My name is Steven Rawson. I am writing you from a warm living room here in Cold Omaha, NE. Usually in the warm months you will find me on my Motorcycle or out soaking up the sun at a lake fishing. These darn Winter months on the other hand are horribly boring. You can usually find me tinkering in the garage repairing a bike or some other Mechanical object attempting to pass the time until the next warm day when i can get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Since the Winter seems to linger on here in Nebraska i have found that i need a new Hobby to keep me busy. What better than Watches!?! I have always found them fascinating. I love the Mechanical nature of them. The tiny parts that all seem to work together so precisely. I have always been afraid to open one up though. They have always been a mystery to me until now. After watching hours of videos and doing tons of research i have finally decided to try my hand at working on them. I think i have all the tools necessary to start this journey. I am glad to have found such a great forum to help guide me in this Fine Art. Please be patient with me as i may ask some real newbie questions at first. Thank you all!
Here are pictures of my first victim.... I mean...project.
1978 Caravelle Set-O-Matic that i found at a thrift store for $4. It has a 1133.50 movement in it which i believe is an ETA 2879. Seems to run well but the crown is coming unscrewed and it is difficult to set the time on. I think it is really gummed up. The Lume is coming off of the hands also which i think, after posting on your facebook page and getting advice there, i am going to re-lume. I also plan on giving it a good cleaning and oiling. The scratches in the Crystal should polish out.