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  1. Howdy all I am replacing the movement in my old Swiss army Lancer watch. ISA 1198. The original date wheel is black. The one that comes with the new movement is white. Is this an easy swap? Is there a parts exploded view or pdf repair sheet for these movements?
  2. After I watched a couple of Mark Lovicks videos on making a watch with parts sourced on eBay I figured I'd give it a try. I made two. This is my favorite. It's a divers watch with an eta 2824-2 movement. I'm quite proud of it. I picked up an H link shark mesh bracelet. I'm calling it the deep blue desk diver. Lol
  3. Ok. So here goes. After watching Mark's videos and specifically the two where he makes a watch from sourced parts, I decided to make a watch for myself that would not only be a great conversation piece and look good but be made EXACTLY as I like and want and keep good time as well. So I have the parts all ordered up and some are already in. One thing I want to do is to change the date ring from white to black. I ordered one on ebay. However I am not too sure if it will work on the ETA movement as it is aftermarket. So there is question number one. Will that one work or am I going to ha
  4. I am going to work on my great grandfather's watch. A watchmaker in the area told me It wasn't worth the money to put into it to get the main spring replaced and the watch cleaned. I decided to just do it myself. I would feel. More comfortable if I had some sort of manual or pdf tech sheet or something on this watch. Anyone have any ideas?
  5. i most certainly will. I watched Marks video on making a watch from parts sourced on ebay. I figured that would be perfect as I could actually make something I want the way I want it to look. Yes. a good chunk of the parts are made in china. I will get the bracelet at Esslinger. Who knows where that's made. But I like it. My friend's mother used to be a jeweler in Chicago. He still has her sources for watch parts and such so I am going to source an ETA movement through him. Or I may just get a Sellita SW200 movement. Both are swiss. That's what I want. But I also want a black date
  6. Greetings all. I live in the northwest burbs of Chicago. I work as a locksmith and have done so for the past 20 years. My grandfather and great grandfather were tool and die makers and instilled in me the respect of fine mechanical parts. Also, locksmiths are known to have a love of fine time pieces as well. Recently I discovered Marks youtube channel and pretty much watched every single one at least 3 times. Fascinating. I am currently working on making my own automatic 2824 movement diver style watch. Since I don't dive I figure it would make the most sense. lol. Seriously. I find
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