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  1. Thanks for the advice, does this also work for the stud at the end of the spring? In marks video he seems to unscrew it allowing it to come off whereas mine appears to be friction fitted
  2. Thanks to everyone for the responses, with a bit of perseverance and some oiling I got it to wind and unwind perfectly, and got the escape wheel fitted good The only I have now is the hairspring being slightly twisted, so it runs but slowly stops over a minute or so. How exactly do you go about removing it from the balance staff, as from what I can see there are no screws to allow it to come off?
  3. Somehow when putting it back together for the last time without the broken escape wheel, it runs fine when the spring is wound, all the gears spinning gently and winding it down. Also managed to get the balance wheel sat perfectly, gently moving back and forth for ages. Just when I lose hope I get it again xD I'll give it a bit and then I think I'll try, hopefully for the final time, and fix this thing once and for all
  4. Well damn. In taking it apart and putting it back together, testing it repeatedly to make sure everything spun, I wound it up to the same result. I also think I've managed to break the smallest part of the escape wheel pivot off, which is the second time I've done this on this watch. I could get another and try again, but at what point is it not worth it? I feel like I'm more likely to end up either with it still not winding, or another broken pivot As a follow up question then, how do you guys keep yourself motivated while working on projects? I've tried two watch repairs, and so far neither have succeeded. I know it's a matter of practice and patience to eventually succeed, but its still demoralising each time
  5. Brilliant, thanks for the advice. Will give it a shot as soon as I have the chance and will get back here with the results
  6. That thought did cross my mind, so I got the keyless mechanism and the crown back in and wound it with that to the same result. I also didn't actually remove the mainspring from the barrel as it seemed to be absolutely fine other than the loose arbour. I also don't have the proper tools yet to get it rewound without a long night with a lot of cursing, so I just left it in and reassembled it.
  7. Hi everyone, hoping I might be able to get some advice on re-assembling my watch movement. Working on a Bfg-866 movement from an older watch I got as something to practice and attempt to fix. I disassembled it and managed to get the arbour back in it's rightful place in the mainspring, which fixed the winding issue I had had with it. However, on putting the movement back together I got the train wheels all in place and made sure they could all move smoothly after fitting the wheel bridge back into place, however when I try to test wind it without the crown it would wind up and add tension, but nothing would move and the spring wouldn't unwind. I don't have the pallet fork or anything else in while testing this, and double checking everything seems to move smoothly, and the mainspring wheel had a tiny bit of play side to side, seeming to imply it isn't caught on anything either. Am I missing an obvious issue here? Feel so close to having it working and any advice to get it going is much appreciated (Apologies for any part naming mistakes, still pretty new here. If I can get this watch to run, as it so nearly did before these issues, it will be my first successful repair, hence my eagerness!) Thanks in advance Callum
  8. Hi all, I'm Callum and I'm a student living in Scotland. I have taken an interest in the hobby of watches and particularly watch repair, having always loved modelling and also repairing things, it seemed the perfect progression. I'm currently doing my best to learn the terminology, naming of parts and everything that comes with it, so apologies if in any of my posts I seem a bit vague or like I'm lacking in knowledge, that's what I'm here to fix! (Well that and my watches!) Hope to eventually learn enough to be able to give advice and help others out, but will walk before I try to run Thanks to anyone who helps this novice out!
  9. That's totally fair honestly, just trying to get a feel for it while living the student life. Thanks for the advice though, will keep on learning and try to better my knowledge before delving into it headfirst again
  10. Hi all. I'm absolutely brand new to the world of mechanical watches, but have always been fascinated by the way they functioned. So, I took my first step into them, getting myself a cheap, crappy ebay mechanical watch with a chinese movement. I knew that by all accounts this would be a rubbish movement and mechanism, however I wanted something that I could take a look at without risking any sort of investment, gauge my interest in the hobby etc. However, after receiving it, one of my friends let me know that he had a near identical cheap watch that was broken, and offered me to have a look at it as practice. I agreed, and have spent the last few days doing research and taking it apart, before putting it back together again. I've managed to learn quite a lot from it, however I've found that when putting it back together again, the pole of the escape wheel that keeps it in place either end seems to be too short, as though something had broken off. This means the wheel is sat basically loose and wont reach the crystals at either side to keep it in place while it spins. I see no way to fix this, so i intended to get a new wheel to replace it with, however I can't find the name of this type of movement anywhere. It is the kind used in this: ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jechin-Skeleton-Hand-Wind-Leather-Mechanical/dp/B00VPRZC50/ref=asc_df_B00VPRZC50/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=290896788181&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13027367026987882679&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9047006&hvtargid=aud-545868369748:pla-468442151749&psc=1 ) . If I really wanted to I think I could just order one of the other watches that I've found that use this movement for £5-6, however I was hoping I might be able to keep to my strict student budget and get just the escape wheel somewhere. Does anyone know where I'd be able to find something like that? p.s. Apologies for the lack of knowledge on the subject, I know I'll come across a bit new to the whole thing, but trying to learn as I go
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