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  1. I'm afraid I don't have the experience or knowledge to help you with your questions, but I was thinking that the new part might fit. I would suggest that you could give it a try. Just be gentle and observant and I really don't think there's any risk for any damage to the movement or the part. Worst case scenario, it doesn't fit and no harm has been done.
  2. I've previously been in touch with Dmitry at meranom.com who's very tight with the people at the Vostok factory. I just posted a question to him to ask if he can explain the reason for this "shim design". If and when he replies I'll forward it to this thread. BTW, I think he is a member on WRT, perhaps @Dmitry?
  3. I have done quite a few Vostoks (24XX) and all of them had at least one shim under the balance cock and sometimes two. These shims are smooth and quite soft and my guess is that they compensate for irregularities on the surfaces of the main plate and the underside of the cock which could otherwise cause the situation depicted in @HSL's excellent illustration. Well, JM2C...
  4. Thank you very much for your kind words @Jon! I actually work as a teacher. However, I teach programming (C#/.NET/SQL) and not about watches. I enjoy doing watches (real things) more than programming (virtual things).
  5. Thanks Joe! That's very interesting. I never thought of the possibility. Do you have some hands on experience with this? How did it work out? EDIT: Reading your next post, obviously you do! Thanks!
  6. Hmm... this has awoken my curiosity. The only context in which I've heard a shim being used is when we wish to increase the distance between the lower and upper jewels. Can you tell us a bit more? Thanks!
  7. Thanks for the link! Being new to this I don't get it. (I don't speak German and Google translate isn't ideal, especially with watch terminology). Is that "distorted staff" one that was fitted to the balance?
  8. So, my Bergeon 30070 roller remover tool arrived and I was able to remove the roller with ease and control. The tool comes with two stakes. The first stake has a hole diameter of 0.1 mm and the second stake 0.2 mm. These holes are so small that I wasn't able to see them at first. I couldn't see any rivet to be removed so I simply went on to tap out the staff. First I needed to find a suitable hole in one of my staking blocks, one that would fit around the staff hub w/o any play. None of the holes fitted perfectly so I tried with the holes in my staking set and found a whole without any pl
  9. Yep, I think that would have been the perfect location to store those precious items! It just amazes me that people with this level of aggressiveness and prices get anything sold. Oh, and I must mention that I'm in awe of the hands on that military wristwatch for just $799 that he has on sale. The match with the dial is just a dream come true. Perfection!
  10. I've been trying to acquire a decent set of high quality jewels for some time so that I wouldn't have to wait for weeks for delivery of single jewels. So, yesterday I found an interesting offer on eBay for $700 but felt it to be too expensive, especially comparing it to similar sold items. The offer was for 2000+ jewels and as you can see in the pictures a few extra bottles with what looks like hundreds of jewels, so I suspected that some or perhaps even many of the jewels might be cheap unbranded Indian jewels. For this reason I made the seller an offer of $350 and was counter offered $600. A
  11. Welcome to WRT and congrats on your fine pocket watches! You will find much valuable information and help here. That sounds great! Anyway, if by any chance you happen discover that you're missing that single required tool in your collection, stay away from the toolbox and the kitchen drawer. The "watch tools" found in those places aren't well suited for watch repair. Trust me!
  12. Thank you for your kind words! I'm afraid not. I believe your best bet is to find a donor watch. That way you'll get more practice extracting the part you need and you will have parts for future use. Or, try searching eBay for "pobeda 2602 parts". I did and a few options came up, and here is a new balance complete for the 2602.
  13. Wow, I'm impressed you even got those parts fitted together at all! Anyway, you simply can't expect things to work if you mix and match parts from various manufacturers and calibers. I believe that's the simple answer. I have never even considered it a possibility. Anyway, very enterprising! Also, smart move to buy Russian to learn. IMO, the Russian movements are the most affordable on the planet.
  14. Thanks Frank! That was definitely new information to me. I always thought it was the rivet that was removed in the lathe, not the hub. Anyway, I'm not getting myself a lathe at this stage so I will just have to take my chances. Just remembered where I got the impression that it's the rivet being removed with the lathe. I obviously missed the part about the "bottom hub being carved off": "Removing the rivet from the wheel on a lathe. Many people prefer this method. The balance is spun in the lathe, and a graver is used to cut out the rivet connecting the wheel to the hub. (Alternately
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