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    ro63rto reacted to AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Today, we have a big chunk of 1973 in the form of a Timex Viscount automatic day/date.

    This repair fought me every step of the way.

    It arrived with the winder connected to fresh air, and needed a complete strip down to get everything back in order. The day detent spring was misaligned, the date wheel was misaligned, the winder weight was loose, the thing was filthy both inside and out, and even getting the back off initially was problematic. I probably spent a good half hour simply trying to figure out why the day wheel refused to co-operate before I noticed the spring wasn't actually doing anything when the disk was re-fitted, due to the spring being in the wrong orientation. I suspect it got a good hard knock at some stage, which dislodged a bunch of stuff, possibly due to the frustration of the previous owner, as a result of the day wheel not turning.
    Everything is now all back in order, the hands are correctly aligned, the day and date kick over correctly at midnight. It is ticking away with that characteristic Timex chonk-chonk-chonk and winding nicely.
    I'm not sure it is going to stay on the hair puller band, I may swap it to something a little more comfortable, as I don't particularly enjoy the bald arm patches look, and my Nordic neanderthal genes mean that my arms are particularly furry.
    This is what it looked like when it arrived.


    I'll keep it on for today, and regulate it tomorrow once everything has settled down from the surgery, but it is keeping pretty good time so far. The crystal polished up well, but I still need to give the case back a quick whizz with the polishing pad to get rid of some apprentice marks, probably due to some previous owner's attempts to open the thing.
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    ro63rto got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Worldtimer today
    Needs a case rebuild. Went out for ice-cream and when I got back there was the telltale circle of fog in the middle of the crystal.
     
    https://i.imgur.com/s1wAjoV.jpg

     
     
     
     
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    ro63rto reacted to Chase in I put away my cartridge razor   
    There's several editions of the Rolls Razor. I have one myself. The one in your pic, given the case, is probably the Silver Edition of the Imperial 2 Rolls Razor. Ones without the case were nickel.
    And there's several other editions as mentioned. How you tell them apart is the exterior design on the metal case.
    Personally, I like the Rolls. And there's some interesting facts about the company and the owner. The owner, even after the company folded took all the inventory he had of the Rolls and up till it ran out or he passed away (I can't remember which) he honored the warranty and you could buy blades and replacement parts from him. Just by writing to him in England somewhere. I heard great things about him online.
    Not something you see from many, especially after the company folds.
    You can get the blades rehoned true. A couple places do it and one offers new blades they themselves make for them. Practice on a balloon.. I did. Lol. A fresh open blade on that thing.. it'll make you nervous bringing it to you face the first time.
    There's a video of a guy on YouTube of a guys first time with the Rolls and what he thought of the shave.. He liked it from what I remember. Felt it was as close as he was getting from other blades he tried. So.. 
     
    I "saw" a very interesting 7 day set at the antique shop where i bought my Rolls. I've never seen another like it. I don't know who made it, maybe you do.
    It was a complete valay(sp?) of wood, dark in color. It included the brush, cup and a rack which held 7 razors, each marked for the day of the week. The rack which was metal, and all the razors where gold plated. Or gold... I wasn't allowed to touch it but he did show it to me. Price tag was up there, I remember that. Way up there. He had it in its own display case right next to his desk. 
    The handles and razor rack where all scrolled and fancy. It sure was pretty... Like a Rolls, as far as the blades, but definitely not a Rolls.
    Ever seen one like it?
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    ro63rto reacted to m1ks in Watch of Today   
    Haha noooooooo, most assuredly a Parniserai 
    A beautifully built homage and I might have taken slight liberties making a portmanteau of the respective mfrs names. 
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    ro63rto reacted to HSL in Where can I download the C07.121 movement decomposition diagram? What is the reason why the movement of the watch is particularly low after the watch is cleaned? Do the plastic parts inside the movement need to be cleaned?   
    Unfortunately I didn't have a C07.121 at home right now but I might have become a bit confused, but doesn´t the C07 have the day at the top like an ETA 2834-2? Just to show the differences beween the movements I post a couple of pictures, as you can see they all are based on the 2824-2 but the 2834-2 has a plastic ring around it to make it an 0.5 ligne wider.
    The 07 is an 2824-2 with some synthetic light weight parts and a low beat (21600) balance swing, day ring  used mainly by Tissot, Certina and Hamilton. The changes in beatrate and escapement was made to increase time in the power reserve.
     


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    ro63rto got a reaction from VWatchie in Watch of Today   
    Today it's my USSR era Sekonda.
    Still not perfected a vintage lume mix so hands are still waiting to be done.
     
    Old pic
     

     
     
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    ro63rto got a reaction from Nucejoe in Watch of Today   
    Aeromaster today. Bought and restored ages ago.
    Bought for less than the cost of a large pizza
    New outer bezel from a dead donor
    NOS crystal
    Cheap movement but I like the styling.

    https://i.imgur.com/Jxb2f27.jpg

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    ro63rto got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Aeromaster today. Bought and restored ages ago.
    Bought for less than the cost of a large pizza
    New outer bezel from a dead donor
    NOS crystal
    Cheap movement but I like the styling.

    https://i.imgur.com/Jxb2f27.jpg

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    ro63rto reacted to manodeoro in Watch of Today   
    So ... I'll shoot some pics as I'll relume a gilt dial in August.
    What I do with such a dial is to first "draw" the oulines with a really "liquid" lume, using the thinest oiler I can get, and let dry.
    Then I use the "lume drawings" as surrounds to help while luming ... it works pretty well
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    ro63rto got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
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    ro63rto reacted to manodeoro in Watch of Today   
    You should prepare a very "thin" lume with water based medium and apply on several thin coats.
    I have some dials to relume next month so I'll take some pics on every step.

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    ro63rto reacted to AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Hmm tricky. Lume some very thin adhesive tape, cut tape to size... maybe...?
    Failing that, use a stencil, like you might if applying solder paste to very small pads on a pcb.
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    ro63rto got a reaction from Johnnie in Watch of Today   
    A restored "Ramon Special"
     
    Love the dial but at times it's difficult to see the hands.
    I have an identical dark blue one waiting for me to re-lume. Eventually I'll fit that one.
     
    https://i.imgur.com/YaSDvgI.jpg
     

     
     
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    ro63rto reacted to AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    More HMT goodness.

    A quick service and a polish, and a new light tan band brought this sunflower yellow faced beauty back to life.

    I thought I had all of the scratches out of the crystal, but there is still one little one that caught the sunlight at the 7 O'clock marker.
    I'm going to have to remove the crystal anyway, to get at the "history" trapped between it and the case, so I'll have another crack at getting it perfect then.
     
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    ro63rto got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Quick change for evening snack and to cheer myself up that a watch I was winning on didn't reach reserve.


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    ro63rto got a reaction from jdrichard in USA East Coast Watch Repair Pro ?   
    I was under the impression he'd emigrated.
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    ro63rto got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
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    ro63rto got a reaction from m1ks in Watch of Today   
    6119-5000

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    ro63rto reacted to AndyHull in Which Watch Have You Got Coming In The Mail ? Show Us !!!   
    Another bargain bin HMT - this time a Kohinoor.

    It looks like a nice clean example with no frankne-nonsense. No doubt in need of a service (and a new strap).
    I blew the budget slightly for this one, but I think it was worth the extra quid.
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    ro63rto reacted to AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Also waiting in the wings (pun intended) is this near identical white dial version.

    I've not had a chance to work on that one yet, but it is probably going to be the next victim on the healing bench.
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    ro63rto got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Wingman today
    https://i.imgur.com/yWx1V3f.jpg

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    ro63rto reacted to AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Very clean and tidy Seiko Automatic. I like the 70s/80s vibe too.
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    ro63rto got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Morning all
    Away from the quartz watches today. Not as warm as I hoped but still nice to have breakfast outside waiting for my fox friend to wake up.


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    ro63rto got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Old pic but decided to wear this today. Great dial colour, flips around depending on the light. Love it on the WatchGecko vintage leather rally strap. Would be nice to find an original bracelet too.


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    ro63rto got a reaction from Johnnie in Watch of Today   
    Old pic but decided to wear this today. Great dial colour, flips around depending on the light. Love it on the WatchGecko vintage leather rally strap. Would be nice to find an original bracelet too.


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