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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. manodeoro

    Hello from Seattle, WA

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

    My new buy:)

    Really great [emoji6] Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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).
  12. 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
  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
  16. manodeoro

    Broken LeJour Chronometer

    DPhillip ... is the chronograph bridge on your movement marked "Anguenot Frères" as I supposed or else ? As far as I know that was the only branded part on those movements (with Heuer, Tudor, Breitling, etc) the other marked parts being the main plate (Valjoux mark + 7733 caliber ref) and the train wheel bridge (seventeen 17 jewels). That's why I suggested to source a NOS 7733 (some can still be found in Jura/France) and put your chronograph bridge on it ... a swap that would not create a Franken in my opinion. Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  17. manodeoro

    In need of some help

    You lucky guy ... Firstly as you own a 1601 [emoji7] (one of the most simply elegant Rolex model in my opinion) with those nice pie-pan dials Secondly because you didn't contracted with a Rolex authorized dealer [emoji6] Not that I want to throw stones to ADs but they definitely ask silly money for service plus they push people to change parts even when there's no need. A friend of mine let her 40 years old full gold DJ to an AD for service and guess what ... they sold her a service dial !!! and of course did not give the original back to her. So let that little watch store take care of your 1601 if they can do ... if you're lucky enough you'll discover that your movement is a hacking 1575, a real workhorse if properly serviced. And never ever change your dial and bracelet (or any else part). Pie-pan dials often age nicely and that aging "tells history". Bracelets sometimes get too much stretch but they can be repaired ... or else you still can use a nice leather strap and keep your bracelet safe. Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  18. manodeoro

    Broken LeJour Chronometer

    I'm 100% OK with you but the seller has almost only new old stock parts and movements from Yema, so this is certainly not a clone but a legit Valjoux. When I wrote "unbranded" I refered to the bridge, which is branded "Anguenot Frères" on LeJour chronomètres (see pic below), and not to the Valjoux brand or the 7733 caliber number. Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  19. manodeoro

    Broken LeJour Chronometer

    Sorry ... I think I forgot to put the the link to the unbranded 7733 https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.fr%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F143053114803 It's exactly the same movement as your's. The only difference IMHO is that the bridge is not branded. I guess your movement is branded "Anguenot Frères" so if you decide to go the "swap way" you still can "brand" the "new" 7733 using your bridge. One thing to consider is that the LeJour chronographs were originaly produced by Lip or Yema in France with Swiss Valjoux movements (see the LeJour/Yema LeMans below). So using any 7733 movement will be legit and a working 7733 for $300 shipped is not a bad deal. Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  20. manodeoro

    Broken LeJour Chronometer

    @DPhillip One !!! really !!! important point if you decide to buy a "new" 7733 is to check which version you buy. Those movements were produced with 3 variations of the sundial at 3:00 : - 30' - like your Le Jour - 45' - Yema sold one for soccer fans - 60' Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  21. manodeoro

    Broken LeJour Chronometer

    Here you can get an unbranded 7733 for $260 + shipping ... the seller says it's new old stock fully working but needs an overhaul. You could buy that movement and try to service it yourself. If you fail ... you loose about $300 If you achieve to service it ... you can swap the movements and enjoy your Lejour again ... then service and repair the original movement, swap again and keep the unbranded one for spare parts. Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  22. manodeoro

    Greetings from NH

    Welcome here ... and never say never [emoji6] 3 years from now I didn't thought I would ever try to even open a watch. 3 years later I have renovated about 10 wristwatches and I even serviced some of the movements. I must admit that I have an advantage as, being myope since I'm four years old and now presbyopic since my early 50ies, the older I get the better my near vision is. Sometimes aging sounds great [emoji39] Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  23. manodeoro

    Clone rolex!

    Thanks [emoji4] that's been a "long journey" - dismounted and cleaned everything - removed the crown and tube - lowered the crown seat - reworked the crown guards - reworked the crown (chamfered the base) - reworked the solid endlinks - redid the brushed and polished parts on the case - brushed the bracelet - polished the crystal - serviced the movement - reprinted the datewheel - changed the dial (still a cheap fake but a better one) - changed the o-rings and gaskets - put all parts back together - tested 5.8 Atm My father-in-law has been "sort of" surprised when I gave it back to him. But I sweared I'll never do that again ... funny game but too much time spent for a still so-so result. Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk
  24. manodeoro

    Clone rolex!

    As some of us already said it definitely is a poor fake BUT ... because the's always a but ... with some skills and elbow grease one can really improve those cheap watches and make them look really better, though they will never (fortunately) gleam like a gen. Last year my father-in-law asked me if I could improve one of those old fake watches. At first I said no but I finally accepted ... just for the challenge I started from that and finished with that
  25. manodeoro

    Wishing you all the best for 2019

    Wish you all a Happy New Year and hope 2019 will be a smooth year with a bunch of good things and news. And "horology problems" to solve of course ... unless you could get bored [emoji39] Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk