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  1. Hi Tom, Im not sure if you can make use of this picture as from my experience those machines had different setups It seems that this timer is not really seting time for spinning but opens circut to stop synchro motor from progressing program which is set with those bronze wheels when end switches opens and close on tooths. At least in mine. Only 2 screws have wires connected to them as far I can tell. Rafal
  2. Link to manual is on page 2 of this thread, I checked and its working. Rafal
  3. Hi Tom, Mine machine is working fine but slightly out of sync (I still didnt figured out why as in the biggining it was completly fine, no issues), so I use manual overide button to move between cycles, its abit tricky as I have to watch metal disks which turns things on/off if not it will jump to another cycle (it cause a bit of an issue as it wont spin long enough to remove fluid between jars). Regarding documentation - one Ive scanned for you was received from Elma after I contacted them, they told me that they dont have any shcemtics for this machines, I only got el
  4. Hi Tom, Im tryning to find scan of that manual, if I cant find it I will scan and post here. Cheers, Rafal here it is: Elma Super Automat manual DE.pdf
  5. Im using this one and it seems to work fine, got it from cousinsuk. If you want a vintage one make sure that bit which catch cannon pinion is intact, sometimes its damaged and doesnt work well (it has to close evenly after lever is pressed). Its one of the safest tools for removing cannon pinions.
  6. I can recommend those: https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/trays-watch-disassembly-assembly?code=B34426 very useful, can be stacked (there are special keys to keep a few in one piece), transparent lids, etc.
  7. I can recommend ikea desk with manual height regulation: https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/desk-computer-desks/skarsta-desk-sit-stand-white-spr-49084965/ works perfect even with standard top (its possible to attach custom top) max load is 50kg so you cant stand on it but it should be fine for work.
  8. Hi Dewey, Thanks for very informative web page, I came across it some time ago and find it very useful. If I may, I would suggest that you could write some info about topics omitted by many watchmakers books - like replacement of regulator arm (part press fitted to balance cock, used for adjustment, not other part used to block its movement) - common issue in vintage American watches - often rusty or broken. I never see info in any book or forum how to replace it for new one or for re-finish and how to put back and not brake it :). Im sure there is much more topics to add to the
  9. Hi Atkinson, I finally manage to take pictures for you: 2 end switches on left hand side are in ON position, ones form right hand side - first is in ON position and 2nd is in OFF state. Machine just stopped and red light is on, so it possible to lift bucket a bit without starting new cycle (easier to remove bucket). And close up picture: second set close up:
  10. Im sorry for late response, but I just got back home. At first glance your machine looks like re-wired or upgraded version, connector to transformer doesnt match mine setup. Also yours have 2 starting resistors where mine has only one (big green resistors which sliding part - it gives a kind of soft start for motors). Small motor next to transformer is a sync motor, it rotates with certain speed to measure time (when you use timer it will stop, to spin bucket for longer time), on same axis you have those disks with tooth's which move end switches on and off - one is connected to relay s
  11. Sometimes if you solution has too much elma and not enough water it will crate foam, Ive got that a few times. Also wave brakers should help with that.
  12. Machine goes on all 4 steps automaticaly, there is no need for manual overide (perfect condition ). Regarding timer - its only for first step - washing in watch cleaning solutions, next 2 steps are just for flushing cleaning solution and repeling water (as elma solution is water based). Timer only extends time for washing, in fact it stops another small engine which is timing whole process - when you remove cover and use timer you will notice when this thing stop moving. Timer is simple device which is wired in a way that it brakes circut when time is set, when it reach zero, circut is conne
  13. here is a link, it seems to work: https://www.watchrepairtalk.com/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=18171 but its diagaram for RM-90 not for this machine. Regardng manual, Elma says they have only one page german manual, Im not at home at this moment and dont have access to it, but you can get in touch with Elma support (on their website), just fill in info they need in contact form, serial number etc. and ask for manual. They are helpful, but dont have much about this devices. Regarding smoke form your machine, do you now on which step it does it? Fist I would check hea
  14. They look great, cant see much difference from those restoration companies dials. Nice progress with your printing. Thanks for answering question about stem, South Bend 12s are good for casing as wrist watches as they have swiss type of stem, other sizes are more difficult.
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