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  1. Assembly pictures here (IMPORTANT! Please sort by name in ascending order). So, just finished reassembling my first ETA cal. 2824-2. To be able to service this type of movement was my long-term goal when I started out on my watch repairing/servicing journey a couple of years ago as it is one of the most popular high-quality Swiss movements found in many renowned watch brands. So, feeling pretty good about myself for having reached this goal! Initially, I didn’t intend to include any points of lubrication (there are approx. 70 of them) but changed my mind in the process. I also included information on what parts (according to ETA) should be treated with Moebius Fixodrop ES/BS 8981 which I had not even heard about before I saw it in ETA’s technical communication for the 2824-2. I also mention the use of LUBETA v105 for the reversing wheels which ETA does not communicate. According to ETA the reversing wheels should not be cleaned but replaced if dirty or rusty As mentioned in the title, my 2824-2 is a 17 jewels version whereas most 2824-2s are 25 jewels. I’ve concluded that the difference is the automatic device framework plate (6 jewels) and reversing wheels (2 jewels). Also, my version isn’t hackable as it lacks a stop lever (balance stop), but other than that the pictures should apply to all 2824-2s. I’ve included ETA’s drawing of the stop lever (at the correct place in the sequence of my pictures) and where it is fitted in the movement. I will add a few more pictures in the coming weeks which will show mounting the automatic device framework, the oscillating weight and putting together the entire watch. The reason I haven’t yet done this is that I’m waiting for a new pallet fork as I got a pretty clear indication on my timing machine that it isn’t healthy. I had the same reading before the service but was hoping it was just the result of dirt and/or dried up oil.
  2. I'd suggest cousinsUK.com (England). I live in Sweden myself and being a tiny country it's almost impossible to get any spare parts locally. So far Cousins has never failed and their customer service is just brilliant. Good luck with your project!
  3. Welcome, Paul! When you're new you will undoubtedly be asking many questions that have been asked before, but those questions aren't stupid but instead the most important ones, and will likely already have been asked. You may of course already be aware that you can use Google to search WRT specifically. However, if three is someone out there who would want to know how to, all you have to do is, for example, type: site:www.watchrepairtalk.com ETA 2824-2
  4. So, finally, the trigger has been pulled! After many considerations, I decided to order a brand new Bergeon 5500. You can see it here. Shipping included I paid £128/€144/$162. Not a bargain, but reasonable, I guess. I saw some definitive advantages: * Well tested professional tool. Meaning there's a good chance it will work and work well. * I can shop individual Bergeon dies for various needs as I go (silly expensive, as always), or shop a good quality Aliexpress set. * Shipping within Europe so it should be here within a couple of weeks rather than a couple of months (China). * Seller has 99.9% positive feedback ("Top-rated seller/eBay Money Back Guarantee). I'll let you know what I think when I've tried it! Finally, a big thank you to all of you sharing your experience, knowledge, and opinions in this thread! This is what makes WRT such a great place to be.
  5. Thanks! The aluminium dies look really nice and I guess could be of good quality (the threads in the dies that I have can only be described as a joke), but what if I'd want to use them in the lower part of the press? When Mark Lovick fits an armoured glass using his Robur press in one of his bonus videos at watchrepairlessons.com, he uses the die (second picture) in the lower part of the press and it seems like the perfect die for the job. I guess I would be limited to the supplied dies for the lower part of the press? Or, could I get some sort of adapter? Dimensions, where, etc. Again, questions arise...
  6. This set seems even more versatile, but perhaps I'd be taking a bigger risk, and having to wait longer? As long as we're not talking about several hundreds of pounds I don't mind paying a bit extra (cousins) and get something that actually works.
  7. I've had my eyes on it. Moneywise within reach. Cousinsuk.com which I have a fantastic experience with. BUT, are you really sure? It's marketed as VALUE so I would assume Indian or Chinese. I.e. meaning it could be good or it could be bad and if the latter, it would mean starting all over... Tell me not to worry and just pull the trigger to get it over with and I'll do as you say!
  8. OK, I'm tempted to pull the trigger on the glass press that you and @jdm suggest, but I feel confused about the dies. May I ask where you got your dies? Will I be needing adapters as shown in the ad that @jdm linked to, and do you think those would actually fit? Perhaps those dies and the adaptors would work really well with this tool? Googling "M6-hole dies", "M6-hole glass press dies" and similar I'm afraid hasn't been very helpful... The armoured glass I'm currently trying to fit a to Vostok Amphibian (Vintage Albatros Radio Room from the 80-ties) is approx. 31mm. Sorry for going on about this!
  9. So, asked the seller the same question and got the following reply: "The upper die rotates when the spindle is turned. The lower die is fixed." So, I guess this isn't an MKS 46610 copy after all, or the seller doesn't know what he is talking about. I did send the pictures to him. See if I can press him to select either picture A or picture B. Getting a decent press for armoured UB glasses without spending a fortune is beginning to feel surreal...
  10. Thanks! I knew it was a "stupid" question, but I've had too many tool disappointments during the past two years (that I've been doing this) that I no longer dare to take anything for granted. Yes, that other tool looks like a very good option, but then I would have to order dies separately. I don't really mind that, but I have much too little experience to know what to get. The ones you listed look nice, but then I can't determine if that's what I need, how I can tell if they will fit without some modification or extras, if it's just for Rolex watches, or if... and so on... You get the picture Anyway, if you guys can provide me with a link to a nice set of dies that will fit without modifications to the tool or the dies that will cover most common needs I'll order it without a moment's hesitation
  11. Thanks! Do you have any personal experience with the tool that I show in my previous post (and provided a link to in my first post)? If so your opinion would be much appreciated!
  12. With the tool I'm considering buying, do you know if the die is rotating with the screw/wheel when rotated, as I've tried to illustrate in image B, or if it stands still as I've tried to illustrate in image A?
  13. That's a valid and interesting question and I'd like to know as well. Being a Swed and consequently naive (as our genius prime minister put it a few years ago) I just assumed there was personal experience behind the statement, so yes, let's make sure!
  14. If money wasn't an issue, I'd go for a high-quality press. As oldhippy says: "Buy the best and it will last a lifetime". Not only that, over time high-quality tools are the most inexpensive as you never have to replace them. Being a hobbyist though I have no idea how many crystals I'll be needing to replace. It is a predicament, and as per usual I really don't want to wait until that perfect used tool becomes available for auction, and then I might still lose the bidding. Haven't really made up my mind, but I'm leaning towards giving the press I linked to a chance. The seller has a 100 % reputation and the description says: "Heavy and precise spindle press for safe pressing in of glasses, for careful positioning of steady rests and for safe closing of pressed housing bottoms. Extremely precise work due to finest spindle actuation." The seller also claims: "Proven Ernst Westphal Premium Quality - we only supply with products which meet our high standards as a traditional German wholesale specialist for fine watchmaking and jewelry supply for more than one hundred and twenty years." Plus covered by the "eBay Money Back Guarantee". It would have been interesting to read the post @jdmwas referring to but (as usual) I'm unable to find it...
  15. My experience with the handheld cheap Chinese glass presses on eBay is truly poor, and I've come to learn that I'm not alone. Yesterday I was struggling with it for over 30 minutes to fit an armoured glass in a Vostok Amphibian before giving up. At that point, while still holding it in my hand looking at it with disdain, I thought: "What a piece of utter rubbish!". Anyway, what I'd really want would be a Robus press, but gosh, that would be over £500 with the die set (tax included, excluding shipping)! So, I found this tool "Professional spindle press for housings and glasses with twenty-four inserts" on eBay for £72. It sure sounds promising, but it would be great with a review, or if none can be had your opinion.
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