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  1. Hi, so love to be here. I recently got into watch repair. To be honest been few months of watching videos and I been interested in watches but never tried before. Now I decided to take the leap. Bought some basic tools and made my own watch. first time putting one together. Since then I been disassemble and assemble some older watches and love it. Love every process of it. For some reason love the challenge on making one work or cleaning it. It’s wow. I don’t know how to explain other than time flys by and I don’t notice. I can spend hours with these little guys. I drop one of the hands by mistake and kinda bend the seconds hand a bit. I just reorder the replacement lmfao. But I should get it this week. I didn’t even bother to order one before because well I got busy and watch works perfectly. . But as soon as the new gold hands set arrives I will change it because I like gold color and will go better with my dragon logo
  2. Hello guys i am working on a Rolex cal 1570 balance wheel that stops when is dial down but runs when dial up, i changed the balance staff thinking that was the issue, turns out it wasn’t. the balance wheel bumps and rubs into the pallet fork plate. Bellow I left a picture of the pivots of the balance staff.
  3. 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.
  4. Hi. So I’m trying to see what is the movement number of this old Rolex. Photos attached. Anything will help. Thanks !
  5. Hi guys. I’m curious about this Tudor I got. I’m not sure the model number or something like that to try to estimate a market price. Any help is really appreciated.
  6. Hi, wondering if someone here knows where can I get stem and crown for this watch. And also your expert opinion about the watch ^_^ Marina Militare GMT watch - homage to classic Panerai Luminor watches (PAM 00029 Discontinued long time ago
  7. Hi, I recently serviced a Rolex cal. 1520 and its running superb through out the day. the one thing I've noticed is the automatic works will not wind the watch fully i get maybe 24 hours if I'm lucky. I've applied epilame properly and lubricated according to oil charts. I feel no resistance or hear any vibrations from the motor and when inspecting it spins freely and winds the watch. Now when I hand wind the watch it holds its power reserve for the rated 40 or so hours. I did hand wind the mainspring into the barrel and tried my best to apply braking grease to the barrel. I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice on how to fix this last nagging issue. I am also not sure what to look for in terms of wear to the reversing wheels. they look clean and the teeth look good on all of them at least to my untrained eye. Furthermore, the axle for the oscillating weight looks to be good as the weight doesn't wiggle and remains on its plane of travel. Let me know if you need any specific pictures of the movement.
  8. Hi all. The story behind this watch is - It was given as a gift for long service to a gentleman. He had a choice of a gents or ladies Rolex and he chose the ladies and gave it to his wife as a present. She wore it everyday and cherished it. She left it to her daughter who kept it in a drawer not working and judging by the internal marks serviced only twice in its lifetime. It came to me as we know the lady who is now in her 70's and she would like now to wear it so I offered to service it and here it is. I think wearing it will bring her closer to her mum -in a nice way. I need to obtain a mainspring for it as the original is distorted. Can anyone help identifying the correct mainspring? On the back of the main plate it has a number stamped 120. Thank you for any help.
  9. So i stumbled upon - it seems to me, a gold filled octagon rolex 26mm and I couldnt find the other information. I think the engravings on the case back say its from 1953 and its got enamel dial? It would be great if someone here was able to identify this
  10. An aquatance asked me to have a look at his milgauss, this is what I found. The case is heavy and all parts feel and look correct ref no 116400gv green crystal.Has the Rolex emblem etched on the crystal. The bracelet has correct screw pins, the caseback is solid and feels smooth when unscrewing. Then I phoned him to tell the good news. And he informed me he paid 100 dollars. The case is worth more than the movement.
  11. Hello, I recently serviced a W&D 1915 trench watch and to my horror discovered that the balance staff was worn, this meant that the watch would run dial down but not in any other orientation. I believe it is a BTCo (Damas) movement but not sure on caliber. If anyone can identify the movement and calibre and knows where spares can be sourced I'd be very grateful. Alternatively if anyone can suggest a replacement period correct movement that would be brilliant. Thank you Kieran
  12. I found this forum during a search for a reason that my watch dial or face twisted or rotated inside the watch. I’m unable to find anything about this happening. If anyone could help that would be greatly appreciated. I got the watch as a graduation gift 20+years ago and wear it almost every day . Thanks.
  13. I have overhauled this watch and upon reassembly, I can't get the oscillating weight to turn freely. It wasn't turning when I tore it down for cleaning. Has anyone had any experience fitting the two part gear and post to the OSC weight? I am having trouble with keeping the keyed gear in to the male post part of the oscillating weight hub, then turning over to attach the spring clip. Need two more hands I think.
  14. Hi! Anybody knows what is the circled part in the picture*? How should you reinstall? Does it need to have any movement or should it be tightly screwed on one place? It looks like it's not connected to anything or that i'm missing something. The Rolex watch i'm trying to fix on stops dial side up and i'm thinking this may be the culprit since i didn't touched it and couldn't find anything else wrong, but who knows ? (*Took a screen shot from a YouTube video but it looks the same on the 1520 caliber only in silver). Thanks! Rafael
  15. Hi there. Just starting out out on my Horology journey, have all the gear and trying to get an idea with the help of Mark and his online courses. If anyone has any good websites, books, wisdom to share, I’m all ears and very greatful in advance! Thank Bethan
  16. Hi everyone! I'm J from USA. Could anyone please help and instruct me on the best way to set my Valjoux 72C? I have a Ref 6036 and don't want to ruin it! Thanks in advance!
  17. Hello. Dear watchmakers. I have a very old timepiece from Rolex that I am about to work on.. From googling, I found out that this is called "trench watch" that might had been used during WWI or any other war in that era ( 1910~1920) However, I could not figure out the reference no. of the movement. All I know about the movement is that it is 29mm in diameter and has 15 jewels. I am actually looking for a replacement movement for this watch since the mainspring must be replaced due to damage. Plus, I am also looking for the rachet wheel with "Rolex" engraved to replace the existing one. I have found similar movements on the web(the third photo added) but click part was not the same. I wonder if the one with different type of click would have parts that are replaceable. To sum up, my questions are 1) the reference of the movement. 2) how I can get parts or the whole movement for replacement 3) does a movement with different click type would be suitable for replacement. Thanks and I wish you a great day.
  18. My Rolex Submariner cal. 3135 won't hack from time to time when I pull out the crown. Is it some kind of lubrication or mechanical issue, is it easily fixable without tearing the whole movement apart?
  19. Dear members; I'm brand new to this forum and I'm seeking some help and / or guiding hands. Let me first start to say that English is not my native language (living in Denmark), so I do apologies on beforehand for spelling or grammatical mistakes :-( I bought a new Rolex Submariner (16613) in 1992 and had it officially serviced in 2003. Since then I worn it till about 2009 when I started to wear other (quartz) watches. The Rolex was worn intermittently on special occasions ..... until now. I like to wear it again. It runs fine (about +3 sec/day), but I do realize that it needs a service. Unfortunately, my financial situation has changed dramatically and spending a huge sum of money to service a watch is out of the question. Leaves me with a few options; let it run until in doesn't, leave it in the drawer to preserve it or do it myself. Having done other mechanically / logistically big & complicated projects, looking at Mark Lovicks excellent video's, I feel pretty confident that, with some help and advice, I can tackle this endeavor. Currently I'm studying the 3135 movement, reading forums and slowly enquiringly some additional small tools. As with everything else, the more I study, the more I become aware of my limitations and "weaknesses". For example, I don't have a timegraph, a Bergeon winder for a new main-spring or a nice collection of lubricants, to name a few. Purchasing these items are not withing my reach, so other solution have to be found. As for the lubricants, purchasing small amounts of the required lubricants from a forum member would for be a solution for me. Is for example, a new main-spring a necessity? Can one install a spring (reasonable successfully) without a Bergeon winder? Which place best (fair prices) to buy parts? As with Marks excellent videos, I'm very curious if there is (are) forum member(s) who is (are) willing to reach a helping hand / give me some guidance? It would be very, very nice if I could service my own watch and not have to witness a slow death of such a wonderful timepiece. Hope to hear...... Friendly regards: Roland.
  20. Hello guys Why my rolex precision 6466 stops when crown screw down.. But it runs again when crown not screw down or in manual wind position? It stops when the crown enter too deep inside the movement.. Thankyou
  21. Hello guys.. My Rolex precision oysterdate date won,t change It stuck on 30 and won,t change even i try to set time to the next day.. and the next.. What happen to this watch? Thankyou
  22. Hi everyone, Quite some time ago (a good few years) I was wearing my Rolex datejust 1601 in London in heavy rain and high humidity (obviously a British summer). Anyway I noticed that quite a lot of condensation appeared in my watch. I know I know I should have taken it to an horologist straight away but alas. Anyway I pulled out the crown hoping it would allow the moisture to escape. This seems to have worked however the dial is now covered in watermarks which I can only assume are calcium deposits. I have seen a thread on the forums where someone removed a small watermark gently using purified distilled water. As you can see in the photo these marks cover the whole of the sunburst dial. Do you think this might be the best way? Or perhaps an incredibly gentle solvent? Naturally I want to be incredibly gentle, especially as I would have to go over the printed text and around the tritium. I have opened the watch up and taken a very tiny look at the movement and all seems fine - runs accurate and no sign of rust or displaced oils however do you think it's best just to send it in for a service and hope the watchmaker can fix the dial? Hold me and tell me everything will be okay.
  23. Hi All! Newbie here! I love Rolex. Not just their watches but also the company's integrity, their values and philosophy. Hi Mark, you have great videos on youtube. Thank you so much!
  24. will hands from caliber 1570 movement fit on the older 1560 movement?
  25. Cheers mates... Have got this into my bench, and wonder if this is a real Rolex Datejust ref no: 12600?? See photo... Many thanks....
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