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    [emoji651]️ What he said. Could be a number of things but something is preventing the pallets from doing their job. Could be broken, could just be displaced. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Stuck Screw Back

    Do you know a friendly watchmaker with a Big Bertha? That’d be the way to go if at all possible. They really are stupendously good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Hand Leavers

    I bought the generic cousins ones and they needed some fettling. Then I made some which have much smaller heads and I tend to use those more often than not. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Parts help

    He doesn't have the right one at the moment but thanks for the pointer. No, don't think it would in this case Roger.
  5. Parts help

    Does anyone have a dial ring / chapter ring for a Seiko 6139-6012 tucked away? It’s the dark one, Seiko pn 83051943. I did buy one already but it turned out to be not as described and now I can’t seem to find one anywhere! Thanks in advance. Pip Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Yes. All written by Beezelbub himself...! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Since I’ve started tinkering I’ve considered hairspring manipulation to be some kind of black magic witchcraft, practiced by watchmakers who are quite probably in league with the Devil. So of course, it was only a matter of time! Had a spare half an hour or so yesterday so I pulled out a mangled hairspring I’d put aside which was from a Seiko 6119 iirc, and set about it. I’m by no means finished yet but I found the process both frustrating (trying to move the twisted coils to get to the one I wanted to manipulate) and very satisfying when one loop goes back about where it should. If anyone has any hints or tips feel free to shout! I started with this: Took it off the balance to reveal: And after half an hour or maybe a bit more got here: I’m pleased so far but won’t get another chance to tackle it until the weekend. I also have another one that is lovely and concentric but is a fantastic cone shape. No idea yet how to tackle that, but I’m sure some of you will point me in the right direction. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Pin Pallet Beat

    I had help from a very experienced watchmaker I’m glad to say, but trying to work out as much as possible without bothering him! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Pin Pallet Beat

    Here it is. Maybe not perfect but I doubt I can improve it that much. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Pin Pallet Beat

    Remember, I said the picture was from before the HS was worked on... it's much improved from that picture I'm pleased to say! Will try and post a pic tonight. Oh, and that HS pic you posted - A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
  11. Hi chaps, I've cleaned up a Smiths Empire pin pallet that is now gleaming wonderfully. It was half working before I dismantled it, now it is only 1/10th working... and the issue is that on removing the balance I damaged the hairspring, I've repaired the damage but can't seem to get it to do more than about a minute of running, and you can noticeably watch the amplitude drop. Now I'm not too scabby at cleaning and rebuilding, but I am much more used to working with 'normal' swiss lever escapements as I am usually working on my Seiko's. But I do like to try different things out of interest too. So, has anyone got a simple(ish) guide to pinning and beating a HS/balance on a PP movement? Apologies I've just realised I don't have any photos the balance in the watch, will take some tomorrow as I'm at work now and out tonight. I've added a photo of the balance after I took it out prior to cleaning and reshaping the HS; is the arrow pointing to where it should be pinned? Also, my work last night seemed to be that when I pushed the pin (correct term?) to hold the HS in place it pushed a lot more HS through the gate (term?) each time. Is this normal? Thanks.
  12. Yep, spotted it this morning. Nice to see him remembered! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. G’Day from Sydney!

    Well you’re doing the best thing; get some old movements your not worried about sending to the knackers yard to practice on as you will almost certainly bugger a few things up! When you are a bit more confident and competent then tackle some bits you actually want to service or fix. Basically get stuck in! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Crystal replacement

    The first step usually is to find the correct code for the Seiko / Citizen crystal. You can then consult the Sterny catalogue to see if there is an equivalent from them. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. G’Day from Sydney!

    Hello Bethan, Welcome aboard matey and G’Day. Well for websites you’ve found the best one for learning. There are plenty of threads on other websites too dependent on what you are interested in. As for books, “Practical Watch Repairing” by Donald deCarle is the book most often recommended. As for wisdom... let’s just agree that you steer clear of most of the stuff that I post ok? ) What sort of things are you most interested in? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk