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oldhippy

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  1. The designers for the clock were Edmund Beckett Denison, and George Airy. Big ben is in fact the name of the Bell. I would like to see your video.
  2. Good choice you have made. You will use this tool knowing it will do the job properly, which will give you confidence every time you use it.
  3. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum.
  4. From what I can see it looks very dry I don’t see any oil. Have you let the springs down and checked for wear. Not the best of metal in these, its quite soft compared to movement long ago. With the floating balance, make sure it is clean at the ends, normally jewelled at each end. A drop of watch oil in the jewels, then work the balance up and down a few time, the balance must be free. Clock oil on all moving parts this includes the pallet pins and escape wheel teeth. If the clock is cleaned and the springs, I think you will see a big change in the action of the chimes and balance.
  5. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum.
  6. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum. Where is NL
  7. I have found this on ebay. The same tool you are thinking of buying for a hell of lot less money. What I do not like is other stuff at his shop looks like rubbish https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Crystal-Glass-Case-Back-Fitting-Tool-Wheel-Type-35-Dies-Watch-Repairs-Pressing/192911532678?hash=item2cea6c6286:g:EfoAAOSw-QBcVz4V
  8. This is a good buy. Strong and sturdy, spring action. https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/press-die-set-swiss-style
  9. Back in the 70’s & 80’s where I worked the jewellers shop was agents for Longines watches. I had all the service manuals and an abundance of their spare parts. Very good high grade movements.
  10. I have been reading the comments on this thread with interest. I had loads of tools for removing crystals and backs of watches. Today you only need a few, but make sure they are the best that you can buy. If not they will not work, they will break and damage the crystals. You need tools that you can trust. For removing backs, the last photo.
  11. That is good news. I have never heard of that trick.
  12. From what I see the clock is a genuine French Four Glass. Mercury can solidify only with extreme cold. Myself I have never come across these what I will call dummy type pendulums. It would probably be best to replace them. I don’t think here in the UK you can post mercury.
  13. It should drop immediately. Are you sure its not the staining of the tube you are seeing.
  14. You really cannot skimp on a watch fitting glass tool. You need to have one that you can trust and get the repair done without worrying about is it going to work. The cheap tools will not do a good job, they do not fit properly, and they break, not lined up and will not last long. Buy the best and it will last a lifetime. I had many including the Robur. It is necessary have tool.
  15. Members, do you buy these watches? if so where? or are they repairs you have from customers.
  16. My advice is this. Whenever you are about to start on a new mechanical watch repair, make sure all your screwdrivers and tweezers and other tools you might use are de-magnetised. It is also good practice to de-magnetise the watch movement before attempting any repair. It will also save you time.
  17. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum.
  18. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum.
  19. I could never get on with watch mainspring winders. So I stopped using them. I used my hands and fingers with the help of tissue paper.
  20. Round about the First World War. I think it might be Swiss or French.
  21. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum.
  22. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum.
  23. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum. Now you are a member on this forum. Many on here would like to see your pictures.
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