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  1. Cant beat that Micky, its warm, damp & dull out there at the moment, we normally get the white stuff from January to March. So here's one I took earlier: Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you all.
  2. See here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2452702/dont-panic-yes-windows-7-is-leaving-mainstream-support-but-it-isnt-being-abandoned.html. OK you cant phone them with problems (not that I ever have) and there wont be any new bits added, but the security side is regularly updated etc. They just want people to test 10 for them.
  3. Steven, 7 is still supported, they only pulled the plug on XP.
  4. Always look a gift horse firmly in the mouth. There is no such thing as a free lunch. If it sounds to good to be true- it is. .....and now added to the list: Let the rest of the world carry out the software testing & upgrade in a year or two's time (if its still around that is). Think I will stick with 7.
  5. Smiths produced clocks & watches from 1851 eventually opening a factory in Cheltenham producing the high end watches equal to the Swiss such as the Deluxe, Astral & Imperial ranges. The factory closed in 1970. Also a factory in Ystradgnlais, Wales, originally & joint venture with Ingersoll (not the American one) producing lower end pin levers such as the Smiths Empire & Ingersoll Triumph range & eventually a jewelled lever used in the Streamline range (see here: http://www.watchrepairtalk.com/topic/3157-smiths-streamline/). The factory closed in 1980. In the final years bef
  6. Just finished a c1959 Smiths Deluxe A358 thats been on the back burner a while now: As was: Grubby case, badly scratched crystal, sticky out crown & to top it off a vicious expander strap good for torturing the hairs on your wrist. Movement fully serviced. Second hand straightened. Cleaned case etc. New strap & crystal. Crown set correctly & it now looks like this: The movement: Easy to work on (nice big pinions) & showing a good amp of 315 well up from its original 230. Running at +/- 8 seconds a day. Shown here with its older brother an A3
  7. Thanks Laura & a warm welcome to the forum. I suspect boiled linseed is the same as slate oil in as much as it smells the same (not particularly scientific I know). There are many wood finishing oils out there, being mixtures of linseed, tung and other nut oils. The best thing to do is to try a small area on the back and see what happens after a few days. I had a few go's with mine before getting it right. Please note that these 'oils' don't stay wet, but will dry & harden after a few days, not to the extent of a varnish but remain supple & easily removable. As for the floor oi
  8. The coils look tight towards the centre of the watch & may be touching.
  9. Jdm, avoid using alcohol particularly around the balance & pallet as it has a tendency to dissolve the shellac holding the jewels in place, as Bob rightly states lighter fluid is the safe option. I normally get amp readings of 240-270 on Seiko 6xxx & 7xxx series.
  10. Sound like the rotor bearing to me, see previous discussion here:http://www.watchrepairtalk.com/topic/1136-seiko-6309a-rotor-bearing/
  11. Have a look at the Guv's videos:http://www.watchrepairtalk.com/page/watch_repair_videos.html/_/balance-escapement-videos/watch-fault-finding-the-watch-is-gaining-r21 & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQKoksLz12g&index=1&list=PLwP8fNxqhOvPoUINDYdiN_xp4y1l4ry1Q Might be worth asking the old fat beardy bloke in the red suit for a Timegrapher.
  12. Bit of an Achilles Heel with Seiko's, this could be as simple as the rotor retaining screw coming loose or a worn rotor bearing. The only way to take the back off is with the correct tool, there are various about, I use a Jaxa. The power reserve on these is normally 40 to 50 hours.
  13. You can do it while its connected to the balance cock, but you will need to dismantle & re-lube the diashock after. Its better to remove the balance from the balance cock. Do you use a Timegrapher?
  14. Looks like it. Just one other thing, when you shake the watch does the rotor sound like its scraping inside the case?
  15. Scotty, make sure the hairspring is thoroughly degreased, I normally pour fresh lighter fluid over the complete balance prior to reassembly.
  16. ...............hopefully its not a Richard III.
  17. Welcome to the forum. No minimum really, it probably needs a full service and would benefit from a new mainspring. Can you let us know the model number (something like 7S26-0020) and the serial number? A couple of photos would be helpful too.
  18. Not strictly a walk through but just a few notes & pics on my latest rebuild, this being a Smiths Streamline, C60 calibre with date from 1966. As received non running minus the knackered strap & badly scratched crystal: Note the the damage to the lugs, probably caused by a poorly fitting metal strap some time in its life. Just something we will have to live with. Out of the case: Under the dial: & turn it over: The mucky mainspring: Cleaning, oiling & re-assembly was fairly straightforward although the pivots proved a bit of a pain to line
  19. Patience, patience, patience, patience, patience, patience, swearing, tantrum, more swearing, referring to Roger Mellie's Profanisaurus (now available as an app by the way), outrageously insane swearing, mental breakdown, therapy, patience, patience, patience, patience, patience etc.......... Works for me every time.
  20. A puffer lens brush works well, more stubborn marks can be removed with saliva or mild detergent on a cotton wool bud or Rodico, but as Geo says be very cautious. I have had success on basket case dials with lighter fluid and silver dip but I only use these as a last resort. Quite agree Frenchie, a polished or replacement crystal will make all the difference. Dial restorations can be very good, although they are not normally exactly the same as the original. Also it costs in excess of £100.
  21. Try here: http://wornandwound.com excellent review site with an emphasis on micro brands.
  22. Very basic work - just bent it around a suitable piece of round steel (a socket set extension in this case) gently tapped with a nylon face hammer, ends cut with wire cutters rotating while gently applying pressure which rounds off the cut & helps in fitting into the stem tube. Silver hardens quite quickly when worked so no further hardening was carried out. The bow is more of a decorative item on this watch, I wouldn't suggest putting a chain on it as it may not hold in place.
  23. I bought one of their fifteen quid rolex-a-likes a while back. Its finally given up the ghost & is on the to do list.
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