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  1. If you still have the original seconds hand you can easily see if the pipe is still attached to it or not. If it is still on the hand then it's clearly not still attached to the pinion so it's not that that is preventing the installation of the new hand. If it is still attached to the hand try looking through the pipe. If it is blocked then it may well be that the top of the pinion has broken off and is still in the pipe, which would then require a new seconds hand pinion before you can fit a new hand. As @watchweasol says though it would be helpful to have the dial off to get a clea
  2. It's difficult to tell for sure from your photo but has the seconds hand pipe become detached from the hand and remained on the pinion?
  3. Check out the movement shot here. I couldn't say for sure that this is the same model but from the model range and the functions I would expect it to house the same movement as yours. They don't exactly look the same........ Even if your movement looked the same as this one, just focus on the details a bit. The single rotor mounting screw (there should be 3) is noticeably off center, the edge bleed of the printing on the rotor, the level of the finish on the plates and rotor generally..... If you were paying upwards of £11k on a watch (and that's the stainless steel version) is this
  4. Marc! please help the watchmaker damaged my watch 😡 now I need to find parts to fix it and it is a sentimental piece 

    you had helped me find a click spring for this watch and you have no idea how much that made me happy, I am hoping your knowhow will save again.

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  5. Looks like a two piece or "split" stem. Roamer used this type of case quite a lot. Try turning it upside down and slowly turning the crown. If you're lucky then when the joint between the two halves of the stem is aligned vertically the movement will just drop out, make sure that it has something soft to land on. If this doesn't work then you will need to pull the crown with enough force to pull the two halves of the stem apart, releasing the movement.
  6. I seem to be getting a bit of this lately... Is this something that needs looking at? Usually it just takes a couple of tries refreshing the page to get back on track so it's not a major issue.
  7. Offline most of the day here. Came back up midafternoon.
  8. Can't see any issues with using that..... who needs an ozone layer anyway???
  9. The BB Crystal Company set that you have got on the left is for installing armoured or tension ring crystals. These have a metal ring on the inside of the crystal to keep the sides of the crystal rigid, so using a crystal lift like the Electro-Vise or the Bregeon would be very difficult. The sides of the crystal, and the sides of the rebate into which the crystal fits are parallel, and the crystal is fractionally larger than the rebate, such that when it is installed it is a tight interference fit. The flat dies go on the bottom to support the case, and the inside rim on the upper dies are bev
  10. On the subject of re-purposed packaging, in a former life these were Nutella jars (a chocolate and hazelnut spread in the UK). They make perfect covers for work in progress movements if I need to take time away from a job before it's re-cased. And although not packaging, the actylic storage units in the background started life as make-up or dressing table organisers. I picked these up over time for pennies at car boot sales but have since found that they are available in some of the pound shops.
  11. @spectre6000 Fancy shapes (rectangular counts as fancy, basically anything that isn't round) is where your cement really comes in to its own. The shape of the crystal makes it very difficult to use the same mechanism as for round crystals , I'm not sure about ovals. But this is where I would use the biggest crystal that I can get to go into the case, but seat it on a very fine bed of something like GS Hypo cement, or one of the UV curing crystal cements.
  12. There's no harm in using cement with a standard non-tension ring acrylic crystal, other than the potential to make a mess to clean up afterwards if it doesn't go quite right, but, assuming we're talking about round crystals, a correctly sized crystal doesn't require cement. The rebate that it fits in to is slightly conical so that the top is fractionally smaller than the bottom. This matches the slightly tapered sides of the crystal. The diameter of the correctly sized crystal is fractionally larger than the widest part of the rebate so that once installed the crystal will always be in co
  13. MKS come in at 4.7mm too, and I think that some Favorit do as well. However, in my staking set bits and bobs box I have founf some that are just 3mm, so where I would suggest that most sets are 4.7mm, there could well be some out there that buck the trend. Cousins carries a whole range of Bergeon stakes separately, I have replaced one or two in my MKS set that were damaged that way.
  14. Looks like a fair exchange to me. Lets see the taxman try and get his cut of that!!
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