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  1. You know what? I got the strap, put it on for about an hour and then reverted back to the bracelet. Call me a purist, but I just couldn't... I just couldn't keep it on there to save my life. It looked good (sorry no pics - bummer I know), but I'll just save it for later when the bracelet wears to flimsy junk. And yes, happydude, I have entertained the idea a black croc strap. Pics on google seem to make that option appealing also. Maybe I'll post a pic of it with the strap in place, but not installed.
  2. Spot on! They’re solid outer links with hollow, but seamless center links. The only issue I can foresee is when the bracelet does develop more stretch there will be room to grab and pinch. I ended up ordering a dark brown smooth leather strap from DeBeer with polishes ss buckle. I’ll post a pic when it gets in.
  3. I've cleaned the clock a couple times to remove most of the blackish patina. Judging by the blistering throughout the entire woodwork and the sooty build up once on the movement, I'd say it experienced some heat. Yes, the bushings are not great but there is good freedom of movement through out the gear train. The pivots on all gears look ok, jewels are good, escape wheel teeth good too. However, the cylinder portion on the balance staff has noticeable wear. I'll give it another go and see about sorting out that hairspring coil. Since I took the pictures I've got most the kinks out. I'll keep working at it and see what happens once it goes back together.
  4. This is the project piece I was talking about.
  5. ‘93 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date ref. 15200 I love it! My first Rolex that I happen to be enjoying more and more each day. Any thoughts on fitting it with a smooth grain leather strap?
  6. I recently received an antique weather station (clock, thermometer, barometer) to repair. Right off the bat I noticed the clock had a broken mainspring, the wood casing for the thermometer was broken apart and the barometer was missing all but the aneroid assembly. The background of the piece is unknown, as there are no markings to be found. It was discovered in the attic of an old house during renovations by the new owner. The customer has requested it be repaired to working order so he can hang it in the front foyer of his new home. Long story short, I cleaned the aneroid assembly and after patiently scouring eBay for barometer parts, I pieced it back together. The same went for the mercury thermometer. The clock was fairly straight forward. I cleaned it, inspected it for wear, replaced the mainspring and it was all well and good. All well and good except it was obvious the clock had been worked on before, or at least the platform escapement had been. What I noticed was that the hairspring has been replaced. Not well either. It was very long, as in many coils. So much so that the entire hairspring was lobsided as it was recieving pressure from the regulating pins. Also, the end of the hairspring ran through a hole on the balance cock and was secured I place with a tiny tapered pin. I had never had to deal with a situation like this before. The piece is still in my care at the moment. I’m waiting on a new barometer pointer hand. And as wait I really want to address this hairspring issue. Can someone’s help me? I still need to put the proper bends in the hairspring for the regulating pins, but how much coil do I need? It’s running at minus 5 mins per day right now. Take length out and add the bends is easier said than done. Any advice? Pics to come soon.
  7. When consulting with a customer I ask that they give me a day or so with the clock for assessment. Once that is complete, I can give them a list of my findings and recommendations. The extent to which they would like the clock restored is up to them. Coming up with an internal itemized price listing for special services took me a while to develop. Once you have that sorted out you can give accurate estimates to see how the customer would like to proceed. For example, a customer comes in with an antique clock from a flea market and wants to know what it would cost to make it run again. This is where I ask a series of questions to see how deep the person would like to go, a service of the movement and cleaning of the case or full restoration to include glass, woodwork, etc. I like to give them options. Most customers are price sensitive and don't want to pay hundreds for something they bought for next to nothing. Heirlooms are a special case, I recommend soft or light restoration on these, i.e. keeping everything as original as possible with light cleaning and taking care to servicing the movement so it can run for many generations to come. I hope that answers your questions.
  8. Hello everyone, I've been a member since 2015 and am finally posting something. Initially I used the forum for advise and technical knowledge, but never contributing anything because I didn't know much. Over the years I've found myself gravitating more and more into the hobby of watch collecting. Buying, reviving then selling items that peaked my interest, then finding a good home for them after a while. The reviving part was it all started. When I mentioned gravitate, that's to be taken literally. Between the time I joined the forum and now, I've gone from hobbyist to watch and clock repair shop manager and now small business owner where I deal in repairs and antique restoration part-time. I plan on taking the course that Mark Lovick has created and offers through this forum along with supplemental courses provided by the NAWCC. I'm exceptionally grateful for these types of educational opportunities as I wish to further improve my skillset. It's been a great journey so far and will be for a lifetime to come.
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