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  1. Good evening, Does anyone have any tips/tricks or experiences on cleaning gold plate (by hand) on watch cases without wearing through the gold plate? Perhaps with some common household products? Thanks in advance for your help
  2. Hello and welcome Jason, I'm in a similar boat to yourself, though I have caught the bug now. I've started out with the cheaper tools. I only tinker with cheap watches. I've managed to disassemble and reassemble a few now, and I'm pleased if I get one working and keeping reasonable time. Gradually building up to more complex things as my confidence grows. Much along your line of thought. From experience I can vouch for the Anchor grease and a number of their tools which are functional, there are better out there for sure. I'm slowly upgrading as needs and budget allow. I was cleaning
  3. PastorChris, happy to oblige . Not so much a frustrating journey this time, as having spare parts to hand made it a pleasure if not a luxury. I count myself lucky to come by them. A great learning experience and something to pour all my focus into for period of time.
  4. Funny you should mention it. I cleaned a Timex date wheel last Friday with warm water/washing up liquid and a cotton bud. It worked on the most part with the dried on oil, and then for the stubborn stuff I used a little lighter fluid gently working it in with the cotton bud. This is all I have to hand and depends on how the date/day numbers are applied, so go careful. I'm sure there are better methods, and someone will be along to share. I'm no expert. Good luck, post a pick of the before and after.
  5. Thanks JohnC. Having some broken/partially dismantled donors as spares was a god send, as it gave me the confidence to give it go before trying it on the real thing. I used a pair of tweezers in both hands and gently positioned/held and rotated until all three legs were in. The lume I was very pleased with, my first go at it to. I chose a teal colour as it didn't look green in normal daylight. If interested I can post a lume shot!
  6. After looking long and hard at it I had, had the same thought and drew the exact same conclusion you have. I didn't do it in case there was a more elegant fix. I agree by bending the tip down for the teeth to catch on it is only putting off the inevitable. Thanks for the tip in looking for other movements that's most helpful.
  7. Welcome Dmitry. Your intro reminded me of my brother in law's beloved Tag Heur which he took for a battery replacement only for the local fine jewellery/watch establishment to destroy it and hand it back to him in plastic bag! A true story, you're not alone. I'm new to the hobby too, there's loads to learn, have fun.
  8. Good evening. I thought I just give you a little update as you were kind enough to share your wisdom. I had a interlude from Project Sekonda to look at the Timex as curiosity got the better of me. JerseyMo, you were spot on with your diagnosis, yes indeed the click was worn. On close inspection there's a groove worn right into the click by the ratchet teeth. Is there a way to repair this or is it a case of looking for donor in the hope it's got a less worn click? Many thanks again
  9. Thought I'd share another triumph, for me anyway. I'm still new to this game and don't have a dedicated work space and only functional tools. Picked up this 1970's "30" jewelled automatic wonder just before Christmas. It wasn't without issues. In it's past someone had poured a load of oil into it (smelt a bit on opening) and it took a while to clean it all by hand, soaking this and pegging that. I was lucky enough to find parts which proved invaluable and educational. I even plucked up courage and practised removal and lubricating shock jewels which was a first for me, still have a healt
  10. I'll have a guess. Is it some sort of variable current spot welding device. I wouldn't want to use it with all those exposed parts! Be careful....
  11. 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......
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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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