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Len33

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  1. That looks good. I don't know of anything like it here in the UK, but I do know of a few really good pie 'n' mash shops.....................yummy!
  2. Whenever I go away, I always take my Sekonda (£19.95) quartz watch with me and nothing else. I don't want to lose it but, if for any reason it does go missing, I would rather it be that watch than one of my other expensive alternatives. Mind you, it's getting that there is a high risk of 'losing' your watch here in the UK, now that law and order on the streets has all but disappeared. I'm going out, later on. Now.....................where's that Sekonda of mine!?
  3. Len33

    Unita 235 click spring?

    Thanksfor your suggestions. I do have some of Cousins 'Shepherds hook' springs, but they are too short. As obtaining a spring wire suitable for the watch is proving to be quite difficult, the guitar string idea seems to be the way to go with this. Incidentally, at 0.1mm thick, maybe that is the reason for this click spring breaking in the first place. Anyway, "thank you," both.
  4. I need a click spring for a Unitas 235 pocket watch. Nobody (That I have tried) has been able to heip and, in order to make one, the spring has to be about 0.1 mm thick and no more, because it passes under the winding wheel. The click springs that I have are too short to re shape. Any ideas where............? Thanks.
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    Harley Ronda 726

    A few months ago I spotted what I considered to be, a rather nice looking chronograph watch for sale. On the dial, the name was, Ravisa. Inside, the movement was a Harley Ronda 726. I bought it as non working and soon got busy, stripping it down. There was no strap fitted, but that didn't matter for now............one thing at a time. This watch incorporates two coils and, when checked, one of them proved to be open circuit. With the use of a stereo microscope, I was able to see the breaks. Yes, breaks.............both of them! Somehow, both ends had both become disconnected. Using my soldering iron, I was able to pick up the ends and successfully reconnect them........which my ohm-meter confirmed. After that, it was cleaned and reassemble/oiled. Once done, the battery was fitted and let's see what we have. Unfortunately, the chronograph section didn't work, but the watch did. At first, this wasn't apparent because the coil pulses for the watch section are spaced about ten seconds apart. After thinking carefully, I could only think of one thing being responsible for the chronograph section not working...............the circuit. Now, for some curious reason, I never checked the circuit when the watch was stripped and I had the chance to. Whenever I strip a quartz watch down, I always check the circuit to make sure that it is working. Why, then, didn't I do so with this one? (Murphy's law!) Well, it's my own fault and now I had to strip it down again to get at the circuit which, in this watch, is buried a few layers down and takes quite a bit of getting at. I got the circuit out and checked it for pulses. Yes, one section was 'pulsing' (The watch section) but the chronograph section was emitting nothing, apart from a high pitched whine. Damn! After a long search, I found a firm in San Francisco ( S.T. Supply) that had the the circuit and got busy ordering it. It took about three weeks to arrive and, once it did, I eagerly fitted it to the watch. It's a tricky business assembling this watch, but it got done. Right, I fitted the battery again and this time the chronograph section sprang to life................success! Everything was working, so I left it to 'soak test' for a while. A couple of days passed by and the watch was working fine. I saw a really nice, shiny S/S bracelet with black ceramic sections and immediately thought how nice that would compliment the black bezel on the watch. The only problem was that the watch measured 19mm across the lugs and the strap was 20mm across. I couldn't find the same bracelet with 19mm and I just had to have that bracelet. A long story cut short, I very carefully altered the watch case and the bracelet and, voila, job done. With its new glass and shiny bracelet, the watch looks absolutely smashing. I just love this watch and I intend to keep it. I wear it daily now, while giving my mid 1960's Valjoux 72 a well earned rest.
  6. Len33

    Chronograph grease?

    "Thank you," all for your suggestions, I'll have a look through Cousins catalogue. Len.
  7. Len33

    Chronograph pusher removal?

    Thanks for your suggestion, but I had already seen that video. The problem that I have, is that the end of the pushers on my watch do not have a screwdiver slot in them. I did try to make that clear in the picture but, using an ipad, it wasn't possible. Anyway, 'thanks' again.
  8. I need to replace the pushers on a chronograph, but I'm not familiar with how they are fitted. From the pictures, can someone please tell me the way to procede? Thanks.
  9. No doubt this subject has been covered many times before, but when servicing a chronograph, which grease is best to use for the 'mechanical' parts? Thank you.
  10. Len33

    Oops !

    Report post Posted just now oldhippy Distinguished Member Moderators 1,141 3,532 posts Location: Mid - Devon Report post Posted January 6, 2017 That's T V for you. One of the things I used to do was look at the clocks to see if they were working, I also found many times a clock would be in a seen and would chime or strike but the sound it would give out was nothing like the clock. I haven't had a T V in my home for about 12 to 15 yea I'll 'ditto' that last comment above about giving up the tv. I did that a few years ago. It's nothing more than a constant repeat of things that you've already seen before. Why do people find it necessary to watch the same films and programmes over and over and over again? And, of course, you have to pay the BBC (Biased Broadcasting Company) an outlandish fee to do so, so that they can waste millions of your pounds, giving it to the same ubiquitous celebrities.
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    Oops !

    oldhippy Distinguished Member Moderators 1,141 3,532 posts Location: Mid - Devon Report post Posted January 6, 2017 That's T V for you. One of the things I used to do was look at the clocks to see if they were working, I also found many times a clock would be in a seen and would chime or strike but the sound it would give out was nothing like the clock. I haven't had a T V in my home for about 12 to 15 yea I'll 'ditto' that last comment above about giving up the tv. I did that a few years ago. It's nothing more than a constant repeat of things that you've already seen before. Why do people find it necessary to watch the same films and programmes over and over and over again? And, of course, you have to pay the BBC (Biased Broadcasting Company) an outlandish fee to do so, so that they can waste millions of your pounds, giving it to the same ubiquitous celebrities.
  12. Len33

    Watch hands alignment.

    Hello, rogat63. Thanks for your input, I value every piece of advice and help. Regards. Len.
  13. Len33

    Watch hands alignment.

    Thank you, jdrichard, that sounds like just the job and absolutely spot on. Why didn't I think of that! Excellent. 10/10
  14. Len33

    Watch hands alignment.

    Not just the seconds hands on quartz watches, but any watch. You know the sort of thing I mean. You get them fitted exactly on the 'seconds marker,' then once powered up (Or wound) they end up in-between!
  15. Morning, all. What a lovely day. Here's something that has been causing quite a lot of problems. (Well............ it has for me!) When refitting watch hands, how can you be certain that the hands will land accurately on the minute markers and not (As is so often the case) in-between? You just cannot keep removing them and trying again and again. I swear that it's easier to fit a gear train bridge on a Timex, than it is to align watch hands! Anybody got advice, or tips on the subject? Thanks.
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