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  1. Hey folks and Happy New Year!! I finally managed to get the main bridge out- after loads and loads of penetrating oil. Strangely, neither screw came out rusted! But there we go. Here’s a picture of the movement without the main bridge ..... I’ve labelled the wheels - hopefully I’ve got this right? Only my third wheel has a pinion on the top of it - which is different to what I expected? Anyway, I can’t get the second wheel out - it wobbles but will not come free- I think it might be rusted to the canon opinion? I finally managed to unscrew the retaining screw that was holding the movement in the case and bingo! I got the movement out! As has been predicted, this movement has almost certainly had it but I’d like to keep dismantling as a learning exercise. So, can I drop it in some Horosolve Horelex Rust Remover now to try and get the worst off? Or will this stuff melt / dissolve / damage any jewels still in place on the movement? Thnaks everyone, Andy
  2. Hello folks. Took ages for the penetrating oil to release the screws holding the bridge and the ratchet wheel in place, but finally got them out. The bottom screw in the Longines bridge wasn’t screwed in - not sure if the screw is too small or there is no thread inside? There is some rust staining under this bridge too. In this picture, I have circled too issue areas - red being the end of the winding stem; this is rusted solid. I can’t pull the stem out because it’s rusted to the sleeve (is that the right name?) but once I take the train wheels out, I’ll be able to remove it from inside. This next picture is the front and you can see the rust again and in the red circle, it’s quite bad. The component on the right in the circle I think is the Pin set; Here is the Longines bridge removed, also with some rust staining on front and back. What is next now? I’m assuming the remaining bridge is the next to come out? Should also say that I took the crown wheel out too. Unfortunately, the screw head broke off so I had to use a sharp pair of tweezers and gently turn what was left until it came out. Thanks all for reading all of this and for your ongoing help. Andy
  3. Thanks Tmuir _ appreciate the feedback. Gonna get my nose into eBay for a while!
  4. So I dropped a few drips of penetrating oil onto the wheels on the back of the movement (crown wheel and ratchet wheel) and all the other gears, pivot holes, etc. that I could see but it was still all gummed up. So I dropped another few drips onto the screw holding the click and also dropped a few drips down the space left by the top of the broken winding stem. Left overnight and tried again. Releasing the click got things moving! Both the ratchet wheel and crown wheel turned and now everything seems to be moving. However, I still can’t get the movement out of the case as I can’t pull out the stem (Should it just pull out? Or is something else going to be holding it back?). Also, this movement has a pin set and that’s held fast too. The good news is, I’ve been able to remove the tiny screw that holds the stem in place. What’s my next step? Is there anything else I can do to get the movement out of the case? Or should I just dismantle it from within the case? @rodabod- Should I be able to undo the screws holding the crown wheel and ratchet wheel from the back of the movement? Thanks again folks. Andy
  5. Thanks for your replies Gents and thanks for the welcome. Ok, I’ll just keep tracking eBay to see if something comes up. I did think that replacing the balance staff might be tough for me so I figured if I can take the watch to bits I could take the balance to a watchmaker in town near me and see if he can do it for me. I’ve got de Carles book and am reading it alongside a couple of movements. Really enjoying the learning.
  6. Hi folks! Getting into watch repairs - mainly to try and get some old pocket watches going and I’ve been on the lookout for some tools. One of my watches has a broken balance staff - not sure if that’s all that’s wrong with but I’ll see when I strip it down. It seems that I’ll need a staking set to sort this out? I’ve had a look on eBay and they’re all quite expensive to buy for a hobbyist so what to do? In the US they seem to have a couple of places that sell second hand watch tools - http://www.daveswatchparts.com/StakingTools.html is an example. Where do you guys go for secondhand tools in the U.K.? Is it just eBay? Or do you know of anyone else who sells secondhand tools? Thanks all Andy
  7. Thanks Joe. An image would have helped wouldn’t it! I never even thought of that! Here’s a couple attached now.
  8. Hi folks. My name is Andy and I am new to Repair Watch Talk. I’ve always had a keen interest in pocket watches and after suffering from a severe back injury which resulted in me being unable to work, find my self housebound and living off of benefits. I’ve got a lot of time on my hands now and thought I’d look at watch repairing and servicing a little more seriously. I have no professional training and am endeavouring to learn as much as I can from websites, YouTube and invaluable resources from places like Watch Repair Talk. Thanks all! Andy
  9. Hey folks - Happy Christmas!! I’ve got an old Longines pocket watch (1897) that I want to try and overhaul and restore. I’m kind of falling at the first hurdle though as I can’t get the movement out of the case as the stem is rusted just situ. This model has a pin set and this to appears to be rusted. The crown has broken of level with the top of it’s entry place into the case so I have nothing to get hold of. I’ve got some Horosolve rust remover, some wd-40, some 3-1 penetrating oil and some Elma 1:9 watch cleaning solution. Quite a bit of the movement has got rust on it so could do with going in a bath of Horosolve but I was planning on taking the movement to bits and soaking the individual parts. As I can’t get the stem or pin set out, I’m a bit stumped. Should I just soak the rusted parts in 3-1 and then try and remove them? Or put the whole watch (including the case) in Horosolve? Thanks everyone Andy
  10. Thanks Dadistic. I thought that would probably be the case. I’m just disappointed the jewelling tool and the staking tool are so expensive. If I buy a watch and it needs a jewell replaced, I’m buggered. Until I know I can actually repair watches, spending £300- £500 on tools is a hell of an investment for me. Enthusiasm only goes so far doesn’t it? I mean I used to be an enthusiastic footballer before my back injury, but I was never good enough to play in the premier league!!! Not sure what to do about this .....
  11. Hi folks. I’m new on here - just joined yesterday. My main area of interest is in pocket watches and I’m hoping to develop my skills to such an extent as to be able to service and, ultimately, repair them. I have a couple of pocket watch movements that I’m hoping to get going in the future, and I have a couple of cheaper movements that are working that I plan to strip down, clean and reassemble. I figure my first strip down will be better done on a watch that I know is working. I’ve been doing a fair bit of research into what tools I’ll need to start accumulating and would be interested to hear what you would recommend to be the minimum toolkit for servicing? And then for repairing? Also, please can you explain what and how the watchmaker’s jeweller and the watchmaker’s staking tools are used? Are they the same? Can they be interchanged (as in can you buy a staking tool and use it as a “jeweller” and vice versa? Thanks all.
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