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  1. I've been watching YouTube and getting more and more confused. I've seen people use machine oil, engine oil, engine oil additives (Slick 50), D5, bearing grease, molybdenum disulphide grease, graphite grease, chain lube, PTFE dry lube.... Some advise putting a thin film, while others really slather on the stuff. I know @oldhippy always advises using Windle's Clock Oil on mainsprings, but how exactly is it applied and in what quantities? TIA
  2. This clock is a John Stokell, NY made in 1832. The pendulum is a lead crystal container with mercury in it. The mercury comes out the top even though it looks sealed. What are my options? Can I get it resealed? And who does that? I am in the Dallas/Fort Worth TX area. Thanks!
  3. Hi all, Strange I have two Fema clock movements to repair, both with broken mainsprings and one with a broken click spring, can you please tell me, are the click springs readily available???has anyone bought one, if so where from? Photo attached of good click spring, this is the type that I need.. Hope you are all well.. Thx Len
  4. Hello! So I cleaned the clock parts in naphta and IPA. I put the wheels in a drill machine ('cause I don't have a lathe) and I polished the pivots (they are so clean and shiny now). How do I polish the bearings (the holes in the plates)? I'm thinking at puting some polish compound on a toothpick in the drill machine and presenting the bearings to it. Bogdan
  5. Hello! So after tinkering with watches I thought I gave it a try with a clock. How hard can it be ? First of all you don't need magnifiers Actually you need to take a step back to see the entire thing. Basic questions, if I may: what do you use to oil these beasts? How do you take out and put back the mainspring? Some photos: Thank you, Bogdan
  6. Dear friends, I had the chance of experiencing first hand the antique watch fair held at Brunel University (Uxbridge, London) last Sunday 6 September. This event does not seem to be widely advertised, so perhaps reporting it here will alert other fellow enthusiasts. Let's begin with the location. For those living closer to Brunel University, the official fair's website still announces that the next event (13 December) will be held at the Sports Hall. This information is not very precise, as the university campus has several sports halls, some quite far apart. The actual venue is the basement of the Sports Centre. This is the building housing the 'More Energy Brunel Fitness Centre' and here is a map for access. The last thing you want is wandering lost on a Sunday morning. The fair run from 9 am to 2.30 pm but I only needed over an hour to thoroughly check all stalls and I recognise this is considerably more than any returning visitor would require. The number of stalls was far less than the 100 mentioned in the official website. In fact, the number of sellers was probably below 50. For those closer to Birmingham, I understand the Midland fair is bigger in size and it also occurs more frequently (five times a year against three times only). Access to the fair is granted prior payment of a fee which decreases every two hours. So from 9:00 to 11:00 the fee is £5, but from 11:00 to 13:00, £2.50, and, finally, from 13:00 to 14:30 it is £1. My view is there is no need to rush in early. After all Sundays are for slacking. I would not be too concerned about someone else being there first as every collector has a different eye and a different target. Once you pay, they stamp your hand like they do in night clubs and you can get in. Inside there was no disco ball but luckily for me most of the stalls had some pocket watches to train my eye. There were less clocks and less wristwatches. As far as tools and spares are concerned, there was not much stock at all (no mainsprings for example). I would say part of the sellers were retired collectors and part were professionals or semi-professionals. Some were friendly and helpful and some were not. As for the sellers-collectors, their obvious aim is to offload some of their less desired collection items, even selling watches from friends. Other sellers, the semi-professionals, mostly offer irretrievable and overpriced junk, no actual knowledge and bad manners. The professionals have top quality and top prices and they know it. In the end I bought from two of the nicer elderly collectors, an English silver full hunter key wind lever fusee pocket watch and, surprise, a German Kern anniversary clock (exactly like the one in the photo attached but gilt colour), none of which work but they tick and hope to restore to full working condition eventually. These two may be the subject of separate posts in the future. I would like to hear if you have any experience about this or other similar fairs.
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