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  1. Good advice. Some I’m doing already which is encouraging. I have one of those visors with a lamp and magnifier in it so I use that. Good tool to. I work on top of cheese cloth so no lost parts. Today my neck is sore so taking a break once I started getting frustrated would have been a good idea. I’ll post pics of the areas I’m stuck Sunday. Some things I’ve learned so far. - just because it was taken apart in x order doesn’t mean it can go back the same way - the technique for taking apart certain pieces and putting them back together isn’t always the same. The cannon pinion. How do I tighten the “bolt” onto the cannon pinion? Press it? Using what? - good tweezers are a must. I bought a watch repair kit off amazon and you can tell the tools are cheap. They work fine though except for the tweezers. I bought a dope pair and it changes everything. I’ll post up some of my tools in another thread at some point but for now AA satin Dumont #5 tweezers. Thanks 90 year old watch maker. Thanks. Areas I can’t figure out: - how do you line up and ensure the tiny stud on the balance fits into the fork of the pallet? Crazy small! Once you do, how do you keep it in place while you put the bridge over top. Crazy hard! - how do you tighten the center wheel and cannon pinion
  2. MAN!! I was able to take the movement apart completely except for one screw that’s stripped. Now the real work begins, I don’t have to tell you! I don’t know if it’s a roamer or watches in general but this one seems really really tough to put back together. There’s a few pieces that go together so finely I can’t even see how to put them together. I’ll post pictures of the stuff I can’t figure out. Mad respect for watch makers! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I was able to get the cannon pinion off no problem! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Kingly!!!!! Thanks dude. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Alrighty, I think things went pretty well for the disassembly. I’m stuck on 2 parts. I can’t remove the center piece. Could someone tell me what it’s called so I can YouTube it. It’s connected on the bottom and too so how do I remove it? The other screw is a larger one but I can’t seem to loosen it. Any ideas? Lastly, the wheel I can’t get off seems to be warped. Maybe that’s why it didn’t work? Maybe I did it? Any way to fix it? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Oh ya and if you’re interested, please follow this thread. I’m sure I’ll have questions and instead of posting in a number of topics maybe I can centralize? It’ll also help new comers follow a thread for a pocket watch repair from a noob Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. An old pocket watch from my uncle. Here’s what I know. The dial is damaged and appears to be made of a thick material, maybe enamel? Is it repairable? The movement has no serial number on the outside or any company inscriptions. It says Swiss made. It doesn’t run. Seems like there’s a broken, very thin spring under the balance wheel. I haven’t started on taking it apart, this will be my first one. Anyone know where I can find the technical sheet? Any advice? My plan is to film taking it apart and keep the pieces separated and in order. I haven’t bought my watch oils yet or the machine cleaning solutions so I won’t reassemble until I have those and can hopefully spot what’s broken. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. The diameter of the wheel is 2.5inches Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. And how do I tell the size needed for the basket? Measure the grey wheel? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Alrighty! I’ve posted some pics of the watch cleaning machine I have. I’m looking to confirm the basket size I’ll need. Let me know if you need any other pics and thanks again x 1M!!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Hiya, Thank you for the offer!!! I don’t have a specific spring I’m working on now. I’ve been buying the supplies and equipment I need and have picked up a few pocket watches to take apart, clean, and put together. Some are missing parts. Once i start taking them apart I’ll definitely be posting pics and reaching out Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Thank you for your message! In terms of pocket watches, what would you say is the most common mainspring size? Any rules of thumb you’re aware of? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Good to know! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. A 90 year old watch maker gave me a watch cleaning machine for free!!!! It came with the glasses and lids but not the baskets. I’ll post a pic of the machine in a few weeks, hopefully someone can tell me what kind of baskets I’d need Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I want to be able to clean the parts correctly. I’ve researched cleaning by hand and it’s 100x more time consuming and probably ends up leaving the watch worse for ware Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. MOEBIUS pocket watch oil. Escapement and pallet stones Moebius 915 or 9415 So is that 2 oils? Moebius 9415 I could find, 915 I couldn’t. I found 9015. That the one? Is there an oil called moebius pocket watch oil? I saw the excerpt below about oils and grease. What do you think? Generally speaking: If a wheel is high speed low torque- USE MOEBIUS 9010 If a wheel is low speed high torque- USE HP 1300 If it's metal on metal (think setting system)- USE SOME FORM OF GREASE (MOLYKOTE, JISMAA, MR4, ETC.) Some technical guides will also tell you to use HP 1300. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. @nickelsilver That’s awesome! Thank you for the insight. Do you have any YouTube videos about the technique to wind by hand? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Lots of questions about these, no dedicated place for conversation and answers so I’ve created this thread! I am learning to repair and service pocket watches and have been looking for mainspring winders. From the comments in several threads it seems; - they are expensive - a lot of hobbyists wind them by hand - professionals will say never do it - there are not a lot of posts about the different between a pocket watch and wrist watch winder - there are some posts with brands and sizes for pocket watches - no info I could find about what to look for and what to watch out for when buying one I’d like to buy one so I can avoid destroying the mainspring by winding and touching it. I’ve found several online selling for between 15-$70 dollars like this one. Good idea? K&D Robbins type Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. I was thinking of buying something like this for the winder. I hear you about not needing one but hand winding seems next level! I figure if I can get something cheaper I might as well. What do you think? Work for a pocket watch? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. @jberry Thanks, I’ll scope it out Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. @oldhippy thank you for the tips!! I’ll be sure to post pics including the cleaning machine stay tuned
  22. I’ve checked out Perrins, so at least I’m on the right track. They’re pretty expensive but if they’re one of the few or that’s standard pricing, no worries. I’ll be able to send a pic of the machine in 2 weeks, I’m on vacay any thoughts about the other questions?
  23. Hello, im excited to be part of the community! I’m in the process of buying some of the tools I’ll need to tinker with pocket watches. My goal is to be able to take apart, clean, possibly fix, and reassemble pocket watches. I’ve bought a gorgeous pocket watch from a defunked jeweller from the early 1900’s Michigan. I brought it to a 91 year old watch maker and he told me not to start with it. Good advice. He gave me grief in general, hooked me up with some screw drivers, a loop, and a working watch cleaning machine for $20! I’ve bought a pair of tweezers, watch repair kit, some dial protectors, oilers and am looking for the items below. Hoping you can help me out with what to look for and where to find them. Right now I’m using eBay for a lot of tools and want to manage costs. 1. What 3 chemicals do I need for the watch cleaning machine? It’s not an ultra sonic or whatever, it’s the kind with 3 glass jars. Where should I buy them for shipping to Canada. 2. What attaches to the rotating arm of the machine to go inside the glass jars? A tiny cage to put all the pieces in? Are they universal or do I need the specific one for this machine? 3. Oil and grease. I will stick to pocket watches only and will probably buy elign, Waltham, vostok, and any other pocket watches between $0-$40. I don’t want to buy 19 oils at this point. The basics so I can clean and lube a watch without wrecking it. If that means correctly lubricating 90% of it with 3 oils, great. Moebius seems to be the most popular. Which lubes do you recommend? From my research it seems I need 1 grease, 1 high velocity oil, 1 low velocity oil 4. Mainspring winder. I can’t tell what brand or size I need. It seems 9-15. Are there specific companies that only make pocket watch winders or does Bergeron make them for wrist watches and pocket watches? I assume both so how do I tell a winder from Bergeron works with one of the other as an example. Seller doesn’t always know. 5. Does anyone have any suggestions for books about learning watch repair? 6. The watch I have isn’t an elign for example. Its probably a stock movement of the time put into one of his pocket watches. How would I find the technical guide? Are there rules of thumb? Do you just google tech specs in general for each movement? 7. I was planning on taking pics of my tools and watches to post on here in a different thread. Is that a good idea? What thread is best? Thanks a million and have a good night!!!!!
  24. Hello, im new to the forum and am considering getting into amateur tinkering. I local resident is selling watch cleaning machines for $100, I could probably get it for less as long as it works. It doesn’t appear to come with the baskets though. My question is are the baskets a universal size? I’ve posted a pic of the machines below
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