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  1. Hi, I am working on two 70's watches (Owix automatic & Polek Automatic) that both claim to be "waterproof". No screw down Crown, so I am aware one shouldn't go diving with them or maybe even swimming. I've seen the same case tube and crown build up on a couple of watches before, such as a Zenith Sporto, and I wonder if there is something I am missing. Like this it feels you couldn't even wash your hands. Should there be a gasket inside the crown? As you can see in the picture I usually find alot of gunk inside the crown, but I have just thought it to be old dirt. Could it be a dissolved gasket? There is no obvious place for a gasket inside the tube, and I've never found one there either in these types of cases. It feels like there should be some more feature for this to be called "waterproof". Anyone with any thoughts about this?
  2. Hello, I am a newbie. Just opened the back of a Tissot with T691K movement to address an issue of EXTREMELY stiff crown. Any advise is highly appreciated. I assume that there is high friction somewhere which caused the battery to go dead prematurely. Is it possible? Tx for helping!
  3. I've this lovely Wyler watch. It runs fine. I sent it out to be cleaned, -it was completely disassembled, oiled, polished etc. My issue is the stem and crown bind. I understand it's split-stemmed. It takes a great deal of force to wind it, and with the crown pulled out, setting is also very stiff. It was like this before I sent it out and it is still like this. Is this normal for split-stem watches? Or is this even an issue reflecting the split-stem? Thanks
  4. Good day all, I'm a recent 30 year retiree and elected to start cleaning some of my older watches that ended up in a box wrapped in a towel. One in particular, a gift from my grandfather, began working with a new battery but the crystal appears foggy. I would appreciate specific instructions for removing the stem/ crown and cleaning the crystal from an 1980 Seiko with the 6030A movement. Thank you in advance. Regards, Rick
  5. I actually have a couple problems I could use some help with. I’ll start with the more serious one I guess. I don’t have any trouble getting the back off my watches or changing the battery, but every time I use my tool to snap the back back on, something happens to the crown pin. It just lets go and comes out. I thought it was a strange occurrence the first time but I tried another one this week and got the same results. I’ve done this same thing on hundreds of other watches of different types and brands but never ran into this problem before. Can someone please help me figure out what I’m doing wrong? Also, a couple of my watches don’t seem to be able to adjust to my teeny tiny wrist size. In my Monarch, the majority of the links don’t have holes to remove the pins. Is there any other way to remove a couple links. Any advice would be appreciated immensely!!!
  6. Is this a rubber 'O' ring in here? Not too sure how to approach replacing this.... Or do I just hit it with my chequebook?
  7. Hi, new to repairing, just getting my feet wet, so be prepared for me to use incorrect language, and have things explained like I'm 5 :) A couple years ago, I purchased a Seiko Sportsmatic Weekdater, cal. 6619-7050. Soon after purchase, the crown detached from the stem, and I took it in to local watchmaker for repair. It was returned in apparently good shape, but actually the problem still exists. I'd like to learn how to fix the problem, and hopefully bring this watch back to my wrist. It appears that the crown screws onto the stem, but that is as far as I have got. Any assistance would be welcomed. I did find a service manual elsewhere, but I'm a bit lost as it's my first. Seiko Sportmatic 6619A.pdf
  8. Hello Everyone. I need some help with repairing my Emporio Armani ar-1922. I've watched some videos on YouTube but none of them resemble the movement of this particular watch. My first problem is removing the stem/crown. I cannot see anything which looks like it will release the stem and I don't want to poke around inside it any more for fear of creating any damage. Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks.
  9. Hey, so I have a question. I've got an Invicta dive watch with a NH35A movement here that whenever I unthread the stem and crown as it is unthreading the date starts changing. Once its unthreaded I can change it to the 1, 2 and 3 positions and set and wind it accordingly. How can I fix this and what is causing this? Yours truly, Josh
  10. Early 60's Elgin 10K Shockmaster. I suppose one of their attempts at water proofing a watch (see the crystal and gasket in the second picture). The question is how to get the crown off (Its wobbly when pulled out to the set position and I am certain it contains a gasket) so I can remove the movement? Dis-assemble the keyless works in place so I can grab the stem and unscrew the crown?? Thanks.
  11. Hey guys, my name is Lorenz. I am an 18 year old electrical engineering student from Germany. I got this Breitling chronospace a56012.1 from my granddad and I want to repair it. Besides a slight clicking noise while turning the crown ( someone please let me know if this is normal ) it works just fine. My main problem is that the black color on the Bezel is worn out on some positions and I dont know where to find a paint that holds on the metal nor do I know how to paint it again. I have worked with watches already, I disassembled a mechanical movement cleaned and oiled it again so I feel pretty confident in doing this job. And I would also like to change out the crystal, does anyone know what size crystal I need for this watch? Thanks in regards for any advice.
  12. Hello! I am working on a vintage watch and the crown of the watch is fitted with a hidden type gasket which is in terrible condition and needs to be replaced. However, I found it difficult to pull the gasket out with my tweezers or tooth pick. Could anyone recommend an easier way to remove this kind of gasket from the crown?? I forgot to take a photo of the crown so I attached a similar example I found on the web.
  13. hi guys I have the 8f56-0090 watch and it has broken crown from stem, so I need a stem, a crown and a battery. Also I need advise how to make dial stable on movement because its moving apart from the movement. Or if it cant be fixed suggest me another mechanism with dial and all staff to fit into this caliber. thank u
  14. Hello there watch fix fans. Here's (I hope) an interesting one for you. I have this beautiful small ladies 'Fero Feldmann' Swiss-made watch - it came in a bag of "used and to be repaired" watches. From what I can see, the mechanism seems in very good working order. Just a slight shake and it goes and goes. There is no strap, but that is not the issue here. The problem is the stem and/or crown. As you can see, there is definitely no crown. But I am wondering about the stem. The watch does have its case and edoes have, as you can see, a hole where the stem and/or crown will/should fit in. There is something which appears to be some kind of part-stem at the 3 o'clock position. Using tweezers I can pull it out and push it back in quite freely. A very small screw on top holds this "stem" in place. I think you can see, in ths second photo, how this "stem" attaches to the rest of the movement. Clearly I need to attach a crown. BUT what about a stem? A stem extension? Or one of those crowns which has an extended stem-like attachment which should fix onto this current "stem" in this watch? Yes, the watch face is somewhat scratched, and the minute hand is a little bent at the top. You may say it is not worth my while trying to get this fixed. But I just SO MUCH like this little watch and would LOVE to give it life again! It clearly IS still "alive" - though I'm not sure if it is a mechanical wind-up or an automatic. The latter of these seems to be the case - as I said earlier, a little shake and the mechanism goes and goes. PErhaps with a little oil (and lots of encouragement) it can be made good. So my main question - what kind of stem/crown to attach and how to do it?
  15. How to remove this winding stem? I don't know what I should push to remove this winding stem.
  16. Hello all, I have a watch I would like to fix my self. It's made by TAWATEC, who is no longer in business. It's very similar to a Luminox and used TGS for lume. I will provide information to the best of my ability. Here is a link to some information about it. Here are a few pictures of the watch. I have had the watch since May of 2011. I had the battery replaced in Feb 2015 by a local shop. Less than a year later, I noticed that after taking a shower there was condensation under the crystal. I pulled the crown and left it sit to air out. After about a week I pushed the crown back in and the watch no longer worked. I wondered what caused it to leak. I then remembered I had to change the date on the watch a few days before condensation had got inside the watch. When I was trying to set the date I noticed that it was difficult to pull the crown out and it was more difficult to turn than usual. My guess was that the gasket/O-ring that is on the stem/crown was messed up and had ripped and water had entered that way. I left the watch sit for a year and used another watch as my daily driver. I'm hoping to get this one up and running again. So I recently decided to see if I could fix the watch myself. Here is what I have done and have figured out so far... I was able to remove the case back by removing the 4 Phillips screws. Visually inspecting the O-ring that seals the case back, everything looks good. The movement is a Ronda 515. The plastic ring that holds the movement inside the case says Ronda 515 # 6. I was able to remove the crown and stem. Looking towards the inside of the crown there was remnants of the O-ring. After clearing the remnants and putting the crown back in, the crown moves freely. I also found remnants if rubber on the front of the dial. After inspecting the battery, it looks to have leaked its electrolyte What I would like to do first is replace the O-Ring that's on the crown and put a new battery in it. If I then determine that the movement is damaged, I can replace it later. What do I need to do to figure out what size of O-ring I need for the crown? I can take pictures of the crown/stem if needed. I also have analog calipers to use that are in inches. Thanks for your time!
  17. Hi All, I recently replaced the movement for my Tissot PR50, which was a standard ETA F06.111. I now need to replace the crown as the old stem was broken into the crown and could not be re-used. Could someone point me in the right direction in finding a proper replacement crown? I don't know the size or how/where to measure to find a proper crown. Thank you!
  18. Hi all, My goodness it's been a while since I've posted and boy have I missed this forum! Feels good to catch up on a few new tales of triumph, trials and tribulations. I have a Waltham model 1910, 37 size chronometer that I recently had some help getting a new staff for. Now it's time to find a crown. Problem is, the common car clock case for this movement has a 6.80mm neck, but the weighted case for the ship chronometer has a 7.20mm neck. Any ideas of sourcing something like this short of making one? I'm browsing Cousins at the moment... Cheers
  19. I have a Pulsar VX42-X216 divers style watch (50M). The crown fell off and I'm not sure what kind of replacement crown to purchase. I understand sizing in terms of tap size, width, tube size, etc. How do you know if the crown should be flush, short post, long post, etc.? The stem appears ok, but it is flush with the end of the case tube. Any help to this newbie is appreciated. Ponch
  20. What do I do to remove the crown in this movement? Is it the deep inset screw or no? Thank you for any help
  21. Hi everyone, I own a Victorinox which has a lose hand, it got deatached somehow, I think because of a small fall. Foyself a tool for opening the back of the case (I am really noob at this) but that is as far as I could go since I dont see any of the deataching levers shown in most of the tutorials on the internet. I attached images of the watch so you can point me which screw/lever/pin/whatever should be moved in order to remove the crown. If it is something very critical that could damage the clock I will take it to a specialized place, but I really would like to do it myself. Thanks, and greetings from Uruguay
  22. My engagement watch was a Briel, which turns out to have a 0S60 Miyota movement. I paid goldsmiths to replace the battery, boy what a mistake. When I collected it the crown came off in my hand. Goldsmith said they can't repair!!! They paid me £250. So this is when I did some research and took the back off the watch. I believe the stem is still in the watch. But I think I can repair by replacing the stem and crown. I still have the crown. Could some one advise what stem I need and how can I attach the crown, doesn't appear to have a thread but I think it should have. I can get more photos if needed. Many thanks
  23. Looking to the watch community for help with this (hopefully simple) repair - I recently bought a Girard-Perregaux 3719 dress watch however the crown was loose from the movement and comes completely out of the watch. The movement appears to be a Girard-Perregaux 101-274 (Peseux 7001): http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&0&2uswk&Girard-Perregaux_101. I think everything is in-tact, though I am not 100% certain as I'm not a professional watchmaker, though I have no reason to believe any parts are missing. I am wondering whether this may be something I can fix myself fairly easily, perhaps by simply tightening a screw, or if this is something that will require more work by a professional watchmaker. If this is a relatively easy fix what specifically should I do myself to fix the watch or, alternatively, what must I instruct a watchmaker to do for this watch? If this does require being taken-in to a shop, what will need to be done and what can I expect to pay or such a repair? As an aside, does anyone know what year this watch is from? What do the marks inside the caseback mean - I know these are service marks with dates but does this provide any additional information I can be made aware of as an amateur watch hobbyist? Finally, what is the approximate resale value of this watch if I can get it working again? Thanks in advance for your assistance!
  24. I've just picked up an H801-6008 that is quite a cool and I'm trying to get it all going. The digital module seems to work fine (although the pushers seem to be full of DNA as does the rotating bezel). But the analogue section seems to be troubled as I couldn't get the hands to move after pulling the crown out to position 1. Dropped the movement out and the crown/stem joining seems to be broken. I can hold the stem still between my fingers and rotate the crown over and over in either direction. I can't seem to unscrew the crown from the stem either, and the crown appears to press down the stem a bit and bounce back as if spring mounted. I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do next: Do I need to bin it and buy a replacement crown and stem? Or is there some technique I'm missing.Hope I've described it properly. Every day is a school day with me!
  25. Hi all! I have a 1989 Speedmaster reduced that is giving me a bit of a headache this week. There are a couple of issues, and I'd love any help I can get! The first issue is that the chronograph pusher fell off. I took the cal out of the case, tried to screw the pin back into the pusher, but a small part of the pin (the part at the end that is rifled) has snapped off inside the button. Any ideas on what I can do to get that out? The second issue is that the winding pin and crown now won't reinsert into the movement. I can get the pin in so far that it locks into place (a faintly audible click accompanies this), but I can't get it in so far that it is able to wind or set the time. Any ideas on what may have caused this or indeed what I can do to fix it? Many thanks in advance, Ferdinand
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