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WileyDave last won the day on April 13 2017

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About WileyDave

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  • Birthday 12/17/1957

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    Outside of Detroit, Michigan, USA
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    Single Malt Scotch, the older the better, Watching F1 auto racing, Rugby.

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  1. Thanks vin, yankee, nucejoe, the driving wasn't as bad as I had envisioned, although some of the "L" roads in Ireland were a bit hair raising. I only wish I had taken the time to search out and contact some members on this site to meet whilst we were in Scotland. Never got to England proper, I have a friend there but the travel schedule was so tight, would not have been easy to get round the south. Planning to go back perhaps next year. Stay tuned for one project I have many years in to. I bought the movement years ago and finally found a suitable case. It's almost perfect. Thanks again for your welcome. Dave
  2. Hello all~ I had taken a self imposed sabbatical from this site, I'll admit I do miss the banter. Having gone through some life altering events, surviving a two week holiday in the UK, (yes we drove) and generally leaving some projects on the bench too long. I look forward to adding my two cents and helping out where I can. I have slowed down my purchasing of watches, concentrating on those that need the least amount of work, It's my laziness, I freely admit it! Great to see how the number of folks here has grown, I thought there was a decline of interest in the trade for enthusiasts and pro's. Thanks to Mark and the many others who support and contribute to this and other sites, let's hope it will keep growing. wiley (Dave)
  3. Wells, Nugent of Newport - see Wells, Henry of Newport, Monmouth and Shrewsbury (A brief document giving some working dates for Henry Wells of Newport, Monmouth and Shrewsbury. There is a photo of a clock by him on this page.) found on http://www.clockswatches.com/ I/m not registered and it's fee based info also a reference to Henry Wells http://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/Makers/Birmingham-HR-HZ.html 1898-1902
  4. If it works and is robust, then price shouldn't be determining factor in purchase. My thought is, if used regularly, don't go cheap, but if used sparingly, find best for budget.
  5. Martyn, as far as AWCI there is/was a standard, but sadly not a "universal" or global standard.
  6. If you have the time, skill and tools, anything is possible, but we're floating away from buffing vs polishing original question(s), let's agree that is personal preference and restoration of cases can take different processes, based on user experience. Whatever works to achieve desired results. I agree with RCDesign, lapping is the way to go on a square case, I don't have the setup to accomplish this, so by hand with Foredom and different buffs/rouge, I try to accomplish a presentable finish, like you said, not perfect, but close enough.
  7. I ordered NOS one for $12, this one has gasket sort of imbedded in crystal, totally different than I'm used to seeing and it'll be a while to refinish bracelet, ton's of scratches. This one was 'polished' out, meaning to me it had little left (thickness) under 20x magnification, probably had been done a few times before I got it, now I'm pretty frugal or cheap AND LAZY, but I would rather spend the $12 on new.
  8. Do you mean Autocrat? Did you try Dashto? Just askin'
  9. Welcome virus, You have the advantage of not having to purchase tools and have enough subjects to work on until your skills improve, this is the right place for tips/advice without all the hassles of judgement. Miles ahead of most of us, so take the opportunity and run with it, don't give up until you are positive the options are exhausted. Make mistakes and learn from them, this is what this thing we call watch repair is all about! Good luck and look forward to hearing your challenges, because there will be challenges! Dave
  10. Had to chime in on subject of a recent buy and yup it's a Seiko DX, case was unique, (I posted how to remove on repair section), and I'm of the thought that whatever floats your boat. One can usually tell if a case has been polished/ buffed poorly by amateur, (i.e. non factory finish). and there are risks, I will keep this one because of the style and dial, but I could not live with case being as purchased. I could not remove all the nicks, some where too deep. If you are not compromising integrity of case, why not try to make it look new(er)? Buffing or polishing by hand is a chore and time consuming, so efforts should be commended. JMHO
  11. Got it! apparently the only thing holding it in was the dirt! It figures I would not have another "S" tool from manufacturer, Thanks ro63rto! and rogart63
  12. Thanks I'll give it a try. I figured it wasn't too complicated, the Japanese usually don't over engineer things. Just that I'd never seen one of these types before and just wanted to know if it was a three handed job! Thanks rogart63!
  13. Anyone got a clue on removing case back on this? It has some experience marks, but I don't want to start prying if it doesn't come out that way. Thanks!
  14. I thought the primary reason was warranty, so some kind of "date" would be present, (e.g. last two digits) of code = year???? sounds logical, plus initials of who preformed service?
  15. Sad part about this trip was that the townsfolk have all but forgotten about the factory, there is no marker where the plant once stood, some of the locals we asked never heard of DH, I theorized that because the operation was sold to Amtog (Soviet trading company), and with the news out of the USSR at that time wasn't positive regarding the current regime, that maybe coupled with local job losses, they just wanted to forget the watch works. We met some die hard Hampden fans and dispelled a few of the local 'myths' about what happened in Moscow. On the upside, there were some new discoveries which made it worthwhile.
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