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  1. Changing HD MacBook Pro

    Went through all of this upgrading to a 1TB hdd for my MBP a couple of years ago. I used cloning software and cloned my drive to an external then swapped them out. Then upgraded osx using a disk image downloaded from the net. Lots of good how to's out there. But yeah if you have a blank drive then you need an osx dmg on a thumb drive, command option at start up, choose usb with dmg file, boot, install to blank drive when prompted. Something like that. I know this thread is old but hey y'all need to know I got some chops too! LOL...
  2. Sheared Screw on AS 1200

    Alum bath. Don't go digging around and drilling stuff unless you're sure of yourself. Alum is used to dissolve the steel screw without damaging the brass plate or threads. Crown wheel screw is obviously vital. I hazard to say a very large lesson has been learned here. Depending on the movement, it may be impossible to find, or easy. Sometimes a scrap movement of the same caliber can yield the parts you need. Sometimes we create scrap movements that we get rid of to others to use for parts. (A-hem) If you're a pro you can make your own parts. It all depends on what you have and how rare or common it is. Good luck, hope you can get it worked out.
  3. Dad's or Grandpa's Cortebert?

    Yeah I was thinking late 50s early 60s though. At any rate much later than the 30s or 40s thats just an edu-ma-cated guess though. Very nice little watch though, from a great company! Sweet find.
  4. Seiko 5 automatic sticking

    Yeah, is that a 6309,7S26? probably needs a good clean and oil.When you set it set with long hand movement. Once the day rolls over use quickset. Should be good after that.
  5. Your price range should be able to net you a decent Omega bumper, Glashutte, Longines, Hamilton, Seiko. I think the biggest problem you will encounter is stopping at just one.
  6. Watch lume handling time.

    Hey, how long do I have to work with watch lume before it starts to set? 10 min, an hour? Thickness/thinness of mix an issue? Brand? Considering some product from watch lume dot com. other suggestions? Is there already a thread about this on here? Thanks yo...!
  7. Loose sub-dial hands Seiko 7A38

    ....you could try some type of hole closing tool. Also a quick non intrusive fix: get a loupe, stretch a thin layer of rodico over the hole with your tweezers. (you will not be able to see the rodico with the naked eye) place over the pivot and seat. This will hold the hand on and work as a temporary fix until more permanent repairs can be made.
  8. I had a similar problem with an omega 39.5L. Balance was bent a little bit. Returned it back to normal and all was fine. The bridge on those (omega) is very thin. Check that it's not bent. Then possibly the staff is bad/worn. Incorrect jewel seating. Remove the balance and place it on a flat true surface with reg. removed, (not sure but may have to remove the jewel anyways if it protrudes above the cock) and check for gaps. If you can see any amount of a gap at all this is incorrect. If it looks good there are other problems already addressed in previous comments.
  9. Making a Hampden Balance Staff

    Pretty sexy buddy...!! thats one sweet box of collets! LOL..! (Wolf whistle)
  10. Special Tool for Longines Regulators? Baguette.

    Where is the hole located top, center or bottom of the stud? I don't believe there would be a special tool for this. Is there a "foot" on the bottom of the large pin? I am assuming there is. Using a balance tack grip the bottom of the pin at the foot with your tweezers and turn. Then loosen the stud with the balance resting on the bench. I am sure at the factory they do have a specialized tool for ease and speed of assembly. A home made tool could be easily enough to produce from the sounds of it, if one thought it necessary. A sewing pin perhaps. You would need only get the tip into the hole and twist gently to rotate this little pin. Yes brass would not be strong enough to break the grip. Steel rivet pressed into the brass curb boot. Not 100% but this is what I am gleaning from your description. Does this sound about right or am I way off in left field? Hopefully this helps you out for future projects. Tweezers are the watch technicians samurai sword. Also, please remove the opticians pliers from your work bench. LOL..!!
  11. Beginner watch repair kit

    Plenty of good quality affordable tools out there just shop around. To begin with you want a good set of drivers, a good set of stainless steel precision tweezers, a couple of movement holders a dust tray or two, case back knife/pry tool (screw down style as well) a quality loupe or two. Add some finger cots or gloves, a descent watch mat and a clean, spacious, well lit work spot. I think the only thing left that I use from my cheapie china kit is the screw back remover tool and the pry tool oh and the black rubberized movement holder, it's pretty good actually. Later you will want some mainspring winders, oilers/lubricants and a quality staking set. Then more and more AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE......infinity. LOL..!!
  12. How should I bent this hairspring?

    I have seen a technique where one gets a copy/image of the spring printed out and then places the bent spring over top of it pinning it through the collet to some cork board or similar material and then manipulating to match the printed template. You should be able to find the spring model somewhere and if you can find an image adjust it to size and see if that might help. You could try a crude drawing of the spring as well as a starting point. Good luck let us know howz it goin'. My least favorite thing to do, I should add.
  13. Ronda Rotor Removal

    Agreed, this too would be my plan of attack. More than likely fastened from the underside with a countersunk screw.
  14. Hello from Thailand...! :)

    Hello, I"m Jim and I am a fledgling collector and enjoy repairing and restoring old pocket and wrist watches. Originally from Denver, CO I now currently reside in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. This all started about 3 1/2 years ago with a Seiko 7T32 that needed repair. After some searching and browsing I made an attempt at this myself. I was hooked. The fascination of the micro engineering, the concepts of time and its intrigue drew me even farther into the art and craft. I own several watches from pocket to wrist, quarts to manual wind to automatic. From recent to over 100 years old, and I love them all, they are incredible pieces of machinery that inspire and instill awe in me at every turn. It is a constant thrill to imagine where they might have been, from when in time they existed, and the incredible genius of the craftsmen who envisioned them and forged them into reality. It is one of my greatest joys in life to to bring an old watch back into service, no matter how big or small the repair, it acts as a great sense of accomplishment to an important cause, the art, the value, the knowledge of time. I love the vibe of this community, and I was driven here as many of the rest of you were, the wonderful videos and tutorials presented by the extremely talented Mark Lovic. He has proven to be among many other things, a great teacher. His knowledge in the repair and restoration of watches has been an invaluable source of information for me. His videos and tutorials on YouTube offer even more advice on how to make great videos, creating a channel, videography, design, technique, the list goes on. His generosity and a need to pass on his skills and knowledge, is a testament to the master watchmakers from days of old. So a very special, Thank You, I send out to you Mark. Finally I would like to say it is a pleasure to be here. I look forward to as much positive interaction as possible in helping me answer questions regarding problems I will certainly encounter. Also as well as add my own advice to others who may be experiencing difficulties with things that I have run into in the past, remedy and succeed in getting my projects up and running again, and of course the occasional geek talk about watches...! Thank you to those that have given me a warm welcome to the community. I'll see you in the forums. PS: the big dog with me in my profile pic is my old friend "Scout", he has passed on now 1 year ago this month of December, he was an Arctic wolf hybrid that we brought with us from Colorado on our move to Thailand, in case any of you were wondering where the "Wolf Watch Werks" comes into play, it is inspired by him. I miss him terribly, he was another one of my "teachers" but that, is another story. Again thank you for the opportunity to let me tell everyone a little bit about myself. I look forward to getting to know you all a bit better as "time" goes by. Kindest regards, Jim
  15. Watch not ticking after assembly and oiling

    Hi I'm new here as well, I've been practicing this for about 3 1/2 years. I don't claim to be an expert by any stretch but have encountered this problem a few times. There could be a few things that you might want to check. You shouldn't have very much end shake at all. If it's more than 0.5mm that to me, is excessive. If you can literally "see" end shake this is not correct. Check that all jewels are present and not missing, check to see the balance cock is not bent. If all that checks good. Replace the balance staff. Reinstall the BW and make sure the table jewel is in beat. *I would also add, make sure the table jewel is there*. (resting between the fork levers so that the fork is centered between the pallet stop pins) with the regulator set to zero. Make sure that the hairspring is in between the curb pins properly with at least 0.1mm gap between the outside pin, and all coils are free of obstruction. If any coils are touching your spring may be out of alignment. Open the MS barrel and check it if you haven't already. Make sure its clean, not kinked and in good order. Try a few of those things to see if it may help. I'm sure there will be some other members on here with much more knowledge than me to add to what I have offered. Good luck, keep us posted.