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  1. This is a fascinating conversation here... Pedro (not picking on you, just exploring your perspective as the asserter) is describing a frictionless market with perfect access to, willingness/ability to find, and willingness/ability to understand information. Additionally, Pedro is assuming people necessarily care that they might be flushing some value in the interest of time saved or ease. My parents are well to do, and my mother couldn't be bothered with something like a garage sale. She just drops everything she doesn't want off at Goodwill or what have you. I've seen her dump many many
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  2. Yes I have been going down to the ghetto and stealing all the poor people's Speedmasters.
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  3. Mine was a Timex. Mum and I used to go late night shopping on a Thursday evening. Think I was about 7 at the time. We passed a jewellers and Mum decided to look at the jewellery. I looked at the watches. One jumped out at me. It was a Timex with an easy to read dial and a red sweep hand. It had a brown leather strap. I fell in love with it. It's price was £2.19s.6d (old money) or £2.98 in today's money. I asked if I could have it and got a resounding "No!". Tried my Dad as I could usually get round him and got a compromise. I could have it if I saved up for it myself. I got 2/
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  4. I've just finished my own little bit of Перестройка, the literal meaning of which in Russian is apparently "reconstruction", or perhaps more precisely "restructuring". In this particular case, it involved some component swapping from a couple of donor movements and a case back and retaining ring from a spare case. I actually picked up small collection if similar Slava movements (some automatics with quick date change, and some simpler manual wind ones), and a bunch of cases a while back and I suspect I have sufficient parts remaining to make at least two fully functional, cased 27 j
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  5. One other thing that you need to consider in all of this is that the 404 club is interesting because of what turns up there. Most of the watches are initially in a very sorry state, and most of them are turned from trash to treasure. Very occasionally something more valuable turns up, but that too is almost invariably in a terrible state. The gold watch case I mentioned recently would most likely have been consigned to the bin, if I hadn't placed the only bid on it. Likewise a "Seamaster" or whatever is worth what it it worth because if two things. 1) Perception of its valu
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  6. I managed to open the case with tips from IWC specialists. In short: You have to push on the crystal to separate the case back containing the movement from the upper case. In detail: You do not need to push the pins back with screwdrivers. There is not enough space anyway, you need a lot of force and you end up damaging the case and the screwdriver. Furthermore, you will somehow push the case together instead of apart. Expecting that everything will stick together since the last service is ages ago, I put a tiny amount of WD40 into the holes of the spring-loaded pins (
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  7. Surprised after ordering on-line to receive a rather large box from HK that weighed several kg. For a desktop toy it turns out this all metal kit goes together very simply over the course of a couple hours. The end result being a satisfyingly robust and mechanically loud few minutes of runtime. It now hangs by hooks in a windy hallway with a much longer pendulum and free hanging weight where it will run quite happily for several hours at a time.
    3 points
  8. Hi, just wanted to share a little housing tool I built for sharpening screwdrivers, attached the design and STL files here along with pics. Works pretty well for me. It fits Dan's Arkansas Pocket sharpening stone (3" x 1" x 1/4"), which is very affordable and comes in many grades. Has drainage holes at the bottom, in case you choose to use water for the stones. Also has walls/edges to prevent the wheels from running off or over the stone, like a railroad track. sharpener_v1-Body.stl sharpener_v1.FCStd
    3 points
  9. Great savings can be made when you ignore intellectual property and use slave labour. Go China!
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  10. Thursday yard sales I found nothing but Friday I found these with 3 watch bracelets for $25. All working except the newer Mickey. Older Mickey looks to be from the late 30's.
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  11. I bought this for my new watch bench. It is nice but because of the way you work on a watch bench, the lamp is mounted on the same plane as your work space (this is higher than if it were a typical work bench). As a result, the lamp cannot pivot upward enough to get optimal positions. So, what I had to do was design and print an short extender that pushes the fulcrum of the lamp away from the manufactured pivot point. This allows me more range of motion. I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
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  12. This purchase must qualify:
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  13. Some of my recent repairs to non-runners that are now happy again. 1963 Mercury - water ingress damaged the dial so I cleaned it up and coated with a Sharpie. 1968 Marlin - found the date detent spring was curved and causing the day of the month not to align in the dial window. 1970 Marlin - this was missing the case back, movement spacer and the hair spring was bent. It was also very dusty inside since the case was exposed. I replaced the balance wheel assembly form a M31 automatic. Have to love the interchange parts Timex used! All were cleaned, polished, movements s
    2 points
  14. Miyota Calibre 9015 Disassembly Miyota Calibre 9015 Assembly A few words about this walkthrough The disassembly pictures do not contain any close-ups of the screws. However, the assembly pictures do. I couldn’t find any oiling suggestions for this movement, so I’ve used my own experience to determine what oils to use. If you want to contribute your own oiling suggestions, I would be very interested. I’d even be willing to update the pictures. To avoid over-oiling posts and bearings, I oil them after the parts have been assembled. Once I see that the oil has spread arou
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  15. Thank you. My son is now taking an interest too so he may be the one to deal with the movement while I set about repairing the case. He seems to have a photographic memory when it comes to taking things apart and putting them back together. Proved that when he was 4 years old and was given an Airfix type model as a Christmas gift. It was quite a complicated model, way above his age range but he got fed up waiting for his father to help him with it so did it himself. It was a landing craft model with a lot of very small pieces. He couldn't even read properly at the time. His father told
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  16. As its a American Ansonia and employs a lever controlled count mechanism you may find the drawings attached interesting when you come to overhaul the movement. I would endorse OH's remark "do not follow the video" granted it will soften and remove some muck but doing that is a no no. If you look up David La Bounty on the net he is the leading light on the American clocks.
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  17. That is a typical American striking movement. Not the easiest movements to take apart and reassemble. I hope you don't follow what is is showing you in his video, if I had a full head of hair I would be pulling it out.
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  19. If I genuinely thought I was conning a little old lady out of her life savings, then I would let her know. Equally having worked for a charity shop in my youth, I would let a charity seller know that they were under selling. I'm not running a business, so I can afford to be generous with my time and my integrity, however if I had mouths to feed, and staff to pay, and the seller was another business, and most importantly, assuming I was making a profit rather than massively ripping them off, then I would take the profit. That, like it or not, is how business works. Some would no
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  20. I made one, thanks to finding Mike’s post (thanks Mike!). I made it from 0.3mm brass (an old dial) doing exactly as Mike did above, only I carved it out with X-acto knives instead of files. It went very quickly as brass carves like wood at that scale, but I couldn’t have done it without my stereo scope. Mine would not engage the day disk, so I carefully bent the teeth up slightly under the scope while clamping the gear in a set of flat needle nose pliers so it would not deform. The carving, including test fitting and finishing touches, took about an hour. The teeth engage both
    2 points
  21. I've picked up a Longines Quartz in poor repair and a few other "expensive" brands from ebay. It is extremely unlikely you will find well maintained, high quality watches in the 404 price range, either on ebay or in the thrift shops or car boot sales, but you will occasionally pick up something interesting (though invariably, not working). You do see the occasional faux Rolex or whatever, but generally ebay is pretty good at filtering out the fakes and con merchants, however you do have to keep your wits about you. I have no qualms about buying a Longines or Omega or similar in poor
    2 points
  22. Swiss tools are definitely overpriced and I do buy stuff made in China but I worry about the consequences: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22278037 I've got nothing against the Chinese people just those in charge.
    2 points
  23. Here's a meta 404 for you... I wanted to post a screen shot of a 404 error message for the on-the-money win. I typed in random crap for a URL and got a domain registrar park page. I typed in even more randomer crap, and google actually just searched for it. The "404 Not Found" for the 404 could not be found...
    2 points
  24. I've attached a couple pictures. I pulled balance cock and re-set it and it's now keeping correct time. I think you guys were right, the hairspring was hung up on one of the regulator pins. Thanks for your help.
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  25. I went looking for a balance from a cheap "Mumbia Special" franken HMT (0231 or 1802 based) Pilot or similar to put in a Caravelle. The Caravelle has an almost identical Bulova 11DP (Citizen 0241), another licensed Citizen movement in it and the original Bulova balance had a very nasty case of hairspring salad that I eventually admitted defeat with. I got it running, but I wasn't happy with it. I didn't find what I was looking for but I couldn't resist this HMT 6501 (Citizen 6501) Rajat for pocket money prices instead. The last "fully serviced" HMT I got from India had half
    2 points
  26. My name is Zach, and I have been working on watches as a hobby for some a few years and have even done some paid work. That said, I am still learning and spending lost of money on new tools every time I get something new to work on.
    1 point
  27. Here's a few pictures of my home made watch cleaning machine. It uses a bathroom vent fan motor, ceiling fan speed control, and a digital timer. I've since added a 12v cooling fan above the motor as running an induction motor at lower speeds (voltage) increases the heat produced by the coil. I turned a 10mm shaft extension to mount the L&R cleaning basket, and the "lid" has a groove that has high temp RTV silicone in it to create the seal. The square post indexes the basket and lid to each jar, and I'm using old school (read: DANGEROUS!) solutions, but they are quite effective. I raise the
    1 point
  28. Hi There are table top benches withdrawers on them for those short on space. Have a google for table top watchmakers benches, If you have some one who is handy they don't take rocket science to make one
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  29. Wonderful stuff. You can source tools and parts from cousins uk watchparts. they are very quick and have an online catalogue. If you are not sure about any thing just post the question and you are sure to get an answer. and by the way try to post as much information as possible. Picture of the movement front and back and the calibre number, . either found under the balance or on the plates. remember plenty of information. cheers
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  30. I have re-fitted KEF springs but have never encountered a Inca becoming detached. However this is a vid that shows how the incabloc is fitted. As Hector states and the vid shows you have to remove the setting to re- fit.
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  31. That sounds pretty funny I realize that you meant to write "lots". Anyway, welcome, and rather nice aspect of working on watches is that if you choose to buy quality tools you'll get most of your money back should you later choose to sell them.
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  32. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmb.nawcc.org%2Fthreads%2Ftechnique-for-fitting-incabloc-spring.124499%2F&psig=AOvVaw3sBedo1ehz5kyx5MuiQGzX&ust=1627809467576000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=2ahUKEwicn_H5_IzyAhVKEhoKHc-oDsQQr4kDegUIARCjAQ This is a link to NAWCC site where some one had the same problem and shares his technique. May be of some use to read.
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  33. Hello and welcome to the forum. I have attached by way of an introduction the anatomy of a watch and the tools required for repairing them. Start simple and large , pocket watches and progress as the skills develop wish you luck in your endeavour. TZIllustratedGlossary.pdf 1831920544_ToolsfortheHobbyist.pdf
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  34. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum.
    1 point
  35. I have had this clock sitting in my garage for 25 years. See lot of pics here https://imgur.com/a/rTykfRy It was my great-aunt's. I got it when she passed away. She had A LOT of really nice artwork, china. I know it is at least 60 years old and remember playing with it as a child. It is pretty beat-up. I have posted to some forums on reddit (r/clocks) and several people are thinking it a a 19th century from France. I cannot see any manufacturer's name/marking on it. I would like to know if it is authentic from the period, and not some replica, and if so, is it worth getting restored? Thank you
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  38. Normally balance staffs can be found from material houses or balancestaffs.com although they show as sold out. The staff ref: is Ronda 1349 I have had no luck in finding the above and It is likely the only way forward is to have one made and fitted by a watchmaker.
    1 point
  39. Found this wow!!! https://www.vadertjetijd.nl/en/collection/cercle-tournant/nr-86-antique-french-cercle-tournant-bronze-mantel-clock-1860/
    1 point
  40. It worked. Of course, any expert will know it is a mod, but the owner of the watch doesn't seem to care.
    1 point
  41. Please post a clear picture of that. You need to post picture for almost all questions.
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  42. Yes. Never put the coils, pcb and the magnetic rotor into the cleaning solutions. And needles to say, the dial and the hands too. I have never seen any courses on quartz watch repair and there are very few books covering the subject. I guess most of us who repair quartz watches have some background in electronics and it is just natural for us to progress from mechanical watches to quartz and electrical watches. Not all quartz movements can be disassembled and cleaned. Cheap movements are normally riveted or utrasonically welded together and not designed to be repaired. These are norm
    1 point
  43. I have always known these types of clocks to be called ROTATING CIRCLE clocks. Certainly French it has a count wheel striking movement on a bell. Probably an 8 day movement or could be 14 day. At a rough guess Victorian but could be as early as late Georgian. I don’t need to tell you the whole movement and case is in one hell of a mess. It would look lovely restored. You will need to find a competent clock restorer not a clock repairer. I notice that this is you first post. We like new members to introduce themselves first before requesting help or advice.
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  44. I would like to thank you all for your consideration and feedback. Given my previous life experiences, I certainly understand the guild mindset of restricting the access of proprietary information and materials to only the blessed/qualified few in order to ensure quality, protect the customer or (if applicable) maintain legal compliance (of one sort or another) but as an enthusiast, I also find it disappointing. Many of the watches I find most rewarding (see illustration above) would never find their way into the hands of a professional/factory watchmaker and if they ever did, the
    1 point
  45. The Breguet or Overcoil Hairspring should be bent like this (see photo) If yours is not then a photo would be best so we can advise.
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  46. Hairspring sticking, magnentized or foul itself makes a watch run fast.
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  47. I don't know. I just assumed cast iron by the look of it. Anyway, stripped from the spindle and handle it weighs in at about 0.5 kg. Not heavy and not light so I would guess perhaps aluminium!? That reminds me of my physics teacher, Arne Söderqvist, (many, many years ago) who asked us: "Why do Americans say aluminum instead of aluminium?" No one knew the answer, so he explained to us that "it wasn't the smartest people who emigrated to the USA". I still think that's pretty funny! Apologies to any US WRT:ers!
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  48. it would be nice to have a picture of the watch so we know what were talking about. so let's just make oh wild assumption based on the symptoms and everyone else having the same answer it's probably a new mainspring. New mainsprings typically require a complete overhaul because there is probably something else. So you're looking at a complete overhaul and a new mainspring. depending upon where you get your mainsprings a wholesale price might typically be around $30. Then the silly watchmakers think you're entitled to a profit they will probably mark that up. A lot o
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