA 2472 that I serviced somewhat recently, it is extremely important to replace the setting lever screw before the barrel bridge is replaced. This is trickier than you might think as the setting lever screw can be replaced after the barrel bridge has been replaced but will lead to several problems that can be hard to foresee. You can read more about my ordeal with the setting lever screw here and here. So, if you your movement indeed is similar to my ETA 2472 you'll find my complete service walkthrough of it here including my lubrication suggestions based on ETA's technical communication for the 2824-2 as suggested by Graziano. The walkthrough consists of about 130 disassembly pictures and about 130 assembly pictures. Good luck!
  34. 1 point

    Hardening Steel

    Wood charcoal might elevate the carbon content of the steel if left for a long time but not at the length of time watch parts are held at red heat. It does prevent oxidation of the steel surface very effectively though. Blacksmiths use bone charcoal for case hardening. There are many types of hardenable steel. Some are air hardening, some oil hardening, some water hardening. The designations of the 3 most common seen in North America A2, O1, and W1 are self explanatory. Air hardening will harden when left to cool from red hot. W1 and O1 need to be quenched in water or oil respectively to become hard. When tempering by color the clean grey steel will go from a very light straw to brown, then purple, then blue, light blue then almost grey again. Straw would be for cutting tools. A dark brown for punches. Purple if you're French and want to **BLEEP** off future repairmen. Blue is typical for almost all watch parts from staffs to pinions to springs. A lighter blue is good for screws for a bit more resistance to breakage when tightening. If you want brown and get to blue you need to reharden. If you want blue and get to grey you need to reharden. If you want to anneal heat treated steel it needs to be brought up to hardening temp and then cooled as slowly as possible.
  35. 1 point

    Real or fake?

    Hi what was the asking price in the auction , If it looks too good to be true it usually is, personally I would leave them alone especially if they will not reveal any more information.
  36. 1 point

    Watch of Today

    Sheffield Allsport. Just had a refresh and service.
  37. 1 point

    Need opinion

    Beautiful movement reliable time piece.
  38. 1 point

    Vostok 2409 First Watch Repair

    Hi and welcome to the forum. I take it the watch was ok before the stem was removed and re inserted, For what reason was that done ? . The fault seems as that it is self inflicted in as much that the stem/keyless work are missaligned or damaged. I would desist from continuing to wind the watch and to investigate what's gone wrong. the likelyhood is that the crown and or castle wheels are or have been displaced. The only answer is to remove the dial and hands and observe the keyless work alignment as regards to the stem fitting and engagement with the ratchet wheel(great wheel) only then when its working ok proceed to do the maintenance. I Have attached the tech sheets for both calibres hope they will provide some guidence. Wostok 2409.pdf Wostok 2414.pdf
  39. 1 point
    the hair spring can be reshaped with "rounding plyers". i'll post a photo. vin
  40. 1 point

    Mainspring winder mystery accessories

    Temporary storage of a mainspring while working on the watch perhaps?
  41. 1 point

    Glass Crystal polishing

    Correct. Not all abrasives are created equal, so you got no haziness left by using such a corse grit.
  42. 1 point
    Thank you, all for the friendly welcome. To answer the questions brought up; no, I am not a farrier, I interpret the blacksmith trade at the High Point Museum Historical Park, in High Point, North Carolina, USA. My smithing skills don't help much with tinkering with my watches, rather the other way around. Watchmaking has helped teach me patience. Oldhippy, I am fascinated by the history of the blacksmith/clock maker, and their involvement in early tower clock building and repair.
  43. 1 point

    Blacksmith, with a love for watches.

    Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum. Did you know blacksmiths used to repair clocks, if no clock maker was about, people would take it to the village blacksmith.
  44. 1 point
    There is no secret places for parts, all one can find is revealed by Internet search. Now, if you are looking for new parts for the original 7S26 watch, I don't think you can find any. And for the new 4R36 you could try having Cousins or an official Seiko dealer make an order. Anyway it would be very expensive compared to the cost of the complete watch.
  45. 1 point
    Have you looked for an ETA 1011 part? Should be the same. At least Jules says so. http://cgi.julesborel.com/cgi-bin/matcgi2?ref=V]^DZL Can check if i have an old movement here in the scrap .
  46. 1 point

    Any Hints on Repairing this Watch

    Pretty sure you can't release the power before removing the auto module. Don't worry, it's ok to take it off. The click for the ratchet wheel will take over once the module is removed. This is derived from an ETA 2472 (or that family), VWatchie did a walkthrough that should be helpful. https://www.watchrepairtalk.com/topic/12634-eta-calibre-2472-service-walkthrough/
  47. 1 point

    Seiko 5 6309a

    First, the hairsping in the picture is unacceptably distorted, many topics on the subject of correcting an HS and the difficulty of the task - high. If you want to show how an HS looks like, remove cock, lay it down and shoot from above. Then, fault finding consist of taking the entire mov't apart, clean it the best possible, inspect every part under magnification, pivots, jewel, gear teeth for damage. Put it back in the most basic form and test every function, end shake of every wheel etc. You can do that even without oiling because it will run anyway, not perfectly but it must not stop. Again, the forum has many many repetitive threads, which will tell you always the same things, just as any book would.
  48. 1 point

    Bent mainplate

    Can you post a few pics? I agree a bent mainplate would be a new one on me and I have a couple of decades at the bench. That's a really fine movement and while robust in use rather delicate to work on, not one I'd recommend as a first watch.
  49. 1 point

    Seiko 7s26c

    awesome job!
  50. 1 point
    Hello, Have someone had experience using sewing needles for recoiling springs? I saw a comment on youtube, his a veteran watchmaker and have been recoiling springs for about 60 years. This was his original post "Thank you for your honesty, only I am nearly 80 years old and have been recoiling balance springs for about 60 years. I don't use tweezers, I use two VERY small sewing needles with the tip of the eye end ground back leaving what looks like a two pronged fork then with the pointed end pushed into a piece of peg wood. These fine eye ends of the needles fit nicely between the coils of the spring with the spring sitting in the forks. It works well for recoiling and flatting the the spring. But you do have to be very calm with steady hands. Good luck." - Keith solloway I think this would be a very interesting topic.
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