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    • As Old Hippy says check that the bellows are not held on with pins. The conventional way was a pin and a screw, you removed the screw and wiggled the bellows of the pin. no problem. It is not logical to glue them in as removing them could result in broken bellow assemblies https://frankenmuthclock.com/pages/cuckoo-clock-questions-answers      This link is very good on the cuckoo clock and will give you a lot of useful information.  would it be possible to post a picture of the clock front and back as some are constructed with enough room to remove the mechanisn without the bellows.  It depends on style and case design.  I have two cuckoos both the same stlyle one larger then the other but both require the bellows to be removed before te mechanism
    • If Swatch group does tie up supply, and then drive away customers, they will fall back on their disposable Quartz products again, and be back like a bad penny...  They have their hands into so many companies now, they are unavoidable. Like the Empire strikes back. Example: the new Oris caliber they are raving about, seems to be another hot-rodded 2892 (more likely derived from the Omega twin barrel movements, also made by ETA). It's nice and all, and certainly good to see some sort of development happening again since the Quartz crisis, but just do business and try not to monopolize the industry. All the parts have to come from you either way- authorized or independent. Price them fairly and make them available. I can't see where they benefit having Stellita parts in an ETA movement, because they hault supply... That would destroy the ETA reputation (assuming the "bad" art causes failure again) which is far more costly that independents having the CORRECT parts to correctly repair their products. And it's not disrespect toward Omega for using ETS for movements. Rolex consumed A. Shlid (maybe? I can't remember- maybe FHF?) for their movements. And they have done VERY LITTLE in the way of modernizing or improving their movement, despite their marketing campaign. Do a 180 and publish everything- all the training tips and tricks to do a first rate service. Charge an admission fee to access the documentation. That's all fair and reasonable. Monopolizing an industry is not reasonable, and Apple sees the writing on the wall, if they continue with their choke hold on their products and their servicing. They are not being more "noble" here; they simply want to avoid the bad publicity of a lawsuit. A suit just like this one. Sales prices rising well beyond inflation (and by the way, the companies made a fine profit, with more overhead, at the old structure) is pure greed, nothing more. Omega raised prices to fill the void left by Rolex going up-scale with their pricing, and the other brands are following, again to fill that vacuum price point formerly above them. Omega was supreme quality and value for the retail price for a long time... that ship has sailed and they are now lower-cost Rolexes. Profit has replaced integrity in the market.
    • Do we know the dimensions and gauge of the original wire? Given that it is relatively short, might nichrome heating wire of a suitable gauge do the trick? Nichrome wire tends to be fairly springy, although it does have a higher resistance than copper or steel. The dimensions suggest this is probably not an issue in this case. It is also fairly hard wearing. Depending on the type of wire you try, you may need to copper, or nickel plate the end of the wire you are soldering before you can solder it with off the shelf "electronics" multicore soft solder. Steel wire tends to fall in to the "nightmare to solder" category as it is difficult to wet particularly with lead free solder, but the solder will stick to copper very well. I would use good old fashioned 60%/40% lead/tin solder rather than lead free as it is more likely to work, and also use a good quality flux.  Nichrome wire is easily sourced in a variety of gauges from China via ebay or AliExpress, or from most electronics suppliers closer to home.
    • item 53 - Additional Driving Wheel (see below) ETA 7753
    • That's a priority mail box. I didn't want to risk a spill with an envelope. I also heat seal the bottle in a bag in case the bottle leaks. The bottle has a stainless needle for dispensing as well. Too much for a watch with the needle, but fine for larger stuff.
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