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  1. Just sharing my latest projects

    Both keep good time the wristwatch is +6 seconds a day which was about the best I could do with the regulator on the 6497 movement and keep the average in all positions pretty low. The pocket watch holds railroad time really well. And I somehow got the pocket watch to have a 0.0ms beat error which I was really happy about. The only thing I need to really figure out with both is how to increase amplitude. I put new mainsprings in both and lubricated them. All pivots are perfect in all wheels and balance. Jewels are flawlessly clean and intact under 15x magnification and appropriately lubricated. I am thinking the pivots on the balance staff just need to be polished. But I am not sure. I have never done this before so it makes me a bit nervous to do. I have a Jacot tool but no burnishers. Any advice or information you could offer on improving amplitude would be highly appreciated. Currently the 6497 sits at 210 and the pocket watch at 150 assuming the lift angle is 36 for the 992b. Thanks In advance! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Hello all just wanted to share my latest project watches. The first is a vintage Arnex skeleton movement in a pilot watch case with a white skeleton dial. Waiting to get some chocolate brown ostrich leg straps to finish it. For my second project watch I wanted to make a custom pocket watch. This project was the most time consuming as of yet. The movement needed a new balance staff and whoever poised this one before I left quite a lot of issues. I think I spent about 14 hours getting it poised. I thought I would never finish it but one day it was finally perfect. Anyway, here it is a 992b pocket watch movement in a keystone base metal case and fancy number dial: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Jewel Setting Tool

    Probably pushing out jewels. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Glad it worked out. I am not sure what the roller jewel is attached with but denatured alcohol will thin shellac if any is present. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Would hot glue not work? Perhaps even UV glue with a precision tip? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Cleaning fluids for ultrasonic bath

    Personally I use CRC brakleen as a first wash it's pretty amazing(basically one dip). Then it goes into l&r ammoniated cleaner then l&r #3 rinse. In combination they have worked really well for me in a ultrasonic cleaner. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Help - Lower Balance Jewel Needed

    If only the setting is too thick and the jewel does have some material in front of it have you tried filing the brass down with a honing stone to get the right thickness? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Help - Lower Balance Jewel Needed

    After measuring try getting it here: http://m.ebay.com/itm/351621417912?_mwBanner=1 I have had wonderful experience with him. I would make sure to measure the bushing (brass part surrounding jewel) I think that is what it is called. Make sure you ask him if he has one with the exact same diameter as the original and you should be able to get one that works perfectly for you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Screwdriver set recommendations

    I use the ergonomic Bergeon set. Absolutely love it. To dress them I use the horotec sharpener. It's suppose to give you a T shape but I manage to get a normal V shape from it just fine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hamilton 912 restoration issues

    casker.com Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Bergeon 7720-5 auto oiler

    Worked great thank you so much! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Hello I need to replace the needle on this oiler. Could anyone instruct on how to do this? The original instructions I received only instruct how to add oil. I think the needle is friction fit but I am not certain and would rather ask then break something. Thank you for the help! F Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Hello! Welcome! I am also in Santa Cruz nice to see someone else on here is around my area Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Tool Suppliers

    20 is not much compared to some of the USA supply houses... I mostly use CousinsUK, Eternal tool (great screwdriver, and sharpener prices) then have what I need imported to the USA with expedited shipping for much much less. If it is about the same price I order locally from Kasker(great for mainsprings), and Esslinger. Sometimes I get lucky and find some tools on Micromark. I remember saving almost $150 purchasing my DE-415A demagnetizer from Micromark instead of ofrei. There is also the second hand tool shops. Uncle Larry Watch shop, and Dave's tool and watch shop. And finally I most often use eBay for vintage tools that are quite costly new. Hope that helps. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I love the US based vendors like ofrei, and esslinger but do shop around. It has been cheaper for me to order from abroad and have it expedited to the USA. Usually it saves me anywhere from $100-200. Which makes me think our supply houses here are quite inflated with pricing. Eternaltools.com has some horotec screwdrivers. And they are a wonderful vendor. https://www.eternaltools.com/watchmakers-screwdrivers/horotec-9-watchmakers-screwdrivers-set Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk