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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 Johnnie in Pocket Watch Case Hinge Repair   
    If I had a lot of money (and therefore time and comfort in life) I would just buy any tool and equipment out there needed to repair and restore every possible component on a watch.
    Am I alone here ? 
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    Chopin reacted to DrG in Mild facelift to my father’s Seiko Pogue   
    Recently my dad gifted me his original Seiko Pogue and asked me if I could make it like when it was new. The original bezel insert was completely faded and had been previously replaced with another which had been scratched. The crystal was badly scratched and one of the original pushers was bent. Apparently the guy who worked on it previously lost the inner bezel gear as well. The watch was running well and I do not have the experience to work on the movement so I left it as it was, an outside inspection of the movement did not disclose any large faults and the watch keeps time well. 
     
    I replaced the bezel, crystal, stem/gear, and the pushers and it turned out beautiful. The dial has the original patina which looks awesome. I know the aftermarket parts are not the original, but the new crystal and bezel insert bring new life to the watch. I do have all the original parts safely stored. I also added a canvas strap, I like the look (I do have the original stored safely too). 
     
    Hope you guys like the result. Below are pictures of all the process and the finished watch.   I sent pictures to my father and he was very emotional when he saw it. I plan to take the watch to him personally when I visit and have him enjoy it too. 









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    Chopin reacted to LiamB in Adventures in Pad Printing   
    Hey guys, I have been working on a project to make my own watch dials over the past few months. I thought I would share my progress with you thus far. It has been an awfully expensive endeavour, and I have yet to reach a final dial but the work is well underway. I have purchased a pad printing machine, speciality inks and pads as well as a custom engraved cliche of my design. Now I’m putting it all together, I have been practing printing on plastic watch crystals, until I have my silver dials complete to print on. Let me know if you have any questions. 
    Cheers 




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    Chopin got a reaction from sjhilbel in Cleaning watch parts   
    Or you can, for starters, go the manual way and use lighter fluid/naptha (which is what most people recommend, especially for beginner work). Could also use some water and diswashing soap I guess. Perhaps some isopropyl for final rinsing.... ?
    Careful what you clean and how. The palet fork needs a different approach. Ultrasonic can make the rubis come off.
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    Chopin got a reaction from vinn3 in Cleaning watch parts   
    Or you can, for starters, go the manual way and use lighter fluid/naptha (which is what most people recommend, especially for beginner work). Could also use some water and diswashing soap I guess. Perhaps some isopropyl for final rinsing.... ?
    Careful what you clean and how. The palet fork needs a different approach. Ultrasonic can make the rubis come off.
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    Chopin got a reaction from Lwayslate in Watch Adjustment   
    I believe temperature has to do with the watch being able to maintain time accuracy in more extreme temperatures. (has something to do with the materials used, I guess, but also to design)
    4-5 positions means, again, that the watch is able to maintain time accuracy regardless of the angle. Normally time keeping is influenced by the angle of the watch (because of gravity, inertia, weight of parts, etc.). But it depends on what type of movement (quality, design, vintage or modern, etc.).
    Someone might explain this better, this is just a quick answer.
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    Chopin reacted to jdm in Watch & statue   
    Maybe someone was happy to have found his lost Tissot watch.
    And Tissot likes to place their name on things

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    Chopin reacted to markr in Watch & statue   
    My Tissot Lisboa watch and a statue of it in a park in Lisboa Portugal.


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    Chopin reacted to jdrichard in Made a Vintage Click-spring   
    Made a click spring by hand. And made a video with all the issues I also had. Not a machinist but getting better.
     
     

     
     
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    Chopin reacted to JohnR725 in favre leuba spring   
    I would disagree with the location of the spring in the picture above the reason for this is in the picture I have the post circled in green has a wheel that goes there missing in this picture would be helpful if that would go back on its post. Then there's zero space behind the setting lever to put in a spring at all. This is where the protruding post becomes interesting and the circular recess that's level with the spring. So in my version the drawing you can see what I think the spring should go.

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    Chopin reacted to yankeedog in Does this hairspring look good to you?   
    I think the hairspring looks ok. In the static state the coils appear concentric and I am of the opinion that the rather weighty stud explains it,s apparent lack of flatness.. I am wondering if there isn't a problem with where the hair spring is attached to the stud. if it is not formed correctly there, I think it would move  the h/s off center, causing you problem.
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    Chopin reacted to Firearmor in First Time. 1978 Caravelle 2879 Movement   
    Here we go. My first tear down and repair. 1978 Caravelle 2879 movement. I think I found a problem though. Picture 3 the screw won't come out and the gear moves back and forth. I found this little piece under it. I think someone cross-threaded the screw and messed up the threads. The screw is still in it so i don't know if that gear moving is normal or if i need to repair this somehow? Are there any Movements that are close to this one that there might be a tutorial on just in case i have problems with reassembly? 
     

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    Chopin reacted to watchweasol in Oxidation on a dial face   
    Hi we need to see the dial face and back to asses the limit of the damage, can you post a photo please.
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    Chopin reacted to watchweasol in Does this hairspring look good to you?   
    Hi  when the watch is powered down   i.e    stopped, are the coils evenly spaced then and where is the pallet/fork in relation to the inpulse pin, the pallet/fork with the watch at rest should be in the middle of the banking pins and the balance spring between the regulator pins.    The arm with the stud on it moves independently from the regulator this is so the beat error can be adjusted (difficult with out some form of instrumentation).   Down load the watch-o-scope software and run the lite version it will give you a lot of information as is. and enable you to set beat error with the appropriate lift angle installed and also give you a trace as to the performance of the watch   i.e  fast or slow and beat error.  The balance spring its self will only affect performance if it is damaged, gummed up and sticking badly adjusted, out of round, out of horizontal. So firstly we have to diagnose as to why the rate error exists, using the software will at least give you a clue and hopefully a few pointers.  By the way I have no affiliation with watch o scope other than I use the lite version as a preliminary check and have found it usefull for diagnosis of problens. I then  re check with a Horotec device for the final checks.     cheers
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    Chopin reacted to CaptCalvin in Does this hairspring look good to you?   
    No. You would only expect hairspring to expand evenly on all sides if it has an overcoil. On a flat hairspring like this only the side opposite the stud and index would really expand.
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    Chopin reacted to AndyHull in Does this hairspring look good to you?   
    Looks OK, pinions also look complete,  but as Watchweason says, probably needs cleaning (or possibly, but less likely, de-magnetizing).
    Does the watch run free without the balance fork?
    Does the balance fork click over nicely when fitted?
    Is everything clean?
    Given that it is a plastic movement, how did you clean it?

    How did you lubricate it (if at all)?
    Is the shock arrangement surgically clean?
    I haven't looked at any of the Tissot plastic movements, but I did fix a couple of similar plastic Q+Q movements, and they seem to be very finiky if they are not absolutely clean and free of grease and oils. I cleaned mine with lighter fluid and a cotton bud, and used the lightest oil I had on the balance pivots only, and that seemed to be sufficient. Any other oiling, particularly on the fork or escape wheel, seemed to be counter productive. The Tissot 2250 may be different of course.
     
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    Chopin reacted to AndyHull in Does this hairspring look good to you?   
    The other images of this movement appear to show some sort of (red) regulator piece with a screwdriver slot in, as part of the case, which I don't see in your pictures. This would allow adjustment of the rate.
    https://ambwatches.com/2014/01/29/1970s-tissot-astrolon-caliber-2250/
     

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    Chopin reacted to watchweasol in Does this hairspring look good to you?   
    Hi the only true way to determine the flatness of the spring is to fit it in the watch correctly then look at it on the horizontal  in which case it should be perfectly flat, and when observed from above the coils beating evenly. as the photo shows there is a pronounced sag in the spring caused by the fixing stud dragging the spring  down at an angle
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    Chopin reacted to AndyHull in Does this hairspring look good to you?   
    I was in two minds about that. The balance retaining pin looks relatively heavy, so I presumed that the reason the spring wasn't lying flat in the first set of pictures, could be down to that. I guess we need a side view of the balance in situ to see if it lies flat when fitted to the balance cock to be sure, but it does sound like the hairspring is not lying flat.
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    Chopin reacted to saswatch88 in Does this hairspring look good to you?   
    sorry to say this but this spring is not good to my standards. The spring should lay flat even if its not in the movement. it may have been stretched out at some point like a slinky making an arc (happens when its held upside down by the cock and balance slips out of the pivot hanging over the cock) and therefore the spring is not centered under the pivot. attach to the foot and hold it up letting balance hang. when looking at directly above the cock the coils should be centered under the cock hole jewel and wheel should be lay at parallel, if it looks like its off to the right or left or balance is titled then the hairspring is warped. this is most likely your issue and will explain why its running so fast. 
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    Chopin reacted to rogart63 in Solutions for changing vintage watch glass   
    Great result Chopin  If you look att the zenith it's not perfect either.  I could have used a finer wet and dry paper before i polished it. A 2000 or maybe even 3000 paper would be perfect. 
     
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    Chopin got a reaction from rogart63 in Solutions for changing vintage watch glass   
    I had to improvise a bit... not sure if pic is good but I am pleased with the result.
    like I said it was only a bit opaque due to age, I guess. 

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    Chopin got a reaction from rogart63 in Solutions for changing vintage watch glass   
    I had some diamond paste around and decided to use it. Result is good overall.
    The glass had no visible scratches with the naked eye but it was a bit opaque. The paste did the job. (Not perfect but almost)
    Have ordered some gaskets and I hope that the glass will be a tight fit.
    Will remember your advices for future projects. Thanks!
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    Chopin got a reaction from Nucejoe in Does this hairspring look good to you?   
    Plastic movement tissot 2250. Nothing damaged inside but it keeps running at about +250 s/24h so I'm suspecting the hairspring.

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