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  1. Perhaps it is cheaper but it makes life more boring, I think. I love the fact that you may get a watch from the fifties up and running with a bit of love. This is just sad.
  2. I was thinking about using Fixodrop but have a hard time figuring out what parts to use it on. The fewer the better considering the abhorrent price for it. What I got so far. * Pallet jewels * Escape wheel * Reversing wheel on automatic * Balance End stones What is your opinion on this ? Should the end stones be treated, and if so, does that include the chaton ?
  3. Thanks for your help. Just thought I should mention that it worked nicely to polish the screw heads with Autosol but I could see that the heads had some damage and was not completely smooth but I got the shine back.
  4. Hi all, I'm cleaning an Omega 613 movement and it looks really nice. However, when I started to clean it my first cycle for bridges, plate and mainspring barrel is water and detergent after which I dry the parts with a hairdryer. It would seem I did not dry the parts properly so some parts that was still screwed on (parts of the calendar mechanism) that was really shiny and glossy (like the bumper of '50s Chevy) has got some discoloration. I suspected first it was rust but discoloration is more like black. My question is what I can do about it ? May I polish the screw heads with like Autosol or something. I want that glossy shine back ! Any suggestions ? I apologize for the grainy picture.
  5. Thank you all for your input. Unfortunately it looks like I must give up my efforts since the screw won't bugde at all and I risk making everything worse since not much is left of the groove in the screw. I think I've tried everything. Soaking in WD 40, vinegar bath and heating and cooling the screw but all for nothing. I'm very frustrated having been beaten by a tiny screw. I will put the movement in a box, forget about it and try again in a year, perhaps.
  6. Thank you guys for your suggestions. I do have a soldering gun so I'll try that. I also have some vinegar but never thought I would use it on any of my watches though.
  7. I've got an old Nvidia Ladies Watch with an ETA 2360 movement that I'm trying to get up and running. The movement looks nice and in good shape and luckily I also have som spare parts lying around. The dial is mounted with tiny screws on the sude of the movement. There seems to have been som moisture ingress into the movement since I can see traces of rust and, of course, one if the dial screws has rusted pretty bad so I'm unable too remove the dial. I can see the groove in the screw and I can fit a screwdiver there but the screw is really stuck. I've tried putting some WD40 on it and letting it soak for a day but to no avail. How can I remove the screw ? I have extra screws if needed so I don't need the stuck screw.
  8. Great job. Good to sed old quartz watches up and running !
  9. I do own an Apple Watch and it is just fine but compared to my mechanical watches, it is just soulless and when I'm all done, my apple watch will be long gone but my other watches will tick-tock on.
  10. Good question. I need reading glasses since I'm that age. I've not tried a lot of combinations but I've found that optivisor works well since you can wear glasses under them. I've mounted the extra magnification loup on my right eye when extra magnification is needed. If higher magnification still is needed, I use a standard Horotec loup in a head band without glasses. The drawback is that the optivisor is somewhat bulky and sometimes tend to be in the way and you can "feel" that you wear it and after an hour or two you may need a break. https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/donegan-optivisors
  11. Couldn't you use the same technique as you do for a Seiko diashock spring ? insert one "leaf" in the slot and put another leaf in the indent and then slowly turn the spring using two tweezers ?
  12. Good question. I hope it will last me my lifetime.I'll try that.
  13. I agree with Tmuir, it's a glass cutting tool. First, you scribe the glass with a sharp and hard edge (like an industry diamond) and then you put your tool on the edge of the glass into any of the two cut outs in the tool depending on the thickness of the glass and rotate the tool so to "bend" the glass and hopefully the glass will break were you scribed it.
  14. Hello, I have ordered a robur glass press and dies (expensive) and my first project is to change the mineral glass of my nephew's watch. However, when I watched Mark's videos on changing glass he used a flat die but as far as I can tell there are no flat dies in the robur die set. My question is if I can still use the press with the supplied dies or use some sort of plate between the die and the glass without breaking anything, neither the watch nor the die ?
  15. I was unable to remove the end cap jewel without risking breaking something real bad and I don't have an automatic oiler so I did as good as I could with cleaning and lubricating. The jewel had almost like a cup on the other side of the plate so I put some oil there after pegging. I'm pleased with the results I got from the watch timing machine so I will let it be for now. I think it is a nice looking watch !
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