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  1. Settle for a Sub, oh my! I dream of a Sub. It's all relative isn't it. There is always something to aspire to. For now I will have to settle for my Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue.
  2. I think I have the same one. Quite a bit of flex but ok to pick up dials, date wheels, hands etc.
  3. A better link https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR5ZaL4kek7Fkb4K9CP6rBNtKH_doXRuU
  4. This guy has done several videos on making custom dials. https://www.youtube.com/c/WatchComplications/videos Worth a watch.
  5. Have you considered a NASA strap? These are like natos but use velcro and are very easy to put on and adjust. https://www.cheapestnatostraps.com/collections/nasa-straps-velcro
  6. Hi @Tmuir, I'm a professional computer games programmer with over 27 years in the industry and 36 years of programming experience. I volunteer in schools teaching coding, tech and trying to inspire young minds. If your kid needs any coding advice or has questions about the industry PM me and I'd be more than happy to help.
  7. Something I've used before is the slow motion camera feature on many smart phones. Do the thing with putting a small amount of wind in and film the balance in slow motion. Add a turn of the crown if needed. It's a bit tedious but will work.
  8. and don't be disheartened. I know it's tough at the beginning and also if you've had a run of fails. But the highs far outway the lows. Stick with it and you will be rewarded.
  9. It's almost impossible (currently) to make an app like this. The plant finder apps or similar use "convolution neural networks" that are trained on thousands of user identified pictures of the subject. They're particularly good at this task as the subject has a fractal nature to it. Watch movements however aren't. The subtle differences between the size and shape of the keyless works would be hard to match to training images. If I were tasked to program this I'd use an "expert system". It would require more work from the user, they'd have to measure parts etc but it would be more acc
  10. Crystal replacement can be quite easy. But sometimes it's a pain. It's not just the size, it's the material, profile, fitting, tension ring, gasket... Best thing to do would be to post a picture of the old crystal and we can help you from there.
  11. I get that hand cleaning in going to be better for the movement and I give you time to inspect each part. But this is a hobby for me, and as such it needs to remain fun. I do not find manually cleaning parts fun. Maybe I've just not got my cleaning system correct yet. I tend to have to rodico the dirt off each part after cleaning which can take me upwards of 3 hours for even a basic movement. I have an ultrasonic cleaner but it just doesn't seem to make any difference. Maybe I should spend some time (and money) trying different things. I've read (extensively) what everyone else does and
  12. Ok, I'm at that point where I'm thinking of splashing out on an Elma Solvex SE. I've tried for months now to win an auction for a several beat up 1950s machines and my wife can't stand it anymore and offered to buy me a new one! Am I crazy? It's a lot of money for just a hobby. I don't want to be that "All the gear, no idea" guy. Talk me into it or talk me out of it. I'm fed up with hand cleaning parts. Help.
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