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About ITProDad

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    Little Elm, Texas. USA
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    Mechanical time keepers. History of time keeping from John Harris forward. Current infatuation, Oris wrist watches of the mid to late 1900s. Avid wood worker. Built my own bench in the form of a roll top desk. Made specifically for working on my watches with inlay to mimic the carving on vintage pocket watch balance cocks I’ve worked on.

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  1. How do you polish the glass crystals, if I may use that contradiction... Rouge? Buffing wheel? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Would it be inappropriate to say, “that’s what she said”? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Old hippy, Your knowledge is impressive!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. If the screws are all that’s holding the top, you may consider taking the top off (remove screws), clean the wood surface(gently sand it) and use some modern wood glue and replace the screws until it cures. Wood glue these days is an entirely different beast than only a few years ago. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Welcome. I think you will enjoy this forum. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions and be sure to share your experiences! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Welcome! You have come to the right place. Watch some of Marks YouTube videos to learn to what level of skill one should strive. As for a place to start? Pick one and go from there. Get a cheap worthless piece of rubbish to destroy with your curiosity. After a dozen of those, you will learn some dos and donts. Horological is an art as well as a science. Jump in and figure out the details as you go. Read everything you can and decide your own path. But most of all, have fun and enjoy the history and engineering that goes into these small wonders! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Nice job!!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Welcome! You most certainly learn from this diverse group of horophiles and experts. Welcome home! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. I use #e tweezers but I put the stone on my mat and hold it in place with the tweezers. I don’t try to hold out it the air. Also, try griping the stone further up the tweezer a few mm from the tips. More surface area to grip the stone and more height Incase they try to escape. ......and practice! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  11. I partially agree with Tmuir. Check the first watch to see if the balance spring is not magnetized or fouled with an unseen hair, rust or oil. However, is the second hand is running unchecked, make sure the pallet fork is engaged and not missing a stone. Also that the stones are reaching the escapement wheel. It may be off a bit. The other watch might have a pivot problem with the balance pivot or escapement wheel or possibly even the third. Wheel. It the pivot is bent or fouled out the pivot hole (jeweled or not) has been reamed out, it would allow for misalignment of the adjoining interfaces of the gears in the train. It would sound funny and stop periodically as well. Keep us posted. Every problem has a solution. Keep looking. You will find it! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. I love that dial/face Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. Hi Gary. I’ve been watching your updates. There is a very strong possibility there will be other contaminants inside the works of this piece in addition to the visible rust. If you can address the keyless works and get some semblance of performance out of it, that would be excellent. If you cannot, the it is no longer a chronograph. It is an opportunity to learn and possibly restore it to being a chronograph. If you decide to tear it down, take pictures every step of the way. Then, if you are able to clean it an repair ir replace malfunctioning parts, you will be able to rebuild by going through the pictures in reverse order. I don’t know what you are capable of doing. I’m merely suggesting that perhaps you are not fully aware as well. Do keep us updated and geed luck! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Pictures? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. @Marc and JDM! I was misinterpreting what the amplitude means. I was looking at the rotation of the balance wheel with the tic and too extremes. Not per beat. Thank you for the welcome lesson in understanding one more facet of my love of mechanical watches. Sincere thanks!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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