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    My watch collection

    i like the 62mas reissue also the marine master reissue as well
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    My watch collection

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    My watch collection

    seiko fan i take it. i just need a 6138 panda and a 62mas to complete it
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    New project Seiko 6139-6019

    i have a working movement for this watch
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    What Could Be Causing Low Amplitude

    resetting the stone requires you to use a bluing pan. a small metal pan which is put under a flame ( a candle or alcohol lamp) and heat just enough to soften the shellac then you must remove it quickly from the flame. reset the stones in the pan and once stones are reset you have to let it cool off slowly. this can be a pain esp knowing when shellac is soft so usually i take a tiny piece of shellac and place it in the pan as a reference to know when it is ready.
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    date ring change on a 2824-2 eta movement

    just make sure date ring is rated for whatever position you are using for example (date at 3) or you have to get a new date jumper
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    Question about balance problems

    no sign of pig years. i bent the balance cock a bit and i got it running but may have done it a wee bit too much for now it stops occasionally. i may have to adjust it a bit higher with a shim. at least now i dont have to remove the balance wheel again, because main that is the one thing i hate doing
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    How to store watchparts

    https://www.esslinger.com/watch-repair-trays-with-locking-cover/ storage trays with locking covers are excellent for storing a disassembled movement
  9. i use an ultrasonic not the best but does the job. i know a lot of watchmakers who dont even use ultrasonic, they use pthwood, pegwood, watch paper brushes etc. but i use both methods if you dont have the greatest ultrasonic then you should not use it as your only source of cleaning....What i do is this. i have 2 jars one for first clean and one for second clean. these are small glass jars big enough just to fit a movement. I put lighter fluid in each jar and i also fill the ultrasonic with enough water to be slightly higher then the lighter fluid level in the jar. this will not let the glass break. i take apart movement and place them in jar #1 clean then repeat for jar #2. when they are out i dry them with a puffer or dust off can. lighter fluid evaporates very quickly so no need for hair dryer. i ream all pivot holes with pegwood then follow through with a round pivot broach (do not use this method for jewels since it could case them to crack) i rub all parts with watch paper and i brush all the wheels and spindles. I also push and twist all pivots in pithwood. i oil the movement then reassemble, then i add a bit more oil on top of the pivot/jewel holes with pivot seated. and as far as balance assembly i do not use the ultrasonic - i use one dip. then i polish the pivots using a burnisher, i also polish the pivots of the escape wheel too. i use to use L&R but i dont like the fumes plus the cost. lighter fluid is basically naphtha and has been used for years to clean watches, plus its cheap and readily available at pretty much any store. it evaporates with no residue and does not require an alcohol rinse although its not bad if you do. i use it in small jars so there is no waste i get about 2-3 cleaning before i change the fluid. if you use it too much then you could get some residue on the movement.
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    What Could Be Causing Low Amplitude

    in my experience low amplitude is due to too much end shake and sometimes the cause of this is a flattened pivot. over the years grime mixes with old oil and turns into like a grinding paste which flattens out the pivot end. a healthy pivot end should have a domed or cone shaped tip not flat. the flat pivot causes more friction and yields a higher amplitude. this can be easily overlooked because a powerful microscope is needed to really see the shape of the pivot traditional eyeloops will not do the job. the pivot can be reshaped with a pivot polisher, jacot tool, and burnisher. setting jewel height may not fix the issue alone. BTW the pivot looks pretty flat in your video
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    Question about balance problems

    great just my luck. well iam gunna see if i can straighten the pivots and give them a polish if it doesnt work then luckily i have a spare wheel with a good staff. but the cock does need to be bent because the end shake was too much even when it was running
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    Question about balance problems

    ok so in my case i had the watch working a minute ago after adjust the endstones, but trying to push the crown back i dropped it like an idiot and now it no longer runs in the dial up position, it runs perfect dial down, slows a bit on the sides, then stops as soon as dial goes up. the wheel looks to have a little too much vertical wobble but doesnt seem to hit anything. so i dep think i have too much end shake but could i be looking at a bent pivot now too.
  13. hello all i have 2 questions about balance assemblies 1. How do you true a balance wheel, i have a caliper and i have seen videos on how to use them but none of them explain how to make the balance wheel true if you find that it is not. Iam guessing you use the caliper to do this but iam not sure.2. If you find that a balance wheel has too much end shake, or even too little how do you fix this. I read that for too little you can burnish the pivots but for too much what do you do? can you bend the cock a little bit to make a tighter fit? change the jewels? in DeCarle's book its explaines how to check end shakes but not how to compensate for them.
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