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  1. How do most small watch sales/repair shops evaluate used quartz watches for purchase? Do they charge a test fee for time and resources to install a battery and test the watch, or is that considered a basic cost of operation? Does anyone know where a precedent for this might be posted online? I did a search but could not find any shops that outline policies for this.
  2. I have used several brands of hand sanitizer for cleaning felt marker and other kinds of tenacious stains and goo off of smooth surfaces. The ones I have all over the house right now are little flip-cap travel-size bottles. They all use ethyl alcohol as the active ingredient - 60% to 70%. The specific one I used on this Russian watch is a Safeway brand product. It compares itself to Purell, but states that it is not made by GOJO, which makes Purell. I don't know squat about chemistry, but I wonder if the gel element keeps the alcohol from drying out before it can liquefy whatever goo it needs to so it can be wiped away? I can't tell that it leaves a residue either.
  3. Reporting back. Here's what worked: Hand sanitizer. Decided to give it a try since none of the other conventional cleaners were touching it. Best thing ever - it dissolved the black goop immediately and it wiped away easily with bud swabs and Scott tissue. It works really well removing Sharpie marker and tape goo, guess gasket removal goes on the list, too.
  4. My mind went straight to "naptha and a box of matches" - Tempting... Great ideas from everyone and I'm pondering which to try next. Likely won't get back to it until the weekend, but I'll be sure to let you all know what happens. Thanks!
  5. Thanks, Steve - Good to know the Ronsonol won't damage the finish. Still wary that the black stuff doesn't bleed around the edges. Will give that a try in the next few days, Thanks!
  6. I have a Russian wristwatch with what I assume is a vintage electric movement (transition between mechanical and quartz). It's attractive and it runs, and I want to keep it that way. HOWEVER - The old gasket has turned to sticky nasty goo, and the goo is holding the movement in the case around the inside of the dial. I don't want to ruin the movement or get the dial face dirty trying to get the assembly out of the case, but it's stuck in there tight. Even so, I have no idea how to clean it once I have it apart. As a test I've tried letting the back parts sit in soap before washing them off. And when that didn't budge the tar, I tried GooGone - also to no avail. Anybody with experience here, please help. Thanks!
  7. Hi, watchweasol - Tnx for the service sheet. I just took more pics, these should be clearer. Showing the spring assembly in the open and closed positions.
  8. Fixed it. After tweaking and staring at the watch for around half an hour I finally discovered that the "spring with wings" assembly (visible in the 3rd photo just above the stem's entry hole) needs to be gently pulled upward until it friction-locks in place. You can then carefully insert the stem the rest of the way into the movement. Once the stem is in place, push gently downward on the spring until its underpinnings click around the stem shaft.
  9. I opened up this Timex Expedition T42351 to remove a tiny loose metal sliver from the dial. This watch actually has 2 stems to remove. One of those is a monster. I swear I felt like I was pulling a parasitic worm from a wood boring beetle as I slowly worked the main stem out of the movement. But it came out, I dropped the movement out of the case, removed the metal sliver - which looks like some kind of tiny flat spring - cleaned out the dust particles and proceeded to re-assemble the watch. Everything went fine until I attempted to slide the main stem back in; it went about halfway and then stopped. With some very careful manipulation I was able to ease it in a little more, but then it refused to go any further. I did notice there's a very loose 2-pronged spring near the entry hole and showed that to a watchmaker friend yesterday who told me that it's broken. He wouldn't touch it and advised me to just go get another watch. But I'm pretty sure there must be a way to get the stem back into the movement and regain the functionality the watch had before I opened it up. Here are pics of the watch, the loose sliver, and the stem with the movement. If anymore is familiar with anything like this, I'd love to hear your opinion. Thanks!
  10. Hi and thanks @oldhippy and @nickelsilver. LOL @Nucejoe, yeah everything in AZ is weaponized and will draw blood, even the mesquite trees think they're cacti!
  11. @NucejoeHi Joe, thanks for the welcome!
  12. Hi ITProDad - Thanks for the input, all good advice for most movements. What I'm working with is a different kind of balance assembly. I'm attaching some diagrams from the Timex service sheets. Had no trouble with the hairspring, which should be the touchiest part. It's the balance screw - it's made of butter-soft brass, and it's a tight fit. Trying to avoid carving out the slot without putting too much downward pressure on the screw - which can damage the cone tips of the balance staff - has proven to be beyond my current level of expertise. All I know to do now is close it up and move on. Maybe look for a donor in my "morgue". But I need to know how to approach this from the start the next time I run into one of these.
  13. What's worse is there's still too much endshake in the balance and I can't tighten this screw anymore. It runs, but it's wobbly.
  14. Hi, I'm Broderick and I'm fortunate to be working as an intern at a local clock shop. They hired me based on my clock hobbyist skills, but they really wanted someone to do watch repair and I'm loving this more than anything I've ever done for a living. Mark's videos have, of course, been instrumental to my learning and I'm already able to contribute significantly for my employers. But I'm also still just beginning what I hope will be a long and satisfying avocation. Thanks to everyone for making this forum a friendly and accessible resource.
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