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Hamish last won the day on December 6 2016

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About Hamish

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    Melbourne Australia
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    Finding old watches and restoring them. Collecting same. Making watch bands out of all kinds of leather. I have a good sized workshop built up over the years that has most of the equipment I need. I run watch repair classes for friends. Love the challenge of working my way through a problem.

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  1. I cant recall working on these, but would like to suggest that if (with the dial removed) the wheel snaps over nicely, the dial is not impeding it in any way and it is off set for all days, could it be that the wheel is out of phase with the drive ratchet. That is the wheel may have slipped on its centre. (hope you understand what I'm getting at)
  2. I can't see the pic from where I am, but I have a Hamilton electric that I have to pull out the stem (there is a couple that disconnects) and from there take off the crystal and the movement pops out. I believe there is probably a lot of information about taking movements out through the front that is around in a more general sense. Cheers
  3. Hi...here is my two bobs worth. My suggestion is to try to look forward to decide what level of repairs you would anticipate doing. I understand this might vary over time though. I would suggest that at the basic level you might just be interested in servicing the watch which would require you to have a decent set of screwdrivers and tweezers, hand setting tools, cannon pinion remover - readily available from many sources. You might also need a good light, lubricants/grease and a means to wash the parts after disassembly. You could go deeper into repair with case repair which would requir
  4. Famous painters might paint a water colour in 4 hours. 50cents paper and paints. worth a fortune. Go figure. I heard a story about Picasso who used to sign table cloths in restaurants after entertaining a large group and never got billed. He also said he could buy a house if he painted something.... Sure there is clever marketing in watches, but I don't think the inherent value is actually in the materials...perhaps its something else less tangible.
  5. Hi, I bought a copy one of the Horia example and was impressed with the quality. Prices seemed to vary wildly and I bought it from Ali-Express for around $120 (AUD) delivered.
  6. Hi, My vote is to use the 9501 straight out of the 2ml bottle...I can also see the sense in using a small spatula though...I have had to shake the bottle from time to time and stir it occasionally with a wire rod as it seems to separate (harder/runny sections - maybe getting a bit old) for some reason. My habit is to open the bottle, use it where required and close the bottle straight away...works for me anyway...
  7. Hi there... Just a couple of thoughts for you. Check you have not accidently placed any oil on the balance spring, check its not magnetised and check (you said it was filthy) there is not some residue or gunk after cleaning that is causing the spring coils to stick...any of these things will cause that massive +300/day issue. If you can look at the action under magnification, you should be able to pick up such an abnormality. Cheers
  8. ' the collectors bought most of the parts. vin' Yes, I believe that is so...I think (again from memory) the one above is the 2210 movement and fairly common still - or at least, last time I looked. They are interesting to work on and the main faults are the coils going open circuit. Another issue I found was that where plate meets a contact requiring cleaning...once done you are frequently rewarded with a satisfying hum. Also consider if at first it does not start on its own, give it a sharp flick with your index finger...Agree that reading the manuals first is always a good
  9. HI, just a couple of thoughts off the top.. How fast is it running? If a few seconds a day, then you will able to adjust with the tiny tabs where the magnets almost meet (they rotate). If it is several minutes fast then it may be 'indexing'. This means that I assume you have placed a 1.5 volt battery in there and I think these movements were meant to use the 1.35 volt batteries (mercury) that are no longer available. I have had this problem from time to time. I also believe you can obtain some kind of insert to manage the excess voltage. I also recall that if the watch is in adjustment th
  10. HI There, My suggestion is that if you have not done this before is that you look to Ebay and see if you could get a selection of old Perspex crystals. These used to be available fairly cheaply. This way you could practise on a couple, but more importantly you could identify one closest to the shape (size is unimportant as this can be trimmed) of the original. If you want to go down this path, feel free to use your Dremel to remove the excess, maybe a small diamond wheel is best, but use coarse/finer paper the closer you get. From my experience the Perspex is easy to scratch so use t
  11. Hi, I guess anything can be salvaged, but at a reasonable cost?....these watches seem quite popular at the moment so I certainly think it is worth a good try. I think this type of thing can be very rewarding as well. Its hard to tell what components have rusted too far as to be usable, but I think you are on the right track with using a small amount of penetrol etc. The dial might clean up nicely with a light touch of Rodico (take care). Personally I would also clean any springs carefully and rub down to a flatter finish to avoid stress risers which lead to breakage over time. N
  12. Just my view, but I think the stem should come out after releasing the stem retaining screw. I think there is a movement spacer in there as well that is probably held fast by possibly corrosion and or the remnants of an o ring. Penetrating oil might do the trick, but also might cause dial staining. See if you can gently tease out the spacer after movement retaining screw removal or at least see if you can get any movement in it, this would provide a clue. I provide this advice without any knowledge of this watch or movement.....one thing for sure though, when it comes out you will know ex
  13. Good job! I would be very nervous getting that broken screw out. For me concentration goes into overdrive when working around coils. Thanks for posting.
  14. If I could add to the topic (it's a good discussion).... I think there is three components to tools and the use of them, 1. Having a quality tool - not necessarily the best quality, but one that can do the job without unintended consequences. Perhaps this would mean that you would be wiser to get better quality if you are using the tool regularly as well. Most folk might prefer higher quality screw drivers and tweezers. 2. Having the right kind of tools for the repair work you anticipate doing. Don't use a tool for a purpose for which it was not intended (unless sure of the outc
  15. I have worked on a few of these and in general they don't create too much difficulty for overhaul. The concept of operation is simple where the battery supplies power to an electronic circuit that outputs a pulse or wave form into a coil that drives the balance wheel via fixed coil on the board and permanent magnet on the wheel (some variations have a coil on the balance wheel). From there the wheel itself drives the movement. Interestingly this is the reverse of a normal mechanical watch 'power flow' where the balance wheel absorbs the power through the drive chain from the mainspring. T
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