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chrisdt

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  1. Depends what type you intend to get. I use the screw down type like the pic. Seems to give you more control but the princible is the same. The smaller die presses down on the inside of the crystal and contracts the outer rim. The watch front is then pressed down onto the crystal. Hold down while undoing the the large wheel. Hopefully the crystal will then be in place. Takes a bit of practise. A small circle of linen will prevent the top die marking the crystal.
  2. Its very sad but as you get older your fingers aint the same...I don't think I could do without a selection of those grab claw crown winders which keep my hand wind watches going especially when the crown gets a little worn. Perhaps I should just stick to automatic watches
  3. Very true JDM.....Probably going back to my childhood..It has the feeling of a small pedal car....
  4. Still think the chinese copy of the Bergeon 5700 is the best value for money. Never failed to remove a stubborn caseback yet and without marks. Had mine for nearly a year now and at £160 as against £700 its a no brainer...
  5. Hi Guys Can anyone give some ideas on what may cause the problem with my Tissot 782-1 movement? The problem is this. The movements power reserve is 36 -40 hours. Fully wind, set the time and it keeps excellent time for around 15 hours. The next 15 hours or so it gains time at a regular rate of about 12 minutes per hour. Wind it, set the time and the watch keeps time for 15 hours or so then gains time as above. I can understand perhaps losing time as the mainspring loses power but not gaining time. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks
  6. Thanks HSL Iv'e bitten the bullet and found a dealer in the US who sells the complete setup...Teach me to be more careful when removing the balance. Yes it is the same movement in a gold cased Garrard. I think I might purchase another spring and fit it to the bridge as an excercise. So it just pushes in and twists? Some seem to be diagonal to the bridge fixing....
  7. As far as I'm concerned the hairspring is the 'Achilles Heel' of the amateur watch repairer. I can manage most things with a varying degree of ability but the hairspring always seems to be a stumbling block for me anyway. I recently ruined a spring from a 2892.2 movement. Whilst removing the balance complete with bridge the spring caught on the teeth of one of the wheels. Spent hours trying to gently 'smooth' out the distortion. In the end gave up and went for a new one. One question I would like to ask is when ordering a 'Balance Complete' presumably it is the balance wheel with spring attached. On this particular movement the spring is attached to the bridge by a wedge shaped pin which appears to be glued on (see photo sorry about quality) What level of ability is required to attach the spring to the bridge or should I go for balance spring and bridge which of course more expensive?
  8. As far as I'm concerned the hairspring is the 'Achilles Heel' of the amateur watch repairer. I can manage most things with a varying degree of ability but the hairspring always seems to be a stumbling block for me anyway. I recently ruined a spring from a 2892.2 movement. Whilst removing the balance complete with bridge the spring caught on the teeth of one of the wheels. Spent hours trying to gently 'smooth' out the distortion. In the end gave up and went for a new one. One question I would like to ask is when ordering a 'Balance Complete' presumably it is the balance wheel with spring attached. On this particular movement the spring is attached to the bridge by a wedge shaped pin which appears to be glued on (see photo sorry about quality) What level of ability is required to attach the spring to the bridge or should I go for balance spring and bridge which of course more expensive?
  9. Mine was a stainless steel Tissot Seastar Seven Automatic that my Dad bought me when I started work in 1962. I still have it now and it started me on a lifelong passion for vintage Tissot watches.
  10. Well I won't try until I've sorted all the other problems out. If its too difficult I might try making a tool or perhaps purchasing the chinese version. Thanks for your assistance .
  11. Thanks HSL for your pics..I tried to short cut the work by removing the rotor whilst leaving the bearing on the movement but the lack of power to the pallet fork indicates something more sinister. Chris
  12. Its a tear down job watchweasel...Thats the easy bit Re assembly is not quite so simple. Thanks a lot for the PDF which is most helpful
  13. I did that very carefully so as not to scratch the rotor. The rotor removed (bearing still on the movement) so I could work on the balance but when I got to that stage as HSL says very lethargic movement from the pallet fork. So its a tear down job
  14. I've not taken the bearing out of the rotor because it seems to be ok...A more pressing problem is that now Ive taken the balance out there seems to be no power arriving at the escapement despite winding...
  15. Thanks all but the price of the Horotec tool is a bit prohibitive... I have managed to free it with a very sharp piece of peg wood in one of the cut outs and push it round..The bearing is OK its just that the balance needs some work and you cant remove it with the rotor in place.
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