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VWatchie last won the day on August 18 2018

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  1. Mission accomplished! The Eagle has Landed! And if nothing bad happens, I will fall asleep with a big smile on my lips tonight. Thanks a ton for all the help!
  2. I feel pretty confident you found the solution @JBerry ! Take look at this picture taken the opposite of the crown: The notch was very hard to find as it was filled with human goo making it very hard to see. I inspected the entire circumference through my stereo microscope and it was only then that I started to discern what could possibly be a notch. So, I took an extremely pointed needle that I made from an old oiler (using 3M lapping film) and started to work on the suspected surface. Lo and behold, as I started to dig the notch slowly started to appear. Fantastic! Anyway, the width of the notch is so very, very fine (< 0.5 mm) that I'm somehow still not 100 % convinced. Call me silly, but would you say that this "notch" is indeed the notch we're looking for? I've basically only been working on inexpensive Russian watches so far (because I can get at least 15 Russian vintage watches in good condition for the price of this one), so I guess I'm just not used to this level of refinement and precision which seems to go beyond what I thought humanly possible for the price. So, the next challenge, find (or make) the right tool for the job. I will definitely have to sharpen my case knife to get it in between. Again, thank you very much!
  3. Thank you very much, and yes, frustrated to the point I get tunnel vision! Now, this looks promising, so I'll have a very close look again (within the next couple of hours) and will be reporting back!
  4. I’m beginning to feel somewhat desperate as I’ve tried pretty much anything and everything I could come to think of to get the movement out of the case. So, today I removed the crystal (again) and removed the hands. I then tried to push the movement out through the front. I placed as much pressure on the movement as I dared to (quite a bit) but it just won’t budge. Looking at the back of the case through my stereomicroscope I could quite clearly see that the movement won’t come out through the back. As you can see in this image (used a macro lens on my iPhone) there is a case rim and the movement reside under it. I also tried to rotate the movement inside the case (as Mark Lovick does in this video), and it rotates very smoothly but with quite a bit of resistance. I pushed it around with a piece of peg wood in the groove where one of the case clamps sits. Rotating by pushing on the dial would be impossible as there's way too much resistance for that. However, I felt nothing that would indicate that the movement would be ready to fall out of the case. I rotated it 360 degrees to make sure. The movement feels 100 % flush with the case (super precision!). Also, I can’t find any hints on the dial side (crystal removed) which you can see here. So, any ideas? Perhaps see a professional watchmaker, or use a chainsaw?
  5. Yes, it would seem so! Just saw this video where Mark Lovick opens en OMEGA front-loader using this technique. He rotates the dial with a piece of peg wood in the calendar window. Mine has none, but I'll give it a go with some Rodico and see what happens.
  6. I don't think so. I can take a picture with the crystal removed. I'll be back tomorrow...
  7. Servicing my very first OMEGA (Genève 14K, Calibre 601, please see these images) I’ve immediately run into an unexpected problem. I can’t remove the movement from the case! Removing the Snap-On case back, the case clamps, and the stem was done in minutes, but when I turned the case over to let the movement fall out nothing would happen. I gently bounced the case on a case cushion, but to no avail. I removed the crystal and pushed the dial with a fresh piece of Rodico in the hope that the movement would come out, but it just wouldn’t budge. So, I placed a small screwdriver in the stem hole and (gently) tried to leverage the movement out. The same result, it wouldn’t budge. Further investigation gave me the impression that the diameter of the dial could be wider than the diameter of the movement, and if that’s the case it would of explain why it can’t be removed through the back. Question then is if the movement is removed through the front? I’ve never done that so I’m at loss on how to proceed and can only guess. I should mention that I tried to very, very gently push the movement out through the front, but I just didn’t have the courage to push hard, and besides the hands were still mounted. If it’s one thing I’ve learnt during the past two years of trying to service and repair watches, it is that misdirected force will usually spell disaster. So, how can I proceed? Should I remove the hands and simply lean on the movement with my thumb until it hopefully falls/pops out through the front?
  8. VWatchie

    Omega caliber 613

    I'm just about to start on one of those myself (my very first OMEGA), so I'm very curious to see where you were going... Any chance you'd like to finish that post, please? Cheers!
  9. VWatchie

    Problem Removing Movement

    Please bear with me as I have zero experience in this situation. I just felt like sharing what I come to think of. What if the setting lever screw happens to be pretty loose? Perhaps placing some very small and high friction material (what that would be I have no idea and would perhaps be an even bigger problem) against the screw (which seems to be pointing up quite a bit) and try to turn it clockwise. Same technique as those rubber balls used to open screw down case backs. Perhaps it would loosen the screw enough to make it possible to pull the stem out. Oh well, in practice I doubt that it would work. Anyway, good luck!
  10. VWatchie

    HELP with escapement

    I appreciate your advice, thanks! Please share and don't worry about "giving bad advice". People can think and make judgements for themselves, and if not it's hardly your responsibility.
  11. VWatchie

    HELP with escapement

    Thanks for the update and good to know it won't be necessary to remove the hairspring from the balance wheel to perform the operation of lifting the balance cock, and thanks for the tip about how to keep the stud in check! Yes, I did mark the location of the stud, thanks! The only reason I removed the hairspring was to practice it. I had no other reason than wanting to see if I could learn how to remove it as I'm working my way through Mark Lovick's watch repair course level 3 "fault finding" (amazing stuff BTW!). In the course, he also demonstrates in detail how to adjust end-shake on a normal jewel bearing using a jewelling tool and it just blew my mind that there is a tool that can adjust the height position of a jewel with the precision of a hundredth of a millimetre. So, I immediately got a jewelling tool fever only to find out that it would cost me somewhere between £300 and £600 depending on the number of parts and condition. I guess I'll wait until I really need one. I'd love to see that video you mention. Anyone having the link, or where to look or search for? Thanks!
  12. VWatchie

    Odd behaviour from a Venus 188

    I know it's been a long time, but do you remember if you found the source of the problem and if you found a solution? Thanks!
  13. VWatchie

    HELP with escapement

    Thanks, and very interesting! It seems like a very pragmatic solution and one that I’ve never heard of before. Anyway, and please bear with me as I’m still new to watch repair, do I get it right that you remove the hairspring from the balance wheel, or do you just remove the balance wheel complete with the hairspring? The reason I’m asking is that I imagine the hairspring (if still attached to the balance), and especially the stud, would be all over the place bumping into the other parts of the watch and perhaps even entangle the hairspring while you “spin it with a puff of air and observe the shakes”. (As it happens, I just removed my first hairspring from a balance wheel today (prying off the collet with a pair of hand levers while having the balance rest on a staking block). I have a bunch of scrap movements to practice with and on my first attempt I ruined the hairspring and snapped the balance staff. On my second attempt, everything went very smooth. Very proud of myself! )
  14. VWatchie

    HELP with escapement

    May I ask what you did to "lift the balance cock" and if it was a temporary or a permanent solution? The reason I'm curious is that I have a Vostok cal. 2414 with a way too low amplitude which improves when I loosen the balance cock screw. I've been experimenting with shims under the balance cock, but I don't seem to be able to get it right. I know it could be a number of other causes for the poor amplitude, but I'd be interested to know nevertheless.
  15. VWatchie

    HELP with escapement

    What about the guard pin? Not too short, not loose, perfectly square in between the horns? Please keep us posted on any progress!