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  1. qhartman

    Watch of Today

    I just got one of those Accutron astronauts as well and I love it. It runs a little fast, but I understand that it just means it needs to be adjusted for the higher voltage off modern batteries. Maybe I'll find someone to do that this spring. This is my current daily though: Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  2. One addition: Watches You Can Afford Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  3. Wow, great list. Thanks for this! Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  4. qhartman

    Watch Batteries.

    Doh. I was thinking of alkaline vs silver oxide when I dashed that off. It would be nice if lithium were an option, but as far as I know unless the watch is designed for it, it isn't for the reasons you state. Sorry my haste let some misinformation get out. Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  5. qhartman

    ESA 9162 Tuning fork movement

    Given at least some similarity to the Accutron, I wonder if someone who works primarily on those would be willing to take this one? Oldfathertime.com and accutrons.com are the two places I know of. Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  6. qhartman

    Watch Batteries.

    This article has a lot of good information on this topic, including types and brands they found were less likely to leak: http://www.great-british-watch.co.uk/how-to-spot-and-deal-with-watch-battery-leaks/ I've just decided that whatever the benefits of silver oxide are, they are outweighed by the risk of using them, so I use lithium whenever I can. Whenever I can't, I replace them every three years or so, dead or not, and recommend that anyone I replace them for do the same.
  7. Odds are good that the hand for the DoW indicator has come off the pinion, or at least become loose. If you were to remove the hand entirely and replace it, through some trial and error of resetting the date you could probably find how it should be oriented. Ideally when testing, put it back loosely so that it stands proud enough to not get fouled on the dial.
  8. qhartman

    ESA 9162 Tuning fork movement

    I'm unable to answer your question, but I'm wondering if these movements are the same as or similar to the original Bulova Accutron movements?
  9. qhartman

    Nike WC0052

    It's certainly possible, but unless you get lucky and the movement is a common one, or it's a standard size, finding the right case could be a challenge. I'd be particularly concerned with the fact that is has that inner bezel, which will have to fit very cleanly into the new case, or may even be integrated into the existing case. Then of course you have to deal with not just the stem and crown, but also the chrono pushers. All in all, the odds of finding something off the shelf that works well are small. Here's a chart that will help you convert mm measurements to ligne, which is what many watch cases use to state what movements they can accommodate are: https://cwrnh.com/watch-movement-size-conversion-chart/ Good luck with the search if you decide to go that way!
  10. qhartman

    Nike WC0052

    Having seen the picture of the strap alone, I'm more confident in the "3D print an adapter" approach. If enough of these were sold, it might make for a decent side hustle. Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  11. qhartman

    Nike WC0052

    It would depend upon how the strap attaches to the case. Based on what I can see, my hope would be that you can remove the caseback and then slide the band off with some kind of tongue and groove fitment. If that's the case, my inclination would be to 3D model a piece that would slide in as an adapter and can accept standard bands with springbars and then 3D print it. Once you have a design that works, send your design off to one of the places that can 3D print in metal to have them create a more attractive and durable long-term piece. A couple that does Youtube videos on making stuff called "Evan and Katlyn" went through this process in a series of videos a few months ago for making a custom folding knife. They have lots of guidance about the process in those videos. Good luck!
  12. qhartman

    Case back opening.

    It looks like a standard case wrench would do it. It has the notches for one. Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  13. Yes! I got it back a few weeks ago. It's running great and the new crystal looks beautiful. He repainted the hands, which makes sense since the original paint was flaking, but I'm not sure how I feel about the new paint contrasting with the faded dial. All in all, he did a great job. I would recommend him without hesitation. Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  14. This is fairly common failure. Usually, there is a means to attach the dial to the movement to keep them together. In most watches this is done via little tabs or studs that poke off the back of the dial and are held in place with set screws. It looks like those feet probably broke off, likely due to some large shock or vibration. A half-assed fix is to just glue the dial to the movement, but that's a bad practice as it make future repairs harder. The right way is to replace the broken dial feet. A reasonable middle ground is to use some non-permanent double-sided tape.
  15. Honestly most of those mass produced luxury watches use the same movements, they are just the ones that have been finished better and have been tested to be more accurate. ETA produces the same movement in many different grades, and the higher grades will go in the more expensive watches. But even so, if you shop for just the movements, even high grade ETA movements aren't a ton more expensive than lower grade ones. Think $100 vs $80. That kind of scale. What folks are really paying for there mostly are Superior finishing and brand. When you get into bespoke and highly modified movements though, then you're talking about something else. If accuracy is your goal, get quartz, especially high accuracy quartz (HAQ). Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk