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    Pip reacted to Nucejoe in Need a balance staff for pocket watch   
    Called an assortment or a mess, I,ll dig in my bag of 2000 staffs, I just may find some to suit your balance wheel.
    If not an exact match, you can get by with broaching for J and G while  K isn't as significant.
    Making a staff is a last resort and expensive and whoever makes one should fit it onto the wheel and poise it as well.
    I,ll start digging, be happy to gift wrap and send you some, fingers  crossed.
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    Pip reacted to Dave84 in Timex Journey   
    Hi Jay 
    I was originally struggling, trying to get the train sat on the back plate but Jersey Mo linked a few pics of his rebuild and it clicked for me. By building it up on the front plate, dial side down in the clamp, you can line the train up first, then the escape and the pallet fork rests on the  balance which is just sat in place, it also helps if you loosen the balance screw a bit, it adds stability to the pallet while trying to get the smaller back plate to line up with the pivots. 
    I then just eyeball the back plate with the keyless works and mainspring barrel and just nudge it around with an old oiler or very gently with the tip of my finger until it sits in place. 
    Then loosen off the clamp, slide the tweezers in (get a reasonable grip on the whole movement) and flip it over to screw the plates in.
    Takes a little while to get the knack but after a bit of practice you get used to it. 
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    Pip reacted to oldhippy in screw head   
    Don't you mean a tin of this?

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    Pip reacted to FLwatchguy73 in Reward for good grades   
    As we all know, our world has been deeply shaken. Lifestyles, routines and every partXa,a of our lives have been effected in some way. This is equally true  for our children. Their academic and social life's have also been upended. 
    As  a father of 4 who range in age from 15 to 24 this new reality is all too acute. My youngest two are still in high school with one a freshman and one a sophomore. They have been pretty much on their own with getting their online classes up to date and completed. My daughter, who is also my youngest, has been on task the entire time, she had finished her work last week. My 17 year old son has procrastinated much of the entire time. 4 weeks ago he was in danger of flunking. So, as an incentive, I offered to get him his favorite watch which is a duplicate of mine if he finished with at least a C average in each class. In this case, it's a 1978 Timex Falcon Eye. Thankfully I had found one for an absolutely fantastic price, a steal to be honest. When it arrived, it was pristine!
    Tonight was his final night. The final assignments were due. He plugged away and by 9:45pm, he crossed the finish line! And as required, no class was below a C grade point average. In fact, only one was a C, the rest were comfortably within B and A averages. I'm very proud of him and it was a Thrill and an honor to present his watch to him. For fun, I had him put on his new watch but told him he was trying on my watch to see how victory feels. He was all smiles and kept saying how awesome the watch is. Then I held up mine on my wrist and put it next to his and said, yep, it's almost as cool as mine! He was like, What!? Is this mine? No way! He was so excited! Totally worth the wait.
    Here they are, two of the finest original 1978 Timex Falcon Eye's you'll likely ever see!

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    Pip reacted to luiazazrambo in screw head   
    That is the only bergeon tool I ever bought as I thought it is a life saver. I used it twice so far, both times I brutally damaged the main plate. I still have nightmares.  However knowing about myself probably I was not careful enough and I had no experience or has no experience yet as how to use it properly. I seem to have difficulties to understand that you have to take your time when you deal with watch movements.
    The crown shaped end of the tool could not get a good grip on the broken screw by the way and I made also a mistake not to use the proper sized tool originally and when I used the right size? it was already too late. Was too hasty etc. The watch i prepared as an xmass present for Mrs still has the broken screw and this thing never goes away... i must fix it sooner or later as it will haunt me forever.
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    Pip reacted to JohnD in screw head   
    And as stainless steel has a lower tensile strength than the corresponding carbon steel equivalent, makes it more likely to shear off......and while the stainless won't rust, damp can cause galvanic action where the brass plate it is screwed into can start to corrode....
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    Pip reacted to praezis in screw head   
    That most probably was a stainless steel screw. Modern screws often are SS.
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    Pip got a reaction from MrkIV in 2 years collecting timex (1950s to 1970s)   
    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! 


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    Pip got a reaction from FLwatchguy73 in 2 years collecting timex (1950s to 1970s)   
    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! 


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    Pip reacted to trooperbill in 2 years collecting timex (1950s to 1970s)   
    Bezels? I suppose that depends on the environment. Too much sun/UV or a salty environment would cause fatigue for sure. I have some that are faded despite being solid colours
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    Pip reacted to FLwatchguy73 in 2 years collecting timex (1950s to 1970s)   
    I hear they get brittle as they age and don't do well with being popped off and on.
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    Pip reacted to trooperbill in 2 years collecting timex (1950s to 1970s)   
    I'll defer to Jersey mo who owns one!
    Nice pepsi. If you get a second with bezel.and want to sell the bezel off this one let me know im always short of bezels lol
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    Pip reacted to JGrainger in Burnishing   
    New lanterns can occasionally be found but it is rare. More often these tools are sold with damage to the same parts. It is possible to make or repair the parts which are damaged with a combination of tools which will generally differ by whether they include a 90 degree double angle milling cutter or a tiny drill - for grooves or holes. Off the top of my head, the depth of grooves with a 90 degree cutter is a depth of 0.65 times the desired pivot diameter.
    I'm assuming the issue is with the disk with tiny holes in it.. it can be possible to anneal the damaged end and to turn most of it away, leaving a boss concentric with the outer diameter which fits through the tool. The end of the boss can be tapped for a retaining screw for the new part, or the new part can be glued/ bonded on the end - both parts will want to be a nice close fit so that the new part remains concentric if drilled before being mounted to the old arbor / part of the tool. The new disk can be steel or brass (they don't see a massive amount of wear but may have abrasives embed in them, and will wear out quicker than steel). In order to drill one you'll need a way of indexing so that you can use the tools existing divisions (the star shaped part and guide). It is possible that a new disk may be able to be drilled or center drilled in place on the tool with some creativity.
    I've also got a jocot tool with a damaged disk, shall repair it eventually but just use another for now.
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    Pip reacted to JGrainger in Burnishing   
    Your other tool may still be or have been a combined pivot file and burnisher. It depends how it's been used in the past as to what it will be like now. One or both ends may be dressed as a burnisher - depending what sort of tool they presently appear to be, if one end is still a pivot file then you may wish to keep it as one.. a pivot file is useful so I'd keep it as one if it's in even partially worn condition.
    Basically to dress a burnisher you could use traditional techniques such as oilstone dust on a lap with a bit of oil, or nowadays you could use a modern abrasive of a similar grade. The process creates tiny grooves in the tool from the abrasive which do a combination of really fine cutting and burnishing the pivots you apply the tool to. The burnisher would be moved across the abrasive and rolled over part way through the stroke, starting with a large face then rolled onto the next smaller face. You will see that there should be 2 sharp edges and 2 rounded edges, that will indicate which edges are rolled over and which shouldn't. It will probably take a bit of time if there are any imperfections or surface rust, etc to remove - you may choose to work on a side at a time to flatten and remove imperfections before dressing it.
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    Pip reacted to FLwatchguy73 in 2 years collecting timex (1950s to 1970s)   
    I had my eye out for either a 200 foot or 600 foot diver and I finally found a 1970 200 foot in my budget within a large Lot of Timex's. I snapped it up and was sorely disappointed when the seller had forgotten to ship it with the lot. Thankfully they sent it out when I pointed it out. Still waiting on a period correct Tropic rubber strap. Looks great though.

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    Pip reacted to FLwatchguy73 in Which Watch Have You Got Coming In The Mail ? Show Us !!!   
    I just grabbed this 1971 vintage Seiko Lord-Matic. It was being sold as a non-runner, hopefully nothing is actually broken.  I'd like to replace the Crystal, but it looks like there isn't a direct replacement currently available on the internet. At the very least the dial needs some attention with some kind of stain around the day window. Updates will follow as soon as it arrives.

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    Pip reacted to Dpastl in Watch of Today   
    Just got this running today after 6+months looking for parts and I had to share!
    Ollendorf watch from 20-30's with AS 635 movement.  Sorry for the poor pictures, the movement looks so much better irl.  Rose Gold plated gears for extra loveliness.  I absolutely love this watch.

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    Pip reacted to jdrichard in Are these tools enough to do a balance staff replacement?   
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    Pip got a reaction from Hopgoblin in Vintage seiko new to the collection   
    Wow, what an amazing score!

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    Pip reacted to Hopgoblin in Vintage seiko new to the collection   
    I literally just got this one! A 1971, 6105-8110 , not to be mistakend with the 8119 version. The 8110 was marked for the asian market while the 8119 was the version sold in the USA which adds some truth to the Vietnam claim. Everything is original other than the band. But as you can tell, it's a period band which adds a certain charm in itself. As it goes, I am supposedly the second owner of the watch. The original owner, a Vietnam vet just pawned it to a small pawnshop where I was lucky enough to pull the trigger on it first. It is extremely dirty and in all probability never had been opened as there are no tool marks. I just put it on the timegrapher and it is running at +4 a day. Amazing. The movement is super clean, much cleaner than the DNA and grime ridden case. Super neat find. Going to decase it and put it in the ultrasound. I'm very excited. 
    Great find also! Got to love them! Congrats!

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    Pip reacted to watchweasol in Seiko 7006 5000 Can't Remove Stem   
    Hi Dial feet are easier than you think  look for a book by Wesley R Door on retro fitting , I build my own unit , not difficult comes under the heading of cold soldering using a spot arc at the solder point no harm to the dial.
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    Pip reacted to vinn3 in Old Watchmakers bench - buy or not   
    if you are building one.    will this help?   vin

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    Pip reacted to FLwatchguy73 in Apollo 13 launch 50th anniversary   
    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 13. For those that watched it then or for those who enjoy all things space, someone has made a website that plays back the ENTIRE  launch in real time. I do mean everything, all the capcom radio chatter, the communications between mission control and the Apollo 13 crew, photographs, videos, literally every moment as it happened in real time.  You are able to skip around if you want and watch the highlights, but to be able to check in and watch things the moment they happened is a fascinating opportunity. Currently there is 4 hours and 3 minutes left until launch!

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    Pip reacted to jdm in Turning fun   
    Today I actually produced something without breaking anything, and it took "only" the best part of an afternoon.
    I was actually doing something different but equally useless, when I realized I could not be further without an holder for a parting / grooving blade. Roughened a piece of vile iron, aka structural steel, then added few spots with the arc welder to form the back support, that saved a lot a filing compared to removing instead.

    For the turning part I leveled the sawed side on the four jaws.

    Some finishing and the mandatory blackening. I was thinking that is done to make one losing parts on the bench, but actually it hides defects pretty well. Of course my part has quite a few.

    However it works great, sandwiching a piece of HSS blade into the tool holder. 
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    Pip reacted to margolisd in Tool porn!   
    Excuse the sideways picture before. It's called an escapement tester. But I'm not really sure why. It should be called a pallet stone adjuster. You can use it to very precisely move pallet stones in or out. You heat the entire thing up to 130 degrees. The pallet fork is secured in one of the lobster claws. The hammer shaped thing on the right is pushed up against the pallet fork. The stone is touching the brass half moon shaped bit in the middle. Tiny adjustments, 0.01mm, can be seen on the dial as you move the stone. It's really quite ingenious.

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