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JBerry

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  1. Welcome to the forum! I'm from Ireland but living in Copenhagen
  2. Thanks very much for the offer! I did get a quote from Dumet, which was reasonable, but the used bench worked out a lot cheaper.
  3. Do you have a jeweling tool to adjust the height of the jewel? I would think it should be flush with the mainplate
  4. Picked up this Caravelle Superdatomatic, with a Cattin calibre C66 in need of a new balance staff and a new crystal
  5. It's mind boggling how little you get for €1000 in the world of watches. Not sure where you're based JDM, but Beco make a pretty basic model here: https://www.beco-technic.com/einrichtungen/werktische-fuer-uhrmacher-417/ergolift-mobile.html Also Flume: https://www.flume.de/en/tools-supplies-facilities-compressed-air-and-vacuum-watchmaker-tables-design-without-containers.html https://www.flume.de/en/tools-supplies-facilities-compressed-air-and-vacuum-watchmaker-tables-vector-variable-arm-rest.html None of which got back to me with a quote... so I went for my eBay special There is another on Ebay.de if anyone else is on the lookout! https://www.ebay.de/itm/Uhrmacher-Werktisch-alt-gebraucht/223650865631?hash=item3412a161df:g:HpQAAOSwYFdc3Fs7
  6. CousinsUK quoted me £250 just for shipping on the Durston bench! So I started looking at other options... Just bought this bench on eBay from Germany! Absolutely delighted with the find
  7. Great job! What kind of setup did yo use for nickle plating? The finish looks perfect
  8. Welcome to the forum! That's a beautiful Speedmaster
  9. Thanks for the reply OH! I'll be keeping an eye out for a used bench. My brother is a cabinet maker, so eventually I will ask him to make my dream bench, but he is so busy now I would feel bad to ask him this favour.
  10. Mosquitos! #1 thing about living in Ireland/what I will miss, is that we just don't have them! Glovebox sounds cool but from my experience the full length gloves get very sweaty. Maybe a modified sandblasting cabinet could work too?
  11. Hi all, I've just moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, and rather than buy another generic desk and put extendable legs on it, I would like to invest in a nice sturdy bench with armrests, drawers etc. So far the best option I can see for my budget (<€800), is the 5 draw Durston option on CousinsUK: https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/watchmakers-benches-durston Does anyone have any experience with this bench? Or have any other recommendations for a nice cheap-ish bench? Thanks in advance!
  12. Hi all, I've just moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, and rather than buy another generic desk and put extendable legs on it, I would like to invest in a nice sturdy bench with armrests, drawers etc. So far the best option I can see for my budget (<€800), is the 5 draw Durston option on CousinsUK: https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/watchmakers-benches-durston Does anyone have any experience with this bench? Or have any other recommendations for a nice cheap-ish bench? Thanks in advance!
  13. Great! Same stem release setup as in the video so. Best of luck!
  14. A picture would help now that you have the case opened. In the Seiko I had with a similar case I believe to one side of the dial there was a lever to release the stem, the dial and movement could then be removed from the caseback. Yours may be different though
  15. Don't pry this one! See the little square cutouts on one side of the case (highlighted in the picture below) these correspond to small meal springs built into the caseback, which can be seen in the right side on your photo, push these in towards the inside of the watch with a screwdriver and this will allow the caseback to lift out from this side
  16. Thanks I'm an Analytical Chemist by trade, I think there some more Chemists on the forum too. I've worked in forensics lab/identifying unknown materials before, was a lot of fun. Wish I had a lab of my own for questions like this
  17. A gas chromatograph (GC) paired with a mass spectrometer (MS) detector, very sensitive detector which ionizes and then identifies the analyte coming from the GC. Can give an identification as to the identity of each of the compounds you manage to resolve from your sample using the GC.
  18. I'll let ye know next time I'm at the GC-MS
  19. I think it would be possible to differentiate between significantly different kinds of oils, but as for detecting the additives/compounds, present in small concentrations, which make the more complex oils unique, I wouldn't be too confident that even a nice lab quality UV/Vis would pick these up. If you'd like to find out what makes up each of the Moebius oils, you can look at the MSDS on CousinsUK, maybe possible to do a homebrew of some of them? Synthetic motor oils consist mostly of polyolefins, something like Synthalube 9010, according to the MSDS, it is mainly comprised of a mixture of alkyl-aryloxidibutylenglycoles plus several other additives at low concentrations.. not sure where you could get a hold of these...
  20. The boxes that you see all over Ebay and Amazon, as JDM says, have really large cushions, so if you are storing vintage watches they will look pretty miniscule in the box. My straps are on the smaller side too and wouldn't even fit around the cushions. My girlfriend made me this out of some foam and an old cutlery box from a charity shop. The top has cutouts for silica gel dessicant, the box is pretty compact. Might be an idea! Sorry for the terrible quality photos,,,
  21. Thanks very much! Going to request a quote
  22. Very nice! What model of bench is this?
  23. The Watch Repairer's Manual by Henry B. Fried is also a great book to start with, which covers a lot of ground
  24. In my experience it leaves a residue when used to dab away fingerprints/smudges on plates, best to use fingercots and save the hassle. I just use it to remove balance jewels prior to cleaning,
  25. I don't have the tool with me unfortunately but I think all that was there is pictured. I think it is just whatever cutting tool that is described in the images that is missing. The top part of the Mimo tool is separate to the lower part which is labelled 1CR1, and the top part rotates freely on the base. The red balance wheel holders are then placed on the top of the tool. The first image in the patent is a vertical cross section through the two parts of tool, illustrating the bearing surfaces.
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