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  1. Most mechanical watches will tick a few seconds, some for up to a minute, when shaken as there will be some residual power left. If it ticks for more than a few minutes then it could be a sign the mechanism needs a service. Also a faulty watch (damaged pivot etc) pivot may allow the watch to run a while but will eventually stop and then restart when shaken. Anilv
  2. Probably some dirt in the movement which eventually move when you handled it again. I would clean and oil it and it should be fine. Anilv
  3. It would bug me as well. Apart from the loss of plating on the bridges I guess there's no other harm. The thing that does bother me about chinese watches is the quality of the screws and springs. These are really bad on the lower end models to the extent I dont even bother nowadays to fix them. I'm sure there are better grades but metalurgy and quality control are my main issues with Chinese watches. Anilv
  4. oops, sorry I misunderstood. Yes the capstones are fiddly but do-able, I usually use two pegwoods to manouver them as they grip better. You can also try trimming the pegwood to the circumference of the fitting and hollowing the end a bit to clear the dome of the jewel but I find using two pegwood works for me. Anilv
  5. They are quite easy to remove, you have to realise they don't flip up like swiss incabloc (despite looking similar), instead you have to release the legs and slide the retainer sideways. One thing to note is that the metal quality of the retainer is not as good as on swiss incabloc in that it is not as 'springy' and the metal will bend if you push the legs too far., at least that has happenned to me. Anilv
  6. Because the first time it ran.. then it was dismantled to investigate the extra screw issue and thats when the problem started.
  7. If its a week old then the bearing should still be ok. I've come across watches where the screw holding the rotor came loose and caused the rattle. Is yours a display back? If yes, you may be able to see if the screw is loose thru the caseback.. its the one right in the middle. These Seiko do have a noise when shaking but only if you shake it so that the automatic weight moves...(that causes the noise). If you bought it new from a shop then go back and ask to compare with another similar one.... If you bought it online and it came from Asia ........ good luck as anything could be in that
  8. Since it ran at the first attempt I would guess the balance jewels are not the issue. 1. Start by removing the balance and pallet fork. 2. Wind the mainspring a bit (half turn or so), do the wheels turn and slow down smoothly? If they do then the problem is escapement related. Check pallet fork and balance impulse jewel. If the wheels do not turn then add another turn or so of the barrel. If the wheels still do not move or move slowly then you have a wheel train issue. Remove the bridge and check for some dirt which is preventing whee train movement. Good luck. Anilv
  9. In the world of vintage watches, the current trend is polishing reduces the value. On some watches like Submariners and GMT-Masters this will be a deal breaker for some. I would leave it to the owner to decide. If this is a heirloom piece and will not be sold on then by all means polish it so that it looks decent enough to wear but if it was bought as an investment maybe not. Wearing a beat up watch for me is part of the charm, most folks cant believe a 70year watch can function well enough to be worn daily. Anilv
  10. ST96 are not chinese movements unless this is a copy? I have seen some ST96 where the finishing is very poor but they were still swiss. Anilv
  11. The closest to 'default' would be the mainspring. For newer watches like the ETA28xx family I usually change them out for customers watches but on my own I just leave the old one in if it still has a good shape. For stuff like Seiko and Citizens I don't really bother especially since the original ones rarely go bad unless someone has mishandled them in the past. I have a suspicion that the replacement generic mainsprings are not as good as the originals. One item which was a regular 'service' item is the crown as this would be replaced as a matter of course (with the caseback gasket) to
  12. I think Rodico is too stiff? I use a kind of gel sold for cleaning computer keyboards (I think) and its softer. Anilv
  13. 2. Could be IWC as they used the Fish on their crowns but most I've seen hav a flat top and sharp corners. Anilv
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