After about 6 months of working on watches I feel I have reached a point I where its time to take stock, make plans and spend more money. here are my thoughts.
My original tools acquired over the first few months were:
Bergeon screwdrivers 050, 080 and 160.
Bergeon movement holder.
A quality pair of tweezers.
A loupe I had already cheap but it works fine.
Rodico, oil pot Moebus 8000/4 and the red Bergeon oiler twice as I snapped the first one using it to try and remove a broken pivot.
A canon pinion puller found cheaply by luck on the net.
A cheap and useless Presto type hand remover which I replaced with a cheap pair of lifters also useless. I am awaiting a set of Horotec ones. Cheap tools really are the false economy that people say they are.
A demagnetiser and ultrasonic cleaner
I use closable 8 compartment plastic trays, one for the movement side and one for the dial side, having more than once dropped parts containers and spilt the entire disassembled watch onto the floor.
I really would advise against buying cheap movements as I have found them hard to work on due to poor quality. I have obtained a number of decent movements, well jewelled for a few pounds at a time with AS and ETA movements among them which are more forgiving to work on.
Its worth getting two of the same movements to prrovide reference and spare parts for the bits broken and lost. Which leads on to
All the usual problems here, flying springs, snapped pivots and mangled hairsprings. Patience, practise and experience have helped reduce these. Taking photos as you go along is essential but some extra notes are needed to recollect which way up parts such as jewels go in reassembly.
I have also crushed and lost parts under my hand when concentrating.
I have a rotary watch which I took apart and runs well all the others are in various states of disrepair.
The next steps
I need to fill the gaps between screwdriver sizes, add to my tweezer collection and learn to sharpen screwdriver blades.
Develop a proper oiling regime with the appropriate oils.
I have not done anything with mainsprings, crystals, gaskets or regulation.
Any suggestions and comments most welcome.