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  1. 7 points
    1940 14K rose gold Elgin driver. Polished up well. I upgraded the movement to a 675 from the 559 that came in it. The stretchy bracelet is a very early Speidel that was in amazing condition and polished well also. Her response: "that's pretty." Ho-Hum. RMD
  2. 7 points
    Hi Cecking through my workshop laptop I came across these PDFs and thought they might be useful to the members new and old alike. I have several more and will post later. Cheers Witschi Training Course.pdf TZIllustratedGlossary (1).pdf handbook_of_watch_and_clock_repairsa.pdf Test and measuring technology mechanical watches.pdf
  3. 7 points

    Toilet paper

    Have a laugh at this.
  4. 6 points

    How do you keep your bench tidy ?

    Hi In order to get a sembelance of order on the bench I build this tool holder, both tool holders rotate to enable easy access to the screw drivers, the flat bladed ones on the left and cross points on the left. My clock let down tools are fitted to the rear, probes etc down the sides. Saves scrabbling in a tin. heavy clock tools are stoed in two IKEA drawer units. Keeps the place tidy, untill I start working.
  5. 6 points

    Watch of Today

    My Heritage jump hour arrived yesterday. Looks great and runs like a champ. I opened the case to look for dirt, turns out it was just surface discoloration on the backside of the dial, no worries! This also has an actual glass Crystal, no acrylic for Heritage I guess, lol.
  6. 5 points

    Tesco Shopping

  7. 5 points

    Toilet paper

  8. 5 points

    Watch of Today

    Today, I'm wearing my Nivada Grenchen Chronomaster Aviation Sea Diver. Love this watch!
  9. 5 points

    How do I replace the seal

    That is almost impossible. Can be done by removing the thin washer. But it's hard to put it back again. Can maybe be done like this. https://adventuresinamateurwatchfettling.com/2015/10/12/crown-revival-seiko-6105-and-62mas-crown-gasket-replacement/
  10. 5 points

    Baumgartner BFG 866

    Hi, I teach watchmaking to complete beginners at Epping Forest Horology Centre, close to Epping and this is one of the lessons on the BFG 866. I wanted to show my class a classic pin pallet (Roskopf) movement and how to service it, as many watchmakers won't touch these watches as they hold no monetary value. Turn the setting lever screw 1 to 1 and a half turns to release the winding stem A piece of watch paper or small plastic jiffy bag to protect the dial, whilst removing the hands The driving pinion is part of the friction fitted minute wheel on top of the barrel. This work in a similar way to a friction fitted canon pinion to set the watch hands Remove the keyless work: setting lever, held in place by the setting lever screw, screwed from the other side of the mainplate, then the yoke, which sits on top of the clutch (castle) and also the winding pinion. I have three other lessons on this movement that cover bringing the watch 'into beat' as well as taking apart the friction fitted minute wheel from the barrel, lubricating and staking back on to achieve the correct friction setting and finally how to remove the centre seconds wheel safely and refit using a staking set. Many people leave the friction fitted minute wheel on top of the barrel, not realising the amount of old grease that can't be cleaned out from it, as well as not removing the wheel of the centre seconds arbor and again not cleaning out the pipe which has old grease inside. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial? More to come....
  11. 5 points

    Latest job on the bench

    Hi Chaps just picked up this as a repair job, Not a restoration client just wants all the bruises amd marks leaving as its its life story. This clock has been well traveled and as such and its advanced years isnt too bad. Got some research to do then get cracking
  12. 5 points

    Watch of Today

    My offering for today, a Unitas 6310 powered E. Marten, just off the bench. Not a brand I have ever come across other than this one. Style wise I would have put it anywhere from the early '40's to the late '50's but size wise it's quite large for that period at 37mm excluding the crown. The lovely clean and simple lines of the UT6310.
  13. 4 points
    A little of this and a little of that and you can convert a common electric into one that is more desirable. Of course it helps I have a large stash of NOS parts.
  14. 4 points

    Safe separation of wheels

    With all due respect to both gentleman above.I just clean in place, these independently driven minute wheels and save yourself a headache. Regards
  15. 4 points
    I bought a Seiko LordMatic cal 5606A and noticed the quick change day-date wasn't working. A bit of Googling found out that they rarely do on these movements, due to the plastic wheel on the day-date corrector wheel rocker breaking (see pic). As it's such a common problem, I thought I was lucky to find a NOS one on ebay. Unfortunately the plastic wheel on that was already broken - I've since read that this is common on NOS items, the plastic ages and breaks. The one I have at the moment is spare time, so I found a bit of brass from an old pocket watch, got my finest file (#6), drilled a 1 mm hole, and started filing ... It took a while .... But got something close : I think it's OK as a first effort at making a part. It's not perfect, far from it, but doesn't need to be as it only needs to push the day-date wheels over. What I found was : I couldn't have done it without my stereo microscope Although a #6 file seems very fine, it's way too course to finish the part. I believe you can get #8 and #10 cuts. I sharpened the end of an old screwdriver to use like a chisel. I finished with some 3000 grit paper, but it's not easy to fix a small enough piece to use. I haven't stripped the movement yet, so don't know if the part works - can't see why it shouldn't Mike
  16. 4 points

    Look at this beauty!

    I must show you this. Im so happy. Won at an local estate auction last summer. It is from the fiftys or the sixtys i believe, but hardly used. The cabinet i made myself, but i need a decent motor. The chinese sewing motor dont deserve this.
  17. 4 points

    How it all started

    The watch that started me down this crazy path of watch repair was a Rado Voyager. I was never a fan of mechanical watches until very recently. Quartz watches were more of my thing. When Seiko AGS and Citizen Eco-drive came out, I though, "Great! Now I'll never need to change another battery!" Haha. How wrong was I. I acquired this Rado Voyager when my Citizen Eco-drive was in the workshop. It ran great. Accurate to about 1 minute a week. But everytime it rains, then crystal would fog up. And it rains a lot in Singapore. I brought it to several watch repairers who said it wouldn't be worth the value of the watch. That irked me. So I got a sapphire crystal and a new gasket online and proceeded to repair it myself. When I pressed the setting lever to release the winding stem, the whole lever disappeared. I turned to Mark's videos on YouTube and was finally able to fix the keyless works. But not after suffering days of anguish. And that got me hooked. There was so much that I didn't know about that thing on my wrist. I have spent more on watch repair tools and materials than the total value of my watches. I have even bought a Seitz jewelling set, a staking set and a watchmaker's lathe. It's an addiction! BEWARE!
  18. 4 points

    How it all started

    I know the feeling! It started all for me after attending a yard sale and a woman was selling her father's items. She had a bag full of watches and a couple of watch boxes. At the time I didnt know anything about the value of the watches and neither did she for that matter so offered her $10 for the lot. They were all mechanical; some working and some not. I turned to YouTube and discovered that some of these can actually be worth money and moreover could be fixed. Inhad already owned an Omega Seamaster 300 that got roughly 14 years ago, so loved watches from the get go but now I have taken this to a whole new level! I had bought be a FireKing watch kit that contained a few cheaply made tools, devoured as much watch repair info as possible and here we are! This summer will be a year since this madness took over and in that time I have , acquired a few more watches and toys.
  19. 4 points

    Toilet paper

    Its getting that expensive Bergeon may start producing it.
  20. 4 points
    This may be of use to those restoring clocks whilst looking for a pair of Lion head drop handles I came across this site based in Devon who do a range of reproduction clock parts they will even cast parts direct from originals to order, hinges, keys, escutcheons, are hard to get the ones sold by main clock and watch suppliers can be of varying quality and usually do not look of period. They also allow the return of parts that turn out not to be suitable within 28 days https://optimumbrasses.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/clock-parts-supplement.pdf
  21. 4 points

    AS 1913

    Sounds to me like the pallet fork is not interrupting the escape wheel. This would mean that as you wound the watch everything would spin, and no power would be retained in the main spring, so nothing would happen when you tried to let down the main spring. When you have the crown in the setting position the canon pinion has enough drag to also transmit torque back into the train, so once again everything would spin.
  22. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    1974 U.S. Military Benrus branded Eta 2750 A number of decades in a drawer with a bent lug and the wrong crown. Finally found a NOS case on ebay. Invested in a crystal claw, new MS from Cousins and a crown from stock. My first front loader and thank you Mark for the excellent video. I managed to rebuild it and get it back together without losing the lume from the hands so left the patina intact. Gains around 4 seconds a day or less. Finding a period correct one piece black nylon strap was as hard as finding the MS!
  23. 4 points

    Bergeon (Covid-19)

    This Bloody awful scourge has us all on the back foot and we all have to take it seriously , The attitude It wont happen to me, has got to go. If a company like BERGEON are taking it seriously so shall we all. Keep safe and well friends.
  24. 4 points

    Hi from rookie Truls

    Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum. I always recommend you start with a pocket watch. Just practice taking it apart and putting it together. Most are like a watch movement. Get to know the names of the parts as well. Don't touch the fusee pocket watches as those are completely different. Some thing like this is a good start.
  25. 4 points

    How do you keep your bench tidy ?

    I never had a tidy bench. I had bits and pieces all over the place. The more mess I had the happier I would be. People would often say to me how can you find anything in that mess.
  26. 4 points

    hour gear wave washer

    No oil, this is to keep the wheel down, otherwise it will ride up and the hour hand may disengage , assuming wave is the dial washer which is a 'wavy' brass ring Sent from my ONEPLUS A6003 using Tapatalk
  27. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    18th birthday present to myself. Speedmaster Automatic 3511.50 First swiss made watch in my collection.
  28. 4 points

    Watch of Today

    I received this Vostok 24hr manual wind through the post yesterday, I quite like it even though it's strange to read the hour off! It's new old stock, 44mm, Screw down crown and was only £25 posted!! John
  29. 3 points

    Timex Forum?

    This image from the Dundee based Evening Telegraph, of an assembly worker at the Timex plant suggests that it is probably a bit of both. Skill and custom tooling I suspect there was a knack to the various tasks, and specialists in each task. Furthermore there were probably teams performing each task, to keep things flowing along, rather than one individual performing multiple assembly tasks. So you would have a bunch of machinists on multiple similar machines producing batches of parts, another team producing the plates, another team of assemblers, another team doing the casing, a team lathe turning screws, others still machining the cases, fitting crystals, pins, straps and so forth. The trick with this kind of work, is to keep things flowing as smoothly and as quickly as possible. Any major bottle necks and potentially the whole plant grinds to a halt, and that costs money. I once got called out to the Schweppes plant (now called Coca-Cola European Partners or some such) in East Kilbride, to a failed custom branded industrial PC computer. Their maintenance team couldn't fix it so they called round all of the local computer companies until they found someone that said "aye, nae bother, we can fix anything", so I was duly dispatched to fix the thing with a bunch of random spares and a completely different PC. An entire bottling plant line was controlled by one PC (this was a long time back when computers were expensive), and therefore the whole place had ground to a halt. No pressure. I replaced the motherboard with my random spare, and off it went. As soon as it started back up the first task was to dump all of the contents of the various huge vats of ingredients into a skip as they had been sitting longer than their food hygiene policy permitted. Several thousand pounds worth of sugar syrup, tomato paste, vinegar, flavourings, spices and other consumable went straight into the waste bins, and the whole thing got scrubbed down and off it went, back to bottling thousands of bottles per hour. I can't remember the exact figure they quoted for the cost of the place sitting idle per hour, but it was of the order of tens of thousands of pounds. A few thousands worth of ingredients was small beer compared with the down time cost. The "Aye we can fix anything" attitude has stuck. You can fix anything, well almost anything if you are prepared to throw enough skilled people and enough money at the problem. Sadly the demise of Timex Dundee was not down to the failings of the skilled workforce, but rather the short sited attitudes of managers and politicians. Ever was it thus.
  30. 3 points

    One more day and my holidays start

    I got a Rolex for my wife last week. Best trade I ever made.
  31. 3 points

    Watch of Today

    Here's today's watch. I just reassembled it after checking the movement and cleaning some parts. I have a corrosion issue on the dial I will probably create a post in the relevant section to get advice about. (Omega Seamaster, 1960's, calibre 562)
  32. 3 points

    Safe separation of wheels

    When I read your subject title I thought this was going to be something to do with social distancing!!! The wheel on the top of the plate (which drives the center seconds pinion) is a friction fit onto an extended pinion that comes through the plate, a bit like a sub second pinion goes through the main plate. There is a specific Presto style remover (mine is Bergeon 30638/3) for removing this wheel but it can be done with levers or even razor blades. The key thing is to ensure that the wheel is lifted vertically so that there is absolutely no bending force on the pinion as it is very brittle and easy to break, otherwise it should be relatively easy to remove. Reassembly is also easy, especially if you have a staking set.
  33. 3 points

    Show us your blue dial watches.

    A few more recent blue dialled members of the 404 club.
  34. 3 points
    One more part to come... http:// ETA 7750: Part 3 - Reassembly: Escapement Lubrication, Chrono Bridge, Automatic Bridge, Motion Work Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. 3 points

    technical guides

    Hi all ,here is another source of technical guides http://guides.mccawcompany.com/ hope this helps somebody
  36. 3 points

    watch circuit board

    I've attached a picture of of the variable power supply that I use of my own design. The meter on top is a Seiko meter of course not made by Seiko and citizen also use the same identical meter. Really nice it has a 12 µA full scale can easily read a quarter of a microamp. There is a minor modification though to get stable readings when looking at current going into quartz watch you need a capacitor so I modified an additive toggle switch on the front of the meter to turn that on and off. Then I found a couple of other links for you first one is the bowl of a meter and a variable voltage power supply. The second one is Building a Variable Voltage Power Supply - Martin Catt. http://members.iinet.net.au/~fotoplot/accps.htm http://www.pocketwatchrepair.com/catt/pwr-supply.php
  37. 3 points

    Toilet paper

    Toilet paper,what toilet paper ??????????
  38. 3 points

    Manual winding problems

    I definitely agree, everyone deserves respect. My post was just an attempt, perhaps a clumsy attempt, to be a bit funny. It’s interesting to see how the human mind see’s no or little complexity in the fields it has no knowledge. Perhaps a good thing or we would be too intimidated to start any new endeavors .
  39. 3 points

    Hi from rookie Truls

    Welcome, If I might suggest, that you don't go pulling apart your vintage, rather expensive watches you named in that list, until you buy some £10 - £20 watches and played around with those to get a feel for what you are doing. We are all here to help and before long you will have the confidence and a little more experience to tackle those watches you mentioned
  40. 3 points

    Watch slows down when setting time

    It's very normal; nearly every Vostok movement does that...... it's called the "poor-mans"-hack. Nothing to worry about and certainly not a reason to send it back or "fix"-it. These are great watches and unbeatable with regards to Value/price ratio. In fact they beat nearly all, if not all Swiss watches as for sophistication & design for the price. Just have a look at this link; what a fantastic piece of engineering for slightly over $40 !! ; https://forums.watchuseek.com/f54/vostok-2415-2416-self-winding-function-reversing-wheels-revised-5134701.html
  41. 3 points

    Watch of Today

    There are not many Emarten watches on the web either, but this one is pretty interesting.
  42. 3 points
    Canon pinion friction may be a bit tight, in some cases it will actually stop the watch. Some watchmakers back in the day considered it "right" when it'd stop the watch, it gave a sort of hack system. Imagine if you grab the center wheel pivot going up through the dial, and twist anticlockwise. You're going against the power from the barrel. This is what the canon pinion is doing.
  43. 3 points

    Need to know if it's genuine or not

    Beside the good answer above, I note that you've joined this forum -which is dedicated to repair discussion- only to ask this. A better place would have been a collector's forum like Watchuseek or Omega. Or perhaps you have done that already too.
  44. 3 points
    I've done this technique, it works great!
  45. 3 points

    Rotary Flyer 21 jewel 1960's writswatch

    If you post a picture of the movement and the problem part(s) we may be able to talk you through where everything goes.
  46. 3 points

    Watch of Today

    On the "testing strap" today, the fruits of last night's labours. A late fifties or very early sixties Timex Model 22 Marlin. This one predates the use of reference numbers on the dial (introduced in 1963 I think), but does have "Scotland" stamped on the mechanism, and a Dundee accent to its tick. It seems to be running well, but will require a slight correction to shift the -120 sec/day or so back to something more respectable. I'm not looking forward to that, as its mechanical brain needs to be extracted from the front of the case without marring the dial or the crystal. I can see why they dropped this approach in favour of a two part case, and why the changed the design away from the M22, as it is pretty temperamental to work with.
  47. 3 points
    This is what as known a 5 bar p/w movement about 1880. With the barrel cap removed the arbor should unscrew from its center part. Some can be very tight so be careful when under taking this, some refuse to move and you might have to clean it in your machine partly dismantled.
  48. 3 points
    This is a suspended barrel, held only by the bridge. What looks like a screw slot on the lower end of the arbor is what's left of the hole that took a pin to hold the stopworks finger in place. The lid snaps of, pry in one of the openings. The hook is screwed onto the arbor, it will have two holes to take a spanner. Hold the square, and unscrew the hook. As the adjustable pin spanners are hard to come by, you can grasp the hook with flat pliers lined with paper tape or wrap paper (or copper even better) around the hook. Sometimes they will unscrew just with stout nickel or brass tweezers grabbing the hook; at least in wristwatches.
  49. 3 points

    WWW Eterna sucked me in.

    I have been busy with this bench lamp, I think I spent at least about 30 hours with it and even if it is not perfect I am pleased with the end result. Would I do it again? My immediate answer would sound like: Not a chance! Second thought: Maybe I would be happy to set up the tools and processes for a kind of a mass production. It was worth it economically as I have not spent much money on it, and it was worth it because I enjoyed bulding it and learnt? some new skills like knurling. Question mark is there because I am not sure if I learnt it, the result is again acceptable, but I dont really know how should the end result for knurling look like, when it is kind of perfect. I made, as always many mistakes during the process, blood was also shed when I tried to use my hand as a machine vice, and that spring barell tried to slice me up when I failed to hold it, instead it only could get some of my skins of one finger. Luckily my company sends me to regular first aid trainings so I could quickly apply an oily rug lying in the dust around my bench to the wound and carry on with the drilling. It also gave me the opportunity to suck some blood when I was hungry/thirsty. They say money is time so if you dont want to spend about 30 hours with sawing/planing/drilling/polishing/gluing/sanding/swearing and soldering you just could go to cousins and buy that led lamp which is a lightweight bench lamp with dimmer and you can even position it better over your work piece compared it to mine. I think this lamp will be a usefull addition to my bench from now on anyway. I used pallet and crate wood and you can see nail holes here and there and i left them there on purpose. I am going to add a switch to the base and I am in the process to decide how to lead that cable in a nice looking way still to be able to move the upper arm in and out if needed with the cable in place. Skills what were used: - some woodworking - some soldering - skip diving - time finding Tools what were used: - different kind of woodworking tools (planer and thicknesser/ chisels / sanding paper/ router / table saw / mitre saw) - angle grinder - pillar drill (used it for drilling and polishing) - laser printer - unimat 3 - cordless drill - and other tools like screwdivers / pencil / ruler / caliper / etc.. Materials what were used: - threaded stainless steel rods from the skip - copper bolts and nuts and washers from the skip - 2 core speaker cable (i had from previous project) - spring barells (i had a box of them / bought them from eBay earlier without knowing what to do with them) - a BT hub from the skip for the 12V power supply and the connector - I bought 5 led strips ($10.78) but only used 3 of them as the power supply was rated to 1.5A and one strip is using about 400 mAmps. - used pallet (collected earlier for other projects and firewood) - used building materials crate (collected earlier for other projects and firewood) - wood glue (had it, its like bread and butter you need it every day ;-) - gel medium for the photo transfer (had it from earlier project) - polishing material (had it) - some wood screws (had them) - bought a switch for £3.64 If you ever thought about what skip diving is, I can teach that to you, but be prepared that you have to give up some of your dignity. I am a professional skip diver and I can stay there longer than 10 minutes! Years of practice!
  50. 3 points

    Most Common Pin/Lug Width Lengths

    I used to make some leather straps too. But it's dusty work, and I don't have a second workspace for it, so I've pretty much stopped doing it.
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