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  1. Welcome to the forum! What you're playing with is basically the most sensitive part of the watch.... I think you're better off starting over from scratch, buying cheap movements to practice on, all the tools you needs, and then, try to fix the mess. We're talking at least a few months worth of practice here. Or you can take it to a pro who will fix it for you, but we're probably talking many 100s of dollars at this point... (a proper cleaning of a working watch would have cost a couple 100s maybe) It is a nice watch, it's a shame it got all mangled up. If you do decide to take on this hobby, watch all the videos, ask questions, take it slow. In a few months, you'll be very proud to have a working watch again (just make sure you break a few cheap ones first).
  2. Change battery cheap quartz

    Welcome to the forum! Looks like a front loader, the stem should just pull out I think, and then you can pop the front (Mark has a video on how to do this).
  3. What is wrong with this.

    wild guesses: the top isn't closed properly, the hands are mismatched, the balance looks modern, no country of origin visible (or brand or any markings for that matter).... I have beer at home, do I get a peanut????
  4. hello from Brazil

  5. Beginners bench

    Hi there, If you search the forum for Ikea, you'll find lots of ideas
  6. Timing after service

    Props to you for wanting great precision, but if the watch is not designed for this kind of precision to begin with, you'll be trying to achieve the impossible. For a bit more perspective, to be "chronometer-certified", the daily variation must be less than -4/+6 sec/day (corresponds to a 99.99% degree of accuracy... If every watch I take care of is within -10/+10 seconds per day, it's a win in my book...
  7. Stuck Screw Back

    It's not one of those fake "threaded" case backs that you just open with a case knife, even though you'd swear it's threaded, is it?
  8. Welcome from a fellow East Coaster!
  9. Very cool. Even comes with the pen, what more can you ask for!
  10. New Watch Repairman (Lady)

  11. Lost in the balance staff jungle...again

    Hi there, What part numbers have you used? ranfft lists 2 possibilities
  12. correct way to use alum any advice please

    Soaking the whole thing is usually easier, but as long as the steel part is submerged, you're all set.
  13. correct way to use alum any advice please

    Once you are sure the only steel part is the one you want to remove, mix as much alum as will dissolve in a small container (I use a tiny glass jar). I try to keep mine warm in a double boiler on very low (you want the solution warm, not hot), it allows more alum to dissolve in the water. After a couple of days, the broken screw will be gone. I usually only do this on weekends so I can keep an eye on it, and add water if necessary. Starting on Friday evening, the screw is usually gone by Sunday. If you don't heat it up, you may have to wait a bit longer as mentioned above. You will see the steel part turn black in a few hours, that's a sign that it's working. Be patient, an it will work.
  14. Welcome! I'll echo a lot of the advice already posted here: You have quite a bit to learn before getting to that rolex, provided it's even salvageable. Get some tools (don't cheap out on the basics), a few dirt cheap movements on ebay, and practice. May I suggest you start with a pocket watch (parts are bigger), and then move down to wristwatches once you're a bit more comfortable. Also, break a cheap movement and you're only out a few dollars; break a rolex hairspring, and you may be a out many hundreds of dollars (yes, MANY hundredS)... Rust will destroy watch parts in not time if they stay exposed to moisture; watch parts are not very big and it's easy for rust to eat up all the material that's there, and you're left with a blob of rust dust... My guess is that the price you were quoted is so high because most of the parts of the movement need to be replaced... and that probably doesn't include the dial. If the damage is bad, there is potentially thousands of dollars worth of parts that will need to be replaced (assuming you want genuine)... Let us know how you do and post pictures when you get it open, it may not be bad.
  15. Welcome! Can you post a picture?