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  1. Many thanks for the info. In the bottom left hand side at the rear it does say "Made in France" this seems at odds with the London on the dial. Would Elliott & Son have used French movements in the 50s? Or did the French use Elliott & Son dials? I thought it might be earlier than the 50s with the bevelled glass all round, and it just seems better made than I would expect from the 50s. Although I suppose all eras have good and not so good. It is really difficult to see the hairspring at the moment as it is doing what it should do. Will let it run down and re-assess with it stationary. M
  2. As part of a recent swap/exchange deal I have acquired this carriage clock. It runs but is very fast (10 minutes in 24 hours). It seems to me to be of a fair quality and before I start tinkering with it I would like a bit more information such as age, history, and most importantly should it only be "tinkered with" by someone with experience of this type of clock. Any comments/advice appreciated. Many thanks, Phil.
  3. My watch owes me £7 plus a battery plus a bit of time. So would £15 inc p&p be any help or if not what would you want for your case etc? My main objective is to try and keep another elderly watch working and hopefully subsequently fund another "resurrection". I will open the case up in the morning and let you have some photos of the movement.
  4. I believe the 6530 has been obsolete since the late 90s. An "equivalent replacement" was apparently a Pulsar VX20, however that is now obsolete with no listed replacement as far as I can tell. My 6530 came to me as a non runner but after a bit of attention it is now running fine, but the case, dial and glass are not the best. I can sense a deal forming.....
  5. 6530 is the movement reference number, from my own investigations it was in production from 1982 onwards so your serial number would probably date it to August 1985. I have a Seiko 6530 - 5760 s/no 502572 so a couple of months newer (less old?). There are also reference numbers on the dial at 6: 6530 - 4370 these refer to the movement and (I think) the dial, hands etc
  6. I am in the UK and I got some from Asda (Pharmacy dept, not grocery section!) a few months ago. Took a while to explain exactly what it was, and even longer when the staff insisted on knowing what I wanted it for. Thought things would speed up when the Pharmacist was summoned but he claimed never to have heard of Alum. They referred to their suppliers catalog and a few days later it arrived. I dissolved as much as would dissolve in hot water and dropped in the crown/stem. After a week or so (prodding regularly with a pin) the crown was stem free. Not the quickest job but for me at that time it
  7. Or it could be the silver dimple, right side above where stem would go. Pull out / push back the stem and see what moves.
  8. Try using a claw crystal lift tool first. If you are lucky it may not have been glued in. Good luck.
  9. Whereabouts in the world are you ? Maybe there is someone nearby with a quartz movement tester / demagnetiser who would be willing and able to offer some advice once the problem is a little better identified? I am near Maidstone in Kent UK and would be willing to help.
  10. If the internal diameter of the case measures 27.80mm then a 28.00 low dome acrylic should be able to be fitted using a "claw". It needs to be tight enough to provide some sort of seal and not fall out but not so tight it won't fit!!. If you use any sort of adhesive it will make removing the acrylic somewhat difficult in the future (probably next week when a proper case back turns up). Also make sure that the crystal doesn't foul the stem &/or pushers and any moving parts. Photos of your watch front & rear may remind someone they have something in their scrap bin?
  11. Bonus points to clockboy and eezyrider ! Managed to open it. Apparently there are three lugs on the case back that are equally spaced and locate with corresponding notches on the case. Very easy to go past the opening point and as such re-lock it (Japanese sense of humour??). Here are some photos to clarify, also for future reference should anyone encounter one. Assuming this isn't the only one still in existence. Many thanks to all. Now just need to track down a replacement movement...….
  12. Thanks for all the comments. It's not a conventional screw back - there are only four notches and an inscription for open and close. There is a very small amount of (very free) movement of about 5/10 degrees. I assume that a small turn and the back would drop off, but it doesn't and I am reluctant to "persuade" it until I have a better idea of exactly how it should come apart and hence then working out why it doesn't.
  13. Any advice on opening this case back would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  14. As a temporary measure you could fit a low dome acrylic?
  15. I have been browsing this forum for a good few months now and have learnt a lot, for which I am grateful. I would describe myself as a keen amateur, usually working on the assertion that "If you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right"! As a consequence I have an ever growing repairs pending box (mechanical growing, quartz reducing), and a relatively small scrap pile. I live near Maidstone in Kent south east England. Looking forward to playing a more active part here. Phil.
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