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  1. frenchie

    New Member - Hi!

    Welcome Matt!! Don't foget to post pictures
  2. frenchie

    Movement holder

    oh... unfortunate... did you try cousinsuk?
  3. frenchie

    Movement holder

    I use this holder, it's basic but does the trick for most wrist watches. A quick search on ebay germany showed the holder on sale there for 22 euros, plus 3 euros for shipping... (not my item, no relationship to the seller, do your research. link provided purely as an example: https://www.ebay.de/itm/Bergeon-Movement-Holder-4040/382540326119?epid=1762484388&hash=item59112e24e7:g:028AAOSwa81Z53a6)
  4. Story of my life... At this point, I'm more surprised when it all goes back together perfectly and actually runs as it should
  5. frenchie

    Hello from Ireland

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    Welcome Tracey! Don't forget to post pictures with your questions, someone should be able to help in no time.
  7. frenchie

    Seiko 7S26

    Take a look at this thread: https://www.watchrepairtalk.com/topic/7874-frustrated-seiko-7s26a-search/
  8. frenchie

    New member

    Welcome Hans!
  9. Great write up!!! Thank you! I will be adding this to my next trip to Europe, a small detour to Switzerland sounds like a brilliant idea!
  10. frenchie

    How bad is this watch?

    My bad, I didn't see any screws.
  11. frenchie

    How bad is this watch?

    Timex with a movement that's riveted together... good luck with that one...
  12. frenchie

    Dial cleaning

    Tough call on that one... The issue is the clear coat/lacquer turning yellow. You can usually remove it gently with an ammonia based window cleaner and a q-tip (rinse in lots of water and dry thoroughly when done). BUT, you can also see that the black paint used to mark the minutes is sticking to the lacquer, so removing the lacquer may cause all the black paint to come off as well. Same reason why I'd keep it out of the ultrasonic cleaner: the lacquer is already chipping and the vibrations might cause it to chip even more. If it were mine, I would leave it alone. If you decide to go ahead, let us know what you end up doing and take pictures! Good luck!
  13. frenchie

    How bad is this watch?

    Welcome! Give the amount of rust, I'd be surprised if the crown actually came out... Can you post a picture of the dial side of the watch?
  14. frenchie

    Help needed with a watch

    Are you sure there is no lip? Often, front-loaders have a smooth back, not something like you have, where there seems to be an edge of some sort... I could be wrong. Zooming in on the pictures, even the case material seems different, which would again point to a regular case back that opens with a case knife. If it seems overly tight, a razor blade is your best bet to get started (Once the blade is in, a sharp case knife will do the trick).