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  1. Timex camel promotion watch

    Just drop it anywhere near the center. It isn’t critical. It will find its way all over the gears below. Your battery is probably ok. Steve Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  2. Timex camel promotion watch

    I use ronsonol because it’s the brand available here. Just place a tiny drop right about dead center on the movement and it will quickly infiltrate the movement. Hold the battery in with your finger and it should be running. After that you will have to dry it out with canned air or a hair dryer. Don’t put the back on it until you are sure it is dry. Steve Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  3. Timex camel promotion watch

    The D8 on the back is their date code for the 8th month of 1996. It was a Camel cigarette promotion where you collected coupons from camel cigarette packs to redeem for various watches, mostly Victorinoxes. As for the problem, it is more than likely one of two things. The second hand scraping the inside of the crystal, or contamination in the little plastic gears. I’ve fixed many a cheap quartz watch with a tiny tiny drop of old fashioned lighter fluid dropped onto the center of the movement. It has brought many a ‘dead’ one back to life. You then have to blow it completely dry with canned air or it will end up condensing on the inside of the crystal. Don’t use most cleaning fluids because they melt plastic and the date wheel if it has one will melt. Otherwise, if it appears to be the hand scraping the crystal, that’s a bigger problem with this watch. I’ve never successfully pulled the stem out of one of those in order to get the movement out. Hope this helps some. Steve Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  4. Finding an ETA 6497

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  5. Finding an ETA 6497

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  6. Finding an ETA 6497

    Look on ebay for Arnex pocketwatches. I have 5 of them, all with the similar 6498 movement and the only difference is that the subseconds hand is 90 degrees from the stem instead of 180 degrees. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  7. Missing tooth - repair?

    Hmmm. Maybe you could try silver solder. It’s harder than lead but takes a torch to melt it. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  8. You are supposed to peel off the white pads and then you can see the metal clips that are over the batteries. One end will unclip and you can pull the battery out. Make note of which way they came out because I have seen those with one up and one down. Then stick the white pads back on. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  9. Seiko crown removal

    If you look into the hole in the movement just to the right of the p in time Corp, you will see a brass object with a tiny hole in it. If you pull the crown in and out, you will see that appear and disappear. When it is visible, you are to push on the part with the tiny hole and pull the stem right out. It is on kind of a seesaw lever that when pushed down on one end, the other end lifts up and releases its pressure on the stem/keyworks. When you put the stem back in, make sure not to accidentally push that lever back into the disappearing setting because the keyworks will get out of position. It isn’t much of a problem with a small Quartz watch but can be a big headache with a good mechanical movement, because then you have to remove the hands and dial to get to the keyworks to put everything back in place. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  10. Eco drive issue

    You said ‘a few hours under light’. Was it direct sunlight? They really won’t work right until receiving sunlight. What is the battery voltage? It should have arrived charged up enough to run the watch unless they sold you and old or even a used one. The voltage should be around 3 volts. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  11. Removing vintage spring bars

    Good idea! Usually the spring bars aren’t any good and there’s no harm in breaking them. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  12. Removing vintage spring bars

    Slip a piece of paper or business card stock between the body and bracelet/strap then place a decent size screwdriver in the same gap, close to one end and apply pressure to break the end off of the spring bar. The card stock is there to prevent marking up the body. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  13. Escape wheel problem on AS 1188

    A good mystery solved... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  14. Escape wheel problem on AS 1188

    It looks like the wheel is sitting against the plate and it shouldn’t be. It looks like the jewel is allowing the staff to go through past the pinion. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  15. Zodiac Crown Removal in Auto

    Yes, I believe it is the inset screw just below the stem in the photo, but be careful not to unscrew it any farther than necessary because it is simply screwed into a lever on the keywords side and will drop the lever if turned too far. Then you would have to reassemble the keyworks if that happened. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro