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  1. lol.. well they got one jewel and that is on the balance cock so one can do the math from that.. of course they are in the extreme cheap segment..
  2. I think quizzes like this is a fantastic source of wisdom for newbees in clocks like me, I worked with watches for quite some time but never got hooked on clocks but think I'm getting there. I seem to be hovering in this part of the forum more and more. So of course like in this case I get thinking, how do one know It actually is the real deal. I think I like a thousand others immediately googled after Thomas Speakman the clockmaker and got tons of clock pictures of his father William Speakman and his brothers William Jr and Edward Speakmans work. They seem to have the same style as their father when it comes to the clockdial which even their apprentices seems to have adopted. They all seems to have worked in the same materials mostly mahogny, but I've seem one "restored" work by Thomas in Walnut but of course with the movement replaced with a newer one. This clock deviates so much from his other work. It's made with a case in Oak. It has a one day movement. The dial has "French lilies" as decoration, none of the other dials by the Speakmen has them. The dial seems to have a bad fit, the case seems slightly to small. How do one decide if this is the real deal, is there reference books where one can see what the different watchmakers work should look like? In this case I would just have though it is one inovative clockdealer who built this clock out of time typical parts and engraved a name into the dial.
  3. Yes it's of course from Tradera, when one gets the urge the shipping time is substansial shorter from there, the finds might vary in quality though it seems to be lots of watchrepairmen leving specimen like these in this shape there.. When putting on the dial feets on cheaper dials where the heat for sure will ruin the paint I only use Loctite glues like this one Locktite 638, one probably could use a 2 component too but on a piece like this it's just a waist of time. But since in my experiance the most times glued dial feet pop of is because they are slightly offset, the two component would give you slightly longer time to adjust the feets perfectly. To rough up the surface on both the feet and dial makes it stick harder too. Sorry for the late responce but as you know it's easter hollidays in Sweden and I went to Copenhagen to sample some other merchandise in the sun
  4. And behold the TOP CLOP DE LUXE flies again. But I still don't know what the 21 stands for but at least it now has a 17 jewel movement.. Tha folks is everything I can contribute with for Easter Fun...
  5. After a couple of hours the dial was ready to pop into place.. It fit like a champ. So on with the dial hands. And the movement ring and the winding stem.
  6. But instead of soldering the dial legs into place I decided the Top Clop needed the state of the art solution and the dial legs got glued into place.
  7. So I got into a panic state and thought lots of a lot bad things until I just popped the movement out. I found an donor movement with the same diameter .. ST974 and measured the diameter of the dial legs.. Found a box with dial legs lying around and picked out the right ones. With a marker pen I put out the correct positions. Pulled out the soldering station and the special soldering paste.
  8. The other day I got "The feeling" when looking at some what Andy call 404 watches, there was on that just svreamed buy me so I did. I thought what can go wrong with a superiour watch called Top Clop De Luxe, must for sure be one of the kind and extremely rare. Said and done i through in a bid for a dollar and won it like a land slide victory.. after a couple of days it magicly appearde on my door step and I brought it in for a royal overhaul. My first thught was ..wounder what that 21 is? well atleast it got an famous Unbreakable Mainspring ! Well when I turned it around and removed the back it felt like something was missing. It didn't really look like the "High End" BF 866 I'm used too..
  9. Even though the garden is screaming for attention one has some spare time to continue my magical journey through the heap of quartz movements. This time it is the ETA 251.262 Chronograph which can be found in watches like Breitling Colt Steel, Certina DS FIRST, Longines Hydro Conquest and so on.. I'm quite surprised of the amount of quartz movements which are getting a new life after a good clean and service. As usual all the files are in a PDF format, and all pictures are original. ETA_251_262_Dissasemble.pdf ETA_251_262_Assemble.pdf
  10. Just as a curiosity I once in my lifetime worked in the automotive industry and if I don't remember wrong I once went to Finland to see how the Saab production went. And at least then Valmet was talking about building Porsche Boxter and Cayman in the feature line .. and I guess they did between 1997 - 2011 when the production was moved to Magna Steyr in 2012.. one should never say never as Bond said https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valmet_Automotive
  11. Sorry forgot about the movement porn bit... unforgivable I know. This one has an little bit odd one .. lets call it a Certina 28-10 humping around with the odd oscillation of 19800A/h ..
  12. Well the plot thickens as I remember from school the V in german is pronounced as a F so it would sound little like FolksWagen in an harsh way.. Here is an Certina Waterking in a VW, matching in every way down to the dust specks on the glass... why have a digital clock in your car when it can look like this.
  13. The clutch should be straight and lying flat onto the movement, there is a small chamfer on the top and recess for the hammer..
  14. Now it's warm enough to begin cultivating the flowers here too, we been struggling for a few years to fill out the 4 acre garden with plants and flowers. The right tools for the work makes wonders.
  15. The 7750 is quite straight forward to work with I add some pics which shows you what to look for and help you in the progress.. Good luck and keep up the good work!
  16. I can't see why it would run backwards but there is a testmode where it seems to go backwards ..maybe it's stuck there ? ETA-988.333.pdf
  17. Took a look at an slightly older one it had a ETA 988.332 this movement is an ETA 988.333
  18. Seems to be in place.. On the wrong device to see clearly but will upload a pic which you can compare with..
  19. I'm not sure it makes any difference what way it's positioned when the graph looks like this, the suspicion OldHippy had from the beginning seems to have been spot on since this looks like a typical dirty/magnetized hairspring. Just a thought before doing anything else .. clean and demagnetize...
  20. For some reason I forgot how the stem in the 7750 went in so lucky me I had a couple of brand new movements lying around so I didn't have to take a watch down just to still my curiosity. Almost immediately when I took the stem out it al came back, as you see on the picture the stem will with ease goe in a bit but not the whole way without some force, if you push the stem release button slightly it just propps in like a coin into a peepshow booth. Think it might have to do how the stem is designed and in how good shape the setting lever is in. Adding a picture of the stem too...
  21. From the video you can see the yoke isn't moving at all, this indicates it might have jumped out from the groove in the sliding pinion and that is why there is no spring action when you put it in the Winding position.
  22. If you decide to wait Otto Frei has sometimes good tips and trix in how to choose things and in this case they have written a couple lines about it on their page, Reading is Always a good past time. http://www.ofrei.com/page820.html
  23. The hairspring often are matched by what they call vibrations, so the first you should look so it vibrates/oscillates at the same frequency. Next you have to match the diameter of the spring with the diameter of the balance Wheel. If they are the samme then it might work. next you look at the balance staff, If these are the same the chances for success has increased enourmously since the collar on the hairspring will sitt tight on the balance staff. At RANFFT you can find the most except the diamater of the balance Wheel. http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&2&2uswk&ETA_2390 http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&2&2uswk&ETA_2408
  24. Fixing molested hairsprings can be one of the most treacherous things to do a real minefield but you seem to have done it very well. Keep up the good work, just love to follow your adventures. (even though my attention now is moving towards gardening)
  25. lol .. Yes I know that, just a fun fact they write stuff like this on a barrel... everything in the world is relative even the term life time
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