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  1. Sorry all, I think I posted this question in the wrong topic area. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Hello all. I am currently working on an Oris with an ETA 727 movement requiring a new balance staff. Ideally I would like to swap it out with a NOS balance complete. I have found a balance complete but for an ETA717, not the ETA727. Does anyone please know what the difference of between these two movements? The Ranfft website shows both movements and details them both the same. Furthermore, would it be worth me taking a chance buying the ETA717 balance complete for my ETA 727? Kind regards. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Hi. Do you have any updates on the exciting post please? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Thank you balaton. I appreciate your information. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. The crystal has a polymeric (maybe nylon) friction ring. Should this be installed around the crystal and then the sub assembly pressed into the case, or insert the friction ring into the case and then press the crystal in? The latter seems like it would be difficult, but I thought I’d just check. And lastly I’m assuming no lubrication is required as this might leave a messy residue. Regards Deggsie Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Hi. Just to update you with this. I found the crystal on cousins by chance. I find their search engine to be near useless. Even after finding the part by luck, I entered the cousins part number and it returned ‘no data was found’. I’m confused. However here is the part I found: So all that is required is to order and fit. Kind regards Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Thanks for your responses gents. I’ll check out cousins today, perhaps even give them a call now that I have the correct part number. Yesterday I pushed out the crystal but it just cracked under the stress. It was VERY scratched and chipped. I was surprised at just how much interference there was on the installation. I’ve managed to salvage the nylon ring which is is sandwiched between the case and crystal od. What I neglected to do prior to disposing of the broken crystal was measure its thickness. I will keep you up to date on how this on goes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Hello all. My wife has asked me to install a new crystal into her ladies seiko 7n83 0081. The crystal is very chipped and scratched. Im not fond on seiko, as to me they lack character. However on this occasion I’m rather bound to provide the required service [emoji38]. Question is, who is the best supplier in the UK for seiko crystals please and does anyone know the part number for upgraded sapphire crystal please? Kind regards Darren. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Parker’s are great for o ring data. I use them at work (I’m a mechanical eng). Just pay attention to shore hardness and surface finish of the back plate contact area. Everything else is quite forgiving unless you get the groove too narrow or way over depth. I love the design by the way. It’ll look even better as the years go by! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hi Nucejoe. I now have the hair spring and don’t need any further components. She ticks away beautifully - to my wife’s annoyance, she isn’t keen on loud Pin pallet watches [emoji6]. I’ll report back on the movement, but believe it’s a newmark mk2. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I have been ‘tinkering’ with this ‘Aviation’ watch on and off for about 6 months. As ever, those beryllium copper hair springs are my nemesis. The problem with vintage watches is you never know if someone has fitted incorrect parts before you get to look at it. I just couldn’t get this watch to regulate - always running way too fast. It turned out the spring was too short so I had to sit tight and wait for a similar movement to come up on fleabay. Anyway, with the case polished, a new crystal fitted and sporting a brown leather bund from Germany, I’m rather pleased with this little Pin Pallet ticker. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Those indicators (I’m reluctant to call them hands) are certainly a bit different. Very interesting watch! Thanks for sharing the photos. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Mechanical and systems engineer. Yourself? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I love that expression “what torques me”. I’ve not heard it before but as an engineer, I like it[emoji108] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Cheers. Yes I think I’ve got a couple of those tools. Mind you, mine are slightly fatter than yours. I think it’ll still work though [emoji6] I was reluctant to go higher with the dome in case it looks out of proportion. Cheers, Deggsie Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. I now have this little Rotary Super Sport ticking away after spending weeks putting the hair spring to rights. Hair springs are my nemesis!!!! The crystal has a crack in it and I’d like to replace it, however the crystal lift I have will not compress the diameter as there is a draft angle on the crystal. Therefore the tendency, however hard I try, is for the claws to slide up the side of the outside diameter. Any ideas please, or can I just push out by hand and fiddle the new one back in? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Agree with you about the cases. They are ww2 era; perhaps costs were being kept to a minimum for affordability? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. There is something very relaxing, maybe reassuring about the sound of this relatively loud Pin Pallet Newmark watch. I picked it up on eBay some years ago in a non working state and discovered as usual that the balance pivots and hair spring were to blame. Anyway, a similar movement came up for grabs and luckily the balance and hairspring were fine. The old newmark received a donor kidney and is now ticking away beautifully. Mind you, my wife says it drives her mad! I’m told these were manufactured at Croydon, in Kent England, adjacent to the now defunct airport. I’m not certain though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Oh my goodness! lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Just to update you all. Thanks to HSL kindly sorting out a balance complete for an eta2408, I’ve now brought this attractive gents accurist back to life. Thanks HSL, much appreciated sir! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Thanks. To be honest I actually bought a spare eta 2390 to practice with first.... didn’t want to make any mistakes with this one Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Hello Nucejoe. I discovered through trial and error with old scrap watches that a laundry product branded as ‘shout’ in the UK works very well as a dial cleaner. I spray on and leave about a minute for the surfactant to do its work. There is no requirement to agitate the surface. After the minute, straight into a bowl of lukewarm water to dissolve the surfactant, then another bowl of warm water to ensure no trace is left. I then absorb excess water and and dry in a stream of warm air. Of course it cannot work magic and restore any damage but at least all the oil is removed. Unfortunately the lume dots are still dull and don’t work, but that’s another skill I need to learn [emoji6] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. My father recently asked if I would service his wrist watch which he bought from the NAAFI at RAF Akrtiri in Cyprus during his national service days. The watch came to me as ticking, but the oil on the keyless works had gummed up like tar, making it almost impossible to wind without fear of doing some damage. Anyway, here are a few before and after photos. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Can anyone post their watches on this thread, or is there a protocol to follow first? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. That’s a nice looking watch. The two tone bamboo dial especially sets it off. Hope you get the keyless works running smoothly and all problems resolved. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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