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  1. After receiving a watch from a WWII Veteran Uncle, I sent it out for a repair estimate.. I was shocked the price and decided I need to learn to do it myself. I didn't dare just jump in, so after watching dozens of Mark's videos I purchased a similar watch from eBay for practice.... it was a real learning exercise.. I learned what tools were good, best, and better. Which vendors to call for parts, and what was really needed to do a proper service and repair... Needless to say, I got my Uncle's watch running and wear it with pride. It was a long cold winter and I kept myself busy with all of that new gained knowledge and growing experience... I have attached a few photos of where I have gotten... I have cleaned, oiled and timed every single one... taken off the old straps and found original new old stock, or period correct straps to make them authentic. Some I left with patina, other cleaned up to near minty condition. Out of the 50-odd watches all but 3 or 4 keep time with a few seconds a day. I had so much fun learning that I started looking for more projects by cleaning out the local swap meets and pawn shops of their WWII watches (mostly Elgin, Waltham, Bulova, and Hamilton).. now I have a few extras and I owe it all to Mark. Thanks Mark! Now if I can get my work bench cleaned off I can get started working on my Willys Jeep transmission rebuild....
  2. It would appear that some have had in the past on the hands and numerals (radium?)
  3. Great advice Gentlemen - once back at the workshop in a few days I will post a few photos
  4. Hi All, I am just getting started in the hobby and wondering what the best approach is to cleaning my dirty watch faces on my military watches (A-11 type), some are really faded and stained and some look like the inside of a coal fired boiler. I recognize they will never look minty fresh, but a little cleaning will help several of them Just looking for general suggestions /"tricks of the trade" before I do any real damage ..
  5. Great reference phydaux thank you - I was able to find a copy in reasonably good condition on Ebay.. It looks like it will have part numbers and parts /assembly diagrams. For me knowing what to order is half of the battle, the other half is knowing where to find the replacement parts. But just like my old Willys jeeps, the good parts suppliers slowly get discovered.
  6. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone, I look forward to posting a few pictures and getting some expert advise ... In the cigar box a few trench watches with shrapnel guards, several A-ll types, Bulova, Waltham, Elgin, and Hamilton, and a couple of 7 jewel type... I have started buying a few tools for beginners, but I have yet to find full diagrams for parts and where to get said parts. I must say I am a little nervous about tearing into these old fellas. I have no issue with ripping into and rebuilding an antique transmission but for some reason I am terrified of the those little screws.. Thanks again!
  7. Hello there and greetings from sunny Arizona USA! I am very new to this hobby/sport and new to the Forum, but I am keen to learn.. Mark has inspired me with his excellent videos. I have a craving for historic military items, I mainly collect to keep the history alive and enjoy the hunt for missing parts and pieces. In my search for various military items I have come across several old watches from the Great War and WWII which I have gathered in hopes of getting them back in service. After paying a fortune to have one repaired and cleaned only to have it stop running I vowed to learn how to do it myself to save on future heartache. Please have patience with me while I bumble my way along with newbie questions.....
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