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VWatchie

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  • Birthday 06/01/1962

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    Watches, playing the violin, tennis, C#, SQL, JavaScript

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  1. Yes, I do lubricate the escapement and follow the practice as taught at watchrepairlessons.com (to get just the right amount). I just didn't realize the oil would spread to the locking faces, thinking that the locking faces aren't oiled to avoid defeating the locking mechanism. I feel slightly stupid to confess this but hey, I'm still learning! I think I've noticed on several occasions that the amplitude improves once the movement has been cased. I know it doesn't sound very rational and that it doesn't make any sense. Still, I can't stop the feeling that I might be onto something. Your thoughts about the amplitude increasing after the movement has been cased? I know I should let it run for a day or two before putting it on the timing machine but I seldom see much of a difference. Could it be that it needs to run for a week or two rather than a day or two? Never heard about 9010 for slow beaters. Good to know! Thanks!
  2. As I'm really not ready for the more advanced techniques, I was thinking to replace the escape wheel and the pallet fork, so I ordered these parts from www.oldswisswatches.com and took a nosedive. Anyway, I just had the idea to lubricate (MOEBIUS 9415) the locking faces of the pallet stones... Never heard of it, so I guess it really shouldn't be done for this or that reason, and I'm not even sure it would help. Perhaps it would just make matters worse. So, what do you think of this little idea of mine?
  3. I just received my first (and likely last) delivery of spare parts from the Indian site www.oldswisswatches.com. For a Unitas calibre 6380 I ordered a mainspring, a complete pallet fork, and an escape wheel. I had the impression all parts would be original NOS, but they were simply used parts extracted from some old abused movement. The inner coil of the mainsping was slightly mangled (but otherwise in OK shape), the impulse surfaces of the pallets were slightly crackled and carved, and one of the escape wheel pivots were broken at the very top (although it probably works) and extremely dirty. So dirty that not even a thorough bath and brush off in acetone would bite on it. All in all I paid about $50 USD for these three parts so I am very, very disappointed. Perhaps I was unlucky, but my recommendation is that you ask for pictures before you buy and then negotiate the price. Never again will I assume that a premium price equals a premium delivery.
  4. The expressions "you can pick them up pretty cheaply off fleabay" in my ears sounded like it possibly could be a reference to a specific site like eBay, so that's why I wanted to ask about it. I now understand that it was simply a reference to flea markets on the Internet in general. English isn't my native language so that may have contributed to my confusion. As a bonus, your bumptious contributions to the WRT culture was sort of funny (but not that funny).
  5. Thanks, I understand, no worries!
  6. I'm making @jdm both happy and thankful! Who would have thought it so easy to get those badges!
  7. Thanks for the "Haha" @jdm and glad I could entertain you, but if you could enlighten me I'd appreciate it even more! Cheers!
  8. Well, I have finally found the "true source of the problem", and I feel equally elated and embarrassed The problem is that I replaced the setting lever screw after I replaced the barrel bridge, when in fact the setting lever screw must be replaced before the barrel bridge. Doing it in the wrong order "works" but it will make the oscillating weight slightly foul the head of the screw and it will make it impossible to remove the stem without the setting lever detaching from the setting lever screw. This mistake I won't be doing again!
  9. Well, I have finally found the "true source of the problem", and I feel equally elated and embarrassed The problem is that I replaced the setting lever screw after I replaced the barrel bridge, when in fact the setting lever screw must be replaced before the barrel bridge. Doing it in the wrong order "works" but it will make the oscillating weight slightly foul the head of the screw and it will make it impossible to remove the stem without the setting lever detaching from the setting lever screw. This mistake I won't be doing again!
  10. My apologies, but I just found an error in my picture assembly sequence. The problem is that I replace the setting lever screw after I replace the barrel bridge, when in fact the setting lever screw must be replaced before the barrel bridge. Doing it in the wrong order "works" but it will make the oscillating weight slightly foul the head of the screw and it will make it impossible to remove the stem without the setting lever detaching from the setting lever screw. I definitely don't want to mislead anyone else to make the same sorry mistake!
  11. Just curious; what is or what is meant by "fleabay"? I Googled it and found https://fleabay.net/ but under the category "Jewelry & Watches" I only found three items; a pair of earrings, a bracelet, and a woman's watch. Perhaps it is a synonym for shopping used stuff online!? Thanks!
  12. Good luck Colditz! Could the date wheel somehow be skewed? When taking the pictures try moving the light around. I've realized it makes all the difference. I do hope you find the fault. It's so valuable sharing this information!
  13. Thank you! It's nothing special really. Just an iPhone 6s with a $10 macro lens. For background I use a gel cushion. I don't use a tripod but I do support my hands against the table and I often take several pictures while slightly moving the camera to and fro the part to get the best possible focus. For light I have a well lit room from the ceiling (and during the day from two large windows two meters from my left side) and then I move around the work lamp until it "looks OK/good". Good luck with the "date wheel sticking issue"!
  14. Very, very valuable information @Marc! Much appreciated! Thank you!
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