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About DavidMasters

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    Watch Enthusiast
  • Birthday 12/03/1954

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    Mexico Beach, FL USA
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    Watchmaking, Boating, fishing and various other retired guy things.

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  1. Thanks, Marc, my guess was correct. I thought it had something to do with the Balance, but this work is way above my skills. Regards.
  2. Going through my yard sale bucket of watch stuff I ran across this. In an old paper box with no markings. I think I know what it is, but I'll not embarrass myself with my guess. Thought I'd let an expert tell me what this tool is... Regards.
  3. Here is a close-up of the pinion and minute wheel detached. As you can see, it WILL be possible to Stake the two back together because the bottom nose/flange remains in good shape. I ordered a new wheel since it was a cheaper fix than I thought, but I will Stake the original wheel and pinion and place it in my parts box. Regards...
  4. An old pawnshop Rolex trick. I use to glue a flat butter knife or a nail file to the backs of Rolex's and it worked great. Drop the back into acetone and you're set.
  5. Are you using a watch case tool to remove the back? Trying to remove a case back by pushing on one slot may cause it to bind elsewhere and it is difficult to remove. I would NOT heat it. Don't try that. You may try a pair of needle-nose pliers opened to match two slots and try twisting it open but be careful.
  6. Ok, I now understand. I will take a close up picture of the pinion, but if I remember correctly there may not be enough material left on the pinion to press into the wheel—I think it sheared off the pinion where it was pressed into the wheel. Since my lovely wife has no clue what I would be asking her to do, and I'm not at home right now, it may be a day or so before I can post a picture. This sounds like the proper way to repair. Many years ago I bought two complete staking sets from an older gentleman that was selling his tools. Both appear to be very old but they work perfectly. Regards...
  7. I sort of understand, but not completely. are you saying put the two parts together and then tap slightly with a nose stake(I have one)? Do I use the nose stake from the back of the minute wheel? Regards...
  8. I saw a video recently where a guy(scientist) compared the super glue brands and Loctite came out on top. I ordered a new wheel, but I'll keep it as a backup incase my fix does not work. Regards...
  9. Thanks for the informative video. I have always shied away from using glue anywhere close to a watch movement, but JBWeld may be exactly what I need. My repair is very simple, so I'll give it a go.
  10. I'm working on an old Seiko Bellmatic 4006 27 jewel. During assembly I discovered the center cog of the minute wheel was separated from the outer gear, so now instead of a single assembly minute wheel I have two parts. Obviously the wheel may slip. I don't want to locate another wheel because it's not of great importance. I would like to repair if possible. I know glue is unforgivable, but that is all I can think of to get them back into a single wheel. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Regards. UPDATED...I found a new wheel from Jules Borel for $7.95 + shipping, so I ordered. It is easier and cheaper than I thought. But, I still would like to attempt a repair...
  11. Funny because I’m on my patio smoking a 5 cent cigar sorting out parts. Perfect combo.
  12. My sister and her husband went to a yard sale last weekend. They told me they saw a bucket of what they thought were watch parts, but didn't buy. I was disappointed. My sister drove back to the sale site last Monday and ask if they still had the bucket and the lady said yes—she didn't know what it was and was about to throw out. My sister gave her $5.00 US for the bucket, and here it is. Each container is filled with watch movements and parts. Some appear to be new old stock that was never used. Many unusual items relating to small tools. I don't see anything newer than possibly mid 1950's. As I go though the bucket to inventory I will post updated pictures to this post for all to see. Regards...
  13. I wear a Rolex DateJust from the 1960's as my daily wear. It does nots have quick set date and at the end of the month it requires manual intervention to correct the date. My point being, having a Month wheel that is user set would not be at all out of line. By the way, this is a very cool watch. I want to follow your progress so post pics as you go if possible.
  14. Thanks for the link. I thought I searched well enough before posting, but I didn't. Since I'm located in the USA I use Esslinger and others here for parts and tools. Here is a 0.17mm with they have. This seems like about the size most click type springs require. Cheap enough to experiment with. Now, on to the process of making springs from wire... https://www.esslinger.com/peerless-round-spring-steel-watch-and-clock-wire/ Regards.
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