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  1. AndyHull

    Watch of Today

    Looks like a good rich dial colour. I like the gradient across the face. This one is not nearly so vibrant, but not too shabby either. I gave this little Ninio a quick spring clean. I suspect the dial has been repainted at some stage, but if so, they have made a reasonable job of it. It is sitting around +/-20 sec/day, so not quite in the same league as the alarm clock, but not bad for a 17 jewel mass produced item. Speaking of accuracy, the golden Citizen Cryston Quartz I mentioned the other day is actually loosing about 1 minute per day, so it looks like some previous attempt at repair included fiddling with the trimmer capacitor on the circuit board. I'll need to dig out my frequency counter and fiddle it back to the correct place at some stage. I'll post a few pictures if and when I get some spare time to take a look at it.
  2. Hello from Scotland. I recently re-awakened an interest from my youth in watches and clocks. Strangely the catalyst was searching for a replacement hand for a Starrett dial indicator that I picked up for pennies on ebay and which I though might be useful for leveling the bed on my 3d printer. It was missing the dial hand, which looked very like a watch second hand, so that led to a search for a suitable donor watch. Needless to say I then got distracted by the vast array of old time pieces to be had for pennies, and grabbed a couple of basket cases. The first one was a Sicura Voyageur. It only says Voyageur on the dial, but it has all the hallmarks of a Sicura, with the seahorse emblem on the caseback, and the remains of hands that look like the Sicura "Marine Star" It was in a sorry state, but after a quick clean, polish and minor overhaul it's Rondo-matic heart is now ticking away nicely. I'm awaiting a suitable second hand for that, currently on the slow boat from China, and it has parted company with its bezel, which I may fabricate a replacement for if I get the time. The problem there is that I can't find another "Voyager" to compare with, and Sicuras had a variety of different bezels. I found WRT by watching some of Mark's many excellent Watch Repair Channel videos, many thanks for those Mark. I have a couple of other basket case watches ordered from ebay. I set myself an artificial ceiling of £4.04 per watch (although I have already blown that a couple of times), as I figured that there was a lot of fun to be had from resurrecting an item destined for landfill and costing less than a trip to the coffee shop. My day job involves computers, and I dabble in electronics as a hobby, which means I'm fairly patient, and used to dealing with very small fiddly components, and already have a bunch of small tweezers, screwdrivers, clamps, magnifiers and so on.
  3. AndyHull

    Watch of Today

    Strangely enough, I tend to do something similar. The test watch on the left arm, and a quartz number on the right. Recently I have been using a Swatch as the watch to compare with. Today, however I've been wearing a rather odd watch that came with a bundle of other stuff. It is the most generic watch I have ever encountered. It has absolutely no branding on it. The caseback is completely blank, the strap (which does appear to be leather).. blank.. and it arrived in a completely unworn condition. Not a mark on it. Quality wise, it is reasonable. Not a dollar store watch, but then again not something you would spend more than maybe forty bucks on, new. So today I stuffed a battery in it, and substituted it for the Swatch. This would actually make the ultimate crime of the century watch, since it appears to be completely untraceable. The styling is very much what you would expect for a completely vanilla watch. Not unpleasant, but not particularly inspiring either. Having said that, it wouldn't look out of place next to any of the modern "designer" watches.. yes you "Daniel Wellington".. I'm talking about you and your like.
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    Winding stem removal from crown

    I suspect I'm not that far from you in that case, I'm not actually in the middle of nowhere, but you can just about see it from here. I'm a few miles south of Perth (the original Perth, accept no substitutes), just off the A9 as you head south towards Stirling.
  5. I think we may need some pictures for this one. Can you get some good closeups of the parts in question?
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    Winding stem removal from crown

    I believe Alum is also used in old fashioned razor shaving, to "tighten the skin" and also stop the bleeding from shaving nicks, so you might like to check you local supermarket for Alum shaving stick. Often Asian grocery stores have alum shaving blocks. I presume they are more popular with ex-pat Asian gentlemen of a certain age.
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    Info on Orient movement please

    There is also this closely related variant. http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&&2uswk&Orient_28504 ... and this is appears to ba a derivative ... http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&&2uswk&Orient_11N4B7
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    Revisiting an old hobby

    Yet another Citizen. I nearly didn't bid on this one, as it looked far too clean and tidy. It had the hallmarks of an "Indian Special". In the end I threw £3.00 at it and won. It arrived, but despite the listing claiming that it was working, no matter how much I shook or wound it, it didn't budge. It did however look like it had never been worn. I got a chance to look at it today, and gave it a quick clean and removed and refitted the autowinder, whereupon it sprang into life. I'll give the seller the benefit of the doubt, perhaps it got a knock in transit. I'm going to suggest it is possibly from 1998, but I'm not 100% certain. It has now had a proper service and a whiff of lubrication and is chugging along nicely.
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    Info on Orient movement please

    This fella maybe? https://17jewels.info/movements/o/orient/orient-g11/
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    Watch of Today

    There is nothing wrong with a little OCD, when it comes to getting things just right. Although when I had it back in beat to within 0.1ms and the thing was sitting at +20s/day or so, my OCD was screaming that the spring still wasn't perfectly kink free, as you can see from the image below. The problem there of course is that you enter the territory of "fixing it till its broken worse", if you are not careful. It was pretty messed up, with a near 90 degree kink in it, and a distinctly conical shape. The surrounding area and the HS was completely slicked with what I assume was WD40. I presume the two were probably related. Some previous "repairer" probably gave it a scoot with the bike chain redeemer and watch nemesis, and caused the hairspring to gum together and concertina. I cleaned the HS first, then carefully massaged it in situ, using a pair of very fine needle nosed tweezers. It probably took a good twenty minutes of small adjustments to get things perfectly concentric once more, and a further ten minutes to get it back in beat and also restore its accuracy. I also resisted any urge to try to clean up the very slight mark on the dial from a previous issue with the hour hand touching the surface. It presumably isn't obvious until I point it out, but once you know it is there, it can't be un-seen. I'll just console myself with the idea that it adds to its character, otherwise I might be tempted to start fiddling and damage the rest of the dial. Perhaps my OCD will get the better of me when I replace the crystal though.
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    Watch of Today

    Nice. Looks like a mid 70's vintage. Another watch with the 'day number/day name' arrangement like the 'Voken Automatic' too. I wonder if this style was more common in this period.
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    Watch of Today

    I'm slowly working my way through all of the recent accusations. Today's watch of today a USSR Sekonda, which needed some major hairspring massaging, and the removal of every bodies favorite bicycle chain restorer (WD40). It says USSR, so it is clearly pre-1991 but its exact age, I don't know. It will need a crystal, but it is now ticking along nicely. Another one for the club. I seem to be monopolizing this thread somewhat, has anybody else recently picked up something nice to inspire us with?
  13. A neat idea. Would adding grip (knurling or ribbing) improve them, or are they grippy enough as they are?
  14. AndyHull

    Marine Decimal Chronograph

    If you don't find the answer there, then you could try the Yorkshire Post. https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/
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    Marine Decimal Chronograph

    It might refer to these guys -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewsbury_Rams From 1875 to 1877 they were known as the Dewsbury Athletic and Football Club. "1881 saw the club's first success in the Yorkshire Challenge Cup beating Huddersfield, Bradford and Halifax before an Alfred Newsome drop goal gave them victory over Wakefield Trinity in the final. " A very interesting watch. I'm sure if you contact the club, they will probably have records from that time.
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    Escape wheel needed for seiko 4006a

    According to ranfft -> http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&&2uswk&Seiko_4006A The balance is Balance staff Seiko 315470 These guys claim to have the balance staff -> https://vintageswatchparts.weebly.com/seiko-parts.html Whether they actually do or not, I don't know, but you could give them a try.
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    Watch of Today

    My watch of today is a 1971 Citizen automatic "parawater". Its far too miserable a day for working in the garden, so rather than dodge the snow showers, I spent a couple of hours fixing and tidying up this 48 year old this morning.
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    Revisiting an old hobby

    Another Citizen on the operating table today. This time its an Automatic "Parawater" from 1971, which arrived in scruffy repair with a date issue. A clean and service, and a little "tickling" of the date mechanism and it is back up and running, and keeping reasonably good time, considering its age. Around +/- 30 s/day but the beat error is a little high. I'm going to wear it today and check it again tomorrow. I forgot to take pictures while I had it apart, but here are a couple "pre-op" and "post-op" as it were.
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    Revisiting an old hobby

    In with one of the bundles of junk which included the Citizen Crystron, was this rather eye catching "Conson Quartz". Normally I wouldn't pay these much attention, but this one has quite a pleasing dial, and I was in "fixing" mode, anyway, so I decided to take a look inside. I popped off the back (with some difficulty, involving a little delicate tap with the hammer on the edge of my case knife) and I was in. There was, suspiciously.. no battery. So rather obviously when I fitted one, it didn't work. A couple of drops of lighter fluid, followed a few minutes later by a little lubrication of its little Miyota mechanicals, and off it went. I have no idea who "Conson" are, (so feel free to enlighten me if you know), nor indeed what I am going to do with this, now that it is working.
  20. AndyHull

    Revisiting an old hobby

    Citizen revival. This time a 1977 Citizen Crystron 8550A/7300/8565(?) quartz. Although this watch looked pretty clean on arrival, it was stone dead. I changed the battery and... still dead, so time to investigate. As you can see next to the -ve battery tab screw hole, there is a slice through the track. This was cased by some overly enthusiastic screw tightening, by whoever changed the battery before I got it, I suspect. Initially I thought I could get away with simply tinning the track to bridge the gap, so I set to with the "Mechanic" solder paste, a loupe and a soldering iron placed dangerously close to my nose. If you look closely you can see the solder paste ready to be heated by the soldering iron. The track tinned fine, and bridged the gap, but when I refitted the screw, and gingerly tightened it to the point where the gold tab just held the battery, the tab sliced through the solder bridge and I was back where I started. Damaged solder bridge... time to start again. So.. I decided to add a small bodge wire, but rather than simply run it over the gap, and then slice through that too, I tacked it down along the track parallel to the trimmer capacitor, and left it floating at the tab end. I then refitted the tab, over the top of it, and formed the wire to sit under the tab on top of the battery. This would not remove the chance of slicing the wire, but also improve the contact. I fitted a fresh battery and measured the voltage between the track and the battery +ve and all was good. I seem to be a day ahead of everyone else today. The movement needed a very gentle tickle of the gear and off it went. Seal was cleaned, and lightly greased, the case and band were scrubbed and polished and it is ready to join the other members of the club. It still has a few battle scars, but who's complaining?
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    Watch of Today

    More from the pile of random that I have accumulated in my search for interesting time pieces. This was in the "throw it in the bin" pile, as fitting a fresh battery earlier did nothing. I thought I'd give it one last chance, and applied a tiny amount of oil to the ends of the pinions I could see next to the battery. I turned it over and off it went, so I freshened it up and stuck it on a vintage strap (also freshened up and looking like new). The 404 club welcomes another member. Now I think I'll go back to trying to fix the Citizen Crystron that came with it..
  22. AndyHull

    How do I fix my watch bracelet?

    If you, or a professional intends to actually solder it, it would have to be silver solder. Old fashioned leaded solder and common or garden "electronic" lead free solder (tin based) will not stick to steel, and certainly not to stainless. I'm not sure where "here" is, but in for example India, which I'm fairly familiar with, I'm sure a fairly run of the mill Jeweler would be able to do the job for around the $5 mark. If I took it to a Jeweler here in the UK, it would probably cost ten times that amount, and you would have to endure some sniffy comments along the lines of "are you sure you want me to do this, it is a fake you know".
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    Watch of Today

    If you look closely, you can see the module has two other pusher tabs on the opposite side to the working ones. One appears to do a full reset, but the other doesn't actually make contact with a track on the PCB. I suspect there are Chinese manufacturers that produces multiple variants of these module, with different features. The version I have seems to be a MSF 60kHz only version, but there appears to be a German 77.5kHz DCF77 version, or at least a similar watch. The large coil you can see in the picture looks like the receiver coil, rather than the movement coil. There appear to be pads for a second capacitor next to it, so perhaps if you add that, it changes the operating frequency (but you would also need the 77.5kHz firmware presumably). It obviously keeps very good time, agreeing with my laptop (which is on Internet/NTP time), to the second. It took a couple of hours to get a decent "fix", and it appears that the only way to set the date is to actually get an MSF fix. You can set the time and time zone, and the hands without actually syncing with MSF. It also has an alarm, which I may try to figure out later. After it sync'ed up with MSF it seems to be working fine. It will be interesting to see how long the battery lasts.
  24. It may seem that we are being pedantic, but it is more a case of highlighting and understanding the limitations of this technique, after all, for small values of flat, the earth is flat.
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    How do I fix my watch bracelet?

    If you have the epoxy, then mix a small sample up and let the sample set then try polishing it with fine emery paper and judge the results from that. If it is a good colour match, then go with that, otherwise go with the silver solder. You could combine the two and epoxy in a small piece of silver solder, then finish the end of that flush with the band.
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