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About Tmuir

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  • Birthday 01/05/1973

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    Perth Western Australia
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    Clocks & watches, vintage British motorcycles, toys and model steam engines....
  1. Clock Quiz Made it a bit Easier

    Well I wouldn't of got any of those correct other than I guessed number 2 looked like a French striking clock, but the quality wasn't there, so was obviously made elsewhere copying a French clock. I do like it when you post quizzes like this as I do learn quite a bit
  2. Help

    Are you sure that you have all the pivots installed correctly? If you have a wheel out of place and one side not in its pivot hole that would stop it working?
  3. I was recently given a Ladies Seiko 4207 automatic watch to service. This will be the first time I've serviced a ladies automatic watch. The watch was given to me not running but no information as to why it had stopped running. On removing the back cover it became obvious there was a problem. Look at the photo below, see the dark circle on the barrel with the red arrow pointing at it. That is an actual wear mark into the cover on the barrel, so obviously something is rubbing on it. I couldn't see anything obvious as to what was rubbing so I started to strip it down. On removing the day wheel I was surprised to see cross head screws holding on the day jumper, and went and grabbed my new Horotec crosshead screw drivers I had just recently purchased. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the smallest one at 1.2mm was too big. After some digging on Cousins I have found the AF make a 'Seiko' cross head screwdriver for the 9S26 which is 0.98mm, so I've added that to my next order. Hopefully it is small enough. Sorry about the quality of photos but my camera recently broke and will no longer focus. I now need to move my camera closer or further away from what I am photographing to get it to focus. Doesn't matter how many tools you have, you always need another one.............
  4. Beginners bench

    If only I had half of what you say oldhippy. But atleast I convinced the wife to let me have the old desk as a work station so I am no longer setting up on the dining table. But I do have a very good LED work light and it was worth every cent I spent on it.
  5. Cheap Pegwood

    I love the camera lens oil pots! Just don't tell me then lenses came from a Leica
  6. Beginners bench

    Not mine, but to give you inspiration. I would recommend though spending a bit more and buy a solid bench top, not a hollow one. Yes making it from IKEA furniture is very much a possibility
  7. I'm just about to service my first quartz Chronograph its a Seiko 7T92A. I need to do this for a school project. I've read through a number of the oil posts on the forum but none that I could find talked about quartz movements. I've got the technical sheets which of course refers to using Seiko and Citizen oils which are near impossible to find. I've got a good selection of Moebius oils and greases used on Mechanical watches and Moebius 9000 for quartz watches. Citizen AO-3 and AO-2 is recommended to be used on this movement, AO-3 which has a viscosity of 165 at 20C I'm guessing Moebius 9010 would be a fine substitute with a viscosity of 150. But for AO-2 I'm not so sure what to use. AO-2 has a viscosity of 58 and my closes oil is 9000 with a viscosity of 100. Should I buy some Moebius 9030 which has a viscosity of 60? This is to be used on the rotors, or will my 9000 be ok?
  8. Hello from Australia

    Welcome from Perth Western Australia
  9. Ultrasonic cleaning machines

    I have a cheap Chinese one, different brand, but similar to that. I've had it for about a year nad its still working fine, but it only sees occasional use, not every day use.
  10. Hand Leavers

    I dont like the Presto tool. I've got one and dont use it. I've even got a boxed vintage one like the one above that was my Grandfathers, but still prefer the leavers. Make sure you use them with something to protect the dial. You can use the expensive bergeon protectors, or just a plastic bag.
  11. Great find that book. I've got a number of the tools in that book and I think a number of mine are older than that book.
  12. 1930s Hermle Westminster School Project

    The clock is now ticking and chiming, just need to finish regulating it. I won't go through everything I did, but just show what I think are the more interesting things. Firstly the Chiming barrel arbor hole had worn oval and need bushing. First the barrel was set up on my large lathe and centered using a dial test indicator It was then drilled out to 10mm and the hole was measured to ensure it was exact A brass clock bush tube was selected that was 11.4mm outside diameter and 8mm inside diameter. The thickness of the base of the barrel was measured and the height of the lip of the bush was machined 0.2mm taller than the thickness of the base of the barrel and the diameter was machined down to 10.05 to be a friction fit inside the barrel. A 1mm lip was left to sit on the outside of the barrel as this would not impact end shake and gave added strength. The bush was then transferred to the watchmakers lathe to clean up and add a leading edge chamfer to make it easier to fit. Finally it was pressed into the barrel using an arbour press. Once the mainspring arbor had been polished the bush was then broached to size using clockmakers broaches. I needed to polish a number of pivots that were all 0.8mm in diameter. I know some people can just hold the wheel in a pin vice and using a pivot file and a block of wood polish the pivot, but I'm not that good. I got some bar stock that fitted the tailstock on my watchmakers lathe and drilled it 0.8mm. I then turned a taper to the end and transferred it to my mill and milled just over half way through the bar so just slightly less than half of the 0.8mm hole was left. I then set up my watchmakers lathe as a turns and using a pulley that I had made previously which has 3 screws 120 degrees apart screwed it onto the arbor and using a bamboo rod and finishing line made my bow so I could use my lathe as an oversized jacot tool. The pivot was filed with a pivot file, finished with a triangle Arkansas stone and burnished with a pivot bunisher. Hope this is of interest to some people.
  13. Longines cal. 280

    Anyone remember when the first car batteries came out that said 'Sealed No maintenance' on a sticker on the top of them? When they stopped working if you peeled the sticker off you found the caps that you could remove to check the electrolytes. That barrel reminds me of those batteries. A big sign saying sealed unit 'Keep out' , when it looks just like a regular barrel.
  14. Hand Leavers

    I used the Bergeon 5430 leaver for Hairsprings to remove hands and the Horotec 05.009 for removing subdial hands. I find the Horotec ones are also useful in removing the pesky C clip used on Seikos to hold the day wheel in place too You could probably get away as rogart63 says buying the cheaper ones and tweaking them as long as they are made of good steel they will be fine, though looking at Cousins they are out of stock of the generic ones until June. You will find in some cases you do need to buy the expensive tools as the cheaper ones just won't cut it, but as long as you are willing to do a bit of polishing and adjusting the cheaper hand removing leavers will do.
  15. unexpected complication

    I'm not familiar with that movement, but it could also be friction fitted, which means you need a special puller to remove it off the shaft. If you try to use leavers you will almost certainly break the shaft it is fitted on as despite your best efforts the pressure wont be even on both sides.