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  1. I just purchased a new set of Bergeron mainspring winders (#5355) which is a seven winder set with both left and right handles. I was a originally abit worried about spending a large sum on some basic kit ($800CAD) however it has really been worth it! Previously I used two vintage watch craft winder sets which caused plenty of headaches and damaged many springs which prompted me to upgrade. Although I have only wound a few springs with my new set it is quite an experience. The arbours are tapered so the spring slides smoothly off and on and after winding comes easily off the barrel without the spring flying across the room. Honestly worth every penny. I have included a few pictures of my old sets and the new beauty as well. My only complaint is that the selection of winder sizes isn’t the best and I will have to purchase a few in larger diameters to fill the gap between the set and my watchcraft pocket watch winders (green box).
  2. If you are just using them on your own watch I would just go for it! They obviously will not preform to the same degree as synthetic oils and will probably require the watch to be serviced sooner. I would also recommend that you get an oil with a viscosity between the 8000/4 and the 8300 for use on the center wheel and barrel arbour. When I first started I used clock oil for that.
  3. Would anyone know how to straighten out the overcoil on this hairspring? It is from a slimline Bulova movement and the mis-shaped overcoil causes the hairspring to sit out of flat so that rubs on the balance wheel. The spring is just slightly out of flat, which would not cause problems on most watches but because of the movements slimness it is a real problem!
  4. I am working on an 18s Elgin which is a full plate movment. The amplitude is fairly low and I have a feeling that the esentric banking pins are out of place. Usaully this is an easy adjustment to make as one can look down at the lever while making the adjustment and observe the pallets and where the lever is oriented on the banking pins. However with a full plate movment this is not possible. It does have the little circular cutouts below the pallets but this is useless when trying to observe the run to the banking. Any advice on how to adjust in such a situation?
  5. It is a Louis Brandt caliber 20 CCR grade, it is fairly unusual and rare. I believe it is based on the omega 19l movment.
  6. Does anyone know how to remove the motor barrel arbor from the ratchet wheel on this watch. I have no experience working with motor barrels. Usaully I would mess around abit but as this is a valuable watch I decided it would be better to ask first, thanks.
  7. This may seem like a stupid question, but are there strength differences between an alloy and steel mainspring of the same dimensions? I have to replace mainsprings in two pocket watches (18s Waltham and 18s Illinois) and I am concerned that fitting a modern mainspring will result in knocking. Any advice, Thanks
  8. Hello, I am restoring a fairly beaten up chronograph that is missing the centre seconds hand. I have never replaced something like this before and would like to know process of fitting a new hand. Say I was to order a new hand, how oils I be sure that it would fit the chronograph seconds recording pivot. Does it come oversized and has to be broached to shape? Thanks for the help!
  9. I have an omega with a plastic case back. I am fairly sure that it's not original and that ithe acrylic glass was added at some point and has cracked around the edges. Does anyone know how to remove this so the watch can be serviced? Thanks
  10. What is the best way to fit a t ended mainspring? I find them quite tricky to get in. Does anyone know any special tricks? And, is the method different when using a mainspring winder and when fitting a new spring still secured by ring. Thanks very much, Liam
  11. I ordered a mainspring, I'll keep you posted if it fits.
  12. It must be a sim 2608, Does anyone know the mainspring dimensions?
  13. Does anyone know what this Russian watch movment is? I beloved it is a poljot however I don't know what is the model. I want to know so that I can order a new mainspring. Thanks
  14. Well, it is possible. However you would have to learn how to make hands, a dial and the watch case. If you are really serious George Daniels book on Watchmaking has a whole chapter on making watchcases covering forming, soldering and whatnot. Also includes information on making hands and dials in other chapters. If I was you I would start by leaning how to make cases as many old watch moments out there still have a dial and hands attached. I would start using copper sheet and bar stock to make cases with as it is similar to working with silver or gold and will save you lots of money when starting out. You will need access to a decent sized lathe to make the forming tools and to machine the cases once formed. This website also has good information: https://watchmaking.weebly.com/casemaking.html Good luck on your adventure and keep us posted.
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