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  1. manodeoro

    My new buy:)

    Indeed ... sounds like "I have two wrists today so I need to buy another watch" [emoji6] Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  2. One crazy thing I want to do is to design a custom case for that Valjoux. So if anybody here can post a blueprint of a 7733 please feel free to do as I will need to know the exact angles for the pushers. Every other dimensions I can measure and check with ranfft but for the angles of the pushers ... I have nothing at all
  3. Sunday evening, just coming back home after a long WE, I have found that nice movement in my letter box Valjoux 773 ... Almost the same movement than the one in vintage Autavia 73363 .. so designing an hommage based on "Siffert style" dials could be an idea ... good or bad I still don't know
  4. manodeoro

    Hello from Seattle, WA

    Welcome here Matt !!! That Clebar is definitely a killer and you did a goooood job
  5. manodeoro

    My new buy:)

    Really great [emoji6] Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  6. manodeoro

    "flash" service of a pocket watch ...

    6:43 AM and that oldie is still ticking ... I think I'm a lucky guy She has lost only 30 seconds, so about 1 minute/day ... I'll call the owner today to check if she wants it back as is or if I can keep it alittle more to try to regulate the movement. OLDIE STILL TICKING TODAY.mp4
  7. Thanks !!! I will check all the specs I can't find on ranftt (position/angle for the pushers) then I'll check some ST19 cases. But I'm afraid I'll have to go the custom way, as I have discovered my grail case today ... Aquastar Airstar ... and it's far too much expensive. Even the Jean Richard Airstar is about 8 to 10K$ so not an option. I'll try to design a case with Solidworks, have it 3D printed to tests and checks, then try to find a workshop that could produce it in CNC. There's a guy in Belgium that ask about 500€ for a custom case so I'll contact him when my 3D plastic model is perfect. Nevertheless I'm am not in a hurry ... I first have to receive the 7733 and service it.
  8. manodeoro

    "flash" service of a pocket watch ...

    So here we are ... that oldie is tic-tacking again I had not enough time to regulate it but since I've winded it, about 2 hours ago, she seems to keep really good time. I will post again tomorrow morning to tell you if she's still OK or if she has lost/gained second/minutes/hours ... what else ? THAT OLDIE IS NOW TIC-TACKING.mp4
  9. Some days ago I've had the opportunity to buy a Valjoux 7733 movement. I've never had a chrono watch because they are often much too large for my 16.5cm wrists ... and because the only I could easily wear are vintage pieces out of my range of price. So when I saw that Valjoux, supposedly NOS (the seller said it's never been in a watch case) and fully working, at a fair price I decided to take my chance. I paid 220€ shipped which seems not a steal but, as far as I know, still a fair price. My project is to search and buy a cheap (but nice) panda dial, remove the brand (sorry) and put my own. While searching/reprinting the dial I will gather informations about the 7733 and, when I'll feel ready (sort of) try to service it without doing anything stupid. I also could get a Poljot 3133 to train, if I can get one for cheap which seems to be not that easy today. Of course I will need a case ... maximum 39mm without crown I'd really like to get something close to the "vintage Autavia" look but with a rotating bezel ... I've seen a Pierce chrono that was really close to what I want (1700$ ... only !!!). If I can't find one I'll probably start from a standard case and mod it ... rework /drill /mod rehaut so that I could add pushers, plexi, retaining ring and custom rotating bezel (I'm lucky enough to have a friend who is fully equipped for that ... as long as I design it). And the case, being modified or not, will be engraved with the same name as the panda dial and, probably, the chrono bridge of the movement (that unseen tiny part where they wrote "Heuer", Breitling ", etc). I re-read my post and I'm afraid it could take me months or years to get that watch on my wrist ... no problem as I'm not in a hurry. Of course if you have, opinions / good ideas / cheap 3133 movement to buy / etc ... please feel free to post here. Cheers
  10. I don't know if there is such a specific topic here but I've seen some on other forums and your title is definitely better, much more poetic. Which is really nice as, in my opinion, watches tell Time, History AND Poetry. So please do NOT change the title I will post some pictures of my own work-bench ... a mahogany writing-desk from the 60ies that I have modded in a "neo-vintage" style. I'll post before/after pics of course, even if I know that some traditionalists would devote me to the obloquy ... or drag my name through the mud (according to the country where they live).
  11. A really nice work area ... and it looks "Zen" or sort of. Congrats !!! I would like to share here some pics of my own work place but I won't do without your "go", as if one do some others will and your topic could be changed in a "show us your work area" thread. Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  12. I had that pocket watch in my drawer for weeks but I'll have a meeting this week-end with the owner of that little piece. So I started yesterday morning (wee-wee hours) then spent some hours yesterday evening and this morning again. Tonight it's almost done ... movement works nicely, case is clean and shiny enough for an oldie and dial is clean and relumed (hands too). Tomorrow evening I'll just have to put everything back together.
  13. manodeoro

    Ingersoll sealion

    Hi Johnnie ... sorry for not reacting sooner. I'll send you a sketch with some more dimensions you could check and I'll ask a friend of mine if he could turn a custom bezel. For free of course ... I've helped him on some watch repairs so if he can he'll be glad to do that. Then we'll take care of the custom insert ... just for the challenge so still for free. Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  14. @DPhillip ... I spent some time trying to remove the stem of a Hatori-Seiko last month and got success so perhaps that will help 1 - put the crown successively in position A (working) and B (hour setting) and check all the tiny holes ... there should be a "lever" moving in one of them 2 - when you've found the lever, set the crown in position A (yes ... different from the automatic movements) 3 - gently push the lever down and gently try to remove the stem Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  15. manodeoro

    New member

    +[emoji817] ... an real idiots rarely ask questions Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk