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AdamC last won the day on October 11 2017

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  1. Is this mainspring ok?

    I’d replace it with a modern alloy spring. It’s old and the fact that it’s not lying flat would be enough for me to replace. It’s also likely that performance will be affected. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Couldn't wait with getting this far. Tricky but did it. Thanks gentlemen!
  3. Bit the bullet and removed the rotor bridge. I think I can see the flat spring hiding further down underneath that centre pinion. I've circled it in red. Just in case anybody's got a pointer to watch out for, I'll leave this one till tomorrow now.
  4. Okay. I have taken the rotor off and the drive wheel and now have what's shown in the photo. So rather than just dive in, when you say rotor bridge, I'm assuming I now need to bite the bullet and remove the two screws holding it on. It just looks quite different to your photo (accepting that it's a different movement). Presumably I'm going to have to remove a number of wheels underneath looking at those pivots?! Apologies for probably ask ing the obvious
  5. Hello, I have been asked to fix a problem with the stem of an Omega Geneve that wasn't engaging to set the hands and wind. Fair enough, I'm becoming a little more experienced now after six months of tinkering and soon identified that the winding pinion had popped out of its housing and fouling the calendar wheel teeth - presumably someone else had removed the stem before! Anyhow, fiddly but I fixed the problem, reassembled, and everything tested out okay (winds, hands set, and calendar quick set works). The problem now is that when I fit the second hand it keeps falling off, though while laid flat face up, the second hand moves around the dial normally. I've added a couple of photos, just in case you can spot anything. I must add that I ordered a set of used replacement hands, thinking that the second hand hole (if that's the term) had become worn and too large for the pinion. However, the replacement hand makes no difference. So am I now correct in looking towards pinion wear that's driving the second hand through the cannon pinion? Am I doing anything obviously wrong that you may be able to provide a tip for. I am using a proper Horotec hand fitting tool in an attempt to press the hand fully home, though afraid to exert much force in case I damage anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Adam
  6. They seem legitimate. I’m from the UK so not familiar with US associations. But what I would do if you have concerns is contact the Watch & Clock Association yourself for reassurance.
  7. F391 Technos Unknown Collar

    Thanks, for pointing me in the right direction. It wouldn’t fit underneath the crown wheel but as a washer underneath the yoke screw. Well it all works okay and sets and winds good so I think that’s sorted it. Cheers, Adam Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I’ve just completed (well I thought I had) my first wristwatch strip down, service and reassembly. A little more challenging after solely doing pocket watches to date. Anyway, getting towards the end of reassembly I noticed a collar in my dust tray and for the life of me, I can’t see where it’s supposed to go. I’ve circled it in red in the photo. Presumably part of the keyless works? Can anybody shed any light please? The movement is from a vintage Technos manual wind watch, probably from the mid 50s, which is identified as F391 (Felsa). Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Guten Tag from Austria!

    Hallo, und wilkommen ins Forum. Similar interests... books, music (rock including Floyd, and many classicals too), and languages including German. Began tinkering with watches last autumn after being inspired by Mark’s videos. Mainly been enjoying antique pocket watches since then. In answer to English noun gender: yes, we do call things we love (cars, ships etc.), “she” but in context, such as a watch you’re fond of “she’s a beauty”, but in general we would refer to pronouns such as the watch as “it” (“it has been repaired” or “it’s not working”). German is far clearer about masculine and feminine nouns, “Die Taschenuhr”. Hope that helps. I love Austria too. Taken many holidays near Salzburg and in Steirmark Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Installing mainsprings

    Thanks for the tips. I shall keep a lookout. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Found this little beauty on eBay last week when searching for Kendal and Dent pocket watch spares. Put a cheeky offer in and was surprised when it was accepted. Looking through the Sold history on ebay, it seems that wristwatches from K&D are very uncommon. I have no idea of its real value but I love it. It is a manual wind 21 jewel Incabloc Swiss movement, presumably from the 1950s era as advertised but I’ve found little on the history of K&D apart from discovering some time ago that they made pocket watches for the Admiralty and were a London based jeweller and watchmakers. I have no idea when they ceased trading. I have two lovely pocket watches from the same company; one a current restoration project. Does anybody else know about this old London company? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Installing mainsprings

    Agree mainspring winders are the way to go. I’m attempting to build up a complete secondhand set from ebay purchases due to the cost of new sets. I’m about 2/3 of the way there with an old Bergeon 30081 set but still searching for sizes 9 to 15. Cousins sells some new ones singularly (not all) at around £45 each. Would you know any other sources one may acquire them? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks again John. Yes, I can feel tension when setting the watch. I tested the general running of the watch outside of the case and all seemed fine. I could operate it in both winding and setting positions without issue. Nothing appeared to change after I cased it regarding the actual running and It wasn’t until the hands were attached that I noticed any problem. I have left it in the case since. As a relative newbie, I’m a little confused about where the cannon pinion might be if not the component I thought it was in the centre. The wheel you’ve ringed in the reposted photo is the only one I had to carefully lever off to disassemble and stake it back on during reassembly, and to be honest it took a little more driving home than I expected. Could be the culprit wheel though. Thanks, Adam Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Oil shelf life

    I do wonder whether the expiry dates on the Moebius oils are biased towards profits and not a true reflection of their effectiveness after that date. I’d imagine they may still be good for double the life stated, but that would be a guess. I bought these in Nov 2017. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. That’s a really helpful observation John. I’ll see if I can find a photo without the hour wheel on. I have been monitoring the watch over the past couple of days. The behaviour is weird: set the time to 10 minutes ahead of actual time, press in crown (keyless cog engages with mainspring ratchet wheel, wait 10 minutes while minute hand doesn’t move, then the hand begins moving as normal, keeping time to within 15 minutes per day. I’m no expert but I’m also considering whether the old (original) mainspring is to blame? Explaining why it takes time to build up enough tension to begin turning the wheels once the keyless cog engages after setting the hands? Here’s a view of the opposite side of the centre wheel. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk