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  1. Mechanical and systems engineer. Yourself? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Oh my goodness! lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Can anyone post their watches on this thread, or is there a protocol to follow first? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. 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
  14. Well done! Any chance of a photo if you have time? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Use quadralene. It’s reasonably priced too. They also manufacture a rinse matched to the cleaner. I use it in a small jam jar stood in the u/s tank, filled with warm water. Works well Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. For project watches with missing spacers, I sometimes 3D print spacers if the nett shape is too complex or time consuming to machine. I can cad model and print in a fraction of the time it takes to machine from solid. The results are as good as the original part, although not authentic of course - but ..... the watch is returned to a running and wearable status. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Nice! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. I've heard of people using sewing needles with the end of the eye ground away to turn them in to a two pronged fork. Nice idea [emoji106] I’m going to make up a selection of size and give this method a go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Agree with the above, but in my limited experience playing around with damaged hairsprings, I get best results if the hairspring is removed from the balance staff. Then lay on a sheet of white paper. Sharpen your tweezers really fine. Take time, and come back to the job every 15minutes. Don’t be keen to finish in one go. When the damaged areas are teased back into form, keep laying the hairspring onto the cock and make final adjustments to the stud area so that it is perfectly concentric. Also pay attention to keeping the stud upright, of not it’ll push the hairspring out of flat when reinstalled into the cock. Take your time. Good luck Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Sounds like a good plan to me. At least you know how to open / close if you have to. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Don’t be jealous. My trainer keeps saying how it is important to make mistakes... that’s how you learn. But I wasn’t learning by practicing on broken cheap movements. [emoji53] Also he keeps saying don’t rush to be successful. Horology takes a lifetime to learn. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Hello Darak, apologies for taking a while to respond to you, I have been away working. I was very lucky to have met a professional Horologist who lives near to me and spares time for me to learn from him. Prior to meeting this gentleman I spent 4 years as a self taught diy Horologist tinkering with cheap or dysfunctional movements I bought off eBay, usually £1 to £3 a pop. Yes, they taught me manual dexterity and manipulation of parts, I even managed to reform a few damaged hairsprings, to a degree. The best advice I was given by the professional Horologist , (and hence I passed it onto you) was to learn on movements of quality, ones which are runners. JDMs response is I hope purely flippant. Of course most would not interpret my advice as “all newbies should start by only tearing down fine omega or Rolex time pieces”. It is possible to find working, albeit uncased ETA or AS movements for example on eBay for as little as £5 to £10. The movement should be running beforehand. Stripping, cleaning, rebuilding and lubricating a non running watch yields no lessons learned or sense of achievement if the movement still turns out to be a non runner. I have learned horology is a journey and not a destination, and for me it was important to gain confidence through success. Kind regards Deggsie Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. Ok. Such is democracy we each have our thoughts opinions and are entitled to voice them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Is it possible for somebody to remove this topic and preserve the young lady’s modesty? I’m as warm blooded as the next male, but I feel this isn’t the place for such photos, accidentally placed or not. Deggsie Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. I’m not at all an expert on the subject, but two points which clearly set the two apart are (see photo): A. The design seems to allow for fine radial adjustment of the shoe. B. The hair spring is terminated by a means other than traditional stud. I’ve seen tissot ladies watches terminated similarly with what appears to be green resin. The disadvantage seems that it would be difficult to remove the hairspring from the cock. Advantages??? I’m not sure. As I say, I’m not an expert and therefore cannot say which is the better of the two, but just adding my observations for conversation Regards Deggsie Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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