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MarkL

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  1. My face is beginning to really hurt. Even smuggery has its price!
  2. Thanks for the support. I'm still feeling smug all this time later. Have a great weekend, Mark.
  3. Good afternoon everyone, here's a short message concerning a "Dinex" ladies watch that I bought from a boot fair as part of a job lot of scrap watches to practice on. This watch is a budget model with only one jewel. This jewel is a diashock type, (I think) and is situated to accommodate the balance pivot, (probably this is obvious to most of you!) I removed the spring clip that holds the jewel and it's metal end cap, cleaned the balance pivots and jewel, reassembled the balance then spent over two hours trying to put the diashock clip back into place, having "lost it" half a dozen times or more. Damn, those little blighters can fly! After finally retrieving it for the last time, I walked away and had a cup of tea. Whilst drinking this tea I had a brainwave. I measured the diameter of the jewel cap, found a piece of electrical wire sheathing of a slightly less diameter, about 1.6mm, held it in my pin vice and returned to the watch with renewed enthusiasm. I put the spring in place, positioned the sheathing over the clip and with light pressure, twisted the pin vice about an eighth of a turn. To my utter delight and sheer surprise it worked. I was even more delighted when I repeated this a further 3 times and each attempt was as successful as the first. Now I'm as smug as a Jehovah's witnesses on the doorstep of someone with a sympathetic ear! Here are some photos of the simple, but wonderful little tool I made, it might prove to be helpful to any beginners out there, such as myself. Happy Diashocking everyone, Happy Diashocking!
  4. Hi all, I have recently acquired a Seiko M354-5010 watch. It was among a job lot of very well used watches and shows real signs of wear, although it seems to work perfectly after fitting a new battery. Am I right in thinking that this is known as the Moonraker watch, so called for its affiliation with the 1978 film of the same name? Here are some pictures of the watch, hopefully somebody can shed some light on this for me.
  5. Thanks for the info. Very helpful.
  6. Good afternoon all, I am in the market for a timegrapher, would you please explain to me the difference in the weishi 1000 and the 1900. Moreover, does the 1900 justify the extra cost. I am relatively new to the watch repair world, about 9 months or so, but I am accruing quite a number of watches, all of which I have brought back to life, and my biggest sticking point is accuracy. Other than adjusting then checking the next day, I tried a phone app that gave a different result each time the same unadjusted watch was placed upon it? I would be very grateful for your help with this. My best wishes to you all.
  7. Hi like-minded people, here are some pictures of a watch I just acquired. I'm hoping that one or more of you well-informed folk might be able to cast some light on this watch, ie. The maker, model and approximate age. I just got it running after straightening the hairspring which looked as though someone had taken a fork to it. Even more surprisingly, it is keeping remarkably good time. It hasn't lost or gained 1 minute since Sunday afternoon. Not bad for a watch with no jewels and a £5.00 price tag! If there is anyone who could give me some info on this watch I would be very grateful. My very best wishes to you all Mark. PS. This looks even more primitive than my Ingersoll Dollar watch!
  8. I am very new to this watch repair malarkey, but, I know that knotting compound, for painting on wood prior to priming, is made up of shellack suspended in alcohol. I would try to daub the pallet jewel with this knotting compound. The alcohol will evaporate very quickly leaving the shellack holding the jewel in place. I'd probably daub it several times using a very fine oiler. If there is someone out there who thinks this is a bad idea, please tell me and kindly explain why. Best wishes, Mark
  9. I'm very grateful for all your advice. Thank you.

  10. Thanks again. I checked the pivots, stones and hair spring and the amount of lateral play as you kindly suggested, they all seem in order. (at least to my very limited experience) Also, now that I have reassembled it, the dam thing has started working in all positions. I'm guessing that my inexperience was the sole cause of these anomalies! I'll keep a close eye on things and let you know how things progress. In the meantime, thanks again for taking the time and for your extremely useful advice. Best wishes, Mark.
  11. Hi Nucejoe, Thanks for the reply. Here are some pictures of the watch as requested. In the laying flat position the watch runs really nicely with a very even tick. But when it's in the upright position the balance wheel begins to struggle and the watch will stop after just a few minutes. Any advice will be gratefully received. Thanks again, Mark
  12. Dear all, I have just started out with this wonderful world of watch repair, I have bought myself some cheap, non-working watches, among which is a Russian Molnia pocket watch, I guess from the early 1970s (according to the service scratch-marks on the reverse side of the face). I removed the balance cock and escapement wheel, cleaned and oiled them and reinstalled them. The watch now runs when lying flat, but will run erratically and eventually stop when stood upright. I am way too inexperienced to carry out a full strip down and service, so I wondered if anyone could offer me some useful hints or info on how to correct this without giving it a full service. I would be most grateful for all your suggestions, even those telling me to leave well alone untill I have more experience. Thanks in advance, MarkL.
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