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  1. phydaux

    Old Dial on ETA 2824

    Never glue. Google "Dial Dots."
  2. All the dials for 6497 that I have been able to find have the stem at 3 and the second hand at 9. That's fine for a "sidewinder" pocket watch, but historically sidewinders had hunter cases, and I want an open face with a display back, and usually those were made with the stem at 12. If I put a 6498 dial on a 6497 movement than it would have the stem at 12 and the minute hand at 6, which is what I want. But the dial feet wouldn't line up. So I'm thinking I could clip off the dial feet and use dial dots. If you look at the movement above it looks like the holes for the dial feet are at 3-ish and 6-ish. There also looks like another nice spot at 9-ish. Although I'm thinking that, if I use the case from above, I might be better off going with no dial at all. I ALSO think I'd be better off with a gold skeletonized & engraved movement. And some nice black hands.
  3. Although I could probably get away without any dial if I wanted
  4. For what it's worth, I want to use this movement: This case And this dial
  5. For my first build I want to turn a 6497 movement into a pocket watch. I've sourced all the parts, but I can't find a pocket watch dial for the 6497 movement. That means the watch I end up with will be a sidewinder. Then I was doing some reading and was introduced to the idea of Dial Dots. I could use the dial I want to use, cut off the dial feat, and adhere the dial to the movement with dial dots. Far better than the Gorilla Glue stories I see on here so often. Has anyone used Dial Dots before, and have you had good success?
  6. Anthony L of No BS Watchmaker fame lists the 2824 as one of the three most popular automatic watch movements out there, so I would think that with a large installed base out there then parts availability should be good for many years.
  7. So let's say I manage to buy a bunch of ETA movements. And then I buy some cases and hands and bracelets. And I get some sterile dials, or better yet some custom dials with MY name on them. And I assemble a bunch of watches. Then I sell these watches at local craft fairs and such. Am I doing anything shady? Or am I now sort of a watchmaker? I mean I get that if I tried to pass them off as Rolexes then I'd be doing something shady, or perhaps even outright illegal. But if they're sterile, or they have my own name on them, is this kosher?
  8. One time I was cleaning a customer's ink jet printer and I asked my boss for some alcohol to clean it with. He handed me some foaming spray cleaner in a can, said to use that. I sprayed it on the plastic printer parts, and watched in horror as the plastic melted before my eyes.
  9. Was that the stuff where, if you got one drop of it on your clothes or on the carpet, then it would just stink FOREVER? As in to make the stink go away you had to just take out a knife and cut a square out of the carpet where the drop fell? Or just throw your jacket away because it would never stop smelling like chemicals?
  10. What about the rest of the parts? Will everything from a, say, disassembled 6498 movement fir in those baskets, or will I also meed something bigger?
  11. I found a 1-man watch repair shop near me. Guy runs it out of his house. I'm trying to work up the nerve to go to his house and ask for an apprenticeship, even if it's just one day a week. A couple of questions for the forum: 1) What should I have down cold before I show up and ask for an apprenticeship? When I go in will he be expecting me to know nothing, or will he be expecting me to pass a bench test? 2) What are the odds he already HAS an apprentice? I'm thinking that, if I can get my foot in the door and depending on the state/volume of the business, I might try to buy it off the guy a couple years down the road.
  12. I did not know that, although I did know that the impulse jewel was held on to the balance wheel by shellac.
  13. So I'm slowly gathering tools & resources as money permits. But as I read watchmaking books, watch youtube videos, and read this forum, four things have occurred to me: 1) When it comes to mechanical watches, until I get a proper cleaning station and a watch timing machine then I'm really just spinning my wheels. There's just no point in trying to restore a watch if I haven't cleaned it, and until I get the watch up on the scope and check it for beat & time keeping then I don't really know if I have restored it or not. 2) The vast majority of watches I'm going to run across, at flea markets and in family member's sock drawers, won't be mechanical. They will be cheap quartz watches. 3) The vast majority of watchmaking resources I've identified so far are for mechanical watches, not quarts watches. So in light of those three things, I'm narrowing my initial focus, at least until I have a proper mechanical watch work bench set up, with a decent cleaning workstation and a timing machine. By way of sharing the wealth, these are the quartz watch resources I've identified so far: DVDs A Course in Profits Through Service by Dan Gendron (out of production, but can be had on eBay) BOOKS Repairing Quartz Watches H.B. Fried Mechanical and Quartz Watch Repair Mick Watters TOOLS Quartz Watch Analyzer Any more would be highly appreciated. Any if anyone had a recommendation an a watch analyzer, feel free to chime in.
  14. Also do you use “approved” cleaning & rinsing solutions or your own secret sauce?
  15. Thanks clockboy. So 40 hz of action, and preferably more than one transducer. Do you put small parts directly into the ultrasonic cleaner, or do you put them inside something?