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  1. I believe I have neglected to introduce myself earlier, so I am doing so now. A retired mechanical engineer, I worked in the chemical and small mechanical assembly industries during my career. Still exploring repair, I am a hobbyist who enjoys reading, learning, and then doing repair and improvement. I'm not a watch modder, and don't usually do repairs for others. I live in the Atlanta, Georgia, USA area where there are about zero watch resources, other than a few repair businesses. I collect what interests me, both mechanical and better quartz watches. I'm not focused on any one brand or type. I've changed out a quartz movement, hand sets, and innumerable batteries but have not as yet tried more difficult repairs like a teardown, clean and oil. Now that I am retired, I may buy an eBay beater, and give that a whirl. And down the rabbit hole I go....
  2. I'm the sixth owner in my family of a wood-works wall clock. It was purchased by one of my ancestors in 1800 from a peddler, which I know from a parade of letters from the former owners. The clock was working when my grandfather passed away, and run for awhile after I moved it an reinstalled it in my home. It's stopped now, and I think it's time to go through it for maintenance, and to repair it. I have a pretty good general background in working with the simpler side of clocks and watches, and with wood working. I have never dismantled either a watch or a clock, though I'm not afraid to do so. I am meticulous and have a good place to work, well lit and clean. I can see that the bearings have been replaced by metal sleeves, and that metal pivots have been added to the shafts of some of the gearing. These may be original, but I don't think so. There are some amateurish repairs by my forbearers (a bit of hot melt glue here and there for example), but it is not extensive and seems reversible. Gears have all their teeth, and the unit seems in restorable shape. My goal is to get it running again, and in decent shape, so I can eventually leave it to my grandson. I'm not under time pressure thankfully. Is there a subgroup of clock folks who work on the wooden clocks? How about resources? And lastly, if you were to buy one or two books on clock repair before launching off on this, what would those titles be? I'm a "do the homework first" kind of person... Thanks!
  3. Thank you AndyHull for the solar life span post. I've often wondered about exactly that, and your post was informative and much enjoyed. I have a simple three-hander Oceanus (Casio) which I really like. It's solar and "atomic" and so one of the watches I use to set others. I also just bonded with it, and wear it pretty often. That said, I'd wondered about the best course of action re long term life. I live in the Atlanta, Georgia USA area and so get PLENTY of bright sunshine, even in winter (the un-Scotland ). The watch, and my other solars, all live on a windowsill on a eastern exposure. This side of the house gets filtered indirect light due to the tree cover. I was trying to avoid heating up of the watch too much on an August day. Moderation is best in most things.... Anyhow - thanks!
  4. Sure would be great to have a reference page with the stem removal releases identified for the common movements. Sometimes they hide pretty good for us beginners, and sometimes the releases are obvious. I have a chart of battery crossover numbers curtesy of Renata, which I use all the time. A visual guide to removal of stems would be a super companion.
  5. Thanks to strings here, I am about to buy some Dumont #2 tweezers. I figure I'll go with Dumoxel alloy. As I am a light-use hobbyist, I think would be a good crossover between maintenance (non rusting), price, and function. If I made my living with a set, I'd go carbon or Dumostar. It's clear Dumont is the best maker and that a #2 is a good jumping-off place, followed by a #5 later. Opinions? Also, as I seem to do a lot of quartz battery replacements for friends, family and myself, a gasket lubricator would be great. Otto Frei has a reasonable looking one for not too much, which carries Silicon 747 grease. The same lube is available in a syringe, which would work for stems, and other uses. Don't mind spending more if needed but if it is a good product, why do so? Has anyone used this greaser and lube? The balance between cost and performance of tools is important. Like with the tweezers, a more expensive tool has been reported to be very much worth the money. Sometimes however, the more modestly priced item can be as good, or better, than a higher cost item. I can think of some of my automotive tools which fall into that bucket. It's all about value for money spent, and this is where forums are GREAT! New here, and am enjoying reading and learning. Thanks!
  6. Thanks for the add. I am a non-repentant watch collector who has done light maintenance for some time. I have about 35 watches, Japanese, European and US, with a variety of movements. I've changed bands and batteries as needed for quite some time, and have done quite a bit of non-watch repair work over the years. I'm a retired mechanical engineer and so am comfortable with equipment in general. I'm ready to move on to more advanced watch repair and will welcome input and guidance from the folks here as I learn! I'd like to progress to a full teardown, clean and oil, and calibration of an automatic, but that's down the road... Right now I want to build my tools and abilities in preparation. Great being here!
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