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  1. As far as the winding stem, the Ranfft site shows them both as having the same stem :- http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&0&2uswk&ETA-ESA_955_412 http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&0&2uswk&ETA-ESA_555_415 Not sure if the hight difference that you mention would be significant but I'd be inclined to give it a try. Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  2. Well done M1ks, certainly your good deed for the day. Mum used to get quite agitated when she couldn't "see the time" on her clock even though she knew what time it was from her wrist watch. NAD Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  3. Never owned any old Brit bikes but that looks like I would be a nice little rider and I bet it now goes like clockwork. Like the bar end mirror's that have been fitted. We went from the UK to South Australia and NSW on holiday for a month a few years ago, didn't see too much old British Iron about but a supprising number of 60's BMW's while in Sydney though. Any further projects planned? Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  4. Did my last advance riding test on the roads of South Cambs. some decent roads and a nice area. Not too sure how the local landlords would take to my Welsh accent and old biking leathers. [emoji16] I'm currently in the West of the County not far from the old air base at Alconbury. Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  5. If the quality of the tools that I've used on old Japanese motorcycle is anything to on, watchmakers tools of Japanese origin will be up to the job in hand. I did examine a vintage set from the 60's by MKS, which I believe is/was a Japanese manufacture, at a local auction some time ago, it look more than adequate to me. In retrospect I wished I'd left a bid on it. Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  6. Welcome from the Northern hemisphere Malc. Like the photo, class side. Looking forward to RWC2019. Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  7. Most but not all of my all Roamers are housed in a “brevete waterproof” case which pushes through from the front with a little pressure from the thumbs, no tools required to get to the movement. I can't say that yours is the same but a clearer picture from the crown side i.e. picture 4 & 5 should allow confirmation if yours is of a similar design. Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  8. Personal I've found books by Donald De Carle to be good reference material. For clocks I have a copy of Practical Clock Repairing which I've found useful. Some may may not agree as it is a little dated but it covers a lot, including tools required, and is readily available both new and second hand for not too many beer vouchers. Hope you find this useful. NAD Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  9. Looking forward to see the end result. Used to live next to a carpenter who restored old furniture picked up at local auctions as a hobby. He used to use an old wallpaper steamer as a source of steam when bending wood. Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  10. I've something similar to these which I bought a few years ago on the recommendation of an earlier post to this forum. (Probably other sellers that do the same.) https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F292120239715 Work well for watch hands and small second hands on some of the vintage watches that I've an interest in. Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  11. Great information from all, I've learned a lot by following this thread. Thank you WLS1971 & OH for sharing your information. Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  12. Good advice in prior posts. I've the C version of the type of staking set that the video that video in OH's posting has a link to. The D version has the addition of the base for the tool. The Unruh-Max, the tool for balance staff removal, appears at 1:05 in the video. It doesn't come as part of the C set and I don't think it's part of the D set as standard. There is one currently on e-bay UK which looks to be ok. Item 153398604657 (I've no connection to this item.) I bought mine on e-bay a few years back following a prior post on this forum. It can be used with most staking sets not just Bergeon branded sets. I have used mine on a few pocket watches. The K&D tool that you have a link to is a different tool but fundemenly is designed for the same task as the Unruh-Max. That is they are balance staff removal tools. Whichever tool you choose to use to remove the staff, you will need a decent staking set of punches and anvils to rivet the new staff on to the balance wheel. Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  13. I bought cousins part numbers B36683 and B36687 some time ago when they were offer. In my limited experience with mantle clocks, they've been fine for the KWM bushes that I've been using without denting the bank balance too much. NAD Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  14. Starting with a time only clocks and progressing through strike, chime etc is good advice. The second clock that I worked on had a Hermle strike movement with a floating balance. I got it rebuilt eventually but the added complexity of the strike train was nearly a step too far too soon for me. Took me a long while to get everything back in the right place and was a test of patients but satisfying when done. As far as cleaning fluid, an alternative is the clock cleaning fluid provided by Priory Polishes. Someone on this forum recommend it a while ago, stinks a bit but is not flammable like petrol so is safer to use, is reasonably priced and gets things cleaned nicely. Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
  15. Thank you for the link, had not seen this before. I can see it being a useful read. Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk
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