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rustycolt

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  1. This is definitely my preference, but aside from a scrap movement, what I'm wondering is if the set stones are available from a parts supplier such as Cousins or Ofrei, and if so, what exactly are they named?
  2. Good day. Today I am working on a wonderful Hamilton 940 18s railroad watch owned by a descendant of the original owner. It's a great service to be involved with. The watch has seen some tough years and due to wear and rough handling, several of the jewels are cracked. I've replaced jewels and bushings before, but this is the first time I have encountered capped jewels throughout the train as found in this watch. (the photo is not of my project, but illustrates the type of jeweling involved - the capped ones are at the escape wheel and pallet fork at top of photo) My question is about the best approach to sourcing replacements. Should I be looking for and replacing just the jewel in the existing brass retainers, or is there a way to find replacements as a drop in? It would be lovely if the latter was an option, but inexperience is preventing me from knowing what exactly I'm looking for when shopping.
  3. Correction. It's an early Valjoux 24, not a 5 if anyone cares.
  4. ...and while I now feel a bit silly about my 'cheap Swiss' assessment earlier, it's times like this when I'm more than happy to be wrong
  5. Nailed it. Great lead. Thanks to that, I was able to easily determine this is actually a Valjoux 5 movement. Exactly what I needed to know to proceed. Thanks for getting me over the hump!
  6. Good day all. I've got a movement with a mark I have not come across until now. The only mark visible is the one on the chronograph bridge pictured. Based on what I see in terms of engineering and fitment, I believe this to be a lower end Swiss made piece. Can anyone paint a more complete or accurate picture? There are a few missing or incorrect parts I'll need to sort out.
  7. Good day. I've found that the Citizen parts are often more available than they first appear. The trick is to figure out what the Miyota movement number is. It is not always the same as the Citizen reference. For example - I recently needed a rotor for a Citizen movement F500. I searched high and low, and the only option available was directly from Citizen. Cost prohibitive, and unless you have a silver tongue, they do not want to sell you parts over the counter. Thought that watch would be end of life. As others have pointed out, they don't hold a lot of intrinsic value. I happened to stumble on to the fact that 'F500' was a Citizen specific re-label of Miyota's FS00 reference. Lo and behold, that part was available from Cousins (as a movement listed, or just the rotor by request). Ended up being cheap as chips, and a rather simple repair. Heirloom watch? No. Worth cost of repair? Absolutely. Good luck!
  8. Thank ye Geo. Perfect, and extremely helpful. I don't have any screw extraction tools, so I wanted to be sure. I can now proceed with confidence.
  9. Does anyone know for certain if the screw is regular thread or left hand on these? It is an unmarked screw, and mine won't budge in either direction with a normal amount of torque. Last thing I want is a screw extraction problem if I get it wrong.
  10. Thanks for sharing a very admirable sampling! I'm head over heels for the Eterna Telemetre. Do you have any additional information about it? I'd love to add that to my dream team search list.
  11. Thanks fellas. It was truly a labour of love. This project was one of the primary drivers for me to take up watch work in the first place. When the wreck landed on my desk, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it, and from there on out, I knew that I had to practice, learn, build skills and abilities so that I was worthy and capable of the task. It is one (very rewarding and satisfying) thing to learn about troubleshooting and tools from books, vids, and great groups like this one, but this project taught me a lot about the sentimentality and personal connection that we have with objects like this, and watches in particular. It's a wonderful expression of engineering and emotion which I like to think we all share in, whether we realize it or not. Regardless of the future of my watch working, and even if I mature to the point where I am fortunate enough to have the challenge of much more expensive or complicated movements, this one will always be a high water mark for me in terms of accomplishment and meaningfulness. It will forever be one of my most treasured and valued projects.
  12. So my intentions of journalling my progress of this project seemed to have gone awry. It has been complete for some time now, and I was so focussed on the work itself, as well as a few deadline issues, that I failed to record my progress with words or photos. With apologies out of the way, it's better late than never, here's a basic recap of how things went: I decided to send out the case and crown for replacing. The 10K RGP finish on it was in decent condition, with a little bit of honest wear, and more than a few service engravings. I wanted the finished watch to reflect some of the history of itself, so I took care of the preparation and polishing myself, making sure to improve the appearance without buffing out the sentimentality. The replating was a cosmetic decision. Mrs RustyColt dislikes yellow gold, and I was concerned that may discourage her from wearing this watch, regardless of emotional connection. I found a plating service in Vancouver, BC that could do the parts in 18K rose gold, and was fairly pleased with the results. It turns out that the plater I chose does not do a lot of watches, and I think that they are used to much larger parts. In the end, all was well. The dial also went out for refinishing. It was my first foray into this, so (partly) based on the experiences of others in the WRT forums, I decided to sub out the job to International Dial Co. Having heard that the achilles of them is their often unpredictable and lengthy turnaround time, I was sure to get the dial to them a full 3 months prior to Mrs RC's birthday (when I was hoping to present it to her). Needless to say I did not make that deadline, but I was satisfied with the workmanship of International in the end. As I had changed the case from yellow to rose gold, I had International change the hands and dial indicators to match. All in all, I was pleased with those results as well. Servicing took place while the parts were out. The Longines 10L is one of the nicer movements I have had the pleasure of working on in my brief foray into watch repair, and it was a truly pleasurable experience to have hands on such a finely made piece. On final assembly, it became evident that there was damage to the balance staff pivot which would require a replacement. I was able to source a scrap movement from eBay, which yielded a suitable replacement. This was a rather nerve-wracking part of the process however, as I have had very poor results with any hairspring work I have done thus far, and the replacement balance staff needed to have the original hairspring transferred to it. Patience won the day, and the transplant succeeded. I was able to install and poise the replacement, and at this point, I was still on schedule for the birthday presentation. I still had to replace the missing crystal and seconds hand, and for this I had taken some measurements and scoured Cousins catalogue for suitable parts. Those arrived around the time I was finishing up the service, and I was, once again, pleased with what was on hand. The crystal was bang on, and the seconds hand (I had ordered a couple different ones to see what would look best in the end) also worked out quite nicely. While it would have been nice to have had the seconds hand prior to sending off the dial and hands for refinishing so that it could have been done to match, I did end up satisfied with that being a contrasting black indicator. Regrettably, the only internal photos I have from the project are the ones I took during disassembly for reference. Joyfully, and without further ado, I present those, along with the finished product for your enjoyment:
  13. Well sir, while I do prefer to find my treasures in what I like to call "workable" condition, for the experience you understand, I do know you to be a source of quality workmanship. Do feel free to drop me a solicitous line when the time to sell arrives. I have not been buying much this year (larcenous exchange rate), but you just never know where the next irresistible temptation will come from.
  14. That's an exceptionally admirable Bulova! It seems with each new glimpse I get into your collection, I gain even more appreciation for our common tastes, though I must admit a modicum of envy for your propensity to obtain many which I merely desire.
  15. Does anyone know of a source for replacement calendar wheels for these? I've one on the bench suffering from perpetual 22nd syndrome. Even more vexing is that it has the date window at 4h.
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