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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

    Watch of Today

    This "well used" junghans came in lot .it came to me with a broken stem ,no crown or tube.It was repaired with a stem extender and a new tube and crown were fitted.It runs surprisingly well.
  4. 3 points
    I have this vintage Elgin pocket watch that I repaired and from it’s serial number 805552, it was made in 1880. The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a 30-second shootout between lawmen and members of a loosely organized group of outlaws called the Cowboys that took place at about 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. It is generally regarded as the most famous shootout in the history of the American Wild West. The gunfight was the result of a long-simmering feud, with Cowboys Billy Claiborne, Ike and Billy Clanton, and Tom and Frank McLaury on one side and town Marshal Virgil Earp, Special Policeman Morgan Earp, Special Policeman Wyatt Earp, and temporary policeman Doc Holliday on the other side. At the gunfight the boys were wearing pocket watches as shown below. So, would anyone know what pocket watches were worn by the good guys.? This is the Elgin I have from 1880, and now runs really strong and accurate. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  5. 2 points
    Hi there, No part of your experience is wasted. Everything you've experienced so far is part of what you were meant to learn, keep on keeping on.
  6. 2 points
    First of all, as of often answered to the same query, no need to worry about the noise, as long the watch winds all is good. Then you can get another rotor for much less on Ebay, no need to buy a brand new mov't. Or PM me you address and I will send one for free.
  7. 2 points

    Hey everyone

    Welcome Jess and Dad. Don't be too nervous. The only bad question, is one that is never asked.
  8. 2 points
    Which model is it? When was it last serviced? Accutrons are backwards of mechanical watches, in that you have the power source turning the escape wheel, which then powers the train up through the hands. In a mechanical watch there is an increase in speed and a reduction of torque from each gearing to the next, so there is almost no power on the escape wheel. In an Accutron the tiny power and movement of each vibration of the tuning fork is increased by 7 or 8 fold at each gear set, so that at the hour and minute hands there is tremendous power. The instantaneous date system on a 218 model will shake your wrist! And it would stop or hinder a regular mechanical watch. The upside is a well adjusted Accutron is very reliable and runs for years and years, the downside is that they will run long after the lubrication had dried and grind the pivots to dust. I suspect the friction between the driving wheel and canon pinion has become weak, and the canon pinion and hour wheel are sticky, so the watch runs but doesn't move the hands. As the seconds pinion is before this intersection it continues to move, and the hand setting works since that is another gearing that drives the canon pinion directly. As it does run, it should just need a service. But the longer it runs in this state the more potential damage that can be done.
  9. 2 points

    Watch of Today

    Minus the obvious "SEIKO" text, I would have thought this was a swatch given the styling.
  10. 2 points
    Bought this lot because I wanted that Medana watch. Forgot to mention that they made the 404 club with the price tag of £3.67/unit.
  11. 2 points

    Battery organizer

    Hi A lot depends on the amount of batteries you are storing and the turn over, If its quite a lot then the above mentioned cabinet is ideal. There are storage module with four drawers which clip together so as the collection increases so does the cabinet. My own storage is a 28 compartment plastic box, each type in its own slot in numerical order easy to find the correct one.
  12. 2 points
    I also have envy over your very valuable watches.
  13. 2 points

    How to open this old Benrus...

    Here are a couple of pics of the movement... -Paul
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 2 points
    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 .
  18. 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)
  19. 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[
  20. 1 point
    I think someone did an experiment on a Swedish watch forum . He first used an oil that was to thick . The watch didn't work . Changed to a thinner silicone oil. And that worked . Think it was a Casio . See if i can find it.
  21. 1 point

    Hair spring problem!

    We need the I D of the movement. If you don't know it, take photos of the complete movement back plate, remove hands and dial, a good clear photo of the keyless work will help us.
  22. 1 point

    Watch of Today

    remarkable are they not ?
  23. 1 point

    Seiko C153-5007 (Digital)

    It was the battery connector. It's up and running.
  24. 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.
  25. 1 point

    Balance spring needles

    There are manufactured fork end needles. I see if I can take a magnified picture of one to post. @rogart63 PM sent to you on different subject, please check your inbox.
  26. 1 point
    I was given a 1973 seiko lord matic (5600-9001) recently and I am very fond of it. The acrylic is in pretty good condition and the case isn't too scared up. There are only 3 problems with the watch. First, the case is a little bit dirty between the lugs. Second it gains about 15 seconds a day. Thirdly, the original bracelet is too small, so I tried to replace it and found that one of the spring bars is stuck. I don't really know what to do with the watch so I came here to get some advice. Should I take it to a local jeweler, send it to the seiko service center (probably a bad idea), or try to work on it myself? If there is anyone on the site that is able to work on the watch I would consider that as well. Thanks in advice for any advice.0
  27. 1 point

    Serviced eta 2824/2

    Great timings, even after 24 hours! Great job there. I've found the 2824-2 to be one of those movements you can adjust close to COSC standards for a relatively small amount of money for what it is. Also they're a real joy to work on. I bet you found that too? I would love to see it cased up when you do
  28. 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.
  29. 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
  30. 1 point

    Fake Jaeger Lecoultre or is it?

    Are these the best pictures you have of this? Do you have better than potato quality and do you have high res closeups of the dial and movement? Too difficult to tell from what you have provided. Sorry mate.
  31. 1 point

    What have you got

    We all have at least one novelty watch. What is your favorite? Can you beat my Nixon watch with eyes that shift back and forth?
  32. 1 point

    Bulova Automatic

    Probably since 1890:) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  33. 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.
  34. 1 point

    Click spring replacement

    Yes that's correct just keep turning there is no quickset feature
  35. 1 point

    Gow to open this Hefik?

    As mentioned above, I don't think this watch has a removable back. It's a classic front loader.
  36. 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.
  37. 1 point


    Hi Jeff and welcome to the asylum, you should fit in perfectly
  38. 1 point

    Does anyone recognise this watch please?

    Apologies JDM, it’s easy for the conversation to get derailed and for the scope to widen when chatting with intellectual like-minded folk on such a friendly helpful channel. [emoji53] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  39. 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.
  40. 1 point

    Pallet jewel fixation

    That's the Internet, stop caring or paying and your site will go phooff. Maybe this recent video by our Host Mark will help you
  41. 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.
  42. 1 point

    How to Open Fiberglass Case

    I applied some muscle and was able to pull the stem out and surprisingly it was not a two-piece stem as was expected. I noticed that the stem has two conical sections which work with a spring loaded post. Once the stem had been removed, a sharp knife was used to get underneath and remove the bezel. The crystal was removed with a crystal lift and the movement could then be lifted out.
  43. 1 point

    Watch of Today

    Sheffield Allsport. Just had a refresh and service.
  44. 1 point

    Need opinion

    Beautiful movement reliable time piece.
  45. 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
  46. 1 point
    the hair spring can be reshaped with "rounding plyers". i'll post a photo. vin
  47. 1 point

    FHF st96

    Hard to see from the photos, but would that be 14 good ticks then a step? Check the escape wheel for a damaged or dirty tooth.
  48. 1 point

    Mainspring winder mystery accessories

    Temporary storage of a mainspring while working on the watch perhaps?
  49. 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.
  50. 1 point

    Seiko mainspring barrel not opening....

    I'm looking forward to this very much! Cheers, Bob
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