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  1. Dial Cleaning Example

    Great results.. I always seem to encounter dials with text/logo printed on top of the lacquer, and any attempt to clean it will damage the text. I don't really dare to touch dials anymore.
  2. VEB - AUII /RM3 Glashütte

    I guess the main problem is that spare parts and baskets are not available at all.. Seems you've got plenty of them though! I wonder if it could be adapter to accept Elma baskets..
  3. VEB - AUII /RM3 Glashütte

    Very nice, I've never seen that one before (I'm looking for an automatic cleaner too). Did you try it already? Would you mind reviewing it at some point?
  4. Broaches

    Proper pegwood isn't exactly expensive either. Sharpening is a bit tedious, since it's easy to break or bend the tip in tiny jewel holes. But you get the hang of it after a while. I sharpen my pegwood with a Chinese junk-grade hobby knife, which works perfectly fine for the purpose. http://www.ebay.com/itm/GJ01-Exacto-Knife-Kit-Set-For-Hobby-Scrapbooking-Crafts-Shop-CASE-RAZOR-NEW-/222517465560?hash=item33cf1311d8:g:-88AAOSwhQhY31jF
  5. Elma RM90

    Interesting machine! L&R vari-matics seem impossible to obtain these days, unless you don't mind paying USD 2k..
  6. Would it really not have a preamp in the stand? Even my cheap Chinese timegrapher uses a preamp. You could still hook it up to a PC (I plan to try WOS as well), but you'd need some minimal external electronics to provide power to the pramp.
  7. Best book ever -- you'll love it. I used to read it in the library before it was finally reprinted.. I recently bought volume 1 and 2 of "Antique watch restoration" by Archie Perkins, which turned out to be the next best thing to Daniels. Very well written, excellent illustrations, etc.
  8. Very nice looking machine! I'd imagine though that all the pumping of liquids is going to cause a lot more contamination of fluids, since you can never get all the liquid out of the main chamber by just pumping..

    Seems like I got a good deal for once -- bought one at a watch/clock fair in Holland for 80 Euros, 5 years back

    Nice! I've been an associate member for more than a decade and I've never been
  11. I use something like the one below. Works OK, but the one I have has too much slop between pusher and barrel. The inner hooking also only works in one direction, so I made some new arbors and modified some existing ones. These and other types can be found on ebay for not that much. Winding by hand may work, but is not a good way to go about. You'll have to wear finger cots to prevent touching the spring. The cots will get stuck between coils, etc. If you're not careful, you'll cone-shape the spring, or scratch the edges (more likely with old carbon steel springs). If you only do this three times per year, it may be an option. I pretty much find reinstalling the spring one of the most frustrating steps in assembling a watch. It doesn't help that I'm stupid and regularly end up winding the spring in the winder barrel in the wrong direction, which means start from scratch.
  12. Interesting that the Witschi PCB design seems to be early-mid 90s or thereabouts, all through-hole. The Chinese ones are of a much more modern design (I have a 1900).
  13. Nice vice from Cousins

    I have the same vise, pictured here with the world's most annoying copper jaw shoes. Rev. #2 will have clips on the side that fold over the back of the jaw. The vise screw binds a little when closing, but not enough to complain to Cousins about. Besides the normal bench mount, I also made up a holder for it out of a huge chunk of steel. It probably weighs 5kg or so, with cork stick on-pads as feet. That weight is just nice to keep the vise from slipping on the table, while it can still easily be rotated and moved. I have a slightly bigger vise for hacksawing etc. The weird T-slot construction was due lack of a proper T-slot cutter.. It wasn't a very fun project, since I bought the wrong type of steel chunk off-cut, with too high a carbon content (compared to mild steel). I think one end was plasma-cut, which left a super hard surface that destroyed a few HSS endmills before I realized what was going on.. A smarter person would have picked the non-hardened side to mill a slot in.
  14. Just look at this rubbish

    Nice quizz! I didn't even know there was such a thing as a mantel carriage clock. I thought this looked like a conversion from pendulum to carrriage (the mantel case can support a pendulum I guess), but there's no hole for a pendulum to pass through in the case cylinder. Is that carriage original? How is this thing wound btw? With the big square arbor on the back?
  15. Well, tool/part making and metalworking skill is an important part of it. I like it a lot, especially with tutor feedback. The whole hands-on clock and watch side of it is a lot more self-directed, i.e. there is no feedback during the course (at least in the 1st year) on any watches that you service. The quartz exam is actually the first time anyone will ever evaluate my servicing work, so it would be kinda painful if I'd fail it on something that would have been pointed out after 10 seconds by a tutor/mentor. If you're in the UK, you can do short courses at Upton Hall that assist with exam preparation and general DLC progress. I'd love to do some, but I'm on the other side of the planet..