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  1. I filed down the gaps between the collet teeth with emery cloth. You have to be careful though at it's quite fragile. I would have returned it if I hadn't lost the ball baring, so be careful when taking it apart.
  2. I can't find them on Ebay anywhere, only on Alibaba. According to the manufacturers website they do one with a reversible motor now.
  3. Its a triumph! I always say thats its only cheaper to do something yourself if you don't value your time [emoji1787] Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  4. I've had my eye on that microscope for parts inspection. How are you finding it? Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  5. I use this one. Daylight LED lamps are all over amazon quite cheaply and they do the trick. I found having an articulated one very useful Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  6. I'll keep an eye out john! Thanks for the advice. A screwdriver turned out best for winding and setting. She just needs a new mainspring. Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  7. I see one or two dotted around but postage to the UK really drives the price up. I don't really want to contribute to watch movement homelessness by getting a complete watch. Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  8. My amphibia does the same. Every time I change the dial and hands it throws a hissy fit for a few days and needs to be wound manually. Always works perfectly after that. It's still one of the most accurate watches I own. I think they built gremlins into the design. Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks for all the info John, I think I have enough to go. I won't hold out much hope for finding a case but I'll keep an eye out, and hope my hammer drill does the job in the meantime Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  10. Thanks for the tips. I've attached some images, its in bits until later today. Its seems to have been in the setting position while out of its case. A set of bench keys might have to be an addition to the toolbox but I wonder if an Alan key would work? The movement is 43mm. Do pocket watch cases have any form of standardisation in terms of size? I have browsed ebay and etsy for one to rescue but have no idea where to start. Speaking of steampunk graveyards, I saved a box of vostok 2209 movements from an ebay auction and already have one running within 10s/d [emoji3] Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  11. Esteemed members I'm in need of some advice. I have had a pocket watch movement tucked away that I picked up for a few quid, and finally got around to taking a look. Its a gorgeous piece and its blued hairspring has me hooked, even with a broken bridle and a mainspring that was swimming in grease it has a good reading on the timing machine. So I'd like to have it as a usable watch. She is a Dimier Freres & Cie like the one sold here. https://www.sellingantiques.co.uk/370442/dfc-antique-silver-pocket-watch-cheltenham/ The main problem I'd like to overcome is finding a case to house the movement. I believe the cases for this type of watch come with an integrated key/stem for winding and setting. Where do I begin to find something compatible? Does anyone have any advice on how to wind and set a movement like this without the case? It also needs a new bridle for the mainspring and a replacement dial. Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  12. You're a brave man, I wouldn't have attempted to go that far. I would have just tried to prevent the damage from getting worse.
  13. Did you turn this on the lathe or repurpose it from a spare part?. I'm confused
  14. I can't help you with cost but it will certainly need servicing. All of the lubrication will be long gone by now and whilst it will still work, the parts will wear and might get damaged. Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  15. Welcome aboard! Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
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