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    WillFly got a reaction from Lambchop in What is your Favorite Watch.....   
    I have several favourites, for different reasons. My most treasured pocket watch is my Hamilton 992B. My most treasured wristwatch movement is my Hamilton Intra-matic.
     


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    WillFly got a reaction from Johnnie in Balance Wheel Stopped!   
    Have you got a puffer to blow air through the movement? If any debris has lodged in the mechanism through the case back being off a few times, then a few puffs of air might dislodge it. Don't blow into the mechanism yourself - breath contains water - just a puffer.
     
    If that doesn't work, it might well just be dirty and need a clean.
     
    I'm assuming that you took care opening the case back and didn't knock anything out of kilter? Not being rude - one has to ask these things!
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    WillFly got a reaction from Johnnie in What is your Favorite Watch.....   
    I have several favourites, for different reasons. My most treasured pocket watch is my Hamilton 992B. My most treasured wristwatch movement is my Hamilton Intra-matic.
     


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    WillFly got a reaction from Johnnie in A birth year Bulova   
    I've not been buying watches recently, but couldn't resist this lovely US-made Bulova from 1944 - the year of my birth. It's in a 14k, rose gold-filled case, and has a very nice Grade 8-AH movement inside. It's the usual dimensions for a watch of this period: 41mm lug to lug, and 21mm wide. Small by today's standards, but that doesn't bother me - I wear any size.
    This was an eBay purchase. The seller has a beautiful collection of mainly vintage Bulova watches. If I had more money, I'd have bought one or two more. I won't give details publicly as the site policy is not to promote watch sales or sellers, but if anyone is really interested in looking at his vintage Bulova watches, PM me.


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    WillFly got a reaction from dadistic in A birth year Bulova   
    I've not been buying watches recently, but couldn't resist this lovely US-made Bulova from 1944 - the year of my birth. It's in a 14k, rose gold-filled case, and has a very nice Grade 8-AH movement inside. It's the usual dimensions for a watch of this period: 41mm lug to lug, and 21mm wide. Small by today's standards, but that doesn't bother me - I wear any size.
    This was an eBay purchase. The seller has a beautiful collection of mainly vintage Bulova watches. If I had more money, I'd have bought one or two more. I won't give details publicly as the site policy is not to promote watch sales or sellers, but if anyone is really interested in looking at his vintage Bulova watches, PM me.


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    WillFly got a reaction from Gary in Checking my Marvin Hermetic   
    All Marvin movements, as far as I know, were in-house, as you say. The one in my original post is a 520 movement. I also have a 510 which is good, bit not quite as smart as the 520, as  you can see below.


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    WillFly got a reaction from Gary in Checking my Marvin Hermetic   
    I like to pick out a watch from my collection from time to time and give it a check and run to make sure it's working OK. I was wearing a particularly tight (round the wrist) shirt and sweater the other day, which make checking my watch difficult, so remembered I had a nice 1950s Marvin Hermetic on a Bonklip strap. The Bonklip was designed to be worn outside a shirt or jacket in cold conditions where it had to be referenced easily without constantly pushing up clothing - hence its popularity in aviation.
    Anyway, I checked out the movement - the regulator is bang in the middle - and have been wearing it for several days now. Perfect time running; a little stiffness when changing the time indicates a clean and lube is probably in order at some stage.



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    WillFly got a reaction from MilTimeCan in Checking my Marvin Hermetic   
    I like to pick out a watch from my collection from time to time and give it a check and run to make sure it's working OK. I was wearing a particularly tight (round the wrist) shirt and sweater the other day, which make checking my watch difficult, so remembered I had a nice 1950s Marvin Hermetic on a Bonklip strap. The Bonklip was designed to be worn outside a shirt or jacket in cold conditions where it had to be referenced easily without constantly pushing up clothing - hence its popularity in aviation.
    Anyway, I checked out the movement - the regulator is bang in the middle - and have been wearing it for several days now. Perfect time running; a little stiffness when changing the time indicates a clean and lube is probably in order at some stage.



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    WillFly got a reaction from RyMoeller in Checking my Marvin Hermetic   
    I like to pick out a watch from my collection from time to time and give it a check and run to make sure it's working OK. I was wearing a particularly tight (round the wrist) shirt and sweater the other day, which make checking my watch difficult, so remembered I had a nice 1950s Marvin Hermetic on a Bonklip strap. The Bonklip was designed to be worn outside a shirt or jacket in cold conditions where it had to be referenced easily without constantly pushing up clothing - hence its popularity in aviation.
    Anyway, I checked out the movement - the regulator is bang in the middle - and have been wearing it for several days now. Perfect time running; a little stiffness when changing the time indicates a clean and lube is probably in order at some stage.



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    WillFly got a reaction from dadistic in Checking my Marvin Hermetic   
    I like to pick out a watch from my collection from time to time and give it a check and run to make sure it's working OK. I was wearing a particularly tight (round the wrist) shirt and sweater the other day, which make checking my watch difficult, so remembered I had a nice 1950s Marvin Hermetic on a Bonklip strap. The Bonklip was designed to be worn outside a shirt or jacket in cold conditions where it had to be referenced easily without constantly pushing up clothing - hence its popularity in aviation.
    Anyway, I checked out the movement - the regulator is bang in the middle - and have been wearing it for several days now. Perfect time running; a little stiffness when changing the time indicates a clean and lube is probably in order at some stage.



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    WillFly got a reaction from clockboy in Checking my Marvin Hermetic   
    I like to pick out a watch from my collection from time to time and give it a check and run to make sure it's working OK. I was wearing a particularly tight (round the wrist) shirt and sweater the other day, which make checking my watch difficult, so remembered I had a nice 1950s Marvin Hermetic on a Bonklip strap. The Bonklip was designed to be worn outside a shirt or jacket in cold conditions where it had to be referenced easily without constantly pushing up clothing - hence its popularity in aviation.
    Anyway, I checked out the movement - the regulator is bang in the middle - and have been wearing it for several days now. Perfect time running; a little stiffness when changing the time indicates a clean and lube is probably in order at some stage.



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    WillFly got a reaction from DouglasSkinner in Checking my Marvin Hermetic   
    I like to pick out a watch from my collection from time to time and give it a check and run to make sure it's working OK. I was wearing a particularly tight (round the wrist) shirt and sweater the other day, which make checking my watch difficult, so remembered I had a nice 1950s Marvin Hermetic on a Bonklip strap. The Bonklip was designed to be worn outside a shirt or jacket in cold conditions where it had to be referenced easily without constantly pushing up clothing - hence its popularity in aviation.
    Anyway, I checked out the movement - the regulator is bang in the middle - and have been wearing it for several days now. Perfect time running; a little stiffness when changing the time indicates a clean and lube is probably in order at some stage.



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    WillFly got a reaction from DouglasSkinner in Checking my Marvin Hermetic   
    I know what you mean (I'm 73 this year). I've seen some incredibly expensive, amazingly designed watches with innumerable complications - that did everything but display the actual time efficiently!
    That's why, for example, I would never buy some skeleton watches - the background of the movement distracts from the time display.
    The Marvin is on the small side, compared with today's gas meter dials - around 32mm - but I don't mind dial size as long as the watch is comfortable and elegant.
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    WillFly got a reaction from noirrac1j in That's a big Omega.   
    Stop showing off and just get it cleaned and serviced!
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    WillFly got a reaction from ro63rto in The Repair Shop - BBC TV (UK)   
    Anyone been watching "The Repair Shop"? BBC1 at 6.30pm - yesterday and today so far.
    Various experts, including a clockmaker, repair various bits and pieces.
    Good watching.
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    WillFly got a reaction from jdrichard in Guitar and watch repair   
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    WillFly got a reaction from Johnnie in It finally happened   
    Welcome to the Club! Did you try the vacuum approach? - vacuum the carpet then go through the dust bag?
    Magnet approach? - trail a magnet on a string over the area?
    Or did you fall on your knees, cursing creation? - that sometimes helps!
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    WillFly got a reaction from MilTimeCan in It finally happened   
    Welcome to the Club! Did you try the vacuum approach? - vacuum the carpet then go through the dust bag?
    Magnet approach? - trail a magnet on a string over the area?
    Or did you fall on your knees, cursing creation? - that sometimes helps!
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    WillFly got a reaction from Ishima in It finally happened   
    Welcome to the Club! Did you try the vacuum approach? - vacuum the carpet then go through the dust bag?
    Magnet approach? - trail a magnet on a string over the area?
    Or did you fall on your knees, cursing creation? - that sometimes helps!
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    WillFly got a reaction from jdrichard in Cleaning a Hamilton Railroad Grade 18S   
    It's a 940. It went to the Hamilton Finishing Department on 25th January, 1913, and was part of the 8,000 run of the grade in that year. There were 210,596 of the 940s produced in all. It's an 18s size with 21 jewels, lever setting, micrometer regulator and Breguet hairspring. And the dial should be double-sunk if it's the original.
    Oh - and adjusted to 5 positions! Lovely watches. Now you can tell your friend all about it!
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    WillFly got a reaction from jdrichard in Cleaning a Hamilton Railroad Grade 18S   
    Nice videos - what's the Grade of the movement - 992B? I have several Hamilton RR Grade watches and love 'em to death!
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    WillFly got a reaction from GeorgeClarkson in Poljot 3133 chronograph   
    Good luck with the Poljot - it looks very good. I had a Sturmanskie 3133 a year or two ago. It was a nice watch but the chrono mechanism was getting very sticky and the movement looked a little rough here and there, so I sold it on. Made what I paid for it, so no problem there.
    The 3133 is a nice movement.
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    WillFly got a reaction from MilTimeCan in Solar Watches - Any Downsides?   
    I'm intrigued by the idea of solar watches - they're not exactly new these days - and bought a Seiko Solar before Christmas. It's a simple, military-style face, with day and date functions and a hacking second hand.
     
    I'm attracted to them because I like the idea of a watch without a disposable battery and, so far, it's keeping excellent time. I experimented with a Seiko Kinetic some time ago - an "Arctura" model - but it was very heavy and I get bored with an automatic watch that I don't wear all the time. One of the problems with the kinetic is that, although there's no battery, the capacitor can deteriorate over time - and I believe the shelf life before that component requires replacing is around 5 years. Which is why you see quite a few going cheap on eBay...
     
    Is there a similar downside to solar-powered watches?
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    WillFly got a reaction from MilTimeCan in Merry Christmas!   
    A very merry Christmas to everyone on the forum. Have a great day.
    Cheers,
    Will
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    WillFly got a reaction from scott312 in Merry Christmas!   
    A very merry Christmas to everyone on the forum. Have a great day.
    Cheers,
    Will
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