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About KarlvonKoln

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    Timepieces, motorbikes, tailoring and costuming, middle ages, photography, and I will probably run out of room in this box.

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  1. Out of curiousity, what's that extra hand do? If it were a Vulcain Cricket, I'd think it was an alarm indicator, but I see no extra crown or pusher. And I see no days of the week on the chapter ring. Extra stopwatch hand for diving?
  2. It's a little bigger. About 65 to 70 mm if I remembered right. It's built like a downsized travel clock. And it's more accurate than I'd have figured. Since most folks would only wind and set it before going on a trip, you probably won't notice a difference of about 30 sec. to a min. per day depending on temperature and road conditions.
  3. Bicycles are another fixation of mine. I like to work on them almost as much as I do watches. I tend to make my tools and skills available to the neighborhood kids who nedd work done on their bikes. I also always wanted an early motorbike, like from the 'teens to early twenties. Being tremendously expensive though, I had to find another way. So I built one. This here is "Tempus" (because time flies). It has the frame of a 1948 JC Higgins balloon-tire cruiser, to which I bolted a 50 cc two-stroke engine. I fabricated the tank, the headlamp (which is actually electric) the clutch lever, and a number of other little parts. It has a leather saddle and a little leather-covered trunk. It's not very fast, maybe 30 mph tops, but for in-town it does very well. And it's almost theft proof, in that nobody has anything vaguely like it for miles around.
  4. Nothing very fancy, but something I thought was interesting, being also fascinated with antique automobiles. A while back, I was privileged to work on a friend's Westclox car clock that he'd kept from his father-in-law's 1927 or '28 Ford Model A. It was an optional accessory designed to be mounted wherever in the car that the purchaser desired. You drill the holes yourself. It runs for maybe 12 hours tops, so you need to wind it before you go. The movement is a pretty basic pin lever and going barrel. When I opened it to clean it, I was hit with the unmistakable smell of vintage Lucky Strikes. My friend confirmed that his father-in-law had indeed been quite the smoker. He himself did not partake. As long as I live I will always know the smell of Luckys. My grandfather chain-smoked them until he died of emphysema at 63. This poor little clock had the yellowish-brown grime of ages of smoke all throughout the movement. So much cleaning. Black tar in little corners and crevices. I also wore gloves and mask because the dial had radium. Gad, and the smell dredged up old memories of my grandfather, who also once owned a Model A. No idea if it had such a clock. He was a good man, and a good photographer. Tobacco addiction was less than kind to him. The clock, though, pulled through clean and largely unharmed. It runs strong. The smell is gone, but some memories remain, good ones that I'd almost forgotten, in my effort to forget how my grandpa's house always reeked of Luckys.
  5. It made a mark on me too. It's why, if I stumble upon a particularly well-crafted movement in a really nice watch that is advertised as "non-running" or "for parts", I try to procure it and restore it. Before scrappers come to get it, if I can. They'll just melt the case and sell the movement for jewelry parts. So many were beautiful works of art, as well as marvelous mechanisms for their time. And the craftsmanship that went into them! It so very different from the computer-designed components we see today. Computers do not have an eye for aesthetics. But long ago, humans were combining aesthetics and accuracy in lovely ways. And some of those artisans struggled to keep bread and cheese on their table.
  6. 1) - got the case straightened. That was some slow and gentle work. It was bent wide open to about 160 degrees, so I had to reform the whole hinge area to reduce that flex by (jeez) 70 degrees! Many gentle taps with a soft-faced mallet over a small scrap of oak I shaped into a "buck" of sorts. Couple days I spent on this, off and on. It paid off. 2) The cleaning and fresh grease & oil worked wonders. The she ran crazy fast, until I demagnetized her. She runs so very silent that the mic I used for my timegrapher app can't hear her. *I* cant hear her. You can see her running and not hear a thing. So I've been regulating the old-school way - over time. Got her down to only half an hour fast per 24 hours. I think there could still be residual magnetism on the hairspring. May try zapping her again. 20200801_223144_001.mp4
  7. I was wondering: were *you* able to remove the canon pinion? Because, by the look of the picture, a gorilla was not able to. re the inscription: first name is John (that was easy). Last name might be Tremere, or Tremiere. I have some forensic science background but I'm still just guessing here. Man, that's tiny!
  8. I just checked my own Hampden and, I was right, no mustache lever. I'm rather glad it doesn't have one now. As poise goes, I think I like the counterbalanced pseudo-English lever that my old Longines uses.
  9. Update: my friend was pleased. The Jacques runs steadily and keeps good time, and looks bright and shiny again. He even appreciated that the dial has a numeral IIII again and thinks it looks better than it did (can't argue there). Calling this job finished.
  10. Thank you Praezis. That had me a bit stumped. I have an 1888 Hampden, size 6s, and I was really sure I would have noticed a crescent-shaped projection like that on the lever. But I got to second guessing and was ready to go peek. This is what I love about this forum: odds are pretty good that someone on here knows something obscure that I don't, and which I may take forever to find on the internet. So, "Mustache" levers sound like they were a bit of a flash-in-the-pan as it were.
  11. That's interesting. Any idea of the year on that? I wonder if it's more than decorative.
  12. I agree with Rodabod. $360 should buy better accuracy than that. If they have any pride in their work, and want to keep receiving your business, they won't balk at taking it back in, nor at regulating it properly without charging you twice. The idea is to be so pleased with their service that you don't mind parting with the $360.
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