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  1. ENHANCE! First letter: I, F, or possibly T Second letter drops, so that's gotta be either P or Q, and looks pretty solidly like a Q with the body to the left. English (assumed from John as the first name) practically requires a U to follow a Q, and an I typically after that. The next section is very difficult, but the last letter goes high, making it an h, k, l, or t. There looks to be something to the right of the high part, so I'm going like H or K So... Iquimork... OK... I tried.
  2. I can't say one way or the other, but $5 for double the output AND the ability to dial it back if you needed to... It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. From my own experience with whatever lumens I have available to me, I'd definitely prefer more light.
  3. I like stuff like this. I have frame with a half dozen magazine ads for a classic car I've had a few of. It's not currently hanging anywhere (we took everything down to paint the walls and haven't hung anything back up yet). Cars used to be WAY cheaper. There also used to be a lot less to them. But then there was a lot more manual labor and handwork involved... The way all of that plays together has always been a fruitful subject for idle thoughts. A toothbrush sort of breaks it all though. It's a cheap thing without much complication or moving parts. Why was it MORE expensive then than now? I dabble in a lot of "old" things, and I used to have a currency converter app on my phone that converted over time. It was deprecated, and I got a new phone... Now I have to do it the old fashioned way in a browser...
  4. http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-2uswk.cgi?1&ranfft
  5. I don't recall exactly where I saw it. Some manufacturer's announcement about a new movement. It was within the last month or so that I saw it. It was one of the larger groups, but I don't recall exactly which one. Sorry I can't be more specific.
  6. I've been seeing a lot of press about manufacturers extending service intervals by way of advanced lubrication. Could it be mineral oils combined with epilames and the like?
  7. Do you have specs for this? Since this thread has gotten into the numbers, I figured it was worth an ask. The thing that strikes me as a major shortcoming of neatsfoot oil is the fact that it oxidizes/polymerizes. The push in modern oils is toward longer service intervals, and I'm not aware of neatsfoot oil as being more lubricious than synthetics, while the synthetics are typically petroleum based and less susceptible to oxidation. Full disclosure, my experience with neatsfoot and petroleum based oils are in entirely different domains.
  8. I wonder what happened to Dean.... Should we be concerned? Should someone send out a search party? Where is Dean???? Dean!! You will be remembered, though we never knew thee.
  9. It's not watchmaking per se, but very adjacent. Might be of interest to this crowd. This article crossed my path this morning. https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2015/04/getting-better-all-time-jila-strontium-atomic-clock-sets-new-records This was in the news a few years back (and actually, I see the article is about that old). My best friend works at JILA, and he built at least part of the resonator used in this clock (his focus is ultra high frequency electronics). The resonator is the equivalent of an escapement. When he told me about it (either over beers or on a hike), he glossed over the coolest part. Warning, the following is beyond nerdy, and will break some people's brains. If you can follow, it's pretty seriously cool. I'll keep the math out of it. Back when this came out, it set a record, was in the news, and all the stories were about how it wouldn't lose a second over the entire age of the universe. That's cool, but it's not exactly tangible or relatable. As watchmakers, you all have a firmer grasp on what that means, but here's the really cool part: It is capable of measuring the difference within earth's gravity well over a distance of a mere 2 cm... According to physics, there is a floor to how small things can get. This smallest possible distance is called the Planck length. Imagine that the universe exists on a three dimensional lattice grid of Planck length cubes as a visual. This lattice of Planck length cubes is the fabric of spacetime. General Relativity (Einstein's theory of gravity) tells us that this Planck length is... wait for it... relative; it can be larger or smaller depending on various factors. The cubes can be expanded and stretched. One thing that alters the Planck length is gravity. More gravity stretches it out, while less allows it to contract and be smaller. If you're at sea level, the Planck length of the above mentioned lattice grid is larger, and the cubes are bigger. Up here at 7K' above sea level, my Planck length cubes are smaller. When your cubes are bigger, it takes longer for information to be transmitted across them and vice versa. "Information" here means energy, matter, change, what have you; it's kind of a broad technical term. The speed at which this information is able to travel is called Causality, and is the C in E=MC^2 (not the speed of light, as is commonly stated as a more easily explainable concept, thought they are also one and the same). What it means practically for this conversation, is that as the Planck length is stretched, time is slower relative to a space with a shorter Planck length. This slowing of time due to the stretching of spacetime (longer Planck length) is called time dilation. When that time dilation is due to gravity stretching spacetime, it's called gravitational time dilation. Practically speaking, those of you at sea level experience time more slowly than we do up here in the mountains. It's a very very small difference that we can't actually discern, but it's there and more gravity, or being closer to the source of the gravity means more slowing. On a larger planet, or a black hole as the classic example, as it represents the most extreme of extremes, this difference is far more pronounced. A practical example of time dilation is the time corrections used in satellites. There's some correction made for their speed, but they're also corrected for their position in (or out) of earth's gravity well. The accuracy of these corrections is what allows your favorite navigation app to know where you are in order to tell you when to turn, and increases in that accuracy over time is why those apps have gotten better at figuring out which lane you're in, as an example. It's difficult to express how tiny the effects of time dilation are on such a tiny scale as earth without getting into the math... Lot's-of-zeros-between-the-decimal-and-any-number-other-than-zeros of a second. For there to be time dilation on a scale that would be noticeable to a person without lots of expensive measuring tools (say, drop the rate of the passage of time by half), you would need a black hole with a mass at least a few times greater than the sun. Then you'd need to get real close to it.... Then you'd notice the universe around you starts to speed up relative to your own experience (and to the rest of the universe, it would look like you were moving in slow motion). Get too close though, and your Planck length gets stretched out so long that time just stops (at least according to an outside observer that's not in the black hole's gravity well with you)/the universe just suddenly ends in an instantaneous fast forward (blinks out, heat death, contraction, dragons, pick your theory)... But that's a different conversation. Back to the clock now... This puppy is so accurate, it can tell where you are to within 2 cm altitude... What that means, is that it is capable (indirectly) measuring the change in the stretching of spacetime due to a (relatively) tiny mass like the earth! We are talking tiny distances here, and even tinier stretching of those tiny distances. That is absolutely incredible! The technological possibilities with a clock this accurate are huge. It's 150X more accurate than that lame old "THE Atomic Clock". The mind boggles. An incredible feat of engineering, and a huge milestone in the science of horology. Hopefully that was an interesting read, and anyone finds it as interesting as I do. \nerding
  10. You're too kind... My great grandfather would be proud. Back around WWII, he had a high school education, and I'm told he made specialty alloys "by feel". He knew what properties different metals imbued, in what quantities, and in what combinations, and could whip up small batches of whatever you needed in a hurry with a high degree of accuracy and success. He spent many years swinging a ten pound sledge, and my dad says his right arm was noticeably bigger than his left. My metallurgical experience is limited to having made a pair of marking sets (woodworking) from old mill files. Is there any way, beyond an acquired "feel" to gauge how hot/long to soften by how much? Alternatively, is there a minimum by which one could incrementally work their way to the desired amount of softening? A max to avoid?
  11. I'll probably get laughed in the same way as @Nucejoe *, but here's a brain wave: The problem is a spring that's too strong, and the only REAL fix is a weaker spring. If you don't want to buy a weaker spring, why not weaken the one you have? When springs get older, the deform and get weaker, right? Take that S-shape and force it into a coil. You've got a bum spring, and the worst that can happen is you have a slightly bummer spring. *I actually really want to know why that works... Is it adding more carbon to the spring? Ash is a high pH, is it chemically doing something? Is it just an insulator to slow the heating and all that's really happening is altering the temper? You can't throw out that sort of left field magic without some sort of explanation!
  12. HB115 http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&0&2uswk&HB_115 HB120 http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&0&2uswk&HB_120 It definitely looks to be related to the HB115, but more likely a less "super-shock-resist" variation of the HB120. Ranfft doesn't have such a caliber listed, but it stands to reason it would exist.
  13. I have a gold 11.5" case with a stainless back. It fits an AS 1526. Dial aperture is ~26.9mm. A few scratches/nicks. PM me if you are interested, and I'll take photos and what have you.
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