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  1. Hi all I had this go in for a service (,vintage ladies rolex), its come back to me with an issue with the keyless and quite clearly not serviced. The watchmaker and I had a falling out over this and he is refusing to take it back to have a look at what's wrong so taking it into my own hands. The stem pulls out when I try to set the time. The setting lever screw was fully tight too. I've taken off dial etc and seen this. The yoke spring keeps slipping under the yoke and the keyless works just dont look right to me. No wonder the stem is pulling out. I am a relatively novice watchmaker and am in need of some advice on how to sort this. It shows 1393 on the mainplate but can't find the calibre from rolex. Am a little confused. Photos attached. Thanks in advance.
  2. In order to inspect the clutch and the clutch lever must I remove the cover plate? Are there any 'surprise' I should be prepared for; such as' beware the clutch level is under tension'? - Or is this a simple case of unscrewing the cover plate, then lifting the clutch and its lever? I am working with a Langendorf Roco that dates to the firs half of the 20th century. Thank you. KBP
  3. It's been a while since I've worked on a movement as old as this. A friend asked me to look at whether I could get his great-grandmother's watch working again. When I first saw it, I thought it was an old 1920's ladies wristwatch, though thought it odd that the winding stem is at 12. However, on closer examination, it resembles more of an old pocket watch movement. Now amazingly, the watch is ticking when wound but I cannot pull the stem to set the hands. On removing the dial, I can see the yoke and yoke spring on the opposite side. But would I be right in thinking that it is missing the setting lever? There is a space that looks suspiciously like there could have been a setting lever there once but I could be wrong. I'd also be interested to hear your opinions on the age of the movement. I'm thinking around 1900. What's more surprising is that when the case is closed, you don't see the chipped porcelain around the edges, so thick is the bevel. It looks so nice and ornate and when the case is closed. Would love to be able repair but have my doubts. Any ideas about the keyless works? Thanks in advance.
  4. I have been working on a lovely old 1924 Omega 23.7 S.T2 gents' wristwatch and have had some limited success in stripping down, servicing and reassembly in that the movement now works and keeps good time. However, on inspecting the parts as I went, I realised that the crown and stem weren't original, explaining why it kept falling out. So I ordered a replacement Omega stem for the exact calibre from Cousins, which arrived today. However, thinking this would be the issue resolved, I was disappointed to find after closer examination of the keyless works, that the pivot shaft end of the stem will not slide home through the pivot shaft hole. I have included photos the best I can to illustrate the problem with some additional photos of the watch for reference. I have been watchmaking as a hobby for about 8 months and this looks like a pretty advanced problem to solve. If anyone has any ideas how I can get the stem engaged in the pivot hole or any other suggestions, and really appreciate hearing from you.
  5. HI I know there was another thread that started out with this- but it eventually wandered into polishing a watch/bracelet. Anyway I have two tudor prince. They have eta 2824 inside, but the tudor version- as far as I can tell, there are a few differences- but only on the dial side of the movment- the date jumper, the setting level jumper etc. The real eta is much easier, you dont have the tiny little yoke spring and while there are a few little things to watch for, it almost just goes back together and works without problems. The Tudor version however, is tricky. I cannot seem to get the stem to work right. I can get all of the springs and parts in the right place, and it will work doing some functions, winding, or moving the hands, but maybe the date wheel wont turn. Or the date wheel turns, but the stem comes out, etc. Also I need a date jumper for one of them, does anyone know where these obscure parts are available from? Has anyone had experience getting this to work? Is there a trick to setting the spring, or "forming" (not bending) the spring or some other trick? I want to get this beast back together!! Thank you for your help. I know there have been photo series of this on another site done, but the photos are taken down. I hate to pay 100$ to get this fixed when I can do 99% of it. If I could just get a little advice- I could probably get it done quickly. Thank you in advance. I might do a photo document of the differences in the tudor and eta- would that help anyone?
  6. I'm going to reassemble and lubricate my first watch this weekend. I've seen a few people on the web mention using PML Stem Grease to lubricate the keyless works parts. Is anyone here using it for this purpose? It's supposed to make setting and winding smooth and silky.
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