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About KarlvonKoln

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  1. Sounds like you're getting the hang of things. Nice watch you have too. I have a Dufonte also. One of the few *wrist* watches I have. I rather like the style.
  2. I would say if he does possess the pieces that appear to be missing (as some lazy sellers often do) the least he could do is write that in. But since no mention is made, a wary buyer's safest course is to assume they are gone. Lying, whether outright or by omission, won't get a sale from me. He should label and price the non-working clock accordingly, or show that this exact same clock has all its its parts and does work. But I wouldn't hold my breath in a case like this.
  3. And I deeply appreciate that offer, and I am sure I'm not alone there. I may take you up on that at some point too. You're a gem, O.H.
  4. Egad!!! Where I grew up, we called that "fishing for suckers".
  5. Following. If I get a bit of time I will research this too and see if I can help. But I think I see what Nucejoe is driving at. The hairspring *would* be the correct shape, but only when the stud bracket is *not* mounted. The act of mounting the stud bracket seems to be distorting the spring. The end of the spring mounted to the stud seems like it should locate elsewhere? Does that sound like what we must correct?
  6. Interesting. I'm following this thread.
  7. A little while back, I made this set of trueing calipers. It was originally meant to tide me over until I could buy a pretty, vintage, German pair I had my eye on. It's just a billet of brass which I cut to shape, and where I drilled a single hole through both arms for the pivots, then holes for the set screws which I tapped for threads, then a threaded hole for the reference arm. The pivots are just thin steel bar stock with highly polished divots in the ends. I keep not getting around to snatching up a nice vintage set. Mine works well, despite lacking any real aesthetics, so I j
  8. I, also, think you have a good chance. I have gotten lucky with sorting out springs before. You just learn not to be rushed; move carefully and calmly; it will take as long as it takes. Practicing on junked springs is a good idea to get a feel for how it will go. And like Nucejoe said, you may never reach 100% success, but you may get pretty good. So it's always worth a try.
  9. Was that the one on ebay? I think I may have been eyeing it before. Low on funds right now, so I did not bid. If it's the same one, I'm glad it was taken in by someone who will use it. It looks to be of good quality and seems complete.
  10. That'd be cool, but nah. It's just a straight tiny little scar. It was made by the E string, the thinnest and, being highest-pitched, also the tightest. Lesson: change your strings when they get old. And if you're going to fool with repairing things under tension, protect yourself and let off the tension first when possible.
  11. Still a brave soul. Or an obliviously bold one. Having a violin string break at the far end and put a nifty scar on my forehead gave me an education on what some materials under tension can accomplish if things go wrong.
  12. I don't know as much about bracket clocks as I'd like. But I will be following this thread to learn more. I do think it's interesting that there seems to be a lengthy transition period where some such clocks were using tenons and wedges alongside screws. Was there a reason for this? Did some parts need to be more quickly or easily removed for service? Were screws more expensive to make? Was torque applied in-regular-use to some parts which would have loosened a screw, if a screw had been used there?
  13. Welcome to our forum! I saw another post about a Tag Hauer. I have no doubt one of the others will step in with help on that. I tend to specialize in the old stuff: antique pocket watches, mechanical clocks, vintage watches, and such like. When I let friends talk me into working on more modern timepieces I turn to these fine folks here. Here you will find a huge amount of collective knowledge and a gracious willingness to share it.
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