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  1. Thank you very much for your advice and the offer. I am not often in the UK these days, so I wouldn't be able to pick them up so soon. I see Cousins have some, as do ebay. But do you have some advice on how to NOT break the copper dial feet when taking the movement off the dial in times when you need to? Obviously they are good things to keep on, but are not made for pulling, bending etc.
  2. Hi and thanks for the reply. Are the sticky pads I'm using no good? Is there something I can get from, for example, Cousins UK? The ones I have are like this :-
  3. Hello to all. My post is all about the situation when I have to reattach a watch dial to the movement, but when the original watch dial feet are broken or, in this case, missing. I have added sticky pads, and tried to put it all back together. However, there is just not a tight enough fit of watch dial to movement. And this means I cannot properly reattach the hands as there is less space on the dial. I tried pressing them together more, but also no good. And I don't want to handle the dial too much with or without finger cots. WHY won't the sticky pads stick properly? Is it possible I have, inadvertently, bent the watch dial? It is only a small cheap one, but even so I hope I didn't. What to do that I haven't done already? Sorry the photos are in a strange order, but it wasn't easy uploading them. I think you can see what you need to.
  4. Hello again watch-fix fans. You've helped me quite a bit in the past, but THIS one may prove more tricky. It concerns my beautiful big Detomaso Palermo DT2052-B watch. Yup, I like 'em big! and THIS is 53mm of watch bigness here! But ... size in THIS case IS a problem. Having got the back off (it is a snap-back) to change the battery (or maybe it was two I changed), I just CANNOT get the watch back to snap back on! I have tried hand pressure ... NO! I have tried a watch case press both with plastic dies and now with aluminium dies. I even bought a new set of aluminium dies to 64mm, but stuill no good. First I thought it was that the top die was not big enough to press. The biggest top (ie, flat) die I have is, I think, 60mm. That die does sit on top and covers most of the back, but even with all my strength (which may not be much, but should be enough), it does NOT get that watch back to go back on. I have tried greasing all around the insides of the back (and THIS explains the greasy looks in the photos! Don't worry, it will be cleaned!). ALSO NO GOOD! I even tried oiling (with proper watch oil) and ... yup ... that watch back is still off!! FRUSTRATING!!! This is SUCH a nice watch that I WANT to wear again but it has sat unclosed for months now. If I cannot close it, then it is NOT a lot of use! I do NOT want to have to resort to passing the problem to some eBayer somewhere if i CAN fix it myself. Is therE something I am doing wrong? Do I need a bigger flat die on top? What I do rememeber is that, initially, getting the back off was quite hard. This kind of suggests that it was not a good fit to begin with! As far as I can see, nothing is obstructing anything. I get one side of the watch back down, but the other side just won't follow.
  5. Any advice out there for cleaning/polishing watch crystal glass? I know there are videos upon videos on howto clean acrylic watch crystal glass using toothpaste, Cape Cod cloths, an old toothbrush, etc. However, I am trying to get a number of scratches out of a watch crystal I have taken the movement out of. It is for me a "tester". I am fairly sure that this "tester" watch crystal is glass. I have sandpaper (wet/dry) and I have a Cape Cod cloth which I have just started using. I think you can see the scratches in question in the pics. So, what I have done so far is use 400-grit sandpaper to scrub across the grain of the scratches. I have also tried scrubbing in a circular motion. Maybe I am just not very persistent at this. I scrubbed for some time. But all I can see is that NOTHING is disappearing, and the only thing that IS happening is that now the whole glass is covered in a new set of sandpaper-made marks. Maybe I can use the Cape Cod cloth to get these out. Maybe I can use the other 1500-grit sandpaper to smooth things out too. This process looks so easy in the various Youtube videos. yes, I know these things can take time, but HOW LONG?? This is NOT one of the fun sides of watch repair that I am looking forward to doing now or, in fact, any time. I really thought that it would be the case that - scratches and marks on the crystal? No problem! I can get them out! :) But perhaps I was naive (?) How long should I be scrubbing with the sandpaper? Is 400-grit not enough? Should I get more coarse sandpaper?
  6. Hello to all. Yes it's me again. This particular problem I feel I cannot do much about, but I would value your collective opinion(s). It concerns this Seiko ladies watch. New battery in and it goes great. But the crystal is, as you can see, somerthing of a write-off. However, I do not know about changing such things - it is way beyond my area of knowledge (which in itself is not so great). This maybe a short and easy answer, but should I just take it to a watchmaker? Or maybe a whole new case? Or something else? As I said, replacing the glass is not something I know how to do. But would be a useful skill to learn I think.
  7. I STILL can't find the crown/stem position to set the date. Am I missing something?
  8. Well I have cut out both the bars. DEFINITELY NOT spring bars! And now I CAN use spring bars with a normal strap.
  9. Hello and good afternoon to all. OK, here is another little horological teaser for you to get your heads around. I have this great OASIS lady's (?) B270 watch that I got in a set to be repaired. It actually only needed a battery and works great. However, the strap DEFINITELY needs replacing! AND here is my problem. I just CANNOT figure out HOW to get the spring bar out. Actually, I am not sure it IS a spring bar. I have tried hard with all manner of tools (spring bar removers, screwdrivers, sharp knives etc.) to get the spring to release, but no joy. I took the strap off by hand, so you can see the photos to see what I have. I really HOPE it IS a spring bar, but if so, HOW to get it out?? And if it is NOT, then HOW to fit a new strap on other than by glue? Also, as an aside to all this, does ANYONE know how to set the date on this watch? But first things first eh! As far as I can tell, there are NOT two positions that you can pull out the crown to. But I could well be wrong.
  10. Yes YES YEEESSS!!! GOT the little stem piece out!! Jeez! What a pain in the butt that WAS!
  11. Hello there watch fix fans. Here's (I hope) an interesting one for you. I have this beautiful small ladies 'Fero Feldmann' Swiss-made watch - it came in a bag of "used and to be repaired" watches. From what I can see, the mechanism seems in very good working order. Just a slight shake and it goes and goes. There is no strap, but that is not the issue here. The problem is the stem and/or crown. As you can see, there is definitely no crown. But I am wondering about the stem. The watch does have its case and edoes have, as you can see, a hole where the stem and/or crown will/should fit in. There is something which appears to be some kind of part-stem at the 3 o'clock position. Using tweezers I can pull it out and push it back in quite freely. A very small screw on top holds this "stem" in place. I think you can see, in ths second photo, how this "stem" attaches to the rest of the movement. Clearly I need to attach a crown. BUT what about a stem? A stem extension? Or one of those crowns which has an extended stem-like attachment which should fix onto this current "stem" in this watch? Yes, the watch face is somewhat scratched, and the minute hand is a little bent at the top. You may say it is not worth my while trying to get this fixed. But I just SO MUCH like this little watch and would LOVE to give it life again! It clearly IS still "alive" - though I'm not sure if it is a mechanical wind-up or an automatic. The latter of these seems to be the case - as I said earlier, a little shake and the mechanism goes and goes. PErhaps with a little oil (and lots of encouragement) it can be made good. So my main question - what kind of stem/crown to attach and how to do it?
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