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Everything posted by RyMoeller

  1. The only watch I've seen with the Calibre 39 was Eterna's Kontiki chronograph and I've heard that Eterna isn't making watches anymore (although they still have an online presence so talk of their demise may just be an old dead rumor) but I wonder if this movement ever shows up elsewhere in the market. I've been interested for years but haven't seen much in that time either. I'd love to get my hands on the movement.
  2. "Shelter in Place" has me working on a Movado chronograph I picked up some time ago. The case is a Taubert/Borgel and needed the pendant tube repaired. Now with that out of the way I need to cut a new cork gasket and figure out how to squeeze it into the tube (that should be fun).
  3. Thanks sharing about your setup. I'm a way from getting there (I'm in the middle of a move right now so I have no workshop at all) but I'm looking forward to investing a bit of time and money into getting a proper machine shop going that works on the hundredths of a millimeter scale and you've given me some good ideas on what I should be looking for and how to approach the challenge.
  4. Unlikely, but you are correct that assembling one from parts would be cheaper (well, assuming you have the tools and skills to get it back together) than buying a genuine secondhand. I've done two Omega Speedmasters that way- it was cheaper than buying a secondhand Speedmaster but only if you exclude the money I spent on tools, oils, etc.
  5. Wait a minute- are you sure it was modded to look like a field watch and not just beat up through normal usage? Maybe your missing the point of the Brando piece. Buy a nice watch that will last a lifetime and wear the hell out of it.
  6. If you don't mind the prying, can you offer some details of the CNC machine you're using also? I know Watchguy has been using a small CNC to produce parts for the past couple of years and I'm aiming to do the same in the near future. He's been using an economical Chinese built system with some impressive results.
  7. The minute jumper looks fantastic- I think you're a bit had on yourself there! The Longines chronograph movement is gorgeous. They are rare thing today and I can only hope one crosses my bench eventually. Lemania's 5100 is well loved because of it's bullet-proof nature. I've worked on one and was amazed at how easy it was to assemble and also that it required no tuning to get the chronograph function working properly. It's sad they don't produce them anymore. The C01.211 is just a shadow of the 5100.
  8. Hello Darrel, welcome to the forum.
  9. I always found that part of watch collecting a bit depressing. In the collector's eye the best watch is the unloved one- bought and never worn. (sigh) I had to tune in for the episode though. Gorgeous watch (although I like the model 6239 better). It wouldn't surprise me if it goes for over a million USD at auction. It was a very sound investment.
  10. The replica industry is a odd beast- I know a lot of people who are pretty darn shallow though. I know someone who owns a replica and won't wear it because they are worried about being robbed. (eyes rolling) Personally, I don't think I'd buy a Rolex unless I had it under the loupe first.
  11. Oh how awful; you have my condolences. The only time I don't have a cat is when I'm grieving over the last one. I had my first cat from age 10 to 29- absolutely my best friend in the whole world and I was devastated when she passed away. None who came after could replace her but they always did the job well enough. Just having one in the room is enough to suck the stress and tension from the air. I'll give "Chooch" a little extra gourmet kitty food tonight in honor of Cookie.
  12. Forgot I had one of these- it might be helpful (sadly I only have the first page). Pierce 134.pdf
  13. I think the PDF was a reference to the Esemble-O-Graf service manual for the Pierce 134 (volume 15). I did a bit of hunting on the internet and cannot find pdf's of the Esembl-O-Grafs anymore. You can purchase them secondhand from eBay though. I would suggest the CD version which has a PDF of each of the 28 volumes.
  14. Still trying to get a Rolex in the collection - looks like 2020 won't be the year though. (sigh)
  15. That's a beautiful watch but the market is small. I have a nearly identical Tissot in 14k white gold which I picked up for $75. An Omega would command more I'm sure.
  16. Looks like a Venus 150 or 175 movement. Good chronograph.
  17. Old radium based luminescent paint will age to rust red color but I think it all started green. If moisture gets to it, it will turn an ash black. Generally, collectors look for a mocha color. Haven't seen much of that in radium watches though.
  18. Wait a minute- you won the watch in the first picture only to have the listing updated stating the watch had been re-lumed and a new picture posted? Yeah, I wouldn't accept that- too shady. The luminous paint in the second image is too bright and doesn't look proper. It might be possible to remove it without damaging the dial but that's not guaranteed. The value of the piece has taken a hit too since the original luminous paint on the dial is gone- even if it's under the new paint, there's no way to remove just the new paint and recover the old paint. The old paint is probably radium based which is another reason to avoid messing with the dial. Lastly, the regulator pushed way off to the side is an ominous sign.
  19. Looking at my Moebius Sales Brochure (which appears to date to the mid 70's) 8300 and 8301 have good adherence but poor response to pressure which I imagine means it would be pushed out of the bearing by torque on the arbor. My (certainly outdated) Moebius document suggests 8030 or 8040 as thick oils for arbors. Might work... D5 is typically what I use unless the technical sheet specifically states otherwise, my understanding is that HP1300 is essentially the synthetic replacement of D5. I don't work on Seikos too often but have viewed almost all of Spencer Klein's videos on them and have noticed worn arbor bearings seem to be a very common problem. Considering that, I'd say the thicker the oil the better.
  20. Well I could have just called it an alternating current motor because it's not really run on direct current; I should have called it an electric motor. AC motor isn't really a great name because that's usually referring to motors used for air conditioning. AC/DC motor is simply incorrect in this case so I apologize for the confusion. The bit that you can see inside the casing is the backside of the reversing switch (and the tubes for the brushes).
  21. Oh yes, I did this. As you can see from the images- it wasn't grounded when I started! I'm glad I only got a mild shock instead of the 115V and 10 amps I could have received!
  22. Yeah I was pleasantly surprised. Just one frayed wire and the insulation was in good shape. I did consider doing a complete rewiring though but everything was holding up so well I figured best to leave it be. You can see a lot of oil has been slung around in there over the years though. Oh and it smelled wonderful- 1960's machine shop. Yum.
  23. It's fixed. A little bit of solder and heat shrink and I'm back in business. Thank goodness because I don't have the money to spend on tools or watches right now.
  24. Looks like progress. I've got the field coil out and found the wire which I thought was shorted was in fact frayed and touching the inside of the case.
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