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George19

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  1. Glad I found this topic as I was going to order some head band style magnifiers. Definitely will be taking a look at microscopes after seeing that a lot are happy with it. I agree, the 'eye height' has to be taken in to affect with different work surfaces. With 10X plus your holding the parts in your hand, or your bending over looking at them on the bench. I'll post also if/when I find something that works for me. Keep the thread alive, we/I need it!
  2. First thanks to all that have replied, you make me fell welcome here and that is appreciated. Well, I've ordered more tools to work on this watch, and others in the future. A hand remover, Rodico, case rest, movement holders, watch press set (for the Timex project), 2ea #3 Dumont tweezers, and a set of real eye loupe's. I can see in the future, oil, oiler's, cleaning machine, better screwdrivers, et all. And down the hole we fall... look forward to it. Will update once I receive those above and get the time to work on this watch. Thanks again. Cheers
  3. I have noted that once the glue is dry, there is no issue. The dial will be out of the watch with as mentioned a very small amount applied from the rear of the dial. (thanks for the heads up folks). Best part, your last paragraph reminds me of one day with *the glue* also when younger. Put my fingertip to the eyelid once, it was not pretty! Your "whisp of smoke..." and all, good story! On drop also landed in the middle of my prescription eye glasses, I now have a center magnifier spot. Cheers
  4. The second hand is black. As mentioned, let the glue dry for at least a day as I have experience on other applications.
  5. I understand that. I wonder if I need to remove the hand first or bend it on the pivot as is? Looks not to matter, to re-glue the loose emblem anyway the hands and dial will have to come off. Now I'm off to buy a hand remover and more tools. This is getting interesting, I love it. Cheers
  6. So you have seen this before? Definitely sounds good to what you suggested, glue from the back. I wonder, is glue what held it in the first place? Looks like this one will be the first that I have to remove and re-install hands. Time for a new too, more learning and practice. Second hand is painted? I learned something more each day, this being the second watch I have ever worked on. I'll post some images when I get to the repair. Really appreciate the response. Cheers
  7. Hello, Now going to tackle my second Seiko repair after fixing a displaced 7S26-C rotor/bearing (posted in another thread). I'm still a newbie at all of this, but learning by watching, reading and doing. I'm really enjoying the work, I wonder why I did not learn this art years ago. I was given a Seiko 7009-3040 automatic for free. I took a look at it and saw that is had a bent second hand. Closer inspection showed the little [ S ] emblem has been disconnected from the face and is rolling around between the dial and the face (show here resting next to the 4 o’clock position. It was actually in the day/date window hiding at first. After a bit of tapping it came out. I was thinking it might be not too hard to fix? Separate the movement from the case of course. Then glue the [ S ] emblem back in place on the dial using a very small amount of super glue. I can see two small holes for mounting. Bend the second hand back to straight. So the real questions are is super glue OK for this application, I would assume to let the dial stay out of the case for a day or two to protect the rest from 'glue fogging'. looking a the second hand, I'm almost sure it just might break if I try to straiten it? had anyone else seen this happen, the emblem falling off and fouling the hands? Thank you very much in advance. Cheers
  8. I understand the cost thing and it makes sense. As mentioned since it was dropped, of course it would be logical to buy a new movement for the extra bucks than spent the money on a OW. I'm sure something else might have gotten damaged. I will use this one to learn on once it is no longer working properly. Like you said, It's fixed for now so I'll see how long it last.
  9. It has been sitting in the dresser for years not being used. Now when I wind it up fully it will not run until I tap the case with a fingernail flip. Guessing it needs at least some lubrication? It's going to be a while before I even get to it. And it's nice to know where to go if you have any questions. Thanks for the info!
  10. Thanks all for the comments. I have a question though. So this 7S26 movement is very popular, so can someone tell me why it' s hard to find a OW for it? Seems there should be a lot of those available. Maybe Seiko does not make many spare parts available? As mentioned I can buy a brand new movement for about $48, or a new OW on ebay for $35. To me it would be better to just buy a new movement would it not?
  11. That's interesting info, thanks for sharing those. When I get the time I'm going to open mine up. It looks straight forward, but any suggestions for a beginner at this? Thanks again.
  12. Howdy, Well, this is my first effort of a watch repair. I have been fascinated with watches, clocks and all kinds of mechanical things since a young age. I decided at this time that working on watches would be a great hobby/interest to take up in my later years. I have already spent some time learning to refurbish and repair fishing reels in the last few years. So here is my first repair attempt. Interest in tinkering watches started when I dropped my Seiko SKX009KD diver to the tile floor in the bathroom. Was not too good an idea to put a watch on there with a towel thrown over it, pulled the towel and down comes the watch, face down on the tile floor. Needless to say, I picked it up and took a look, nothing seen. Then I shake it and hear a rattle. Not too good! So I did some research on the 7S26C movements. Read a lot of information and watched a lot of videos. Thanks to all that makes this information available. So I purchased a cheap watch tool kit from Amazon. I had other watches that needed batteries and some strap work anyway. I knew the kit would not be 'pro' grade, but it was a nice kit with all the basic tools needed. Back to the rattle, I figured the Oscillating Weight (OW) had become separated from the bearing. So I used the case back wrench in the kit and opened the back, and sure enough that was the problem. I looked on-line for a replacement OW but could not find any except one on Ebay for $35! So I decided, what the heck, I'll try to repair this one. So, here is what I did being a little mechanically inclined but never at this small a scale, I performed the following: 1) remove case back. 2) examine the OW, it was dislodged/loose from the bearing. 3) remove center OW bearing from center post. 4) place OW on a small anvil, then use a small pin punch from the kit as to carefully work the metal around the OW's hole as to make the bearing hole smaller. 6) After enough working with the punch, I took a smooth round stone and gently kept working the ID of the OW hole until it just would friction fit to the surface of the OW bearing. 7) carefully press fit the bearing into the OW, I knew too much pressure would ruin the small bearing races and ball bearings. 8) finalized fitting of the bearing to the OW by applying a very small amount of red Locktite thread locker using the end of a pin as an 'oiler'. 9) I then let the OW set for a day to cure the Locktite 10) install OW per alignment instructions in the 7S26C technical guide. At this time I also wound the mainspring up 8 turns to check the power, it ran for about 40 hours. 11) did not have any watch oil, so I used a very small amount of some 10W synthetic engine oil using a small pin as the oiler to lubricate the OW bearing ONLY. It appears to be a successful repair for now, watch been running great and keeping good time for about 2 months. I'm sure something else might have gotten damaged during the fall, especially the balance assembly, but then again the watch is working fine for now. I might use this particular watch to dive deeper into the 7S26 movement at a later time. Kind of happy for now. Got 2 other watches running with new batteries, fitted some straps and having fun with my new hobby. Look forward to learning some more. Now to find a 'bag o watches at a flea market and get busy. I know I'm going to need more and quality tools down the road, that's OK with me. Cheers, Chip ---
  13. Glad to see this one here, I have what appears to be the same watch. Just starting out, it looks like one to start one. Let you know how mine goes.
  14. Hello, As a new member to this art, I really appreciate these kinds of post, and this forum/site in general. Let's me know what I might be getting into and what I will need down the road as I learn more by reading, listening and studying. I think I made a good choice here in this forum over the others, and nothing against the other sites, this one seems to be more personable and down to earth. I will continue to look, study and learn from you all for your experience. Tools, that I can relate to, years of precision electronics assembly optics, and repair here. Suggestions and comments in this topic has helped me tremendously and I really appreciate it. Cheers, George
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