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  1. jguitron

    What kind of tool is this?

    It’s a crown and split stem extractor! Nice find [emoji1303] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. jguitron

    Broken movement or not?

    Yep. If stem is intact then chances are that something in the setting mechanism got dislodged. Only way to know is removing dial and assessing. Good luck Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. jguitron

    Broken movement or not?

    Unlikely unless you used a lot of force. Does the stem come out? Is it intact? Does it go all the way in? How are you inserting it, need to push release? May have to remove hands and dial to look into it. Good luck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I agree. Super important to check proper position of each hand as you set it and then subsequently as you set the others. The hour hand should clear all marks and be parallel to dial then, minute hand should clear the hour hand... I tend to spin it twice to confirm and lastly the second hand. Careful how hard you press on it becase you can change the endshake of your wheel and it’s a big deal. Put your movement on the timer before hands and then after if you have any questions... also after you case it to make sure hands don’t rub with the crystal. Cheers! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Agree. The movement in not lining up correctly within the case. Subtle issues may be the cause like rings upside down or something like that. Warning, don’t be too aggressive with he release button for the stem as you can disengage the whole setting mechanism, and that means removing hands dial and the whole 9 yards to fix it. Not that I have done that a few times!! [emoji39] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. jguitron

    Dial cleaning

    Get those hands nice and clean and the dial will pop out and look great as is. Good luck Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Sorry to keep popping up! I saw the video linked above. It’s pretty good with the exception that no sandpaper is typically used. Buffing is instead of sanding and then polishing is the finishing step. I learnt quite a bit from this video from the Lititz Technicum: Cheers! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I also like how this one turned out: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. There are many ways to skin the cat.... but You can get excellent results using a felt wheel, high quality like Bergeron using a heavy cutting compound. Buffing should remove MINIMAL amount of material but the combo of 1. Felt + 2. Heat + 3. The compound will actually move material from taller sites into deeper (nicks) ones. This is where a case can lose its form and symmetry. Buffing alone won’t get you there... this has to be followed by polishing. For a nice polish a non braided cotton wheel with white followed by yellow compound really bring up the shine. I have a couple examples: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Lighted USB Digital Microscope

    I have very limited experience. Bought a fairly cheap microscope. Images are pretty cool!! Where the money is the WORKING DISTANCE. If you want to work on the movement while looking on the microscope then you’ll have to invest in a serious scope. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. That dial is pretty enough that ID suggest sending it to a professional dial restoration or refinisher. Good luck Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Cas-Ker Co. Otto Frei J. Borel ... I’m sure I’m missing a couple big ones. Cheers! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I have no good information to offer for you here, but I have been waiting for someone with your kind of spirit! I think that’s exactly what we need more around to start step-by-step and develop something that could potentially be great!. Best wishes and I’ll be following with interest. Cheers! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. At “school” the staking of riveted staffs is highly discouraged. There are many ways to skin a cat and God knows that we’re always running into situations where we don’t have the specific tool to apply the optimal procedure and yet we end up sorting things out well. Even if the OP is beginning, it is important that he is aware of some of those basic procedures. His balance wheel may not be that valuable that he can experiment and learn even if it means that he will have to replace it... or he will be thankful to know that not everyone recommends staking it off, especially without any prior experience. He would then send it somewhere just to get staff off and move on with his repair. I would tone things here way down. This is a place for everyone to chime in even for those of us with less experience than others. I’m delighted to invest my time trying to sort things out with anyone open minded and appreciative. Won’t spend a second with anyone that rides a high horse and is there just pointing out how wrong we are. Cheers it’s Friday! [emoji482] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I’ve been up to my neck in work but I’ll try to explain myself better soon. I don’t see an issue with oiling and such and thaw that you mention a weaker mainspring it does seem to me that that’s why your hairspring and balance wheel need readjusting or conversely try to find a closer to original mainspring. Cheers it’s Friday! Quick other thought: the time machine has limitations as to how far off range BE and rate can be displayed. You may be there. I’m not even looking at amp or BE... just the fact that you’re maxed out on your regulator and still too slow. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk