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    Chopin reacted to VWatchie in Finding watch movement spare parts   
    If you're hobbyist living within the EU, J Borel is essentially and unfortunately not an option as the EU (not the US) punishes anyone and everyone who wants to extend their business beyond the EU. For example, now that the British are leaving the EU (good for them) it will affect Swedish companies negatively as the EU will punish these companies when they do business with Great Britain and prohibit bilateral agreements. In Swedish media, the Brits are portrayed as the villains hurting Swedish business. What a joke!
    Oh, well, sorry for the rant! 
    I can, first hand, report that it is very expensive to buy from J  Borel as long as you're unfortunate to live within the EU, so in most cases I personally do not consider it an option unless it is my only option and perhaps not even then. I live in Sweden (within the EU abomination) and I bought an oscillating weight bearing from them in December 2019. The part itself was $17.53 and shipping (USPS First-Class Mail) $16.55. Add to that, import charges, local VAT, and administrative fees and we're getting close to $50. Just insane if ask me, so that's not something I'll be doing soon again.
    Anyway, what happens is that once you've placed your order and have registered your PayPal/charge card they will get back to you with an email with an offer for the shipping cost. If you want to go ahead you simply reply to the email stating that you accept the offer. At that point they charge your Paypal/charge card and send you the part(s). Pretty smooth actually, but of course very expensive. And no, you cannot decide the method of shipping yourself.
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    Chopin reacted to Jimg1969 in Did I finally catch a Marlin?   
    There ya go...

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    Chopin got a reaction from nickelsilver in A note of appreciation to Nickelsilver.   
    I appreciate everyone here that provides advice, feedback and help.

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    Chopin got a reaction from Nucejoe in A note of appreciation to Nickelsilver.   
    I appreciate everyone here that provides advice, feedback and help.

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    Chopin reacted to Nucejoe in A note of appreciation to Nickelsilver.   
    Hi Nickelsilver, 
    Your knowledge of horology has never seized to amaze me. 
    We are lucky to have access to you through this forum. 
    Thank you for staying tuned with us.
    Best wishes.
     
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    Chopin got a reaction from Klassiker in Twisted Stem   
    Indeed this is one of those movements that uses a twisted stem... No worries.
    Usually I've found these on ladies calibers... Never on men's but who knows...
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    Chopin reacted to JohnD in A cheap source of spares......   
    Did something similar with this Seiko 7548-700F (Stormin' Norman)...



    Rebuilt the movement using a 7546 dress watch movement as the basis...(one of these days I'll probably fit the original movement bridge back, to get the jewel count, at five, correct again..)

    And cleaned the dial as  best I could and replaced the hands and bezel insert with OEM Seiko SKX 007 parts...

    I find resurrecting basket cases very satisfying
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    Chopin reacted to Nucejoe in Hairspring partially misaligned, touching gear   
    In cases where  hairspring needs work, I normally instal just the cock and balance assembly on the main plate. I put nothing else on main plate, not the gears , bridges, barrel. Just the cock and balance assembly.
    This would give you nearly 300deg round access to the HS, nothing else is there to get in the way. With good access you would have more control over the task of manipulation and this often saves you the risk of removing the HS to work on.
    I always do this as soon as the main plate  becomes available after disassembly. Then clean the Cock- balance assembly.if you end up working on the it after movement is assembled ,you are liable to dirty up the assembly which then needs another clean.
    This also is the best time to get the stud stand vertical, since you can simultaneously see the results which is, getting the coil to lay level. 
    Best
     
    Regards.
     
     
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    Chopin reacted to jdrichard in Elgin Mainspring Repair   
    I decided to attack a slipping mainspring issue on a 19 Jewel Elgin Railroad grade Pocket Watch. Here is the movement.
    I had to get the barrel out and have a look and much to my surprise to mainspring had a leaf riveted to it similar to automatic watch mainsprings.
    There was a small tab on one side of the mainspring and an accompanying thin slot on the barrel. What I did was file the tab so it was more like a hook and would better catch the barrel slot; and not slip. I also greased the wall of the barrel with automatic mainspring grease, to give it a bit of grab if the hook were to slip.
    The result was very successful.
    Here is the YouTube video I made of the operation.
     

     
    Then I noticed the the screw I had selected as a replacement screw (one of three) holding down the center wheel jewel setting did not looked domed like the other two. So, out came the lathe for some very detailed work to fix the look of the screw. AND AGAIN, I made another YouTube video.
     
     

     
    I think I like making videos:)
     
    That was a good part of my day yesterday and now this beautiful Elgin is completed and keeping perfect time
     
     
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    Chopin got a reaction from rogart63 in Hairspring partially misaligned, touching gear   
    Well guys, I finally solved the issue. Thanks especially to the suggestions of @Nucejoe and @rogart63 with the HS installed in the movement I pressed slightly in the stud area and I managed to straighten it. Time keeping is now even better than it was before.
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    Chopin got a reaction from burnsthewatchcollector in Can you align the minute and hour hand by pushing them into place?   
    If you had a pair of small/fine screwdrivers you could use the tips to carefully remove the hands. Afterwards you can align them as you please and push them inside. Ideally you should also need a pair of tweezers.
    You don't necessarily need special tools for this, if you're careful. The hardest part is to remove them, installing is easier.
    Tip: use transparent plastic bags as protection for the dial and hands when "operating".
    Also, watch some youtube videos. Here's one from Mark the forum owner.
     
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    Chopin got a reaction from Mudos in Regulating a womens Tissot PR50   
    Here you go. The screw moves the pin. Move the pin according to your requirements. As has been said, move it just slightly.

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    Chopin got a reaction from Mudos in Regulating a womens Tissot PR50   
    Hey Mudos, the regulator you are looking for is this one.
    That screw should be turned depending on whether you want it to run faster or slower. Unfortunately I can't figure out from the photo which way you should turn it. Can you provide a closer photo ?
    I believe it's clockwise to slow it down but not certain.

    There's a pretty good app called Tickoprint which can help you regulate it. It's sort of like a timegrapher.
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    Chopin got a reaction from Mudos in Regulating a womens Tissot PR50   
    Now it's a bit too close, I needed to see the whole balance/hairspring area.
    You have to rotate it by just a bit. The regulator is sensitive.
    There are 2 tabs/pins near that jewel. When rotating the screw one of the pins will move. If that pin moves towards the beginning/exterior of the hairspring then it slows the movement down, if it moves closer towards the inner coils then it moves faster.
    Basically the regulator sort of shortens or lengthens the hairspring.
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    Chopin reacted to Mudos in Regulating a womens Tissot PR50   
    Hi, my wife has a Tissot PR50 which runs +3 mins or so a day. I would like to try to regulate the watch but I don't own a timegrapher. I watched the tutorial below but I'm not sure where the regulator arm is located in a Tissot PR50. And I can't find any markings that say + or - (or anything else). Can someone please point out how to regulate this watch? I attached a picture of how the watch on the inside looks like.
     
     
     

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    Chopin reacted to jdrichard in Pocket Watches I have Repaired   
    Decided to take a shot of the pocket watches I have repaired.
     
     
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    Chopin got a reaction from vinn3 in Getting a better fit on two-piece straps.   
    Is the strap in poor condition ? Maybe you need a new one.
    Can you loosen the tight hole or do you want to tighten the loose one ? Try googling strap plastic/rubber tubes. Maybe those will help out. They go into the holes of straps. Mamy higher quality ones come with the tubes inside.
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    Chopin got a reaction from vinn3 in Watchmakers Tools   
    It seems like your best solution is going to flea markets and looking for various tools. Just do your research so as not to buy something with missing parts or something that can't be repaired. 
    Also, buy a good full set of screwdrivers (tips as well).
    Replacing a balance staff is no easy task for a newbie. 
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    Chopin reacted to Tmuir in Watchmakers Tools   
    This is probably the most important bit of advice.
    Make sure you fully understand how the tool works that you want to buy and understand what accessories that goes with it else you will get stung. A prime example is Jacot tools. Don't buy a cheap one to find that some of the discs that the pivots sit on are missing or broken because most of them you can't get replacement parts for and those that you can the part will likely cost you more than you paid for the whole tool.
    If you want to do anything more than strip down, clean and reassemble simple watches you will eventually need to buy a staking tool, jewelling tool plus numerous specialist tools.
    I buy some new tools from Cousins UK and have from Eternal tools UK, but most of my tools do come from ebay. Check ebay often and sometimes you can get lucky and find a newly listed item with a cheap 'Buy it Now' before anyone else sees it.
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    Chopin got a reaction from Brahma in Watchmakers Tools   
    It seems like your best solution is going to flea markets and looking for various tools. Just do your research so as not to buy something with missing parts or something that can't be repaired. 
    Also, buy a good full set of screwdrivers (tips as well).
    Replacing a balance staff is no easy task for a newbie. 
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    Chopin got a reaction from Flubber in AS1130 weird end cap jewel. What is it ?   
    I would say the same thing. Someone tried a workaround for the escape wheel jewel that was originally in place.
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    Chopin got a reaction from dadistic in Happy Christmas   
    Happy Holidays to all of you!
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    Chopin got a reaction from Nucejoe in Happy Christmas   
    Happy Holidays to all of you!
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    Chopin got a reaction from rduckwor in Bezel retaining wire shape   
    Yes they don't always need to be perfect... Keep in mind that there are multiple types of bezel spring wires... Different designs, thicknesses, different ways that they function.
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    Chopin got a reaction from watchweasol in Bezel retaining wire shape   
    Yes they don't always need to be perfect... Keep in mind that there are multiple types of bezel spring wires... Different designs, thicknesses, different ways that they function.
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