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  1. I did look at a video of a crystal replacement. I imagine some tips would be to get a new gasket, medium size hammer, etc
  2. yeah I'm a big car guy. That's a whole side of a Porsche 911 on the wall above it. The watch wasn't a kit. I'm purchasing parts, which is why this finagling is needed. I purchase a sapphire crystal in this case. I could purchase a domed one. How are Crystals replaced. I do have a case press. Is it simply pressing the old one out and then pressing in a new one with either an adhesive or gasket?
  3. I looked at other threads on this. So should I pry here with a thin blade?
  4. Hi, I a mechanical engineer that specializes in electro mechanical product design. I own my own engineering consulting company. I do design smaller intricate devices for customers like laser systems with built in cameras to break up kidney stones (I won't mention where we stick this stuff but we make it as small as possible for minimum discomfort). So I do know intricate engineering. But I am aware that this does not mean I necessarily have the finesse or experience to handle small things like watch parts without practice. I have pulled apart some simple movements to learn the basics and have acquired the basic tools to not do damage while working on the watches, good screwdrivers etc. Because of my engineering I have a good workshop in my house. I have a microscope that I can take pictures and make videos with. This has been helpful because the videos played backwards are a nice assembly guide. I have always loved watches and especially mechanical watches, I usually wear one. I have restored clocks for vintage cars, but that is on a kindergarden level compared to a wristwatch. Looking forward to learning more an more about watch restoration. Regards, Adam
  5. I have more images of internals from my microscope if you need to see internals if that is helpful. Is it a front loader?
  6. I have the case open on the Pierce Chrono. The movement is not ready to come out even though I have removed the stem. It will spin around but when I go to lift it to has some freedom but is held in place. I would say that it feels like the dial is restrained. It’s not hitting the push buttons. Ideas?
  7. First, Thank you, this is very helpful. The wire idea may be a great way to go. I have a huge hand press (for car restoration stuff). I could figure out the exact thickness I need and press a nice brass wire to the correct thickness. I do also have access to lathes (and I have some basic experience) if I have to go that route. The thick brass movement holder has slots that are bent up on it. What are those for? Should they go towards the case back and then do they compress a bit like a spring/crush washer to create compression?
  8. So basically what I am looking for is a thicker version of the "dial in lieu" spacer or maybe a bunch to create the correct thickness. Where could those be found?
  9. So you don't think there is any standard spacer that could be found? It will be visible so I would like it to be not "home made" (not by my hands). Is that small thin ring for up at the crystal, similar to the spacing a dial would make?
  10. I am newer to watch repair but very experienced with mechanics and I have a well suited workshop. I am doing a restoration on an old pierce and my 14 year old daughter took interest in the project. So I started a project with her, building a watch from new ebay parts. We selected a simple movement (17 jewel #6497) that we took apart and put back together. She enjoyed it. So I am collecting the parts needed to make it into a watch she can wear. I purchased a case that is designed to fit this movement. It did come with a face ring and a movement holder. But I think I need something else. When I assemble it the movement is up against the glass. How should I space it off the glass correctly? Am I missing parts? Is that small thin ring going in place of the dial or is it a gasket for the back case to press against the movement holder and let it turn as it presses. Movement "Golden hollow 6497" here Case is here
  11. what's advised for a simple movement holder? I have created a cushion and have a small plastic clamp but would like something better. I see in-exspensive ones on Amazon for $10. Worth it or is it a waste? Thanks
  12. I can't find an article on it at Dr Roland Ranfft's website other than a short overview here Is this what you meant or is there something else? Thanks, Adam
  13. Thanks for all the awesome info. I already love this forum. I ordered a $60 ultrasonic cleaner. By higher end tools I mean pro screwdrivers with ball bearings in the cap, extra bits, etc. So I won't be chewing up screw heads. I don't have a timegrapher. What is the software form? Is that a suitable option or am I better off with a physical one? Thanks for all the references. I'll go through each one carefully. I'll keep you updated as I go through the process. And I promise I will stop and ask questions if I am not sure of something instead of pushing through. One question I have from my experience so far is this " Is there a special technique for putting a plate on that has three or four jewels on it? " It's difficult to get all the gears lined up. I can eventually do it but I bet someone has some good tips. Thanks, Adam
  14. I am experienced with automotive restoration and other handy things. I have always loved old mid century watches and have a few. So it is now time to learn about restoration. I purchased some inexpensive new mechanical movements off of ebay and some basic (high end) tools, four Horotec screwdrivers, simple magnification glasses, tweezers. I wanted to practice developing some technique by taking apart and putting back together these Cheap new movements. I have some technique and feel now. I also made a setup where I video my disassembly and then play it backwards as assembly instructions if needed. So I purchased my first watch to restore. It's a 1950's Pierce Chrono double pusher. It's the 134 movement. So looking for tips... My plan is: 1) Disassemble (and video) Well actually that's all I have in my plan. How should I clean the Parts? Chemical? Go to a Jeweler and have them ultrasonic? Thanks, Adam
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