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  1. Hi guys! I've been looking into upgrading some of my most used tools, and arguably, one of the most important tools I currently own. I've been reluctant to upgrade my caseback opener and crystal press to the upgraded, Bergeon 5700-Z and Horotec 07.130, due to their costs. Currently, I'm using a chinese copy of the Bergeon 5700-Z, which has served me well, but the tolerances are not perfect. The bits that attach onto the bit holder do not sit parallel onto the casebacks I remove ( one sits slightly higher than the other ), which causes a large risk of slipping and scratching casebacks. In addition, the bit holder does not adjust evenly such that the bits don't move equidistantly from their respective sides, which makes it difficult to center the bits perfectly onto casebacks. As for the crystal press, I'm also using a chinese copy of what resembles the Horotec 07.130, except the lower threads don't sit on the actual base of the tool but are slightly elevated onto an intermediate plate. This leaves a small gap between the actual bottom dye and the base of the press. I've noticed that when applying a lot of pressure onto the tool when setting crystals, the intermediate base where the bottom dye rests on bends slightly down due to the applied force. The crystals seem to be going in very evenly so this has not been an issue, however, I like how the Horotec 07.130 has their dyes sitting on the actual base of the tool so that the bottom and type dye will always be parallel upon applying force downwards. This leaves me to ask, can anyone who owns the Bergeon 5700-Z and Horotec 07.130 provide their opinions about either tool? It is a rather large investment for someone who does not work on watches full time, but works on enough to consider it a part-time job. * Just a side question regarding the type of dyes to purchase for the Horotec 07.130* I install both domed and flat crystals, but I'm unsure if the "Set of 12 Delrin Thread-on Dies for Fitting Very Domed Crystals" by horotec would be the best choice for my application. Thank you everyone. The tools that I use right now The tools that I am considering to upgrade to
  2. Hello everyone. I replaced the crystal on a Seiko SNDA57 quartz chronograph with the 7T92A movement and when I went to recase the movement, I tested the chronograph pushers to see if everything was working as should, but the chronograph pushers would no longer push back out. They can be pushed in, but there is nothing to allow them to "spring" back out. Any advice? Thanks!
  3. Same! I was reading all over horotec for some type of distinction between MM and AM, but there was no actual explanation. Hope to hear from what Dumont has to say about it.
  4. I could not find information regarding non-magnetic vs anti-magnetic. However, since the tweezers are made of brass, I had assumed they would not be magnetic at all. Which left me wondering with the question in the original post.
  5. Thank you! The existing posts and discussions have been extremely interesting to learn from. I'm really glad I made the choice to upgrade my tools. Now I just got to get the rest of it over time. Really starts to add up when you consider two Dumostar tweezers can run close to a $100! I realized I will find out which tools I will need to invest in after I learn more about movement servicing. I've recently bought a Dumostar #2, a #3 and a #5, in addition to hi-tech series #2 and #1 ( realized the Dumostar will be superior, but first I hope to learn from the hi-tech series on proper tweezer usage so that I don't risk messing up the Dumostar ones ). I also bought a Bergeon 30081-S09 set. I was looking into horotec, but the cost was quite high and also wanted to learn from the Bergeon set before investing in the horotec 12 piece set ( so that I can learn proper usage first before mishandling a $300+ horotec set ). I've come to really appreciate well made tools. The craftsmanship in watchmaking is always incredible, but something about well made tools also gets me quite happy.
  6. Thank you! Excited to be here.
  7. Hi guys. Recently I've invested in Dumont tweezers, the #2, #3 and #5 from the "Dumostar series" and the #2 and #1 from the "Hi-Tech economy series", but now I'm looking into getting some quality brass tweezers as well. I was looking through Horotec's line of brass tweezers but noticed that there were two types, the "AM" and "MM". I couldn't find information online about the difference between the two and which job each type was purposed for. Could anyone explain the differences between "AM" and "MM" brass tweezers? Thank you!
  8. Hello everyone! Just recently starting investing into better watch making tools and wanted to get more involved with forums (specifically about watch making). Some of you guys might know me from Youtube and Instagram. Just a quick introduction! I've been working on watches for about two years now I believe. Mostly on Seiko watches since the amount of parts available is so vast. I've learned everything myself through reading material online and just getting myself involved. Learning from my mistakes was the biggest help for sure. Like most people, I started with more affordable tools, which helped me become extremely careful and detailed since the calibration of the tools were horrible. I've now seriously invested in quality tools since I am working on watches much more frequently (as a hobby) and wish to learn more about them and their usages/maintenance! Thanks for reading and I'm excited to join this forum! -Eric
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