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  1. Recent repair to Vintage Benrus Electronic Citation . It was listed as not working and the seconds hand haven fallen off. Wen it came in I found it to be quite a nice value with its all stainless steel front loading case. I good soaking to the case, buff to the crystal, touch up to the ring and quick clean to the movement and here it is. All happy again. I used nail polish to fill in the ring
    6 points
  2. 1919 Burlington by Vortic Watch CO. USA
    6 points
  3. Hi, Just wanted to share my experience of radial brushing on a Seiko 7005-8160P. I built a little jig using a block of wood, plastic case press, and Wood screw. I think the pictures are quite explanatory. The red tape was used just take up the slack. Using a junior Jigsaw blade with some 600 grit paper wrapped around it and short 5mm strokes back and forward as the case is rotated slowly. Using the long slot I made in the screw head as a guide. The height of the screw is adjusted so that the Jigsaw blade is flat against the case and not at an angle. It's working pretty well. Will post a pictur
    6 points
  4. I wish everyone a Happy New Year on here. We don't wan't anything like last year. I'm looking forward to being out of the the bloody E U and not having other countries telling my country what we can and can't do.
    6 points
  5. What I'm wearing right now.
    5 points
  6. Hi, Just wanted to show a before and after of a recent project. I completed Mark’s online courses a few months ago and have done a few small projects. Mainly servicing and repair of movements. I am an Omega collector and wanted to acquire the Seamaster Racing 1974 due to the Cal. 564 movement. I bought this on eBay for $500 and yes it was as rough as it looks. Rust, corrosion and badly maintained movement. I managed to find a NOS replacement crystal and bezel. I serviced and repaired the movement back to Chronometer specs. Unfortunately, I can not ta
    5 points
  7. Kienzle, No jewels.
    5 points
  8. Attempting a chip tray. Finishing the legs and I'm done. Hope it works.
    5 points
  9. Moser in black & white
    4 points
  10. I bought a slightly modded Seiko SKX007 off of eBay, about which in general a more experienced man than I here aptly quoted Obi Wan Kenobi: "you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy." LOL. To be fair, the watch was accurately described cosmetically, more or less, but I didn't take the time to read the description. One thing that wasn't entirely accurate was the representation that the watch "works well." Well, it did run, but not to expectations. The amplitude was low, the beat error high and the rotor felt sluggish. So what's a newby to do? Well, a full service of
    4 points
  11. Now it's back where it belongs to.
    4 points
  12. Here is another watch found in my dad's collection of abandoned watches. When I discovered it, I saw that it would run fine but lost tons of time. After dusting off my brain and recalling what my dad taught me and with a little help from the internet, I set about to tighten the canon pinion. Whoooo...very scary, but I seem to have been successful. It keeps great time. After polishing the crystal, it is a real beauty.
    4 points
  13. Well guys here is an Original Godfather watch. Wow gotta luv that. VID_20210105_111442.mp4
    4 points
  14. The second in the series of 5 watch services that I'm doing for my brother: an Illinois Model #1, circa 1905. I decided to get this one done while I wait for parts shipment for the NY Standard. These are the details on the Illinois: Serial #1777464, Grade 219, Model 1. Open face, screw back, screw bezel, crown wind & set. Wadsworth gold-filled case, warranted 20 years, serial #1090519 Nickel finish damaskeened movement, size 12s. Anchor lever, compensating balance with micro-metric on regulator index. Going barrel, 3/4 plate, unadjusted. This pretty pocket watch needed only the
    4 points
  15. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy New year. Keep safe
    4 points
  16. Completed the watch today. Seiko Sportsmatic 411, 7005-8016P, lemon dial, eBay find, originally bought in 1971 in Singapore with original guarantee card, no web sales back then. Fully serviced and running very well. Very happy
    4 points
  17. In this video, the presenter makes a replacement hairspring for his verge escapement pocket watch entirely by hand. I found this in my late night YouTube trawling recently and thought it didn't have nearly enough views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM7tsGYNAPc
    4 points
  18. Arrived today from Japan: A lovely Hamilton Jazzmaster Automatic. Nice clean lines, and is currently ticking away on the TimeGrapher: +13 s/day, Amplitude: 258 deg., Beat Error: 0.4 ms. in face up.
    4 points
  19. Today, some German pin lever action, in the shape of a Kienzle "Markant" mechanische herren "Strapazier-Armbanduhr", probably 1960s or thereabouts. It is relatively small for a "Herren" (mens) sized watch, with 16mm lugs. Given the somewhat "industrial" construction and the fact that it is still going strong I think it meets the claim of being a "Strapazier-Armbanduhr" (hard wearing wrist watch).
    4 points
  20. Here's few tips on these subjects by a master watchmaker. Slotting For certain things a circular saw is the cleanest. Small screws might have slots of 0.10mm. In general they'll be between 0.15-0.13. But you'll need a way to hold the screw and the saw precisely, so at a minimum a lathe with a milling attachment. It's a lot of trouble for a one off screw. I've grabbed up screwhead files any time I've seen them over the years. Very handy. For larger screws you can often slot with a jeweler's saw or hacksaw. Blueing The most traditional is simply heat blueing, you can get
    4 points
  21. Bought this one for a very good price. Looks like it could be running and definitely needs a crystal. Have been trying to find another with that dial online but haven't been successful.
    4 points
  22. Hope everyone had a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas with family and friends and re-established what makes us human during these strange times. So what watch to wear today: my Glycine SST or my trusty Amphibia...
    4 points
  23. Santa dropped it off yesterday.... Longines Super Thin 1970, caliber 428,
    4 points
  24. I took this idea from "canthus" Using a 4-40 tap, I put threads in the nail clippers. Then I printed a knurled knob to attach to a 4-40 screw. I used a knurled threaded insert is the "tightener" adjacent to the clippers. Seems to operate as expected. If I do this again, I will use finer threads (did not have a finer tap on hand). canthus tool post
    3 points
  25. Just fixed up my old YEMA Jump hour from 1975ish. As shown earlier I polished through the chrome and had to re-plate it, and did a full service on it as well. This bad boy will be going for years to come 582951535_Untitled2_1080p.mp4
    3 points
  26. As the saying goes: "Where can I find a watch repairer?" "Under the table of course!"
    3 points
  27. The balance is poised with the roller table in a specific position , so best to move the hairspring.
    3 points
  28. Your watch has no pendant tube, so I don't see how it can be water resistant, unless you fit one. Beside that a pendant tube is needed to avoid the crown wobble and the stem bend easily. The tube is measured on the ouside diameter, to match the seal on the crown. Yes, so called waterproof, Swiss style. All assortments are very useful especially you intend to do a lot of resturations on watches that match the boxes you have. And having the right part ready to fit is a great achievement. Look the table which lists the sizes, see if there's what you need before buying. Othe
    3 points
  29. Every dial is different. Sometime we read here people wanting to clean corrosion or substrate reaction, or faded paint - you can't do that. While a damped earbud, applied gently, is almost always safe, I have seen cases were it was not. So avoid any chemicals and try first to understand well what is dirt and what is not, what the dial can take and what it can't. Of course, experience helps, when in doubt post good picture here as good advice is always present.
    3 points
  30. Really? Aren't we "forcing" every screw while removing or installing it? Aren't we forcing a crystal into bezel? Just saying.. DO NOT FORCE ANY PART. perhaps force it a little?
    3 points
  31. Orient cal. 48320
    3 points
  32. I find the timegrapher extremely useful but it is not essential at the beginning. You need to get good screwdrivers, oil, and a way of applying oil. I have a Horotec set of screwdrivers that has proved itself very useful. Don't skimp on the screwdrivers or tweezers especially! You also need some way of cleaning parts - a small jar of lighter fluid and a paintbrush should do it. pegwood would also be handy to get old oil out of jewel holes. One thing that is important to say is that the Timex may not be the best choice for the first one to work on. They are not designed to make service eas
    3 points
  33. Even I know the correct way to say this in English, it 5nd time not 5rd.
    3 points
  34. How do you open these? Just like the real one? I got two of them, wanted to give them to my almost 6 years old daughter who likes to play watchmaking game, but could not open them. She sits in my chair, I am the customer and she works on my watches for £1, IF she is open and not tired. What surprised me that i was also charged 50p for my coffee.
    3 points
  35. Audemars Piguet Ultra Thin 17j Bob
    3 points
  36. You should always spend time in cleaning any watch case after cleaning the movement, if the glass needs replacing then do it the same with wrist watches lugs might need to be replaced the same with the button if its smooth and hard to wind replace it. No point putting a nice clean movement back into a dirty case.
    3 points
  37. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all members And well said Oldhippy I second that motion, being run by Beaurocrats and self indulgent politicians with no Idea of reality is no fun. Onwards and Up wards. But not forgetting our friends in the European countries who have no choice, we are still your FRIENDS.
    3 points
  38. Definitely not a common fault. What you seem to be describing is called "overbanking" or "out of action". One possible cause is a bent guard finger. Another is an out of place safety roller. Yet another is worn balance- or pallet-jewels (or worn or bent pivots) which affect the interaction between finger and roller. What is puzzling is why the problem only occurs when you are setting the time, and why the watch otherwise funtions OK.
    3 points
  39. Just got this after Christmas... Needs some love but it works.
    3 points
  40. Well here I go. Weasol the 400 day clock book arrived and so did the clock. I'm going for it.
    3 points
  41. I figure if I can make one or two in my life it will go some way toward making up for the many I have mangled so far.
    3 points
  42. For what its worth, I've used PLA (wood glue), clear nail polish and UV cure nail polish, all of which work reasonably well. The trick is to make sure the mix is nice and "gloopy", as it needs to bridge the gap without dripping. I've only ever used lume powders, not pre-mixed stuff, and I suspect that this makes life a little easier as you can always add more lume powder to thicken the mix, or more of the fluid to thin it. In the case of PLA, you could also add water. Nail polish can be thinned with acetone if you need a very wet mix. I've no idea if acetone works with the UV cure but I sus
    3 points
  43. I've always had trouble with solvent based lume. I think it has something to do with the climate. I live in Singapore which is usually hot and humid. (32°C, 80% RH) I discovered that UV cured nail varnish works really well here. Just mix lume powder to the desired consistency and use the biggest oiler. It has unlimited working time. If you make a mistake, just wipe it off and start again. And there is minimal wastage, any unused lume can be stored in a light proof container and reused. When you are happy with the results, just pop it into the UV curing unit and cure it for a minute or two
    3 points
  44. I would be curious as to whether that actually occurs today? The Swiss American Watchmakers Training Alliance (SAWTA) Which replaced wostep in the US at least at some of the schools as far as I know still is teaching vibrating hairsprings What's interesting is not all schools teaching watchmaking hand vibrate hairsprings. here's an interesting video of a school there making a watch and then we get shortchanged on the hand vibrating. At five minutes 39 seconds that does not look like hand vibrating at all does it? https://youtu.be/KJQIw8Az1Xk I really like the description
    3 points
  45. Another £2.1 ladies TIMEX watch from 71. I know it has no value, but it is really special to me. It came with a bent hairspring - wasn't me this time -, and I UNBENT it!!!!!! It runs! It runs! It runs! Cleaned and lubricated. Even the bottom - opposite to balance screw - oil cup! Thanks @AndyHull!!
    3 points
  46. Alexandros, we are ALL capable of cockups, being tired, lack of concentration or trying to be more careful and in doing so slip up. The thing to do is to read up or watch videos if possible of the procedure you are about to undertake and be familiar with the correct tools and what you are doing and foremost take your time and think it through, but above all enjoy what you are doing. The members here are here to help. If you are not sure ask no matter how simple. I wish you a Happy New Year
    3 points
  47. Watches of the day, thanks to my wife for the display case, a fantastic Christmas gift. Seiko 7006-8002 1971, Orient Star modern semi skeleton, Ricoh R61 70s, Seiko Kinetic 2004, Tissot Swissmatic, Seiko Premier quartz.
    3 points
  48. The clock strikes Christmas 1975 and these two sister were each given a watch which they are, here on a picture, proudly showing off. Their last parent recently passed away and in the parents "jewellery-box" one of the thought long lost watches emerged again. Inside the back-lid was the name S.Kocher stamped, a Swiss company long gone, went begin 1980's during the "Quartz"-crisis under. The watch was in their line of the "Royce"-watches and had an undisturbed Swiss 21.600BHP, 17-jewels AS1726 cheased /non-running movement.
    3 points
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