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Everything posted by AndyHull

  1. These are still working, the links at the start of this thread do not.
  2. There are a few differences.The version I produced does seem to have slightly better OCR indexing. The Watchguy UK version only finds two instances of Busen for example, but the version I created finds three. Here is a zip file of the oldhippy version, but with a full OCR search capability. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nJuWyxfnWSl5KoG7RU58knJChg_ZFfdI/view?usp=sharing Grab both version, and make up your own mind.
  3. Their links are here -> https://watchguy.co.uk/cgi-bin/files?subdir=BestFit&dir=Technical Manuals&action=documents I'll post mine if there are any major improvements in my OCR output, or if the copies I have are a different version of the catalogues.
  4. There is a file size limit on the WRT forum, so I'll need to upload to my google drive and post a public link. They should be available in about an hour or so. Watch this space.
  5. If there are no objections, I can OCR those PDF files to make searchable copies of them. @oldhippy Let me know if this is OK and I will post them here. This allows you to do things like search by manufacturers name etc.
  6. Try the links in the later post here
  7. There are a few Buser movements on 17jewels.info and ranfft.de but none are an exact match. This is similar in construction but a different shape. -> https://17jewels.info/movements/b/buser/buser-75/ Which suggests it may be a Buser movement, but beyond that, there is little information.
  8. For what its worth. Nidor. Nidor Buser & Cie. / Buser Freres & Cie. SA Uhren, Uhrenteile; Niederdorf, Schweiz; registriert am 7.3.1918
  9. What is the code on the dial? Can you post some pics of the watch?
  10. Interesting, it reminds me of some of the more basic Junhans movements. What size is it? Are there any numbers under the balance or on any of the plates? Does the dial give any clues, for example is it Swiss?
  11. I was looking at a couple of watches last night, and at lunch time today. One of them was a "Veranda" 17 jewel EB8800 based pocket watch probably from the mid 1970s judging by the design. There is nothing particularly remarkable about this watch, or the process of fixing it, but I thought I'd share a couple of time graph results, just to show the importance of allowing things to settle down after cleaning, in order to best judge the effect of your efforts. This particular mechanism was stripped, cleaned and re-assembled at lunch time today, and once it was all back together I immediately stuck it on the time grapher to see if it was running acceptably well. This is what I saw with it fully wound, dial up at around 13:00 - not bad, considering the fact that that there was evidence that the watch had taken a serious knock, which had jammed everything up, prior to it coming in to my possession. The dots for the "tick" and "tock" are following a nice straight line, with no real deviation. The rate is a little fast, and the beat error is slightly high, but we can attend to those two minor issues later. This is exactly the same watch in the same position fully wound once more, at 20:00 after all of the lubrication has had a chance to get to work. As you can see, the swing has improved substantially. The rate is still slightly fast, and the beat error is still slightly high, but for now, I'll just carry it around with me to see that it runs consistently. Naturally the case, crystal, dial and hands all got a thorough cleaning too. The back of the case polished up so well that you can see your face in it. I wont touch anything in the watch mechanism again till some time tomorrow, probably after it has ben run for at least 24hrs, otherwise I might actually make matters worse, rather than better, as there is every chance that the rate will have changed slightly as the running gets a little smoother. The improvement is often that the rate slows down slightly and the swing angle increases. However if the rate increases and the beat error or the swing angle gets worse, then this may indicate that some oil has migrated to places where we don't want it, for example the hairspring. One thing this game teaches you above all else. Patience is most definitely a virtue when it comes to fixing old watches.
  12. A nice clean 17 jewel (EB88XX) "Veranda" pocket watch today. Produced some time after 1970, since http://www.mikrolisk.de lists the details of the maker as follows. Veranda Super Clocks & Watches Ltd. London, England. Registred 14.8.1970 The watch was dead on arrival, and although there was no obvious evidence of it having been dropped, when I went to remove the dial I discovered it was slightly bent at one side, which made its removal a somewhat delicate operation as the dial feet were jammed in place due to the slight distortion.. The knock it had taken presumably explains why things had jumped slightly and there was no power coming from the mainspring to the fork. Everything was carefully examined, and no other damage discovered, so after cleaning, it was all popped back together and seems to be running like a champ now. If it manages to run for 24hrs, then I have another fine member of the 404 club.
  13. I agree. I think it has personality.
  14. Scruffy, but interesting. It needs a crystal (obviously), and the case needs some work. I'm intrigued to see what is inside. Well within the 404 club entrance fee rules I might add.
  15. Hi and welcome. India has produced quite a number of interesting watches and clock over the years. HMT, Alwyn, Timestar to name but a few. There are a lot of nice examples about (and more than a few that have had a hard life). I have a bit of a soft spot for HMT, as they were well made and easy to service . Keep us posted with your progress.
  16. Its a 1970s gold plated Caravelle "Set-O-Matic" automatic with quick change day today. It arrived without a crystal, and therefore the hands and dial are not perfect, but they responded well to a little TLC. I'm slowly working my way through the prospective 404 club candidates I picked up a few months back. This one came in at exactly the magic 404.
  17. A few more recent blue dialled members of the 404 club.
  18. Another day, another basket case. I'm not even sure what the movement is. The nearest I can find is a Bleno Sonceboz ES 55 It was completely jammed up solid when it arrived, but after a hydrocarbon bath and a little TLC, it looks somewhat better. The silver seconds hand that it came with didn't actually fit, so a little artistic license was applied. Also the crystal that it came with was the wrong size, and glued in place, so that needed to be sorted too. The case needs re-finishing, but given the value of the watch I doubt if it is worth the effort. It is now running nicely though, so perhaps if i tun out of other tasks in the next few weeks, I may have a crack at nickel plating it. It wont win any beauty contests at the moment, but it does have character, and of course.. a blue dial!
  19. No sense in taking any risks, I've gone for the full protective gear and some serious social distancing. It not easy servicing a Timex wearing this little lot, but better safe than sorry.
  20. A Citizen 0200 21 Jewel manual wind from October 1974 joins the 404 club today. The hammer fell on this one, rather surprisingly at 0.99p +P+P The mechanism is virtually indistinguishable from the Citizen 0201 and the HMT 020 These are very easy to work on, and I have a bunch of HMT spares, which would probably drop right in, although this old chap didn't need anything other than a good clean and lube. It arrived with what appears to be a brand new 20mm leather strap, which looks a little odd as the lugs are only 18mm. It does need a crystal, and I have nothing suitable in my spares, so it got a good polish, which removed the majority of the major dings and tramlines. Here is the "before" shot from the ebay auction. Maybe the price wasn't so surprising when you look at that mess. I would persist with the polishing, but there is a hairline crack in the crystal, so I just went for "good enough to wear" rather than perfect.
  21. Also on its way for a couple of quid, a dead Sekonda 19 Jewel USSR era most likely a Raketa 2609.HA The Raketa 2609.HA often suffers from gummed up keyless work, and/or gummed up setting mechanism, so hopefully a nice easy fix.
  22. Three slightly scruffy looking candidates for the 404 club. An early Great Britain (Dundee, most likely pre 1963) Timex Marlin, a Kered Automatic 25 jewel, and a ladies Accurist 21 jewel. I have no idea what is in any of them, so a bit of a pot luck lot, however since they averaged £1.70 each + postage, I'm unlikely to be disappointed. The Kered brand appears to be another Croydon importer, loosely related to the Avia, Services and Newmark UK importer family. The Kered dial says "Foreign" at the bottom, so perhaps from the USSR, Germany, France, China... or pretty much anywhere other than Switzerland. My guess is that it is German, perhaps a Kienzle 25 Jewel 71/1 (ETA 2788), but that of course is pure conjecture. I'll just have to see what arrives in the mail.
  23. old man jokes? at 62 I'm just getting started! As I suspected, I'm not that far behind you.
  24. As promised, another fine looking Timex Big Q joins the club today. This one is similar to its sibling in the post above, but without the date. It too needed a good clean to free up the mechanism and a scrub and polish to bring back its youthful good looks.
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