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About DavidMasters

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  • 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. I had an experience recently where a watch was experiencing similar problems. After MUCH looking I finally found the lower hole where barrel arbor rests was oval and barrel had lots of play. I happen to have a old movement so I switched the parts to the old movement plate and problem was resolved. So, I guess my reply is to see if barrel arbor upper/lower holes are worn and causing excess play and wobble. Regards
  2. Cool watch! Use caution on this one, and good luck. I will await the service and seeing a video of it running. Regards
  3. Let's see a picture of the front of the watch. It may simply be corroded in the case, but let's see the front before we go with more how-to advise. Regards
  4. Over tightening a train bridge, or balance cock could cause a dropping amplitude. Did the balance regulators get moved? How is the Beat error—better, worse or about the same? Do you now have a magnetized hairspring? There are several possibilities so check one item at a time until you see a change in the right direction. Regards
  5. What about a pen vise and a bit of heat. Take a soldering iron or any small flame and really heat the stem and let it cool and it will expand the stem and perhaps loosen the threads.
  6. The amazing thing to me is this was a difficult bodge/fix when a new mainspring and or barrel would have been the best route and maybe easier. I admire the watchmaker that did this because it is a skill I bet he/she has employed before and maybe many times before.
  7. I'll be interested in your impression of how it works. A small dot of compound and lite pressure with a cloth and with a bit of rubbing it'll look much better.
  8. I had this in the bottom of my junk box. It's a Ladies Seiko with a 2205 movement. My lovely wife saw it and now it's her's! I serviced it and it runs like new...
  9. I especially like the "One 1 Jewel" on the movement.
  10. This is a Bolivia—not Bulova—watch from probably the mid 60's. I post these pictures because it has a "Basis Watch Co." movement.
  11. I am a bit unconventional in my way of doing things and I'm always looking for a product that I can 're-purpose'. 3M Auto Rubbing Compound is a 3k grit compound that is used to remove fog from auto headlights, but it is an excellent product for watch crystals. I've used it for a long time and never use anything else. Buy one bottle for about $12.00US and it'll last a lifetime.
  12. There are a lot of these watches around so you may be able to buy a junker watch and use the back. By the way, several versions/models of the Seiko watch back will work. Good luck
  13. The winding pinion is losing grip or backing off. The keyless works needs to be examined for the issue. Could be that a bit of oil in the oil points may resolve the issue, but a close look at the gear teeth is needed. Post a few pictures of the area if you have it apart. Good luck.
  14. Of all the issues I have never mastered in watchmaking, dealing with the Balance is the worse. I hate to see a dangling hairspring—just seems wrong to me. But, as I stated above, I've never mastered working on or handling a balance wheel/cock assembly. Good to see the experts relate how they handle this process.
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