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chrisdt

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  1. 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....
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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 .
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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...
  10. 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.
  11. Your quite right MrRoundel I was hoping perhaps another way...Thanks anyway
  12. Could someone please give me some guidance on how to remove the rotor from this ETA 2892-2 movement. I dont want to go in heavy handed as these gilt movement damage easily. Many thanks. Chris...
  13. Purchased this set for the princely sum of £5 at a boot sale (flea market) in exceptionally good condition. The tubes are full of spares too. Anyone heard of ABS?
  14. PaulnKC Glad you have found something your happy with. I use mine all the time now and rarely use a loupe. I sometimes wonder if I should have spent a bit more and got an auto zoom. Its ok when the watch is flat everything is sharp and in focus but when you stand the watch on its edge for say removing dial screws you have to wind back the focus. Ive also noticed that when using a loupe click springs fly away and you usually know the direction. Using a microscope they just 'disappear'
  15. Over engineering comes to mind
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