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  1. Where to buy in the UK?

    Cousins will sell to anybody, it's up to you whether you agree with their terms. Some of the large European sellers ask you to provide evidence of your trade, not Cousins. With HS Walsh you can just buy direct from them rather than through eBay. Stephen
  2. Where to get a good assortment of Jewels

    I gave up on these generic no size selections some time ago as you need to measure each jewel accurately to be of any use. Not many of them seem to end up the type you need either. I buy up, as cheaply as I can, small second hand jewel lots where they are already graded by size and type. I have managed to build a good mixed selection that way. Stephen
  3. It's been mentioned a few times on here before but you don't really need to be able to wind in both directions, although it is simpler. You can wind the mainspring and if it needs to go in the other direction you can push it out into a small circular object (washer, nut, empty mainspring ring etc.) flip that over and press out - direction reversed. I have the same set as you (teegee) and I find it good, but as you have noticed the arbours are often too big. I sometimes use smaller size handles with the barrels and this works well providing it isn't too loose. I do wonder if older mainsprings used smaller arbours as I have not had this problem with older mainspring winders. I don't often work with modern watches so I'm just guessing. I wouldn't worry about the branding, it's not as if you'd get any better tool if it said Bergeon. In fact it probably comes from exactly the same factory anyway. It's not as if Bergeon really make anything very much (if at all) they either contract others to do it or just buy in products and brand them. Rogart I've used that winder before. Although it works I found it difficult to control, perhaps because I have big fingers. I much prefer the handle style of winder.
  4. Omega f300

    John Thanks for that, just what I was looking for. I very much doubt I will attempt a service myself as I know nothing about the movement, I just wanted to know how to check the coils to see if they were working. Rog thanks for the suggestion. I had heard of electricwatches, but he is not taking business at the moment according to the website. I had heard there was another person in the UK who works on these (Keith?) but I don't know any contact details. Stephen
  5. Omega f300

    Hi I have an Omega f300 with 1260/ESA 9164 movement that's not working. It's in good cosmetic condition, movement looks good and no signs of problems, but a new 344 cell gets no reaction - no hum or hand movement. As I don't know anything about these movements I might need to send it for a service, but I'd like to see if I can find what the problem is first if I can. I suspect it may be the coils. Can anyone explain how I can test them to see whether they are OK or not? Thanks Stephen
  6. Volna/Vostok 2809

    I think you are right. I was mostly unsure what line the terminal curve should follow but found an example online. Seems to have worked OK, but I'll have to wait until it is cleaned and assembled. Stephen
  7. Volna/Vostok 2809

    Hi Picked up one of these recently (Soviet copy of Zenith 135) and saw that the hairspring is quite a bit off centre. I've taken it off and positioned it on the cock so you can see how far out of position the stud is. The other photo shows (I hope!) that this is a Breguet overcoil, which I'm not familiar with. Does anyone know, or can see, what the problem is? Any advice? Thanks Stephen
  8. ETA 2789

    It's not for the date, it's for the day so 2758/78, 59/79, 60/80, 68/88, 69/89 & 2790 might have it, or it might just be the quickset ones, 2769/89 & 90.
  9. ETA 2789

    Thanks for the response. This is the spring: I think a few calibres will have it from 2750 to 2791, the ones with day indicators. Stephen
  10. ETA 2789

    Hi I'm after a day jumper spring for an ETA 2789, I think the part number is 2573. Cousins and Jules Borel have it listed as obsolete. I did find one on EBay but it's nearly £20 which I'd rather not pay. I'm waiting for a response from Obsolete Watch and Clock Parts. Any other good sources that wouldn't cost too much? Thanks Stephen
  11. Silicone Grease (For Gaskets)

    As I mentioned Bergeon don't say KT-22 is silicone. I don't know who makes theirs, but the American made KT-22 I have has an msds sheet that specifies it is made from mineral oil, so I think that is pretty clear.
  12. Silicone Grease (For Gaskets)

    Back to your original question I don't really see you can do anything about it anyway if Cousins are insisting it is silicone. Interesting point you raise though about KT-22. Bergeon don't say their version is silicone, I have some from an American company that doesn't mention silicone and it certainly doesn't look like silicone. Yet both Cousins and Walshs call it silicone (well, Walshs call it silicon for some reason). Makes me wonder if the word is being used incorrectly to mean gasket grease or something like that? Stephen
  13. Mainspring Winders

    Hi Sounds awful - I think we need some photos to see how bad they are.
  14. Mainspring Winders

    Hi Not that this is of any help to you, but I'm having real difficulty visualising this. My winders aren't Bergeon but are probably made in the same place (I doubt Bergeon actually make them). Anyway the fit between the wall of the winder and the steel plate is to such a small tolerance that there is no way the mainspring could slip into it, the gap is much narrower than any mainspring. I've had other problems with the winders, the arbours being too big for example, but not this one. In the main they work well and help me re-insert mainsprings easily without deforming them. Sorry. Stephen
  15. Auto Oiler

    Hi Those oilers are not meant for working on watches - I tried them myself because of the price but they are not right for the job, lacking precision and leaking a lot. They may be alright for working on larger machinery. Automatic oilers are one of those things that some use, some don't. They are certainly not essential, but some people find them useful for specific jobs. Stephen