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  1. Hello, I could not fint any answer to this on any other thread. Im using Isopropyl alcohol for the last step of hand cleaning movements. However i can not find a good way to throw used liquid away. How do you do it, I know that the liquid will turn into gas eventually however since i fill a small jar there is always going to come times when i need to throw it away. Where do i throw it? How do you do it? Thanks in advance, Jakob
  2. Hi to you all, I was wondering, if you use a regular ultrasonic instead of a watch cleaning machine. How would you rinse your parts? And how many times? In which solutions? I always cleaned my parts in the ultra sonic with a solution and rinsed the parts in benzine( that's the way an old watchmaker learned me) but i've found out that very often this does not give me the results i was hoping for. Can I perhaps get little jars with a rinse solution and run those in the ultra sonic? thanks!
  3. Hello, I have disassembled the Poljot 2209 movement. I would would need your advice, if it is ok to wash also the "double gear" and how to oil it later... Thanks Andrej
  4. Hi, I have managed to get hold of a singing bird cage at a reasonable price after years of trying. It's not working...I would like some advice on what solutions to use to clean it as I think it just requires a good clean, nothings broken. Can anyone tell me what make of cleaner to use and what lubricant would be best, have attached photo's! Thanks
  5. I've just changed my cleaning fluid in my Elma cleaner to the Elma WF Pro, I've done one movement, the fluid was clear but now it's gone blue. Does anyone know of this is normal? Or should I change it?
  6. I've just changed my cleaning fluid in my Elma cleaner to the Elma WF Pro, I've done one movement, the fluid was clear but now it's gone blue. Does anyone know of this is normal? Or should I change it?
  7. Hi guys, Another question from a newbie: I have a rotating cleaning machine with three jars. In the first jar I have Sambol Platina 1:20, in the second jar Elma reinigungskonzentrat 1:9 for rinsing and in the third jar sterilized water. Thereafter the basket goes in the heater chamber. My issue for now is that the first jar completely foams up. The jar is 3/5 full with the solvent but becomes completely foamed up. Is this a problem with the solvent or is it not actually a problem? I got this solvent from watch-tool.de Stian
  8. Hi gurus, I have picked apart my first actual watch (although a cheap one I bought for this purpose), and am preparing to clean and oil it. For the mainspring, I am however not comfortable with how I'm supposed to clean it and could use some help! I have an L&R style cleaner that rotates through three jars, and below is the picture of the bottom basket and the mainspring. My question is: do I simply coil the mainspring into the basket or do I need to clean it "old style" with a piece of paper and oil? I believe Mark said in a video that he puts the spring in the bottom basket of his machine? -- Thanks, Stian
  9. Hello, I am new at this forum, and I have a question right at start. I have got an accutron for a year, and I looked into it with a microscope first time (only with loupe earlier). I found out that fingers are dirty, looks like oxidation. I put photo of them. Is it possible to clean them without disassembling the movement? I have read that someone has applied naphta to the index wheel while running... Thanks in advance for help! BR Jukka
  10. I'm a total newbie to servicing my pocket watch collection. I'm about to first clean and oil a practice movement, then eventually do my vintage railroad grade watches. I don't have a machine...yet, so I'll be doing things by hand. I'm hoping to draw on all of your experience. How long do I soak the parts in the Zenith cleaning solution? Then, how long in the Zenith rinse? Are there any parts that should NOT go into the cleaning solution at all? Then, what parts should NOT be oiled?
  11. Afternoon Guys, I have just purchased and Tissot with a 2824-2 that needs a refresh. I have repaired 2 of the same movement before but this will be my 1st full strip and re build. What's the best way of cleaning the parts either by hand or ultrasonic? do I need specialist chemicals? bear in mind I wont be doing this all the time :) list of parts would be appreciated. Many thanks James.
  12. I recently obtained this Harper watch (see pic). It has a 17j A. Schild 1187 movement which had a broken mainspring and needed a good cleaning (lot's of oil, whew!). I cleaned it and after some mishaps--including losing a cap jewel which I was able to rectify thanks to the generosity of a fellow Watch Repair Talk(er)--was able to replace the mainspring and get the watch running. It's an inexpensive watch (I bought it for $3) but I was very heartened that I could get it running. Id's say it dates from the 50s - 60s? I have never encountered a watch with kind of back this one has. It has two pieces: a back plate and a screw ring (name?). Underneath the back plate was a gasket that had completely deteriorated over the decades. Now my challenge is to find a replacement. Not sure what it is I'm looking for. Does this kind of back have a special name and how would one specify the size of the gasket? From the size of the movement or the case? You'll have to click on the image to see all of it. Please excuse the clumsy image composition. Still learning how to use Gimp 2.
  13. Several of the watches I've encountered have what I would call superficial rust. I can remove some of it by scrubbing but, quite often, there's a residual stain. Any technique/preparation/compound that is readily available that can be used to remove stains without, say, removing the plating? Particularly encounter problems with screw heads and parts of the keyless works (set mechanism).
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