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  1. I can stare at this quartz movement all day, but cannot fathom how to remove the winding stem. Maybe it just needs a firm pull, but I would rather be certain before I apply too much force to it. Any solution would be appreciated, thanks.
  2. Hi all, Is this the most pointless tool in watchmaking? It is a crown winder. I can't believe the effort that has gone into designing and making this. It is awkward to use and it is much easier to just wind the crown with your fingers. It's made by Bergeon and is quite expensive. I bought it on impulse but I don't enjoy using it. There must have been a good reason for going to all that effort, so if anyone can enlighten me I may be able to make some sense of it. Even if you had a lot of watches to wind in your workshop I can't see the justification for it. Thanks.
  3. Thanks for the replies, it belongs to a friend and I have just replaced the battery for him. It seems to me to be a bit of an insult to horology.
  4. The subdials on this Mckenzie don't seem to move, and the buttons are locked solid, so could this be a time-only fashion watch, similar to one I've seen before. It is strange that the sub-dials all point in the same direction. What do you think? Thanks.
  5. Allaine 25 Jewels with Felsa 1560 movement. How did they do that joined-up writing which was better than my school efforts with a pencil! Incidentally, after servicing, I put a better crown on.
  6. Late addition to blue dials; this is a Pulsar with Seiko 7s26 movement. Does not wind, nor does it hack, but nice looking I think.
  7. I have an AS1187 movement that will not continue running when wound. It passes the wheel train 'blow' test both ways with no binding, and the pallet fork and escape wheel do what they should when moved with some power in the mainspring. However, when I set the movement down it ceases running; either after a few seconds or a good few minutes. The slightest touch has it running; it 'wants to go.' I have substituted another mainspring but that makes no difference. Should I investigate back from the balance, or is there something more obvious that I am missing? Any ideas would be welcome, thanks.
  8. You should use plastic or wood levers rather than metal tweezers, and don't handle the battery with your fingers. The amount of idiots on Youtube who do this is misleading.
  9. Thanks for all your answers...I found a picture of the same watch on Google images, and the sub-hands are in the same positions, so you are all obviously on the money. First time I've seen anything like this; there is always something new to learn. I think a lot of people buy fancy chronographs for show but never use the functions.
  10. I have replaced the battery on this watch, but cannot see how to reset the three subdials; there are no pushers nor does there seem to be a mid position for the winding stem. The movement only has 'SL68' marked on it, there is not a manufacturer's logo anywhere. Is there something obvious I am missing or does anyone know how to set the small hands. Thanks.
  11. Is there any requirement to periodically calibrate a Weishi Timegrapher? There is a Frequency Calibration socket on the back of mine, and today my Vostok movement was reading plus several seconds a day, then changed to minus for no apparent reason. When I worked in aircraft maintenance things like torque wrenches had to be checked every six months, so I am wondering if watch repair may have similar rules laid down. Would appreciate any thoughts or knowledge, thanks. Regards.
  12. It came in this wooden case with barometer.
  13. Is it normal for a clock movement to have no visible form of identification, if so, could it be hidden out of sight somewhere. How can one make a start on finding, for example, a new mainspring or the age of the movement . This is the clock I asked about earlier regarding mainspring condition. Watchweasol thought it could be of European, possibly German origin.
  14. I will try to attach pictures, I hope you can see them, thanks. This is a clock given to me by a friend to try and fix, so I don't know what's been done to it in the past.
  15. Thanks for your prompt replies; Watchweasol, it is a conventional balance but I have not been able to find any identification on the movement yet.
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