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    Tool making, Musical instrument making, model making, vintage watches

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  1. I was told by a restorer that since benzine may have several formulas, with higher or lower flashpoint and levels of purity, to look for n-hexane instead. This is the most desired part of what comes mixed into “benzine”...
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    Venus caliber technical data

    Thanks Wls. I ordered it. And... found Christian Lass's course. I know in this forum we are all indebted to Mark Lowick, but in a purely academic way, I think we could all benefit from a constructive comparison. Someday, perhaps.
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    Venus caliber technical data

    Thank you WLS and John. The links are great. The Joseph watches site is amazing! With Mark’s 6 videos on the 175, these sites and perhaps De Carle’s books i can envisage a lot of fun. I just got a 175. And it needs servicing. Would you recommend the book ‘complicated watches and their...’ by DeCarle for venuses as well?
  4. Hello all. I just came across this on ebay, do you have any idea if it is worth the price? Does it have more info than what is already on the web? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F263816613238
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    Help identifying movement

    Thank you Luke, the lanco is the closest to date, but not exactly..
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    Help identifying movement

    Thank you Oldhippy, this 10 1/2 movement is evading all classification. No wonder I got it free.. the trademark looks like two “A”s or a “W”...
  7. Thank you Oldhippy, I oiled it. The spring can be bent back to what should be the right angles, but seems to be ‘tired’. It will serve me well nonetheless. I may need to shape it a few more times, but cannot imagine using it extensively.
  8. Hello all, I just got a K&D mainspring winder very cheap, but the tool is a bit stuck and the spring does not open when the ring is loosened. I would like to clean and oil the spring. Any clues on how to disassemble the winder? I don't want to ruin the threads turning the wrong way or using pliers... Thank you!
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    Help identifying movement

    Got the thing out! the glass pops out without the need of a watch glass opener.. just a knife.. Not HB 106..
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    Help identifying movement

    That’s very close, thank you rogarth63. I will open the thing asap.
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    Help identifying movement

    I looked underneath the balance complete and there was no mark. Will remove from the case then. Thank you Oldhippy
  12. I went trough Ranfft very carefully, but still could not find this Larex watch. Closest I could find was HB106. Is there any other source for finding movements like this vintage one?1078A swiss made...
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    Great example! Much better than what I saw first http://calibercorner.com/maurice-lacroix-caliber-ml-16/ Funny how in the comments people both praise and loath the level of 'imperfection' or 'brutality vs elegance'. Wasn't it from Papi, what would the comments be? Anyway, great inspiration. I will not touch any springs yet. Only the brass parts.
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    Nice work! Thank you for sharing.. I will start mine slowly. One bridge at a time. Let’s see how far I get.