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  1. This a guy I have been watching on Youtube. He has some very good and interesting videos to watch some are for those just starting out. Here is a a nice one from him about Tweezers. He has a very good one on watch oils and grease. I have subscribed to his channel and I hope you will do the same.
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  2. From ebay auction to cleaned, serviced and on the wrist in just over a week. The latest 404 club offering. As expected it has a Soviet era Raketa 2609.HA, and as is often the case, it arrived filthy and the crown wouldn't turn the hands. It actually arrived a couple of days ago, but I hadn't had a chance to look at it. Since it was raining today, I had a day off from trying to keep the garden under control, and gave it a full clean both inside and out, and some home brew tractor oil and vodka mix and off it went. OK that's a slight exaggeration, but I did decide to
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  3. ** SPONSORED POST ** I'm pleased to announce a 1-day introductory watchmaking workshop to be held in the charming location of Desenzano on the southern shore of the Lake Garda in northern Italy, on (day to be determined) October, 2021. The aim of the session is to have a guided, friendly introduction to practical horology by putting together your own watch from parts, including the movement, followed by quality check and casing. The Venue The event will be at the Palace Hotel, a 4 Stars hotel located downtown in Desenzano, meters from lake shore. The town is easily reachable from
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  4. I also have a Metamec with this same movement. I picked mine up at a car boot sale for a couple of pounds because the movement intrigued me, and I can date it accurately because it was a presentation clock with an inscribed plate that reads "PRESENTED TO W.O.II A. HARRIS BEST WISHES FROM FELLOW MEMBERS SGTS. MESS A & S. H. 1966", A & S. H. being the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Having serviced the movement it is now running well and has deviated by less than 15 seconds from my radio controlled reference clock over the last 10 weeks. As well as being a self winding movement I
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  5. The weep/second hand is driven from the centre wheel extension through the canon pinion so if the canon slips/fails to drive the second hand will continue to operate independently.
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  6. Nickesilver was and has always generous with his advise and guidance and I would advise anyone who is interested to take it up, At beyond retirement by many years a bit late for me but I wish you well. With a course of that standard with a Professional instructor of that standing and getting your own watch at the end, an oppertunity not to be missed.
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  7. Hi there here's a video that should help
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  8. The fact that the watch keeps running whilst the date change remains locked and fails to change would suggest to me that there is a lack of traction or slippage in the calender work, Does the watch continue to work in this condition although the date remains unchanged. I would remove and closely inspect the drive components and check for wear on the points and changer. If you have a look at the Ranfft site it will list all the family variants of his movement. attached is the tech sheet with calender parts should you need it. 1806_Certina 25-65, 25-651, 25-652 (2).pdf
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  9. Seiko 7005-8160-P October 1971 from Singapore (Lemon Dial)
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  10. Citizen BN0151-17L
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  11. even though the manual says that you're supposed to take the capped jewels out I'm reasonably sure In later generation you just leave them on. it's why when you look at the bottom of them there the openings which allow the cleaning fluid to get in and out. one of the problems with phasing is that it assumes that you have a Mercury battery? I have a link below it explains how to correctly phase a watch for the higher voltage silver cells. The method works really well. then you no longer need the adapter for the 224 as it's explained at the very bottom of the page at the link below.
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  12. Well done. I like the clearness and effect of the dial. Looks in good condition. Was it sold as going?
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  13. I made this today. The clear cup is a 9oz drinking cup. You get 50 for under 10 bucks or maybe even less...dunno--the wife does the shopping. I did not put separators within the holder, but I can do that easily. So far, I have not discovered the utility of the separate compartments. Thoughts?
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  14. Just "won" this on eBay. My first chronograph ever, and I feel pretty excited about it.
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  15. The glued nut works every time as long as care it taken in fitting the nut and its removal there are no problems, used it many times with no bad effects.
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  16. I have been considering getting one of these. SG$ 51.86 8%OFF | Universal Watches Back Case Opener,16/20/23/26/30/34/40/45 8 size Rubber Suction Type Watch Back Opener,watch tools https://a.aliexpress.com/_mL2mU3n It's supposed to be able to work on most casebacks. If the caseback is stuck, glueing a large nut to the back trick really works.
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  17. So the minute gear/ train is OK if you can set the hands. In case it jumps the date by itself, date complication is OK unless amplitude drops noticably when it gets near to jumping the date. Usually hands move easily with loose canon pinion.
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  18. Good well done, it had to be drive failure, you nailed it.
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  19. I made me this contraption to tighten canon pinion with, dull the cutting edge of the nailclipper, the screw provides a micrometer action to give you more control. Good luck
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  20. Having been a WRT member for some years now I've come to know @nickelsilver as one of the most knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful professional watchmakers on the site. I'm sure this will be an amazing day for all.
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  21. Update! I found a partial Cricket case that had the button. Bought it and installed it on this watch. With the hood open, I fixed an issue with the alarm that had been bugging me. Ended up replacing the alram on/off spring with one from the donor I have. I also replaced the wig-wag in the keyless works. For some reason, it would not seat properly and the winding pinion would skip...strange. Anyway, it works now.
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  22. Here is another Vulcain I got off of Ebay. It had some foreign ingress via the stem hole. It was a black nasty stuff that fudged up the keyless works. The stem could not be removed. Fortunately, this particular watch has an odd case system. You can remove the movement without removing the stem. Yay for that...otherwise I would have been SOL. I posted about the rusted stem elsewhere in the forum today and @Nucejoenudged me over the finish line. This watch represents a milestone for me. It is the first watch I have cleaned using a bona fide L&R vintage watch cleaner and "really a
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  23. Remontoir is a french term for winding mechanism.
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  24. Alleluia ! Upon close inspection of the calendar work, I could not find any anomalies. Therefore I replaced the canon pinion with another one coming from a scrap movement. And yes, it works ! Many thanks !
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  25. Lets hope somebody else can help me then..thanks
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  26. Fault in auto device module. Remove the rotor. Remove and disassemble the winder module to see the fault. If no part seem damaged, its the reversers, you might get by with a clean, lube and epilame. Good luck
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  27. this is a common issue with vintage Timex. Given that these movements rarely were lubricated after the factory the most likely issue is wear to an one or several of the pivot points. Have a look with a 10 or 20x loupe while things are in motion and you may see a that post point is more of an oval shape rather than round.
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  28. Unfortunately I think part of the issue is some governments in Europe are just politics. In the long term it will get better.
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  29. Seiko serial number "coding" is so simple that can be easily remembered and read without websites. 1st digit is the manuf. year in units, 2nd the month with Oct, Nov and Dec represented by the initial, last 4 digits the progressive numbering for that month. Only when a particular model has been produced for more than 10 years (very very few are,) there can be a doubt about the decade, which is normally solved by looking at other details of the watch or mov.t.
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  30. Hi Checkout this site as it is able to decode the caseback numbers https://retroseiko.co.uk/seiko-serial.htm and http://www.watchsleuth.com/seikodatefinder/
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  31. That's a crazy length of time. I have ordered both tracked and untracked Royal Mail from Cousins for delivery to New Zealand and it seems to be around 2 weeks on average and we're on the other side of the world!
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  32. Politics the bane of all our lives without these beaurocratic institutions our lives would be so much simpler.
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  33. Since you're looking at ebay then search for wittnauer movement C11G and you'll see an example which the seller helpfully confirms as equivalent to an ETA 2853. Tracking down your other post you mention and a C11KS is what you're after? As well as this post being potentially useful ... https://www.watchrepairtalk.com/topic/7977-instructions-for-wittnauer-11-12-ligne-11k-series/ .. it confirms same family info as ranfft. So rather than just search for your specific movement go for base i.e. 11K. A search for wittnauer 11k mainspring reveals a couple of US sellers.
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  34. Ok, next thing to do is take that SD card out and see what pictures are on it, post them here!
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  35. Looks like an old K W M bushing tool. He has everything to hand even a watchmakers lathe. I can't comment on how he went about it. It is easy to bush clock plates, it's like anything just a bit of practice is all it takes, just don't practice on a valuable clock.
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  36. Ok. Leaving aside the fact that as you have mentioned as well there are ways to ream and bore soft materials without a powered tool, just for my curiosity, do you have a problematic piece at hand now? Or it's that you foresee the need to execute a perfect clock rebushing? Because my philosophy about this hobby is, take baby steps and worry about the bridge only when it's time to cross it.
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  37. The other week I went to visit a friend at their shop and they had in for repair the nicest electromechanical slave clock I have ever seen. It would of been originally installed in a very large area and the dial was about 2 foot across with a lovely wood and brass case. I was told that the owner wanted it cleaned and serviced and made to run, but he did not have a master clock for it. I suggested an Arduino with a real time clock module and a relay board should do the job as it only needed a pulse every 30 seconds. This weekend I was up in my loft and noticed my 'parts' Syn
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  38. Welcome to the forums Garret. Enjoy.
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  39. Welcome to the forums Gabor. Enjoy.
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  40. Finally had a chance to trawl my databases. Attached is Seiko Case Servicing Guide which covers all case types. Full details for RO case is on pages 49,50 and crystal removal method on page 20. Hope this helps. Servicing_Guide.pdf
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  41. ...is a new cross-slide nut for the SIEG C0 lathe (copy of the Unimat 3). I suspect the original is made of brass, as even with good lubrication I have replaced two already due to all threading gone. For the third one I decided to take the matter into my own hands, bought a 16mm bar of SAE660 phosphor bronze, which supposedly is the most wear-resistant grade, and doubled the threaded lenght from 10 to 20mm. The part can be made with the lathe only, but since my "big mini" lathe has a milling column, I decided to give it a try. 16mm dia is perfectly sized for making the part,
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  42. I'm late on this topic but I do have an opinion. The EU was supposed to make life easy for the citizens of various countries within the EU, it has not. It has made life easy for big corporations to increase profits and move labour where it is the cheapest.
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  43. Seiko 6119-8190 (March 1970) Just finished today
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  44. This is my next amateur horology victim. It has been apart twice and I'm still having problems. Maybe the 3rd time will be a charm. I found a chipped jewel the 1st time & fixed that. The 2nd time was a new mainspring (ETA 900 you have to lift out the train bridge instead of just popping the barrel out) Anyway...I still like the art deco watches and they apparently call this one a "bottle cap" (Bulova made a bottle cap also)
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  45. Thought I'd show the watch I've been wearing for the last few weeks, picked it up and gave it a bit of a clean and a strap I had and so far it's keeping great time can't find any info online about the make though (if anyone knows anything I'd be happy to know) Tried taking the scratches out of the crystal with polywatch but no joy so that might have to be replaced.
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  46. Is this a 47 minute vid on cleaning balance jewels? I did have a look but don't have 47 minutes free, in fast forwarding I noticed plunging dirty rodico into the jewel and can only hope this was for some reason other than cleaning. Even brand new Rodico leaves a film that will leach oil off to the side and drain the jewel. 70 years ago when a watch was serviced every 12 months, and they didn't have modern cleaners and synthetic oil* , and instead of Rodico they used bits of bread, yes ok. It'd get new oil next year. But now, no. *Synthetic oil. 70 years ago with whale or other na
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  47. Just before Christmas I sold (through the good offices of eBay) an absolutely immaculate example of a 19 jewel Sekonda hand winder. I was a little sad to see it go as I don't think I am likely to see another in as good order for some time, and having just serviced it it was running like a champ but I couldn't justify holding on to it. Well, shortly after it had arrived with its new owner I received a message through eBay from the buyer. Huw had contacted me to say how pleased he was with his new acquisition, and did I service watches? as he had another example of one of these that was a li
    1 point
  48. You have a cannon pinion problem. You have to investigate in that area. Might not necessarily be the pinion itself, can be something near it.
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  49. I bought a pocket ben as my first watch and the seller told me it could not be repaired. I bought it took it home and repaired it with a set of screw drivers and eye tweezers from frys electronics. It was difficult for about an hour to put it back together but I did it and fixed the mainspring. They are very hard to put back together because there is only one plate to line up all the wheels. Good luck
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