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  1. Thanks for the encouragement everyone. I've nothing to lose by investigating further, I'm in no rush and plan to take my time and it'll be another learning curve for sure. I've another project on the go at the moment, and I should really finish that first before embarking on the next challenge. I saw the bit about the hairspring wedge, they make it sound so simple in the manual, I'm sure it's not......
  2. Thanks again. They explain the process pretty well and are a great help. Took the back off the watch tonight for a quick look and thanks to the manuals confirming, I need to get my hands on a crystal lift tool before I go any further.
  3. Thanks watchweasol that's fantastic. I've had a quick scan through, it's always good to have a manual. You don't happen to have the 104 manual it refers to for cleaning? Off now to read and digest, thanks again.
  4. Thanks watchweasol. I've had another look and it says the following at the bottom of the dial: Great Britain "46562 10878" JerseyMo, the plucky little watch isn't done yet. The auto-winding is definitely working. I've been checking in on it periodically and giving it a shake. It's ticking away as it should and the date advances, even if it's running about 12-15 mins slow over roughly a 12 hour period. I've warmed to it for sure. The bean counters can't mark this one off their spreadsheet just yet. Hello again Poljot. Is the "sophisticated" click just a piece of bent metal engagi
  5. Evening I thought I'd share my modest attic fresh finds less the nasty wrist bands. I bought them mainly for the Sekonda. Both not working, the Sekonda's balance was wrapped round it's rotor. But the Timex really surprised me as it started to work as I adjusted the time. Stopped a bit, and after a bit of shaking and a gentle warming on a radiator I've got it to go. Though it does , run a little slow. The self winding side of it seems to work, however when I go to wind it manually it the crown winds back when you let go. I guess this might be something to do with the click not engaging.
  6. Still very new to this game, and I've been tinkering with a pile of Poljot parts and cobbled together a working movement. Sadly I don't have any hands. Checking the pink pages the Poljot 2616 requires the following hands: Hour 1.35mm, Minute 0.85mm and seconds 0.19mm Now I've scoured Cousins and the such and turned up nothing..... Those in the know, would hands of a very close match i.e 0.20mm for a second hand squeezed gently to fit be suitable? Is it the done thing to do? Likewise for the hour and minute a slightly smaller fit, gently expanded to fit? Any thought/adv
  7. Seasons greetings. I finally plucked up enough courage to take on my first automatic watch (Sekonda 30 jewels with a Poljot 2616 movement) clean/repair/oil. I've managed to track down the info sheets relating to the Poljot 2616 and the 2614B which it shares many parts. Sadly the 2616 sheet doesn't have the key to the parts. With the knowledge gained from the forum. My question is do the following have names? I'm wanting to call the larger one a ratchet wheel, I think '1520' is the part number? Does it need oiling or left well alone? It moves freely after cleaning, it was all gummed up wit
  8. I thought I'd add my submission to the club. I was lucky to get it for £4.49 posted. I've never heard of "Renown", so if anybody has any info I would be most interested. I've managed to identify the movement as a Durowe 1258, again does anyone know anything about these? Cheers
  9. By way of an update, I managed to find a donor movement on that well known auction site. A Peseux 320, with Accurist branding. It had the key part I needed plus it provided another movement for me to practice on, without being too nervous about mangling something else. So the second hand is proudly back where it belongs and ticking away nicely. Truly an achievement, for me anyway with my limited skills. Thanks again Poljot, your help's encouraged me on.
  10. Slowly beginning to get the hang of this. Quite pleased my guess was along the right lines, without any prior knowledge. I've learnt something, which can't be a bad thing. Another valuable resource for me browse. Cheers
  11. Poljot, thanks for another useful link in looks like an absolute mine of info. Yes I would certainly agree with you it's a Peseux 320. I do have another question. What does "Hands" refer to? Is it the dimensions of the pivot that the second hand fit to? Thanks again
  12. I've dug through my photos. Hopefully you can make out the marks? Thanks for the links. It does look very similar, less the branding and colour. Perhaps "Relide" had some sort of connection to "Accurist" the styling cues of the face are in the same vein. The date in the link fits too there are two service marks scratched inside the back which suggest 1972, so many thanks for that.
  13. Thanks both for your comments and advice. KarlvonKoln, I'll hunt down a tube of that glue, it may help, certainly worth a go. The movement loads in from the front. The crystal is mounted in a thin plastic ring, which is pressed on. When you think it's all clipped in place it then pops itself off when it feels like it. I'll bear the vacuum trick in mind too. I'm just starting out and I don't have any of that sort kit you have, the search is already on for a donor.... Poljot, I've gone over my photos again and under the balance it is marked with looks like a "P" in a shield with
  14. I thought I'd share my first ever mostly successful watch clean & rebuild. Not without it's moments, I have a healthy respect for the springs now having managing to lose then find the click spring twice! I also must have managed to bend the post to which the second hand attaches, perhaps when I removed it. Is there a way a complete amateur could fix this without destroying the watch? I went gentle on cleaning the face and it retains its patina of whats likely a bit of dampness from long ago. Sadly I can't wear it currently as the crystal keeps popping off. Does anyone have any tips or
  15. Thanks for the welcome. I've now moved on to my next victim I mean watch. Hopefully I will be a lot more careful. My goal being a working watch at the end. Practice, practice, practice.
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