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  1. Excellent thread I have been giving some thought to making a winder and this is real food for thought.
  2. I have added the anchor crystal lift £20 on e bay as I thought I had a few watches that needed the movement to be removed from the front. Turns out they had the press on front similar to a pocket watch. I can however confirm it works very well as I did have a Junghans quartz to try it out on.
  3. Great video and more money to spend. Very helpful for the beginner who is sifting through mountains of information.
  4. As a beginner I have been routinely oiling mine so its nice to know i shouldn't be and i have found another piece of the puzzle, thank you.
  5. jdrichard very informative video thanks. I had been wondering how some stuff was done and now I have seen the tools. Also surprising how many very specific tools there are for various processes.
  6. I would certainly like to see that. I also think the order in which things are bought is vital as there is often a lot of dead money in hobbies. My personal budget is fairly modest so i add things in a priority order of what is needed next to get a particular job done. This can be frustrating but i am learning that watchmaking has a lot of frustrations like searching the room repeatedly for a spring that has been stuck to my jumper all along. Maybe there needs to be a thread on bad purchases if there is not one.
  7. Has anybody got anything to say about how they manager projects? One watch at a time? Various things on the go? Endlessly waiting for parts? I would be interested to know.
  8. Thanks for the suggestions. I have picked up some 9010 and this thread has helped me plan a way forward. I will get a timegrapher but when I have maybe ten watches that I have cleaned and actually run for a day, I will set about the more detailed work. At the moment it is still proving a challenge to get watches running freely. I partly wish just out of interest I had kept a running tally of expenses but then again maybe not.
  9. 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. The tools 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 blower 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. Pegwood 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. The victims 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 The mistakes 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. The successes 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.
  10. Hello all Owain in South Wales been lurking a while but want to get more involved.
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