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  1. AlamedaMike

    1930s or 40s New Haven

    I too am a Timex person. Service about 1 Timex a week as a hobby. Every once in a while an oddball watch like this will be part of a lot, and I get very interested in making it go. Cheers.
  2. AlamedaMike

    1930s or 40s New Haven

    Yes, you remove the two screws, and the plate comes off exposing the main spring. There is a main spring barrel there. If I had a side shot you would see it. Westclox and Timex are similar movement designs with only two plates. This movement was quite easy to work with, especially how easy it was to remove the balance.
  3. Just a couple of pics of a recent service. Ran the movement in cleaning fluid for a week with a couple of fluid changes. Lots of crud came off. Polished the crystal and case, polished up a vintage band. Oiled and running like a champ now.
  4. AlamedaMike

    Watch of Today

    Like anything mechanical, it needs to stay clean and oiled. The oil can get old, so a clean and re-oiling should be enough. I'm just finishing a '67 Viscount myself. Over time, the winding weight can break off its mounting hub if the hub area got wet and rust starts to form. Unlike your work on the 70's automatic, everything on this 60's automatic comes out the back.
  5. AlamedaMike

    Hello from Watford U.K

    Welcome! There are a few Timex peeps on here.
  6. AlamedaMike

    Timex Movement Assembly Tip

    Very nice. Yep, leaving the stem in does help as it keeps the winding cog and its two plates in place. Just have to be careful not to handle the stem too much, else it can pull out.
  7. AlamedaMike

    Timex Movement Assembly Tip

    Me experience exactly! Nope, I have no trick. We need to come up with one.
  8. AlamedaMike

    Timex Movement Assembly Tip

    Yep, I had it out at one point.
  9. AlamedaMike

    Timex Movement Assembly Tip

    Yes, most of the time I clean them as specified by the service manual. But sometimes you need to replace parts. On this one, one of the pallet fork pins broke off, so I put in a properly functioning pallet fork.
  10. Not sure how many Timex people there are on this board, but I'll post this here in hopes that this may help. There are two plates in many Timex movements: 1) the dial plate, 2) the movement plate. If you find yourself separating the plates, all the gearing falls out. Fun! At some point you hopefully decide to try putting things back together. If you find yourself in this predicament, put the dial side down and insert all parts into the dial side first. Doing this helps keep all the pins lined up vertically, so that when you attempt the put the movement plate on its just a little less of a PITA. Picture attached. Thanks, Mike
  11. AlamedaMike

    #24 movement

    Yeow!
  12. AlamedaMike

    My Intro

    Yeah, I just follow the guidelines stated mostly by Timex, with a few modifications, like leaving the balance in. I started with Timex movements. Full tear downs and such. Bridged movements seem like a walk in the park! :-) No I don't own any Ingersoll's. Outside of my Timex watches, I own a couple Caravelle's, and a Rodania.
  13. AlamedaMike

    My Intro

    Take out the movement. Let the power out of the main spring. Remove the rocking bar and its 3 winding gears. Remove the ratchet wheel. Remove the minute wheel assembly, and any date gears if its a date movement. I loosen the balance screw about 2 - 2.5 turns out, but leave the balance in if its basically grime free. Then a dip in lighter fluid with hand agitation followed by a dip in a rubbing alcohol rinse. Air/blow dry. Then put all the parts back on and oil. I take the balance screw off, flip it over, and fill about 1/2-3/4 with oil and put it back in slightly. Then I turn the movement over and oil the the balance pin that goes in the base plate v-conic bearing. This is how I "oil" the v-conic bearing, by putting oil on the balance pin. Acrylic crystal is hand sanded wet with 1500 and 2000, followed by Mother's Mag Aluminum Polish by hand. Works wonders. Chrome plating is hand polished with chrome polish. Various bits are cleaned with Q-Tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. Dial numbers, decorative dial doo-dads, and hands are cleaned with a Magic Rub eraser. Then entire dial is cleaned with Rodico and a micro-fiber cloth. That's the majority of it. I looked over the cleaning method you documented (nice job BTW), and turns out you and I basically do the same thing.
  14. AlamedaMike

    My Intro

    Thanks everyone. Appreciate the positivism of this site! JerseyMo, I follow your EBay store and I have certain WRT posts of yours bookmarked for reference. Without knowing it, you've helped me learn quite a bit about Timex watches, so thanks! "Timexican" hahahaha.
  15. AlamedaMike

    My Intro

    Hello, I'm Mike. Loved watches most of my life thanks to my Grandfather's collection. I've only recently started to understand their inner workings, which has led me to servicing vintage, mechanical and electro-mechanical Timex watches as a hobby. Mark's videos have been INDISPENSABLE in my journey into the world of watch servicing. When I'm not tinkering with watches, I restore vintage Vespas and Lambrettas and wrench on an old Ford pickup. Thanks. I look forward to learning a lot and maybe contributing now and then. Attached are 4 of my latest serviced Timex watches.
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