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  1. Thanks so much for everything. I will definitely post a couple of pics after I get the "newer one" sorted. -Paul
  2. Watchmaker - Again - many thanks! I think I should be well covered for parts to get this resolved. There is a little more to the story - which you may enjoy. The watch who's ratchet wheel screw broke - is an almost identical copy of a watch that means a lot to me (sentimentally). I found it on eBay in NOS condition and purchased it so that I would have a spare part of everything for the watch. The new one was so beautiful that I decided to wear it (some) - since there is no sentimental attachment to the new one. But it does remind me of the watch near and dear to me. Which, by the way is also in mostly excellent condition for a watch of it's age. I should post pictures of the two so that you can see them. The one I recently purchased is completely amazing. It came in the original box, with tags and the original strap. Not unworn, but almost. She's a beauty - and so is the one I have had for decades. -Paul
  3. WatchMaker - thanks SO much for taking the time to post and all of the info! I immediately purchased the movement in your first link. That movement is it! If you look at the reverse side image - you will see that it says "seven 7 jewels" on the train wheel bridge. Maybe Waltham was cutting corners reducing the number of jewels on the parts they supplied to the movement. I also found that Otto Frei has new (old stock?) A Shild 1790 movements which look like could be a new 17-jewel replacement. Do you happen to know if the 1790 is a likely drop-in replacement? Again, many thanks!
  4. Correction - I think the base movement is an "AS 1690/02" (A Schild). I am a relative novice - so, misinterpreted the logo/mark - is very similar to the old Unitas logo/mark.
  5. WRT Members, I have a 50's/60's era Waltham men's wristwatch that needs some help. It's in amazing (as-new) condition, but while wearing the other day, it stopped - even though there should have been plenty of power in the mainspring. Disassembling for investigation quickly revealed the trouble. The screw-head from the ratchet wheel screw had broken off and found its way in to the train wheels and locked everything up. There appears to be no other damage - thankfully. But now I want to fix the movement. My preference would be to find a barrel arbor and screw - or better yet a complete going barrel assembly new with ratchet wheel screw. I am search eBay now - but thought I'd check with you guys to see if anyone knew of a good source for such parts. I haven't found any yet. NOTE: This movement is Swiss made, 7 jewels, marking on the base plate look like Unitas 1690/02 Any info/help is greatly appreciated. Kind Regards, -Paul
  6. Ah - now I see what you referring to. I didn't connect your most recent post with your earlier suggestion about using dental/medical/commercial eye-ware. My apologies. It had been too long since - at least for me to remember. I still think that's a great idea. Having said that - I am really happy with the long-arm microscope solution.
  7. So - here's an update on the Seiko Bezel insert... I received the insert this morning - only to find that Seiko makes the tops of their bezels flat (parallel with the face of the watch) as opposed to conical (like every other diver bezel that I have seen). So, even though looking at one of those sea urchins with the insert installed - looks like a "regular" bezel insert. It's not. So - now I'm searching again. If I could file the backside of the insert to be conical - it would probably work. But, I don't think that's going to be an option. -Paul
  8. ???? Invest what in my eyes? I have spent at least tens of thousands of dollars on my eyes and their medical and optical attention over my lifetime - thus far. I don't have weak eyes - I have poor eyesight. Main issue is nearsightedness. Also some astigmatism in each eye. Now, being well over 50, I have some farsightedness on top of the stuff I was born with. I'm not complaining - LOTS of people have the same issues. Including (I suspect) lots of folks on this forum. What exactly do you mean when you say invest in your eyes? -Paul
  9. All, After some exposure to the ETA/Unitas 6497/8 movements (from Mark's courses) - I have become interested in "making" (assembling) a few wristwatches using those movements. I would really like to find (or have made) a simple dial like this (attached) - except for a 6498. Not an exact copy - of course. But something with the same "vib" (light cream color with green lume markers). Does anyone know anyone that would make a one-off custom? Or has anyone seen something like this? Many thanks and kind regards, -Paul
  10. jdm, I was able to find a supplier of ceramic inserts for the "SNZF Urchins" - and it appears that the dimensions will work with my Grovana 1571. Won't know for sure until it arrives, but really excited about prospect of getting rid of that beat-up aluminum bezel. Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to share that info! -Paul
  11. Fantastic, thanks! That's probably a more common application than the Grovana to search on. I'll see what I can find with that.
  12. Transporter, Thanks for your suggestion. It's not the same size as the Seiko bezels that I have found measurements. But, that that's not to say that it's not the same size as some Seiko. -Paul.
  13. All, I have a Submariner homage by Grovana. It has a typical painted aluminum bezel - which is showing typical wear. I would like to find a ceramic replacement - but haven't been able to locate one in the needed dimensions. Does anyone know if/where a ceramic diver-style bezel insert is available with an inner diameter of 31.3 (or 31.4) mm and an outer diameter of 38.8 mm? Kind Regards, -Paul
  14. George, Glad that you found it useful. I am with you - I think this is important info. I wish that I had found this before I purchased my visor. -Paul
  15. David, Yeah - I received mine on Friday. I set it up over the weekend and I am thrilled with the results. Very sharp and distortion-free field of view. I will probably have to set up a separate - lower height - table for the scope though. As the working distance and height of the scope don't match my regular work surface height. But that's not hard to solve. I am just happy that I have a really nice sharp, comfortable view to work with. The AmScope "SM-1BSX-64S" is a 3.5x to 45x zoom with a nice bright (adjustable) LED ring light. The magnification range can be altered with accessory lenses, but I don't think I'll need to do that. I can see where using one with screen display would nice. As you wouldn't have to have your head positioned over the eyepieces. Which means no effect on your seated position or work surface height. -Paul
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