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  1. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Timex or a Rolex, that feeling when a dead watch starts it’s heartbeat again is always great! Well done on your journey so far. You realise there’s no final destination right? You gotta just keep going! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  2. Gonna quote Luke in the Cantina here: "I'll be careful." I have a spare mainplate on the way so I'm covered if I balls it up but I'd rather get the screw out if I can. I guess you are right. I have a big bag of alum and not a lot to do with it. I could pickle some onions later in the year!
  3. I tried and failed with alum on a battery spring/retaining screw on a Seiko 7548. Several days and a very concentrated solution but the screw remained unimpressed by my efforts. As you can see, I may have got carried away with the strength of the solution, it became crystalline over a few days in the airing cupboard. I have now ordered a Bergeon type tool. Where from? Well, let's just say that when it arrives it will be disinfected in case the person who packed it had a bat sandwich for his breakfast.
  4. Love those hour indices. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  5. Quite right, that was a typo, meant M25. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  6. Afternoon all, I have been rummaging through my collection of bits I have yet to use that came from various sources. As I'm embarking on learning to turn, with the intention of producing some balance staffs (great videos by the way @jdrichard, thank you for taking the time to make them) I am looking at what comes after, ie burnishing. I have most of a jacot tool, it's missing the 'drum' (not sure what the part is called). Is it likely I will find one somewhere or is it a lost cause? Or is there an attachment for my lathe (Pultra 10) that I can use instead of a jacot? I also have what I think is an old burnishing tool to use with a jacot, am I right in thinking this is what it is? What's the best way to clean one of these up? Thanks in advance. I'll get there in the end, if it damned well kills me!
  7. Wow, great collections! I just have the one, that I got some while back. Non-running, the balance wheel has come loose from the balance staff, and with its design I'm not sure how to stake it so I'm just looking for another one instead. It's an M75 so should be fairly easy to pick one up from the bay, I just need to pull my finger out. And I've found the stem bridge assembly so fiddly! Give me a Japanese chrono to reassemble any day rather than another one of those!
  8. Wow, what an amazing score! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  9. Quoting this for future reference, thanks for the tip! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  10. Good idea, I’ll try and do that tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll get some time after work. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  11. Hi all. I have a couple of Ecozilla's I'm sorting knackered date changes on. That in itself doesn't present any particular issues, but on one of them the bezel click has packed up too. The two Ecozilla's are of different ages. One is the B873-S015804 and one is the B873-S02664 [RFN]. The RFN model, which I think is the newer one, the bezel just screws off. The non-RFN one, this doesn't appear to be the case. Although I kind of think it must be or how would you change the crystal? Long story short, it's not my watch and I don't want to damage it by trying to force something that won't move. I've even looked online and a lot of the bezels seem to have the text on them in the same alignment which has me wondering too. Does anyone have any Citizen tech manuals that would cover this? Or has done one before? (Must have done the non-RFN sa the other is different). Thanks for any help you are able to offer. Pip Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  12. But inside a plastic bag or you’ll likely never see it again if you’re not used to doing it! Or a big blob of rodico at least...
  13. Or keep scouring the bay and you may find a movement you can cannibalise. But that movement may have unseen issues meaning you’d be back to looking. Or if you’re like me it’d just mean you have two movements you want to fix instead of one! [emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  14. I can vouch for speedtimerkollection, used him many times and no hassle. For clarity I’m not involved in any way, just a happy customer. Ps: you could always learn to fix it yourself? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  15. I always understood that burnishing moved material rather than removed it. Is that not right? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  16. Thanks for posting OH, I’ll be into his videos* later with a nice bottle of red I think! *do we still call them videos?!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. I always find your work inspiring, thanks for posting! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. I don’t know but can ask over at SCWF and at WS for you if you like. But good luck, it’s a beautiful watch. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  19. They can take a bit of getting used to, that's for sure! I certainly had a few ping around the room. There's a great guy called Adrian who runs VTA in Australia, they specialise in vintage Seiko and suchlike. Adrian was kind enough to make a great tutorial video; helped me a lot and following this method I've had no real dramas since. Hope this helps. Phil *Edit - link to the video I was actually talking about! *Edit:The original video I posted below is actually from Mike at My Retro Watches. Another great guy but he's based in the rather less sunny climes of Coventry in England!
  20. I might have sourced one thank you, a friend on the other side of the world is going to check for me! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. It should look like this one: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. I’ve tried looking most everywhere I can think of but to no avail. Does anyone have a knackered old Seiko G757 or parts of one sitting about as I need a battery clamp for one I’m working on. Thanks in advance. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  23. I checked a movement on my chinese one against a proper professional Witschi (spelling?) one. There was a difference, but it was only a few degrees of amp between the two. I think over the course of several comparisons the biggest difference I had was 4 degrees iirc. I can live with that.
  24. Thanks OH. I'd have the thing myself but I already have a stereo scope, and the first time my wife saw the big stand she would no doubt string me up from it!
  25. Thinking about BHI (and doing some of their exams just for fun and to stretch myself) but at the moment just a member of Epping Forest Horology Club where I’ve been learning for a couple of years via evening class. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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