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  1. Stem extension help

    Sand paper [emoji16][emoji16]. You'll need a decent fine cut file. Remember when sized, to bevel the tip. This prevents stripping the thread on the crown when screwing on. Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
  2. Stem extension help

    You may get away with just trimming the extension. As mentioned by "Watchmaker" Geo's article is just about the definitive work on this subject. Wirecutters for the stem but the type you cut straight onto rather than to the side of the stem are best. Try Cousin's or Esslinger, as they stock replacement stems suitable for Seiko that are threaded their hole length and makes life a lot easier Sent from my SM-T585 using Tapatalk
  3. We all loose parts from time to time. Good tweezers such as Dumont help and when dressing them; leave a slightly rough inner surface near the tip makes a big difference [emoji16] Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
  4. Re-shape mine with a diamond file. Brought to cherry red under a gas flame and doused in oil then cleaned off. Seem ok. I haven't come across a stiff Vostok back yet, they seem more awkward than tight. Sent from my SM-T585 using Tapatalk
  5. Amen [emoji16] Sent from my SM-T585 using Tapatalk
  6. case-back glue

    If life was so easy. Even with a gasket there's always a chance of a crystal cracking particularly sapphire as they tend to be more brittle. I've just finished restoring an old Bucherer. It didn't have a gasket and as with many old vintage watches didn't have any water resistance to speak of. I just popped a new crystal in without a gasket and had no issues. Even if it falls out again, you've only lost a few pounds? Increments go up in one hundreds 0.01. So why not buy a couple of crystals oversized of each .start of with the smaller if it goes in but has any movement go to the next size up. If they crack, so what, there only a couple of quid each. If you get one in ok forget the sapphire, at least you have a watch that can be used. A designer watch I normally associate as a cheap bit of "bleep" with a cheap movement in. Your watch is a classy micro brand. Sent from my SM-T585 using Tapatalk
  7. case-back glue

    Oh and what about a picture of the front. It looks like a very nice watch [emoji16] Sent from my SM-T585 using Tapatalk
  8. case-back glue

    Crystal shouldn't fit perfectly. Needs to be 0.1 or 0.01 bigger (Can't remember) and press fitted. Suggest you measure your existing crystal and order a couple of cheap mineral glasses .1 and .2 bigger to find perfect press fit. Then you have 2 options. Leave the crystal in or order a sapphire replacement Sent from my SM-T585 using Tapatalk
  9. I use Jdms method or something similar. I use a piece of hollowed out pegwood and ease it around with pegwood and tip of tweezers. Never had any real issue with diashock Sent from my SM-T585 using Tapatalk
  10. Mainspring Winders

    Oh dear, don't be disappointed with your purchase. You've just equipped yourself with the best winder available today and with the full set will be able to tackle almost any alloy spring known to mankind. Have you seen Marks video on using this type of winder... but with most things you need to learn how to use them. If you are birds nesting, this is probably due to failing to achieve a clean release from the winding arbor whilst retracting. The spring mentioned will be the blue number 6 from the set. These winder are not specifically designed for the old steel spring, suggest some pre lubrication of the spring might help. The red and blue dots do part company sometimes if pushed against. Still not an issue. Just note the winding direction of the arbor between the righties and lefties. Are they a waste of money..NO SIR..they are worth every hard earned penny. I note Mark seems to think you can pick up a desent used set on Ebay for a few hundred pounds. You'll be lucky Mark ! They hold there price a lot better than that. If you decide to sell your set, you will have no problem finding a buyer. Learning to handwind first is an excellent idea but not with something to small. I used to practice on a pocket watch barrel, size 16. Sent from my SM-T585 using Tapatalk
  11. The opener Jdm pointed out looks absolutely fine. In fact there's a thread Jdm started giving info from menbers advice on what and what not to buy in the Chinese range. What ever your choices, enjoy your purchases and have a very merry Christmas [emoji16] Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
  12. New Tools!

    I have this tool too. It's also brilliant for removing rotating Seiko Bezels found on their divers. Up to now I haven't come across any bezel on different makes of watches it won't remove. Very good investment on your part. Sent from my SM-T585 using Tapatalk
  13. I constantly use the Horotec and am also partial to Vostok so can confirm the case back jaws will not fit sufficiently to avoid slippage without some modification with a file. Replacement bits are readily available from decent retailers. As for the Horotec, these are constructed from quality Swiss steel they ain't going to bend ! And boy I've done some heavy work and abused mine in the past. As for the price, well they seem to have risen a bit since I bought mine but are quality Swiss tools worth their price, that depends on your point of view. What does amuse is the person who is quite happy to spend £500,£1000 + for a watch but when it comes to tools to service.. expects a cheap Chinese hammer and chisel to be sufficient. Not that I'm anti Chinese I do have some tools I use and have a water pressure tester of this origin, that's faultless. Sent from my SM-T585 using Tapatalk
  14. movements

    Chinese movements may or may not be a good idea. I remember some think about Mark saying he had issues with a balance on a Chinese clone he was using on his training course. He discovered punch marks on the mainplate to increase the end shake. And after several refitting he had to do the same to keep the watch going. Ok I've done this on a couple of old pocket watches when replacing the staff but on a brand new movement from the manufacturer! If this is prevalent to Chinese manufacture, it could prove a nightmare to somebody starting off. I could of got this wrong, the old brain is fading these days but Mark could answer this? Sent from my SM-T585 using Tapatalk
  15. Interesting to know what those holes were and their purpose. It was a good observation and a circlip fixing, a very sound idea. Also a sprung circlip could aid shock protection to the movement. I never come across a movement so fixed but hopefully there's always time [emoji16] Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk