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yankeedog

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    yankeedog got a reaction from nichod in I put away my cartridge razor   
    All right you guys.... In a fit of nostalgia I went on ebay and ordered myself a safety razor. Well to quote the great philosopher Yogi Berra."NOSTALGIA AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE "! it arived in all it's chrome plated glory along with a package of TREET razor blades..Made to Pakistan standards, I cast a dubious eye upon them, but none the less loaded the razor. I put on my glasses and got busy. I leaned something in the process , the reason why Sikhs don't shave .the blade was awful. I used the lightest possible touch ,and it was still a blood letting. Or is this normal ? is the point of the first shave to slice off all the irregularities  on your face so the second shave is smoother? I also remembered why I put the stupid thing down after wilkinson sword stopped making blades in the UK. I am not going to give up just yet. I am going to try another sort of blade, 
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    yankeedog got a reaction from bodymassagewatch in Timex M25 caliber handwound movement won't wind   
    synthetic 0w20 motor oil.I have had good results with it. I have tried ATF , but it is too thin. I have tried hypoid gear oil, but it is too thick.now mind you I don't work on anything too expensive. according to the viscosity chart  0w20 and 0w30  have a thickness very similar to moebius oils used for general lubrication.
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    yankeedog got a reaction from bodymassagewatch in Timex M25 caliber handwound movement won't wind   
    Yes fully wound but won't run  due to dirt or lack of lubrication, run it immersed in naphtha. Dial and hands removed. That ought to clean out the dirt and old sludge.Then run it again if the fluid is dirty. let dry ,lubricate sparingly pay attention to the hairspring when doing so the watch wont run if it is not completely dry. 
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    yankeedog got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Well abused Elbon.DIY leather strap.

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    yankeedog got a reaction from jdm in Hello - keen novice from Cheshire   
    Most destroy the first watch they touch, the rest won't admit it.
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    yankeedog got a reaction from berniethebolt in roamer quartz   
    Quartz movements make me cringe.you could try flushing it out with a plastic safe electronic spray cleaner. I have had mixed success with it. Don't hit it with a full force blast , just let it sort of dribble through you will be surprised at the gunk you wash out. let it dry in the sun.
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    yankeedog got a reaction from milosbn in Aerowatch Neuchatel conversion...   
    Excellent.You would have to be an expert to know it didn't come from the factory.
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    yankeedog got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    This one just came off the work bench.The progeny of two movements with different issues.it has more positional variation than I like,but it is shuffling along pretty well.genuwine leather strap from the Wal-Mart discount bin set me back a whole 99 cents

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    yankeedog got a reaction from Johnnie in Watch of Today   
    This one just came off the work bench.The progeny of two movements with different issues.it has more positional variation than I like,but it is shuffling along pretty well.genuwine leather strap from the Wal-Mart discount bin set me back a whole 99 cents

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    yankeedog got a reaction from Nucejoe in To boldly go where no man has gone before..   
    Five Goats? how could you go wrong ?You probably paid a chicken and a pig to get it.
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    yankeedog got a reaction from JohnR725 in Most Useless Watch Tool   
    I disagree with the premise.It has one use.so it is not useless..It would more correctly be called the least useful watch tool.
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    yankeedog got a reaction from berniethebolt in roamer quartz   
    You can tilt the movement out once you remove the crystal.Them stem would be in two pieces, a sort of male/female arrangement. The part attached to the crown being split.With the movement slightly tilted rotate the crown, feel for the spot where the split is perpendicular to the case, it will be obvious to you when it is as the movement will have the most tilt. It should then tilt out pretty easily.
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    yankeedog reacted to Marc in I put away my cartridge razor   
    About 20 years ago I came across my dad's old straight razor, a Sheffield made Taylor's Eye Witness. It was just the blade and dad had relegated it to cutting quill pens for calligraphy. He once told me that he considered one of his greatest achievements to be successfully shaving with it on a moving steam train just after WW2 without any blood loss.
    Anyway, I made new scales for it, honed it up and gave it a go, and was mightily impressed. I have since managed to accumulate around 30 of the things along with a couple of vintage strops, and they are regularly used as part of my daily ablutions. However, for speed on workday mornings I use a DE razor. I have 2 of them, a 1950's Gillette Aristocrat, and a 1920's Gillette #77 set open comb (the only 2 piece Gillette ever made), and they get used in equal measure. Using Wilkinson Sword blades they are about the best shave I've ever had after the straight. As for saving money, my entire shaving inventory has been sourced from car boot sales for a total cost of about £40, and that includes 25 unopened packs of NOS Wilkinson Sword blades.
    Vintage Gillettes are now very collectible. I have managed to pick up a good half dozen at car boot sales over the last couple of years, never pay more than about £2, clean them up and straight on ebay. The one piece TTO's and adjustables always fetch good money, and mint boxed Aristocrats reliably get well over £100.
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    yankeedog reacted to milosbn in Aerowatch Neuchatel conversion...   
    Perfect fitting ...and i just can say it is a superb watch ! What say you?

    Послато са SM-J600FN уз помоћ Тапатока


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    yankeedog got a reaction from jdrichard in Most Useless Watch Tool   
    I disagree with the premise.It has one use.so it is not useless..It would more correctly be called the least useful watch tool.
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    yankeedog reacted to AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Today I have a Ruhla/UMF "Falux" branded pin lever based on a late variant of their Caliber 24 design and produced in the GRD around 1978.

    The movement looked familiar, and indeed is very similar to a Saxon branded Ruhla I restored at back in november.  I found a couple of nearly identical versions of this dial on line, with Saxon and other logos.


    It runs reasonably well, but the balance objects if I try to get the beat error below about 3ms, so there is probably a little wear or eccentricity issue there. I didn't delve any deeper as I suspect it might not be possible to improve on the results owing to the somewhat rudimentary nature of the balance.
    It whirs away at a somewhat pedestrian 18000 bph with an almost cartoonish and very audible tick-tock, but has kept pretty reliable time over the last day or so.
    Edit: Given the spec of the movement, I think this particular one is well within spec.
    Escapement: Pin Pallet Escapement with a Safety Blade and Roller
    Balance Spring: Temperature Compensating
    Accuracy: +240 sec/ – 120 sec/day
    Number of Beats per Hour: 18,000
    Diameter of movement: 24mm
    Height of movement: 6mm

    -2 to +4 mins per day. That is a pretty big target to hit.
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    yankeedog reacted to Johnnie in Watch of Today   
    And today it's a Seiko...

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    yankeedog reacted to AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    I picked up a couple of NOS watch bands a while back.

    "High quality French real leather" apparently, or if you put the embossed wording on the back (semelle croute de cuir veritable) in to Google translate.. "genuine leather crotch sole", which sounds more like something you might expect to find strapped to your wrist in Madam Sin's basement of correction in some dark corner of the Quartier Pigalle, than a quality French watch strap.
    Some day machine translation will improve no doubt, but I rather enjoy it the way it is.

     
    The "crotch sole" bands were in new condition, but dry as a stick, so a little leather rejuvenation was in order. I popped one on to replace the XL strap that was on this Lorus quartz, so it is a much more comfortable fit, with less excess strap flapping in the breeze.
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    yankeedog reacted to Deggsie in Newmark Pin Pallet   
    There is something very relaxing, maybe reassuring about the sound of this relatively loud Pin Pallet Newmark watch. I picked it up on eBay some years ago in a non working state and discovered as usual that the balance pivots and hair spring were to blame. Anyway, a similar movement came up for grabs and luckily the balance and hairspring were fine. The old newmark received a donor kidney and is now ticking away beautifully. Mind you, my wife says it drives her mad!
     
    I’m told these were manufactured at Croydon, in Kent England, adjacent to the now defunct airport. I’m not certain though.
     



     
     
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    yankeedog got a reaction from Deggsie in oh boy, here we go again   
    Homebrew? AND watches? That's almost as good as alcohol tobacco and firearms.
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    yankeedog got a reaction from noirrac1j in A lovely little lusina   
    Oil of Ol'lady . common misspelling.
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    yankeedog got a reaction from noirrac1j in oh boy, here we go again   
    For the most part, Cops are just regular guys, whose job its is to keep the peace and collect revenue.Your nosey neighbors called, so they had to respond, and trust me those guys are still telling that story.
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    yankeedog got a reaction from dbals in oh boy, here we go again   
    For the most part, Cops are just regular guys, whose job its is to keep the peace and collect revenue.Your nosey neighbors called, so they had to respond, and trust me those guys are still telling that story.
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    yankeedog reacted to dbals in oh boy, here we go again   
    At our last house someone called the cops as I was brewing beer.  Said I was making moonshine-  cops come asked a couple of questions and showed up a few hours later when their shift was over with beers to learn how to homebrew!  I showed those neighbors! 
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    yankeedog got a reaction from dbals in oh boy, here we go again   
    Homebrew? AND watches? That's almost as good as alcohol tobacco and firearms.
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