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TimeCollector

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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.
  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 as
  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 agai
  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
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