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About Irishcain

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  • Birthday 01/01/1977

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  1. The best ones I've found have been the self healing cutting mats like this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0025189VE/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687722&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0013CKM2A&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=046NY4RG5BRGAHRH59X1 Lots of sizes, inexpensive, non-skid.
  2. So I figured out the problem. The retaining ring around the movement was pushing it too tightly into the case, so every time I inserted the stem, its pressure was causing the balance to shift out of place. I ended up pulling out the ring an filing it down a bit. It's now working like a charm. Thanks for your help guys!
  3. I had a similar problem with a rusted caseback. Couldn't figure out how to get it to open. In the end, I superglued a nut to the back, let the glue dry, and used a wrench to open it. Worked like a charm. The glue was removed from the caseback later by letting it sit in acetone overnight.
  4. So I found a junker in a watch bin and decided to take a look at it. The movement turns out to be a 2824 which surprised, but pleased me to no end. I cleaned it, replaced a broken jewel, replaced the 2nd wheel and the hair spring, oiled and regulated it. It now runs beautifully. The problem comes when I re-case the watch. Everything goes smoothly until I try to reinstall the stem and crown. When I push in the stem, not only does it not want to go in (a problem that doesn't happen when the movement isn't inside the case), but the balance wheel stops completely until I pull the stem back out. I
  5. You know, I thought it might be the wrong crown, but it's the crown listed on the Omega sheet. What gets me is how far out the tube is. It's actually pretty prominent on the watch, but even Omega shows it as being really prominent (http://www.omegawatches.com/planet-omega/heritage/vintage-watches-database?ref=15419).
  6. I've seen this done more than a few times. The best tools are not necessarily the expensive ones, rather the ones that work the best.
  7. So I found this in a junk bin and decided to fix it up a bit. It took a little work but I found the information. The watch is a quartz Seamaster Jubilee (MD 396.0969) 1432 caliber, 6 jewels, created in 1983. The first thing that needed to be taken care of was figuring out what model it was, and to do this, I had to remove the caseback. Problem? Well, just looking at it tells you it’s a snap back, but there was no **BLEEP**in’ place for purchase with a case knife or any other tools I have. Finally, I pulled out the superglue and a Nut. Glued the nut to the caseback, let it cure ov
  8. Thanks! With a young child and an infant in the house, I find I need a place to relax, lol. The couch was my wife's idea, someplace for our daughter to sit and watch TV when she absolutely has to keep daddy company, though I find I'm napping on it more than she's sitting on it.
  9. Damn, that's a nice setup. I've recently begun working on building another one to replace my current.
  10. Lol, I've come up with another solution. I give them a double espresso, a chocolate bar and toy drums, then I send them to my mother-in-law's :D
  11. I know independents here that have been posting signs in their shops about this since the courts found against the SWATCH group. A number of them have been stockpiling mountains of eta parts and have been supplementing with Chinese parts. One I know has a big sign that says all replacement parts will be Chinese origin unless the customer specifically requests Swiss.
  12. The BHI course is intended for you to begin both the acquisition of skills, knowledge, and tools. I've completed the technician DLC and feel it gave me a terrific understanding of both clocks and watches, which it is designed for. It's during the 2nd year program that you really choose to specialize in watcher OR clocks.
  13. Go for the 6497/8. It is relatively inexpensive (40-60 usd), large, and easier to work on.
  14. I use the same model from Ace Timer. It's served me quite well, though the mic is sensitive enough to pick up my kids playing around upstairs, the he washing machine, etc.
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