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Everything posted by m1ks

  1. Late 80's or early 90's. Bought new from Argos as a new daily wear. Cleaned it and fitted a battery a few weeks ago.
  2. Couldn't say what the brand was but it was a mechanical winding watch and on the dial was a native American Indian on horseback and instead of a seconds hand he held a tomahawk which ratcheted back and forth, almost like the motion of a pallet fork. Cannot tell you how much I wish I still had it. If only as a reminder of my parents.
  3. Apologies for not clarifying re the timegrapher but first, I should also have mentioned, I use a piece of pegwood, (one end a point, the other a flat edge like a screwdriver) to adjust the regulating arm, for the aforementioned potential problem of leaving marks. Restarting isn't necessary at all, just that it seems to take longer to pick up the difference if left running than if you press stop then strart, I haven't timed it, it just seems that way to me, but either way, you'll need to allow a few seconds for the beat to settle back into a smooth rhythm. The dual coloured lines are useful, and even restarting will still work, you just note whether the blue or the yellow line was uppermost. I find it useful because if you go from a small BE like 0.5 to 0.3, you could 0.3 on the opposite side and the lines are so close you can't tell on the screen so the split colour helps.
  4. Most likely, most of us are like yourself, it's like a dance. I try to brace my hand and use a twisting motion with the tool rather than a push to move in very tiny increments. Also I recommend restarting the timegrapher after an adjustment and allowing a few seconds for the amplitude to settle.
  5. No problem. I'll get some pics and if there's anything specifically you want to see in detail let me know.
  6. Yesterday's eBay deliveries. A nice pin pallet that's the cleanest I've ever seen, came with the pallet fork loose, refitted and ticking away, will get a service and back onto eBay at some point. Then an 'interesting' Seiko franken. Lovely clean 7019A movement, (which was the reason for the purchase) bonus of new strap, practise dial to strip and make a dial from and hands.
  7. Thank you very much, I certainly found it useful. In fact. Like that bloke with the shaving equipment I was so impressed I bought the co......... Erm one of them. It answers another question I had which was to which rotational direction the basket spins. I wasn't sure if it was designed to force cleaner down or create a vacuum to sick such it upwards. Going downward makes sense logically as the debris stays low but you never know. Thanks for the videos and that sounds impressively quiet in use.
  8. I think you'll find there are polarising views on the necessity of PAT testing for home use. Apologies, i'll get my coat. Looking very nice and neat, looking forward to the first test run, will you be doing a video? Also, PAT testing, it's one of those bugbear acronyms like PIN number, because, the T already stands for testing, yet we all do it, so we're saying portable appliance testing testing............(I suppose that applies acceptably to musical equipment, especially microphones?)
  9. Apologies, I re watched and it's a product called quadralene. They're based in Derby but no info for product sales on their site. I may have to rethink that and perhaps look at L&R or Elma like yourself.
  10. Thanks for those instructions, I'll have a read through. Like yourself I'll maybe be doing one a week, perhaps one a fortnight so my biggest Quezon mark is how long a solution will keep once diluted. The Horolene came to mind as recommended by Mark (of the forum creation) in his video, (which is an Elma as per those instructions). When I receive it I'll post some images of the undersides and plate etc, the listing said it had a replacement motor and the wiring you can certainly see has been changed so we'll see how it looks. I'd have preferred another layer or two of baskets with compartments like the Elma as I like to try and keep each component section and screws separate but it might just mean I have to get more of the little mesh baskets I use for endstones. I'm sure I'll be re reading your tweaks and re config.
  11. It's bookmarked for delivery Monday, which in reality means Tuesday or Wednesday because, here in the highlands. When the courier says delivery Monday they really mean we'll get it to Inverness Monday and give it to the royal mail because we heard there are dragons and wizards and feudal armies north of there and we're too scared to go any further. Then royal mail deliver it 'when it gets here'. I'll have the chance for a quick going over and see if it works but then I'm off with my son for a couple of weeks for the summer hols so it'll be after when I get to play with it properly. What do you plan to use for cleaning and rinsing solution? I'm looking at horolene currently. Looks expensive but dilutes 7 to 1 so should be quite economical I hope.
  12. As it happens! Inspired and interested by this thread and having, for a long time cleaned manually with naphtha and IPA etc, (which has always been adequate for me and more than adequate volume wise as I only work on one at a time). I chanced a bid on one on eBay which I am now arranging transport for and appears to be the same (or close) as yours. So I'll be checking it and re reading this thread to see what I need to do to ensure it's safe to use. It'll only be accessed by me and only used when I'm there and unplugged at other times so I'll be looking for info on cleaning fluid and operation instructions once I know it's usable.
  13. That old rheostat looks exactly like the speed controller in a very old train set my Dad passed down to me. It was a huge brick of a thing which sadly failed on its first attempt and I never did get around to getting another sorted but still have the train set.
  14. Having recently ordered and recceived my Komodo, (a Seiko NH35 powered microbrand diver), I did a review video as I was very impressed with the quality of it. I can also say the communication from Helm is exemplary, to the point they have, a short while ago mailed regarding my comments on the bracelet / strap fitted at packaging in the video, I'm waiting on another microbrand I ordered on a Kickstarter which is supposed to be due to ship very soon and have to say, the updates on the progress are very sparse compared to the sale adverts that keep appearing so far so this one is a very pleasant change. Link here for anyone interested, thanks. Mike
  15. Someone told me today that roman numerals are to be phased out! Not on my watch!
  16. That rodeo is the squarest square watch squatch? I have ever seen.
  17. Oooh a nicely radioactive trenchy. Make sure you don't lick the dial and hands and if you plan to service it with full hazmat suit, please video it, I'd love to watch it. On another note, is there anything less refined than the sausage watch?
  18. Oh yeah, no mistaking the markers and hands on this one. Even in the dark.
  19. Pretty much as Watchweasol above says. I should have asked if your movement has a day wheel of course as that would mean dial dots wouldn't work, but they're small dots of double sided thin adhesive material that stick the dial to the movement and can be purchased in sheets from material houses. Re soldering. I haven't tried it at all so please heed the useful advise in the thread above.
  20. EBay is the obvious suggestion but you'd likely have to buy a complete watch. However, if you plan to continue this hobby, get yourself some dial dots and use one or two on the side where the pin came off. They'll come in handy for future watches. You could also try to solder the dial foot back on.
  21. Todays new one. Helm Komodo. Microbrand diver.
  22. Very thorough and detailed and great images for phone. Love that dial on your watch.
  23. That's the biggest loupe I've ever seen on the right, you must have enormous eyes!
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