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Everything posted by jaycey

  1. These 2 sites are will be useful in putting together a homage watch. sterile dials so no Bolex to get bogged down in! Ready made or kits, the choice is yours. https://www.helenarou.com http://www.tiger-concept.com
  2. might need to invest in a new case back chisel too
  3. There is an auto-oiler that does this with the minimal of fuss. Well apart from the extortionate price of the oiler
  4. Indeed, I'd be quite happy for them to remove the pallets and send them in a regular envelope as a small letter. Many thanks for the offer, unfortunately it doesn't appear that the 462 pallets are compatible with the 562
  5. Guys I could really do with some help tracking down or purchasing a pallet fokr for an Elgin 562 (also used in the 546 & 542 Calibre) If anyone has one please let me know. Alternatively, there is this movement https://www.ebay.com/itm/Elgin-562-8Days-Parts-Movement/184002298464?hash=item2ad7644260:g:vfoAAOSwt6RdrGMN I can see from the pictures the pallets are present but the seller is unwilling to ship to the UK. I would be more than willing to send the money to a member (respected) in the USA to purchase for me. Remove the pallets and just send me them. If anyone can help me, I would be happy to pay a little for their time and effort getting me the pallets. Many thanks.
  6. That's perfect & exactly what I was looking for, thanks! Anyone else who's changing Seiko mainsprings, contact WatchGuy if you replace a spring not listed. The 4R36 should be added soon
  7. Nail on the head exactly! I mostly head over to the Roland Ranfft movement database when ordering mainsprings (which I replace as a matter of course with every service) Although he has the Seiko movements in the database, he lists only the part number for the barrel/mainspring complete. I will probably try and contact him regarding adding to those part numbers with actual spring replacement measurements. In the meantime though, it would be great to just have 'place' where we can collate the information for him and others to feed off whilst it builds. It will just make life a lot easier for all watchmakers in the future.
  8. I was wandering... As many Seiko complete barrel/mainsprings are beginning to command a kings ransom, has anyone seen or thought about an online resource for calibre/mainspring sizes when replacing just the mainsprings? With a little care, just the mainsprings are replaceable & it would be a lot easier to look-up the spring size rather than measuring it. I'm about to service a 4R36 so will be measuring that...
  9. I've just bought a small amount of the Horotec Episurf-Neo, which is advertised as a 'next gen' epilame treatment. Directions for use say 30 second dip, 60 second dry at air temperature. So no heat required. I too am looking for a cheap DIY alternative to the special dip bottle. I've been experimenting with the little filter baskets from the water inlets on washing machines! Haven't found the perfect solution yet, but I'm working on it!
  10. Keep us updated, I and presumably the rest of the replica fora be interested in interchangeability between shock springs. I never did see it with the ETA clones. The 7750 copy is quite nice, until you get to the auto bridge
  11. Good luck, their aim was the same with the ETA clones but they continue to use inferior material for screws and springs and this is a major downfall in their clones. All the current Rolex clones are instantly recognisable as copies by their balance assemblies. Not even close...
  12. Be warned. I have been through similar situations like this with Chinese clones of ETA movements. They use their own poor material springs and do not follow authentic sizing. Take your time and try to reinstall the spring that came out of it.
  13. Is this a 4130 clone movement?
  14. Keep it simple...fully wind the watch and see what power reserve you are getting. 40hrs plus (if you've replaced the mainspring) jobs a good'en If you didn't replace the mainspring...you should've!
  15. This is the DE (safety razor) I use https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Men-Double-Edge-Safety-Shaving-Razor-Adjustable-1-6-Files-Classic-Double-Edge-Razors-1-handle/32792086455.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.35754c4dNqTT3h It's a copy of a well regarded razor the Merkur Futur which retails at £55 They have done an excellent job at copying it, it has 5 adjustment stops for aggressiveness & the top cap just clips off for blade replacement. I highly recommend the copy, it's very well made. The blades supplied with it are usable but not brilliant. I use Gillette 7 o'clocks or Astra Platinums, available on eBay for peanuts.
  16. I've been using straight razors (cut throats) for around 15 years, I also own a Merkur Future clone (available for around £13 on Ali Express) Some of my straight razors are 100-150 years old and I am extremely proud to be part of their history. Most were manufactured in either Sheffield or Solingen and I have purchased them from all over the world. It would be wonderful to see their journey through time! I must add...They have, if cared for, a few hundred more years life in them The Merkur Future clone is for when I have a hangover, it's a excellent DE (safety razor) with a Gillette 7 o'clock blade
  17. My first point of call is usually the manufacturer... info@bergeon.swiss You never know, they might know!
  18. I wouldn't try that if I was you! As you have already found out, the Chinese springs are made from poor quality metal and break just by breathing on them. Would you rather have two broken springs, rather than one?!
  19. Just a heads-up, the release lever on a lot of quartz movements is only accessible when the stem is in a certain position (winding or 1st position usually?)
  20. Here is a list of the Orient movements, there is no "H9" http://www.watchmandan.com/orient_movements.htm Cousins stock some spares for Orient movements but you'll need to identify the correct calibre.
  21. There should be nothing to prevent removal of that wheel. A photo of the pinion (not stem!) would give us some idea of what is preventing removal. Do not cut it! The 6497 is a great starting movement to work on, good luck.
  22. Chances that the stems you purchase are gen ETA is very unlikely and if they are gen, they will work just fine anyway. Cutting stems too short was a particular favourite of mine when I started. I cut them too long now
  23. They are great looking watches! Might have to pair this with a Gen 1
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