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    Chopin reacted to Nucejoe in What tool do you use to regulate?   
    Risk of mishap is greatly reduced if the regulator and stud arms can be moved smoothly, I often remove/ clean and make sure both function correctly before disassembly. 
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    Chopin got a reaction from jdrichard in Any Hints on Repairing this Watch   
    As I said, you have to remove the rotor along with the bridge underneath it (the one that holds a few other tiny gears as well).
    The screw that holds the rotor itself is on the other side btw. You can also turn halfway that screw that is cut to remove the 2 small gears.
    Also do that once you remove the ensemble. It'll be easier.
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    Chopin got a reaction from jdrichard in Any Hints on Repairing this Watch   
    You have to remove the entire automatic ensemble (the weight + the plate/bridge underneath it). Usually 2-3 screws.
    Then you turn around the ensemble and I imagine you'll figure out how it all comes apart. 
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    Chopin reacted to watchweasol in Wanted Third Wheel for Eterna 1034 Part 214/38   
    Hi add this one to your list obsoletewatchandclockparts.co.uk   run by John Senior in Yorkshire In the UK   I have used him for bits.   I had a look on his site but no eterna parts.        If you ever find bits on his site you need  PM me   cheers 
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    Chopin reacted to rogart63 in Wanted Third Wheel for Eterna 1034 Part 214/38   
    Not that i can remember now . millsys-watches.co.uk is one page i use . But nothing there . 
    I post a request . Maybe takes a few days as they aren't the fastest around . 
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    Chopin got a reaction from rogart63 in Wanted Third Wheel for Eterna 1034 Part 214/38   
    It would be lovely if you could post such a request. I don't have Facebook, no.  To be honest I keep hearing about people involved with watches using it more and more...
    Yes, a thread were people would ask/look for parts is what I had in mind. Not for profiteering but for helping each other out...
    Have just checked watchparts.co.uk but I don't it's there and I also don't have an account. Any other place where I can look ?
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    Chopin reacted to manodeoro in CUSTOM DECAL DIAL TUTORIAL   
    Some news about the casing of that dial  
    I've had the opportunity to get a 2625-001 Seiko case, which is not in really  good condition.
    But just have a look at that comparison pic below ... it seems to be a good start case for a 980.016  hommage.
    I'll probably (certainly) have to redo all the dial making process as the rehaut opening is really short on the 2625, and the date window will be a little too close to the rehaut but if it's not under the rehaut I will live with that.
    Plus  I'll probably build a custom "bakelite" bezel (in fact plexiglass with a printed underside).
    As I will redo the dial I have decided to change the color.
    I will make it pistacchio green and spray some really thin gold powder on the decal prior to varnishing.
    So if I succeed the dial should look matte in certain lighting conditions but sometimes there will be shiny gold spots    

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    Chopin reacted to manodeoro in CUSTOM DECAL DIAL TUTORIAL   
    Hi guys … I had promised that I would make a « custom decal dial tutorial » on another thread there
    So here we are …
    There are many variations of decal dials, the best IMHO being the « negative gilt » dials which gives the best results.
    The process I’m showing today is aabout how to make a dial with black printings on a one color background.
    I had a cheap quartz diver waiting in my drawers so I’ll make a Heuer diver hommage based on the 980.016 model (quartz one too).

    DAY 01 :
    It’s 4:30 AM (I’m an early bird) and I have 2 hours to kill before a business trip to Paris (I’m French) so I decide I have time enough to begin.
    The first part of the process is to prepare the dial plate :
    - stripped it, removing all the lumes bars and dots
    - soaked the dial for some minutes in acetone to remove the paint
    - filled the tiny holes where the bars and dots go with cyanolite glue
    - sand everything flat
    I sand with 800 and don’t try to get a smooth surface as I want the paint to adhere perfectly to thedial plate.
    Here is the result …

    Then I want to spray paint.
    I make a tube with some painter’s tape, from a « curve » with it and place it on a plastic bottle cap.
    I want it curved so that I can stick the dial on it without any risk of bstructing the center hole or the date window of the dial plate.
    So I stick the sanded dial plate on the tape tube.
    As you can guess from the pic below … that’s not the first time a make an orange dial.


    Then I place the bottle cap and dial plate on a paper sheet and spray paint in orange.
    I use street art spray paint as it is « water resistant ».


    As you can see on the next pic, I don’t try to get a smooth surface, or even to perfectly cover the dial plate at first.
    I will let this coat dry, sand it with 2000 grade, then spray 1 or 2 coats until I get a perfectly smooth orange dial plate, ready for receiving a decal.

    So I place the bottle cap and dial under a shooter glass and will let it dry for about 24 hours before sanding and spraying the second paint coat.
    The 24 hours drying time is really important (though it could depend on the paint you use).
    The paint I use looks perfectly dry after about 5 hours but if you spray the second coat without waiting enough, that coat won’t perfectly adhere to the first and you could get a granular surface like an orange peel.
    And here is the dial waiting under the shooter glass.
    On the right is a « negative gilt » dial (third and last matte varnish coat)
    On the background there are two Raketa 2609 movements from the 70ies, quietly (really loudly to be honest) ticking for test after I‘ve recently serviced them.

    Now it’s 5:45 AM so I will have a and go to the train station.
    I’ll sand the dial plate this evening and spray the second paint coat tomorrow morning.
    Then sand it in the evening and spray the third coat (if needed) the day after.
    DAY 02 - DAY 03 :
    So here's what you get after the first paint coat … doesn't look really good but no matter as there's still some work to do to get a better result.

    And here's what you get after 3 coats of paint, each one sanded with 2000 grade, to get a perfect finish, flat and smooth.
    Now the dial plate is eady to receive the decal.

    DAY 03 :
    I won’t explain anything about Photoshop and Illustrator here … I’ll only explain how I print my decals.
    One thing really important, from my own experience, is the definition of the design.
    I’ve tried several, from 1200ppp to 6000pp and the best results I’ve got on printing decal sheets were with a 4000ppp definition.
    So all my dial designs are done in 4000ppp.
    The result is really BIG files … for example an A6 template with 12 dial desings ready to print is about 800Mo.

    As that dial is black printing only I open it with Photoshop and let the softwre (so ont the printer) deal with the printing quality.
    My printer is an old Epson Picturemate with a 1200 maximum definition.
    As the good quality decal sheets are not cheap and as I’m a « skinflint» I often print on A7 sheets … 6 dial designs on one sheet.

    When printed you should let it dry for about 4 hours then spray 2 really thin coats of matte varnish, letting each coat dry for at least 12 hours (24 hours is better).
    DAY 04 - DAY 05 :
    2 days of speed-hiking with my wife so I didn’t worked on that tuto.
    You can check on the net what speed-hiking is, but to summarize it’s hiking as fast as you can with really light backpacks, trying not to run (or only short runs).
    On a good day you can walk 5 to 6 miles/hour … when trained you can walk up to 6,5 miles/hour … and while I trained for my first 62 miles ultra I achieved to walk (no running) up to 6,85 miles/hour (11 km/heure).
    DAY 06 :
    Today is Monday 6:00 AM.
    It’s been 5 days since I begun that tutorial and … my legs ache and all my body is painful (see Day 04 - Day 05)
    The dial plate is ready and the decal sheet too.
    You can see that the decal sheet looks matte now.
    That is because I have sprayed 2 coats of matte varnish on it, to protect the inkjet ink while I’ll soak the decal in water.
    Of course if you print with a laser you won’t have to spray varnish as the laser inks are (almost) water resistant.

    First thing to do is to chose the best item on the decal sheet and cut it round.
    Then you are ready to go.
    On the next pic you can see all you need now :
    - dial plate … fixed on a foam board using the dial feets
    - decal dial … nicely cut round
    - tweezers
    - thin and smooth brush (mine’s a watercolor brush)
    - some « micro set » … or just vhite wine vinegar (it helps the decal to set on the dial plate)
    - cold water

    Now you put the decal in cold water and while it soaks you brush some micro-set (or white vinegar) on the dial plate.


    Then you put the decal on the dial plate.
    Here you can see why I prefer using clear decal sheets on coloured dial plates … because it’s much easier to « perfectly » positionate the decal, using the central hole and the date-window.

    When you’re happy with the position of your decal you use a paper tissue to absorb the excess of water.
    Do that carefully as you don’t want to move the decal on the plate.

    And here we are … everything worked fine while absorbing the water and the decal position is OK.
    I’ll let it dry for about 12 hours before I cut the central hole and the date window, before I proceed to the varnish finish.

    Still Day 06 but 7:00 PM
    The decal has dried for about 13 hours so now I can proceed on cutting the decal sheet

    That's what I do then I :
    - fix it back on the foam board
    - apply some « micro set » around the center hole, the date-window and the outer diameter
    - gently press with a paper tissue so that the decal is perfectly applied (no more «air bubbles)
    And I let dry for 3 hours more

    Evening … 10:00 PM
    Now the decal is « perfectly » applied and dried and ready for the finish

    Last pic for today is after spraying the first coat of glossy varnish

    I will let it dry for 12 hours, sand it with 2000 grade paper and apply the 2nd coat.
    DAY 07 :
    20:00 AM … only 1 pic today just after finely sanding with 2000 grade the 2nd varnish coat I applied yesterday

    DAY 08 :
    Yesterday evening I applied the 3rd and final varnish coat after finelt sanding and cleaning
    And today I can show you the final result … and say I'm pretty happy
    That dial is so glossy it’not easy to get a good pic, even on close-up.
    May I say that me hpone is nit the best at shooting pics (just like me) and the actual dial is much much better that it looks on the pictures below.


    I hope that you liked that tutorial and that it could be helpfull to members who want to try to build their own watch dials.
    I’ll try to make better pics with a real camera and a better lens … next week of the week after, after luming the dial together with the hands.
    Then I will still have to get a case and rework it so that it could be a 980,016 lookalike.
    Some of you may wonder how much time did I spend to make that dial.
    It took 8 days to achieve the all process but I spent only 1 hour the first day then only from 15mnm to 5mn the days after.
    So, apart from the design work on Illustrator and Photoshop (which took me hours), I would say that the whole process is about 2 to 3 hours.
    I must say that it's not my first try at dial making and I've trained for 2 years now.
    So if you want to try you should consider spending a few more hours but it's really worth the time spent as at the end you get your unique DIY dial.
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    Chopin reacted to clockboy in Heads Up re Shock springs for Rotary   
    I recently put up a post about a Rotary watch that needed a new shock spring. Just a heads up it looks like the latest caliber of Rotary watches have Seiko movements fitted. The error I made was I thought the springs were KIF Trior BUT they are not although they look very similar they are a unique spring for Seiko's. Spot the difference see pics attached. I have found one from a donor movement.
    KIF shock springs.pdf

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    Chopin got a reaction from watchweasol in heeeelp please!!!!!??   
    I'm guessing that he simply doesn't know how to put it back together. Should have taken photos of the process, it helps a lot.
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    Chopin got a reaction from Nucejoe in heeeelp please!!!!!??   
    Post some photos of your problem ?
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    Chopin got a reaction from Nucejoe in Its a Universal, should I buy this   
    Would need more and better photos.
    At first glance that looks like a redial. Crown is a replacement ? Seems slightly different in color than the case and possibly bigger than what it should be. What about the hands ? Wouldn't be surprised if those are non-genuine either.
    I don't know the movement so can't tell about that one. Seems alright but we'd need to compare it to others...
    The case clamps are installed wrong. They should go inside the case so to speak which is actually a retaining ring that can come out with the whole movement I believe.
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    Chopin reacted to oldtwit in Hi, from an 'oldtwit'   
    Having been repairing clocks for some years, I was told by my wife that watches take up a lot less room, so I have graduated? downsized? to watches.
    Have been doing it for a couple of years, my main interest is vintage mechanical but now trying kinetic.  Watches, parts etc sourced mainly from eBay and learning all the time from YouTube videos.
    My main problems are hairsprings, and cat hairs from our two resident mogg (oops, will be in trouble now ) non-moggy cats.
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    Chopin got a reaction from VWatchie in Valjoux 7730/Venus 188 Movement Case Mount Screws?   
    From a Valjoux 7734: 2.79mm total length / 0.87mm thread diameter / 1.49mm head diameter
    These are the screws that go into the case clamps that hold the movement.
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    Chopin reacted to Ruairidh in Having trouble finding the stem release on this seiko 7T92-0BF0   
    oh never mind it was where i suspected just a little stiff
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    Chopin reacted to Emily in Valjoux 7730/Venus 188 Movement Case Mount Screws?   
    Thank you!! exactly what I wanted to know
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    Chopin reacted to AndyHull in Hands   
    I was going to suggest these...

    but you say no snowflake.. so maybe...

    .. but the yellow lumed ones above looks good.

    I'm quite taken with these, but I think they wont match your dial.
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    Chopin got a reaction from watchweasol in How to get to the movement on this Tissot?   
    For some really old watches like this one you actually have to remove the hands, the dial, and then you get to the keyless works and you can start removing it that way along with various other parts.
    Can you show us some photos from other angles ? Prying it out might not make it happen.
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    Chopin got a reaction from FLwatchguy73 in Sicura Satellite Restoration   
    To whom it may concern, be careful when working/cleaning the inner bezel/chapter ring. The old paint will come off/flake easily. I speak from experience.
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    Chopin got a reaction from Nucejoe in Sicura Satellite Restoration   
    To whom it may concern, be careful when working/cleaning the inner bezel/chapter ring. The old paint will come off/flake easily. I speak from experience.
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    Chopin got a reaction from FLwatchguy73 in Sicura Satellite Restoration   
    Nice job. You resurrected that watch. You will find Baumgartner movements on many if not most Sicuras.
    They're not bad movements. Not as bad as the cheap and simple EB stuff but maybe not as good as some higher grade ETAs.
    The quality of the watches themselves is alright but from my experience they often time didn't resist the test of time like other watches (sometimes from less known brands).
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    Chopin reacted to FLwatchguy73 in Sicura Satellite Restoration   
    In my perusals of eBay I became aware of the watch brand Sicura. I also learned that they were the company that rescued Breitling from oblivion in 1979. I came across the Sicura Satellite with it's large chrome plated case, metallic blue dial and its enormous seconds hand. I was able to acquire one that needed attention on eBay for a reasonable price. When it arrived I discovered the crystal was trash, they date wouldn't change and the watch would stall after a few hours. Inside beats a Swiss, Baumgartner, BFG 158 31/7. This is a manufacturer I personally never heard of but I would become very intimate with over the next few weeks.

    I stripped the movement down and during disassembly of the date mechanism I discovered the Day/Date advance wheel pivot shaft had worked itself loose and the day advance wheel itself had dislodged and was wedged under the cover plate.

    I continued the complete disassembly and found no further issues other than general filthiness with oil everywhere.


    While disassembling the mainspring to clean and lubricate it, the arbor popped up and caused the spring to exit the barrel in a knot. Thankfully, no mainsprings were harmed in the restoration of this watch, although my nerves definitely were tattered.

    During reassembly I pulled the Novodiac shock springs to clean and lubricate the balance jewels and the lower spring pinged off. Thankfully I found it a week later.

    I ordered and installed a new crystal because the original shattered when removing it

    I assembled and tested , disassembled, cleaned reassembled, rinse, and repeat no less than 5 times trying to get it to run correctly. I used the wrong oil and it was stalling the movement. It is currently running without any lube which I will correct after I take delivery of some Moebius, but at least it's running and keeping excellent time! I took delivery of a silicone strap last night with blue accent stitching and I really think it looks the Business.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this long winded story. 
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    Chopin got a reaction from jdm in Help   
    As long as you haven't damaged/broken anything you're fine (for now).
    The correct way was to: remove the case back > remove the crown and stem > try to screw in the 2/3 screws on the edge of the movement and then simply rotate the movement slightly until the screws fit into those specially made gaps. this way the movement will come out without forcing it. Hope this helps.
    I think the watch is from the 40s...

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    Chopin got a reaction from markr in Stem from crown.   
    Unscrew it ? Some have had adhesive/cement put on before being screwed in which can make things more complicated.
    I'd say it's worth dipping the whole thing into some cleaning substance first (one that is safe and won't ruin the crown if it's plated) and then try and unscrew it. Maybe use a small pin vise for the stem...
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    Chopin got a reaction from Ruairidh in Help   
    As long as you haven't damaged/broken anything you're fine (for now).
    The correct way was to: remove the case back > remove the crown and stem > try to screw in the 2/3 screws on the edge of the movement and then simply rotate the movement slightly until the screws fit into those specially made gaps. this way the movement will come out without forcing it. Hope this helps.
    I think the watch is from the 40s...

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