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  1. I certainly agree with you there. In the last few weeks I’ve been enjoying myself making some interesting tools on my Sherline mill/lathe that I’ve never found time to do before. Although as usual with me I haven’t actually finished any yet. I need to get back to working on watches :)!
  2. I understand what you mean and I think that, provided you have the equipment as you say, it is a good idea to know how to make items yourself. You never know when you might have to do so, particularly with obsolete parts for old watches. However if you can easily pick the items up for less than a couple of quid a piece like I did in this instance I am not going to spend the time and effort making it. If that makes me not a ‘real watchmaker’ that’s fine as I wouldn’t claim to be one anyway - whatever’s simplest and easiest suits me fine ;).
  3. Yes, I remember seeing that thread before now thanks, interesting stuff. As I said I already have a Horia tool, and a Seitz set as well. Personally I prefer the micrometer style control of the Horia over the lever style as I find the more precise control useful for a number of operations. As mentioned I was attracted to this tool mainly for the pushers and anvils, a lot more sizes than come with the Seitz, although not the variety and a fraction of the price of the Horia equivalent. What struck me was the standard and finish of all components, better than I expected for the price. Althoug
  4. Hi Thought I’d post about this tool I’ve bought via Aliexpress. I think it was listed as a Horia clone but seems very well made to me. I have a second hand Horia with a 3mm bore, this has a 4mm. Can’t see that much difference really, but I actually bought it more for the anvils and pushers which cost a fortune for the Horia ones. I got it in a sale so all items together cost me £140. Even if I’d been charged VAT etc. it would only have been an extra £35ish. The price for brand new Horia 4mm tool, pushers and anvils on Cousins is currently £1800, so a bit of a saving. The whole lot se
  5. Don’t forget a lot of us have to pay 20% VAT on top, so call it £162. I made my own with an unused (;)) sample bottle and a small metal screw top container, it seems to work fine. Stephen PS it’s epilame :)
  6. I knew Grand Seiko went back a long way, but I was surprised when I checked. Nearly 60 years old now, first model in 1960. Clockboy, you’ll have to be a bit quicker with your news ;)! Stephen
  7. I just use rubber o rings, I find they work fine and are available in a large range of sizes. Stephen
  8. I attach mine to the underside of my desk with Velcro. This way if I forget it's there and move away/stand up I don't end up pulling the desk (or my neck!), it just detaches. Stephen
  9. The bottom one is the same make as the Bergeon - they don't make the tool, Seitz do. In my opinion neither is better, they do the same job. As has been said the bottom has more accessories. It would be up to you whether it is worth the money.
  10. There are three different types of stand/holder for this microscope I have seen on eBay. This one on a (sort of) rigid stand, one with what looks like a flexible gooseneck style stand and one on a tiltable suction based stand. You could therefore get one you could angle if wanted - you may even be able to buy the stands seperately as the microscope is the same. Stephen
  11. I got the exact same model recently to use for quick examinations, as it takes some time to set up my "proper" microscope as I want it. I find it a very useful bit of kit for this, although I don't use it for photos. It's also a lot easier to move around! I can't remember the exact price but it was less than £35 from a UK seller on Ebay, arrived within a few days. Listed as 600x 4.3" LCD 3.6MP. Stephen
  12. No one can say what will happen for sure, but probably if you buy from Cousins (or other British companies) at the moment as a private individual from an EU country you pay the VAT at the point of purchase and nothing is owed on receipt. In future it might be that you will pay the cost without VAT and therefore owe the VAT in your own country on receipt. I don't know how it works in Sweden but in the UK that means the carrier will then collect the VAT from you plus charge a handling fee on top if it is above the VAT exempt allowance (£15 in UK). As wls1971 said customs and duty taxes are
  13. Hi This is the Bergeon 30017 version of the tool used for adjusting the collet, comes in different sizes. Obviously pricey for what is essentially a hollow tube to fit over the pivot with a slight nib for fitting in the split on the collet. I picked some up second hand, perhaps simple to make your own? I find it a lot easier and safer than using a screwdriver. Stephen https://www.hswalsh.com/product/bergeon-30017-ttp-tool-hairspring-collets-hc30017-ttp
  14. Cleaning fluid can be easily contaminated, as you have guessed looks like yours might have been. As others have said the fluid goes yellow/brown with normal use. Personally I peg out before and after cleaning just to be sure. All watch parts go in the cleaning machine, case parts in the ultrasonic. I find the machine alone does a much better job than the ultrasonic alone used to do. I also keep a spare jar of used cleaning fluid to preclean dirty movements in before going in the machine - the dirtier parts are, the quicker the cleaning fluid is used up. I use the cleanliness of the parts
  15. As I'm a cheapskate I drilled/reamed my 3mm spindle to make a 4mm one, and then made a bushing so I can now use both 3 & 4mm pushers. If you do this though you need to be very careful and accurate - a bore not in line would make the tool useless. Stephen
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