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  1. Might just need to remove those worn links as bracelet is way oversized anyway. Would be good to know if it was fixable though for future reference. Plenty of videos on YouTube showing how to size these bracelets. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  2. Does anyone have any advice on how to fix this? Thanks in advance. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  3. I agree, I am definitely missing having an amplitude reading. I can use my eyes for now to get a very rough estimate on that. Note the beat error from the APP is actually daily rate error and the actual beat error can be seen by two parallel lines showing on the trace that merge into one when the beat error is minimised. It will do for me until Christmas [emoji16] Then I can enjoy going through my watch collection again and attend to anything that is a bit off the mark. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  4. I use an app on my android phone using the built in mic. Weishi 1900 is on my Christmas wish list. Single line trace shows that the beat error is minimal. Steve Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  5. Just arrived today. Ticking nicely, should turn out really well after service and restore. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  6. Reference picture of Ricoh 61 balance showing the terminal curve shape that helped a lot. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  7. Hi All, I managed to reshape the hairspring in my Ricoh 61 project tonight. I am absolutely elated that I didn't give up and was successful in the end. I managed to make some mistakes on the way but in the end I corrected them all. I used hand remove levers to remove the hairspring from the balance wheel. The tips were too thick and I slipped and twisted the hairspring at the collet. Job for another day before I attempt it again is to thin down the hand levers. To correct the above I placed the collet on a pin and used tweezers to press down on the inner coil opposite where it was twisted up (under a binocular microscope). Tweezers got dirty and I managed to transfer that to the hairspring causing the coils to stick together. I solved that with a quick dip in IPA followed by a quick dry. Best to try and avoid that in the first place. Outer coil had to be reshaped to follow the path of the regulator pin. That took me a while to sort out. I did review some Ricoh hairspring images on Google and eBay to give me an idea of how the outer coil should be and then followed the helpful videos on YouTube. Hairspring fitted back on balance, managed to position it so the jewel was 180 degrees to how it should be. Corrected this with tweezer tip in the collet slot while gently turning. What I would do better next time. Better lighting would be the most important improvement I could make. It would have been a lot easier I believe with good lighting. It was very tricky but I am a beginner. It was my first success with a hairspring reshape. I am 52 years old so a late starter. Hope this write up can help someone in future. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  8. Hi, I wanted to share this. I have been struggling with replacing the glass on my Seiko quartz for over a week. The bezel opening is 29.8mm so I ordered a glass of that size, 1.3mm deep. Unfortunately there is a deep recess behind the bezel of around 0.7mm. My plan was to put an o ring in there. I fitted a 0.7mm o ring and pushed the glass in from the front. Anyway, it went in but was too loose and easily came back out. So I did some searching and found this below: https://adventuresinamateurwatchfettling.com/2020/06/10/seiko-king-quartz-0853/amp/ It is now apparent that the glass is supposed to be fitted from the rear of the bezel and a 30mm dia 1.2mm Seiko glass is needed. I managed to remove the retaining ring from the rear of the bezel and have ordered the glass (XMF 300.862, Seiko 300W76GN00) from Cousins with a 0.6mm o ring. Fingers crossed. I will report how it goes from here. Hope this helps someone. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  9. Update...I brought it up with the supplier and they are sending me a replacement balance free of charge. I am very happy with the outcome here, just hope the new balance is OK. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  10. Hope someone can help. I have managed to get hold of a case back for my Seiko 4004 (0903-8089) but I am unable to press it closed. I have one of those cheap hand squeeze presses with plastic dies from eBay and it just flexes when I press hard. There's not enough force to snap the case closed. Can anyone offer any advice? Hopefully a low cost solution. Thanks in advance, Steve. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  11. Thanks guys, that document is great. So I think it should be 0.6 high X 0.8 wide? Steve. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  12. Hi, I have calipers but I don't have the original gasket. I found that part number by searching on Jules Borel website. I currently have an o ring gasket fitted as a stop gap but it sometimes slips out and stops the movement of the winding weight. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  13. Hi, Just wondered if someone had one of these and could measure the cross section so I could possibly find an alternative. I'm pretty sure I can work out the outer diameter myself. It's for a Seiko 7006-8002. Thanks in advance. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  14. Hi, the reason is that I don't wear the watch everyday anymore like I used to. In my experience the kinetic batteries seem to go bad if not regularly charged. So for me it would be a waste of money to fit a new kinetic battery. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  15. My restored Seiko Kinetic purchased and worn since 2004 SMY093P1 Rotor removed and running from a non rechargeable battery. Sapphire crystal fitted. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
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