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Everything posted by TimFitz

  1. Thanks everyone. For your suggestions and comments.
  2. Would this be ok? http://www.ebay.com/itm/162141548987?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
  3. I know repair tools are expensive & for me money is critical. So I would like to know if there is an alternative to those huge Staking tool sets I see for sale? I feel this is holding me back in my goal to learn as much as I can about watch making. Replacing a balance or jewels is an essential part of the trade. So what are the options? Your opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks
  4. I have a really nice Hamilton 978 Pocket watch that I have just completed. I needed a new crystal & dial redone,and serviced the movement. The watch has a beautiful solid brass case that was very badly tarnished. I got the case all cleaned and polished to a beautiful shine with a lot of work. What is the best product if any to seal it from tarnishing again. I know they used varnish originally. Here are some before and after photos. Does anyone have suggestions . Thanks
  5. Can anyone tell me where I can buy pure 100% Naphtha in the US? Thanks
  6. Well I understand what you mean & am looking to branch out I just didn't know what others were available.& parts for them. Perhaps you can steer me. In the right direction. I thought staying American would make things easier. What are your thoughts on "Trench" watches? Also that Hamilton isn't my only watch. I have . I have six other pocket watches of different brands & styles and two wristwatches all restored. I also have two I'm working on now in differing stages of completion. I will post them a bit at a time. With a handshake , Thanks
  7. Thanks. What is your favorite?
  8. I will look for the before photos. To remove dents in a case isn't difficult, it just requires patience. Go to your Hardware store and by som nice Ash dowels. Cut them down to usable lengths 4 to six inches . Round off the ends of the dowels into smooth shapes sort of like a baseball bat. Smooth the end down until its very smooth so you don't do any damage to case. Now using only your hands push the dowel down on a dent & twist over and over again. soon you will notice it is starting to go away. As I said slowly and carefully Twist Push. Keep checking to see you are not doing
  9. This Hamilton 912 is project I recently completed in May. The movement just needed a good cleaning. The dial was a mess & the case had a lot of dents to remove on the back.I broke out the Dremel to remove the many small scratches . The crystal was badly scratched and plastic, installed a new glass nos crystal.
  10. Beautiful collection. I'm sure everyone, including me is zooming in to take a close look.
  11. It was running over an hour fast in 11 hours. I took out the balance assembly,discovered the spring was stuck together, unstuck it, then demagnetized it. Now it's keeping time, as good as can be expected for a watch over 100 years old. Thanks Everyone who made suggestions. In future I will give as much information as possible.
  12. I would use the same technique I use on pocketwatch cases that have dents. That is use a wooden dowel that have the edges rounded down, sort of like a baseball bat in miniature. Then with your hands gently push and roll and push some more, until it's back in shape. Make sure the case is on a hard smooth surface and be patient "Don't Rush It"
  13. Thanks for the welcome!!! My wife and eye just returned from 16 great days in Cornwall (St. Mawes) & i noticed you were from the UK
  14. The index arm can be moved very easily from fast to slow. The movement has been cleaned & serviced (not by me) here is a photo. .
  15. My name is Tim & I love watches. (much to my wife's chagrin). I have both pocket watches & wrist watches. All old all great little machines. I do most maintenance myself. I'm still learning like everyone here I guess.
  16. Hi I'm very new to this site having just found it. My question is , My Elgin 1893 hunter case Pocket watch is running fast. When I went to adjust it I noticed the index arm moves very easily. If I tap on the case it moves. Should I tighten the two screws on the 'top balance end piece" if so how much? Or The Balance Cock screw? With a handshake TimFitz
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