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Martini

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  1. Martini

    Save my diver

    anilv> Very clear, thanks for that writeup. Precisions: the watch doesn't work for a few seconds when I wind it, it works (well, worked) while I'm winding it and stops immediately if I let go the crown (not a few seconds later). About the water, I don't think a flow of water entered the watch, that was probably just moisture condensing, indicating failing gaskets: I didn't clean anything. manodeoro> Bonjour ! I do want to get some experience in horology. But only "some" experience, I'm not ready for a full service. Cost-wise, I didn't spend $50 in tools (I thank China) and some of them would be needed to swap the current movement with a new one anyway. I'm not in a hurry, I'm enjoying other watches for the moment. The fact I don't want to service the movement has to do with skills (and lack of oil) rather than time: I want to make baby steps. There's no power left in the main spring since the barrel is sitting on my desk. So, rather than opening it to see the spring, I should replace everything on the movement and remove the balance and palet fork and see if it winds and unwinds? Can I do that without putting the main bridge back?
  2. Martini

    Save my diver

    I can certainly give it a good look tomorrow as well as take pictures. Doesn't the fact that it ticks when I wind it and stops as soon as I let the crown go help for the diagnosis?
  3. Martini

    Save my diver

    I'm not cleaning the parts, hoping the oil that's on them will hold for a bit more (years?). My only objective right now is to get it to run. There will come a day when I want to do a full service, ultrasonic cleaning, oiling, gasket changing, pressure testing, the whole deal. But today is not that day, I'm not ready to go down that route.
  4. Martini

    Save my diver

    Thank god I'm working on a movement worth $50 new I don't have anything to oil the movement and I'd really really like to avoid taking it all apart: I cannot service it. I only hope I can find why it doesn't tick when it should, put it back together and have it working for a few more years.
  5. Martini

    Save my diver

    It's just that I felt it was more secure staying there rather than me going anywhere near it. I hoped I could fix the main gear issue without removing all parts, especially not the balance wheel. I could be completely wrong, that's only what I'm thinking.
  6. Martini

    Save my diver

    You're right. I've changed tweezers and it came. Now the question is: what do I do with it? About the complete tear down: I thought the less amount of parts I removed, the bigger the chance I can put it back together afterwards So, if I could solve the problem at this stage and put it back together somehow, I'd be a pretty happy guy. Fouling parts?
  7. Martini

    Save my diver

    Tadaaaaa I was thinking about removing the two circled screw and lifting the bridge to remove the main spring barrel. Your thought? (EDIT : I removed the hands and dial on the other face, nothing else. Not even the date wheel)
  8. Martini

    Save my diver

    I don't need the watch to be running by the end of the week, I want it to be running eventually. If that takes me 2 months, that's ok, I'm a patient man. Maybe I'll end up buying a new movement and swapping it but I'd rather try to see what's wrong with this one. Scrap movements for training: agreed...I consider the non-working Miyota to be my first training movement :-D So, my plan, so far: wait for ma last tools (hands remover, ...) to arrive (a week); remove the rotor; remove the main bridge; take a picture and post it here.
  9. Martini

    Save my diver

    Very happy to feel some support from you guys! Service: not doing that for the moment, I have no oil, no skills, nothing. Waterproofing: that's step 2. If I resuscitate the watch, I'll most probably buy a chinese waterproof testing machine. Knowing the symptoms, how do you feel about my idea that it's a main spring issue? What's the right strategy, then? Is there a Miyota 8215 service book somewhere I didn't find? I don't want to exasperate you with questions but I tend to do ten times more planing than action...and I'm waiting for some tools anyway.
  10. Martini

    Save my diver

    I'm French. Yeah, I reckon I could get a new movement for $50 and swap it. But that's plan B. Plan A is to take the watch apart, **BLEEP** it up completely...and only then replace the movement :-D
  11. Martini

    A new frenchman

    There:
  12. My Beuchat Apnea has been a work horse for nearly 10 years (bought it the 11th Feb 2008)...up until a few month ago when condensation appeared inside after a shower (which isn't that great for a diver ). I let it to rest in a warm (not too hot) place with the crown unscrewed and the water disappeared. Worked for a few more weeks and that was it.Today, it only ticks when I wind it : the second hands moves while I manually wind it and stops as soon as I let the crown go. (That makes me think there's something wrong with the main spring...which makes me think it's unrelated to the shower incident).When I unscrew the back, I don't see anything obviously wrong (by that, I mean I didn't end up with a spring in my eye).For the price of a service, I can buy some tools and actually learn some skills. I know some will think it's a bad idea but I insist on doing it myself, hopefully with your guidance. Would you guys be able to guide me through that? I think it's a Miyota 8215 (Miyota, I'm sure, it's written on it )
  13. Martini

    A new frenchman

    Watch enthusiast for a long time, I've had a few tools for a long time but never did more than changing a battery on a quartz or regulating a Russian movement. I've enjoyed the watch repair youtube channel and I need to do some work on my diver, hence my sign-up here
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