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Posts posted by jaycey

  1. 20 hours ago, aac58 said:

    WatchGuy has a mainspring database here where with some Seikos, although not all are listed. Sometimes you have to figure out what movement have the exact same spring.

    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:)

  2. 1 minute ago, WatchMaker said:

    Hi @jaycey - I've not worked on a Seiko before but I still read most forum postings no matter what the topic as, assuming I can't answer a particular question, I can still add to my knowledge base!

    What I've interpreted from your query and Seiko mainspring postings in general is that if a new mainspring is required then by design it should be a barrel-complete job but getting hold of these is not easy. However with some care it is possible to open a 'sealed barrel' to replace the mainspring.

    In this case I would say that a ready reference for springs required per calibre is a great idea! It would be interesting to see what Seiko aficionados think. 

    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.

  3. 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...


  4. 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!




  5. 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.

  6. 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 themB)


    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;)

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  7. 15 hours ago, PeterS said:

    Do you mean I can take the spring from the lower shock, fit it in the upper shock and use the Chinese one for the lower shock?


    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?!

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