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  1. I had a Seiko 777 on my bench today, it’s a watch I’ve had for a couple of years and recently it stopped working, the SH would stop around 50 seconds and if given a shake would go again, then would stop again around 50s a few hours later. So today I stripped it all down and gave it a bit of a spring clean, wasn’t too bad but some oil had migrated and some dirt had gotten to the wheels. No issues. And I have to say the 4R36 movement is nice to work on (I’m used to old Seiko, not your fancy pants Swiss stuff!). Then disaster. I don’t know what I’ve done but the balance will not swing. I spent an hour, probably nearer two, inspecting the pivots and balance and pallets under the microscope, cleaning the pivots and holes, taking out the pallet and re-cleaning it. Checking it all over again, making sure all the pivots are located. Nothing. Take out the balance again (for about the tenth time) check under microscope thinking maybe the pivot is slightly bent? Doesn’t seem to be. Carefully peg the pivots again... and so on. For more than an hour. The 777 has a hacking movement. I had the crown pulled out. D’oh!!!!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Seiko 7009 stops

    I can open barrels to 7S26 and 61xx series easily enough. The 7009 barrel is not the same. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Don’t know about state side but I’ve got my collection of jars from having tea and toast for breakfast, mainly in Starbucks. The little jam pots are just right to get a section in such as the keyless, although could do with a couple that are slightly bigger as some main plates won’t quite fit in them which is frustrating. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Seiko 7009 stops

    Could be any number of things, dropping a watch to the floor can break pivots or dislodge things if a screw has worked a bit loose. As@oldhippy says, best bet is disassemble, clean and oil and reassemble. Only trouble I have with 7009s in particular is that the barrel is nigh on impossible to get open. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Hope not@anilv as I want to see how this project comes out mate! There’s not enough people working on my lovely Seiko’s on here so I appreciate it when people show their work so I can learn from them. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks@jdm and be sure to keep posting, I always appreciate your suggestions when I’m stuck with something. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Timex M23, reassembling problem

    I was taught that the wedge was just pushed out carefully, and from behind, with a sturdy pair of tweezers. I've not worked on the Timex movement but have tinkered with some others that have this set up. This video may help?
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    Hairspring Frustration

    Thanks for all the support guys. I tried to follow as much advice as I had the competence to and cleaning it again has made a massive difference. I agitated it fairly carefully for a few minutes in IPA and helped it to dry carefully with my blower while it was flat. I did then dangle for a minute or two more to let final vapours evaporate (sorry@jdm I couldn’t resist!) Looked much better even by eye and here is the result from a half wind after a few minutes adjusting and regulating. Whilst I accept that’s not perfect I’ll take that; it’s a 20 year old cheap Seiko with a slightly distorted HS that didn’t work at all last week. Again, thanks for all the advice and support guys. Pip Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hairspring Frustration

    Both separately and together. Several times.
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    Hairspring Frustration

    With my small blue electrical demagnitizer. You know the standard type from china. Seems to work ok. I've downloaded the Lepsi Mag app that was recommended by @VWatchieand it's showing no magnetism present. I think that I need to up my HS cleaning game. I can't seen anything untoward on it but that doesn't mean it isn't there.
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    Hairspring Frustration

    Here you go. This is before I started servicing it. Annoyingly I didn’t take a pic that showed the balance and HS before disassembly. Must remember to do that in future. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hairspring Frustration

    Here’s a photo I just took. While not quite perfect it’s plenty fine for a Seiko 5 I would think and I’ve done some manipulation but not enough to improve on this much if at all. Interestingly I just turned it over and then back again and it’s now sat like this which is nowhere near as good. And then a very quick manipulation and it’s to this Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Seiko 6119-7040

    That's a nice find Anilv, that dial is perfect!
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    Hairspring Frustration

    I downloaded the app @VWatchie and it's showing no magnetism is present. I will remove, take photo's, and reinstall tonight. I need to get this one sorted soon as I have donated it as a prize for a competition on another forum I'm involved with and want to donate a cleaned and serviced watch that's running well. It was in a right state before, I'm happy with all my work other than the balance installation. Thanks for everyone's help so far
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    Hairspring Frustration

    It's the same balance, the pics were taken about 5 minutes apart. Only thing that had changed was to move the regulator back towards neutral as it was pointed a little to one side. It has been cleaned a couple of times (in lighter fluid and hung on a post with the HS dangling to dry) and demagged several. Maybe I need to buy a compass to check if my demagging is working.
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