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Vacherin last won the day on March 29 2018

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    Cheese, metalwork, tools, cars, clocks, computers, the odd tipple. Oh, and sometimes WATCHES!
  1. Great thread thanks,. I have read most of the dial making threads. This one looks promising fun and realistically achievable. As an alternative has anyone here engraved a dial? I saw a pad printing setup in a factory clearance, and I couldn't help but think I could make something similar with a Drill Press. Repeatability of alignment would be key. I am also wondering if I could cast bathroom silicon using eggshells as a mould shape to make pads, as some of the newer pads are silicon, although some pads are only £50, ink and rollers are not cheap, nor is the "typeset" dial image, although this setup I saw had a plastic one which I would imagine was cheaper to make.
  2. Maybe time the second hand, is it spot on 60 secs per rotation? Perhaps check it's position exactly on the minute after an hour or two.
  3. Nickelsilver that is an amazing picture thanks! I have not thought about the crystal hitting the movement. That looks like an attractive way of getting round that problem. Yankeedog I did see an Omega on here that someone had simply fitted a crystal to the back of.
  4. I have a few generic cases that I could chuck up in the lathe and machine a recess in the back with tapered sides. The idea is then to heat the back, put the glass in the freezer, and shrink fit it. Can I just use mineral glass (ie, from a window!). I have never worked with glass other than cutting panes for house windows (not easy!). I guess I can grind the glass while super glued on a mandrel, using a dremel while the glass rotates? What sort of taper angle should I aim for? Any idea what thickness of glass I should use? I have access to a surface grinder with a magnetic table. I was thinking that if the glass was thick when I fitted it I could take off a mm, then hand polish using silicon carbide powder on a glass block. Is this all impractical? I did consider making a screw back from scratch, but was not sure how to cut the thread, and I still would need to know how to fit the glass.
  5. Quartz watches are a nightmare because what can you do when they go wrong, or it gets left and the battery leaks, after someone starts using hearing aid batteries to save on cost. My neighbour had an Omega Seamaster he bought in the 60s, and he never had it serviced in 40 years, and wore it every day. It looked very worn to say the least! I wasn't so into mechanical watches then so didn't question him much. Maybe the oil life is preserved by continual movement? I don't know. Perhaps synthetics provide better life over 10 years, then drop off significantly? I was at Basel World and spoke to a Miyota Rep, they were selling mechanical movements (large orders) for much less than a Swiss jeweler charges for a battery swap! ETA were not displaying any mechanical movements! I am a quartz fan BTW and bought my first Swiss Quartz watch last week (after looking for one at a good price for ages), a Beta 21 Omega!
  6. The Base castings theory is a good one. It doesn't have markings on any parts, apart from someone's initials, AG which appear all over the place. The slide is very nice thankfully, and it is all nice and tight. It came from a house clearance in Switzerland. I already have some W-20 collets from my Schaublin 102 which I bought dismantled. Anything with a decent slide on it fetches a small fortune, apart from this thankfully.
  7. It takes W20 20mm Schaublin collets, and has no makers name on it. LA346 seems to be a part number, other castings have sequential numbers. It is extremely heavy for it's size and is very well made. Bronze nuts on the slides, roller bearings on all rotating parts inc tail stock.
  8. I wondered how effective the old 1960s/70s cleaning machines are compared to low end dual transducer chinese items Andy Hull mentions? I was offered a larger Elmar Vacmatic. Like a small cupboard on 4 castors with 4 jars in the bottom with pipes going in! Are these just museum items nowadays? Here is a picture of a smaller table top machine. This is the sort of thing.
  9. Yes, agreed. It is not an obvious choice of career and seems daunting at first, but you could easily operate from a suitcase, and build up skill levels from there.
  10. Looks nicely made and is almost working. I wouldn't start fixing that as my first watch repair because of that! Put it aside until you have taken a couple apart and put them back together still working! Does it stop randomly, or with hands in a particular position? Anyway, being a machinist should help a lot making tools. De Carle's book has a lot on that, and I imagine you should be able to take things further than he suggests with your background.
  11. Are there any Asylum seekers on here learning the trade? Just thinking, watch repair/watch making could be a good start in life for a young person with drive, good eyesight, lots of spare time, nimble fingers and an internet connection. Would be interesting to know if anyone has tried it.
  12. These professional Swiss benches, the most amazing thing I noticed it is the wide range of height adjustment via telescopic legs. My idea was to use square section steel tubes with wooden posts inside and dowels to set height, never tried it as I managed to pick up a surplus bench, but the right size tube should work with an Ikea table as most have square legs.
  13. Has anyone replaced their Isoma Centering microscope or similar optical device with an electronic gadget, like a snake inspection camera, a DSLR, or electronic microscope, some other Chinese made electronic wonder that gives an output to a PC monitor? I am trying to fit out a Schaublin 102 size lathe for gear cutting and other work. I don't have an Isoma microscope, but lots of people certainly used to use these, and as they are up to £400 second hand it is not a cheap investment. I picked up an Isoma microscope locally quite cheaply, from a guy that was renting a unit in the old ETA factory, but it turns out this was an optical measuring device that was used for tool setting, and it doesn't have a built in light facility. Basically it is a massively heavy steel plate, and the microscope is moved around with hand wheels like a cross slide.
  14. Another vote here for Donald De Carle's book "Watch Repairing". I like pocket watches, always wanted one since being a kid and seeing antique ones. While they are bigger than watches, they are a lot more convenient to collect than cars or boats, and the tools take up less space! I like De Carle's approach, as he starts from first principles, and makes so many parts instead of trying to buy them.
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