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  1. Hello everyone! I am Santiago and this is the first time for me in a forum. I have always loved watches but since I found an spanish-language facebook group on vintage wristwaches the past year I´ve started to become obsessed with them. They are fascinating. I came across this forum through the Watch Repair Channel on youtube. I have been searching for a watchmaking school here in Argentina and I couldn´t find any but a couple of places where they give "watch repair" courses. However, I am really interested and until I start attending any of those, I decided to go all by my self in the learning. I´ve been watching youtube videos, reading blogs, and I am even currently reading the Donald De Carle book on watch repairing. I hope you can all teach me and gide me in the learning process. I am really happy that I found this forum! My best wishes to all of you! (Sorry for my english)
  2. Hello everyone, I am french, 64 years old , retired and leave in Indonesia . I always had a passion for watches and start collecting them 40 years ago. I must say that After a very active life I am getting bored and decided to spend time with my passion. I am sure I will be communicating with many of you in a near futur. Good day to all of you. J-C
  3. Hi, New to this, but have always enjoyed watches, but now getting more involved with easy repairs.. Thanks for having me, Alan
  4. Greetings, fellow horology lovers! My name is Chris. I live in central Florida in the US. I only finished Mark's online course about a month ago and find myself obsessed with watches. It seems to creep up on you unawares. This is my first post though I've been a patron for a couple weeks or so. I've been busy online watching Mark's videos and buying every watchmaker's tool that comes to mind. My wife's gonna kill me when she see's our next credit card invoice. I'm a 63-year-old roofer who has always suffered from shaky hands. What better hobby could I have gotten into? Aside from surfing when I was in my 20s, this is my first hobby ever. I recently won a bid on eBay of some poor soul's tools left behind and I have three that I have no real idea what they are. I thought it might be fun to upload a photo and see if you guys could help a noob out. If anyone wants to see more or closer shots, just let me know. Thanks
  5. I'm happy to finally start posting on this terrific watch repair community forum. I've been a member for almost a year, but have been mostly searching the forum for asked and answered questions that might help me with my novice watch repair techniques. I'm a vintage watch enthusiast with a special love of Timex watches from the 1950s through the 1970s. I developed an interest in watches about 4 years ago when I rediscovered two mechanical watches (a vintage Longines and a Seiko 5) that my father had left in a desk drawer years ago before he passed. Amazingly, both ran in spite of never having been serviced! I was hooked and began my own mechanical watch journey. I'm looking forward to learning more from this wonderful community.
  6. Hi everyone. I'm brand new to watch repair, but I'm starting to really get into it as a hobby. I'm a 30something American living in Taiwan. Right now I'm really interested in old Walthams from the 1920s and 1930s, and old Hamiltons from the 40s and 50s. I have a few real-life friends who do repairs for one of the big Swiss companies, so they're mostly to blame for me getting into this. I normally don't join forums, but talking to experienced people seems like the best way for me to solve some essential challenges, and hopefully to learn.
  7. Hi all Iv'e recently caught the watch bug. I have two non working 1970s Longines watches that got me interested in how watches work. Looking forward to discussing watches with you all
  8. Hello all! I am just discovering this website and forum after about a year of watching the watch repair channel. //Information about myself -I have been working on watches for 2 1/2 years -I have worked on vintage watch brands and newer watches such as (Elgin, Hamilton, Waltham, Timex, Seiko, Bulova, Movado, Atlantic, Rolex, Omega, and Brighton) -I love all things watches, Horology, and its study. -I admire past watchmakers and want to pursue a carrier in the watch repair, or Horology field. -I am signed up for an intro to Horology from awci to help pursue (Hopefully) a central 21 certification in the later future, [I am not sure how old I need to be]. -I live in Nj, USA \ I love watches, so much that I can not express it. Altho, I find solitude meeting others with similar interests, I am blindsided by the extremely limited amount of people my age that also enjoy them. That is why I seek help here, help with expressing my love, and with finding other people to bond with. I am not sure what people my age are working on or are accustom to that are also interested in the same repair, another reason for my questions. I am assuming that most of the people in this forum are very experienced, far more than me. This, hopefully, can help me learn more from more experienced members. My main question is, where do I go next? I have worked on every watch I can get my hand on and have done tough repairs to some older watches (rusted ratchets, smashed crowns, and replacements of balance assembly parts, etc..) but, I do not have any other goals or any idea what else to do. I am not sure if I can take classes or if there are courses I can take to help me learn at my age. [I am in school and do not have time for massive programs in other countries or states]. =After hearing this, please help me figure out a direction for my education and career, and possibly some other members that I can talk with and have fun discussing my passion.= Thank you for hearing me out, and for welcoming me into the community, Luca Morelli.
  9. Hello everyone, I’m new to the forum and new to collecting vintage watches. I look forward to good conversation and an education as I move forward. Thanks in advance.
  10. Hello, I am Robert I am new and this is the first time I have browsed this website. I collect all types of watches and own many, unfortunately, most of my collection would be considered junk watches. These watches do not have much use, but for some reason, I like having them around. I am a novice repairman and plan to take the courses offered on this site. I have a strong wish to increase my knowledge about watches. I can't explain it, but my desire to learn more has increased over time. It is sad that horology is a declining field. Today's electronics have made an impact on this industry. I believe that is why there are so few watchmakers today compared to 40-50 years ago. Thank you for reading this introductory. I better go see what time it is. LOL.
  11. Hello from Portugal, My name is Rui and I´m a watches enthusiastic, with a collection of almost 100 watches(wristle and pocket, Breitling , Maurice Lacroix, Tag Heuer, Cartier, Tissot, EarnShaw, David Wellington, Cortese, and so one, just to name few ), and I buy and sell watches, however not quite active. Im a new member and joined at the beginning of this month, date not quite sure, Im patreon and already did the first course and I´m starting the second one/level. Why am I here? , honestly after being Engineer and teacher for almost 30 yrs(I´m 52 yrs old, now I´m just teaching), Id like to pursue an activity related with watches,that´s what Id like to do, more as an evaluator or repair issues,marketing, and so on. If someone could advice me about any company, or give any scool where I can pursue an evaluator course is allways welcome. I wish you all the best, Kind Regards, Rui
  12. HI I'M STEVE, BEEN A MEMBER FOR ABOUT THREE DAYS AND I THINK AT LAST I'VE FOUND THE RIGHT SITE FOR ME A MIXTURE OF NEW BOYS AND VERY EXPERIENCED I NEARLY SAID OLD BOYS, AT THE THE RISK OF BORING EVERYONE I WILL RELATE HOROLOGICAL HISTORY TO DATE, I STARTED ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN IT SEEMED A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME, MOST OF MY LIFE HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH MENDING TRUCKS AND BEING ABLE TO GET BOTH HANDS IN A GEAR BOX TO SORT IT OUT A BIG DIFFERENCE TO USING TWEEZERS AND NEEDLES TO GET INSIDE A WATCH GEAR BOX WITH WALLS PORK SAUSAGE SIZED FINGERS. MY FIRST PROJECT WAS A LADIES BULOVER 1943 PICTURES I WILL TRY AND ATTACH WHICH I BOUGHT ON THE BAY FOR ABOUT A FIVER AS NOT RUNNING AFTER OPENING THE BACK AND LOOKING AT IT AND READING EVERY BOOK I COULD FIND TO FIND OUT HOW A WATCH WORKED AFTER ABOUT A MONTH I BEGAN, INTO LITTLE CONTAINERS I PUT THE LITTLE PIECES USING 1 POT FOR EACH SECTION SO AS NOT TO MIX THE SCREWS UP, AFTER INSPECTING AL THE BITS AS BEST I COULD AL I COULD FIND WRONG WAS THE CLUTCH WHEEL AND WINDING PINION TEETH WORN SO I GOT A COUPLE OF MOVEMENTS CHEEP REASSEMBLED AND CAME TO THE LAST BIT BEING THE BALANCE WIGGLED IT IN AND WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT STARTED TICKING ALL ON ITS OWN I CANT EXPLAIN THE FEELING OF ACCOMPLISHMENT I FELT WHICH TO YOU GUYS YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN BUT FOR ME IT WAS A MILESTONE BEARING IN MIND THIS WAS IN MY 64th YEAR NOT BAD I THOUGHT, ANY WAY THIS IS EPISODE ONE, I HAVE LOTS TO TELL AND LOTS OF Qs SO SPEAK SOON
  13. Hello from Miami, Fl. My name is Robert and I've been a "watchmaker hobbyist" (if this is possible) for sometime now. I'm currently following 2 instruction classes about watch repair on line. One offered by the TimeZone School (Otto Frei et al) and another about the Seiko 7s26 by an Australian watchmaker (the link escapes me at this time). I'm working on ETA/Unitas 6498, ETA 2801-2 and Seiko 7s26, all obtained from ebay....not in great shape but I've managed to make them work again, especially the seikos. I've covered so far all the disassembly, cleaning and assembly (along with some troubleshooting, demagnetizing, etc) of all these movements but I've disassembled them one more time in order to cover the oiling part (now that I understand each one and seen them working). Eventually they will be incorporated to some cases and hopefully allow my kids to make good their promise that even though they use their cells, they will wear a watch made by their daddy! I understand I might be a "classmate" of some members here. In any case, hello to everyone I hope to be of some help or be helped in turn as the opportunity presents itself. Sincerely, Robert
  14. Hello from Miami, Fl. My name is Robert and I've been a "watchmaker hobbyist" (if this is possible) for sometime now. I'm currently following 2 instruction classes about watch repair on line. One offered by the TimeZone School (Otto Frei et al) and another about the Seiko 7s26 by an Australian watchmaker (the link escapes me at this time). I'm working on ETA/Unitas 6498, ETA 2801-2 and Seiko 7s26, all obtained from ebay....not in great shape but I've managed to make them work again, especially the seikos. I've covered so far all the disassembly, cleaning and assembly (along with some troubleshooting, demagnetizing, etc) of all these movements but I've disassembled them one more time in order to cover the oiling part (now that I understand each one and seen them working). Eventually they will be incorporated to some cases and hopefully allow my kids to make good their promise that even though they use their cells, they will wear a watch made by their daddy! I understand I might be a "classmate" of some members here. In any case, hello to everyone I hope to be of some help or be helped in turn as the opportunity presents itself. Sincerely, Robert
  15. This is my first post and I have been lurking for a few weeks checking the forums and watching those excellent videos, I have just taken apart my first watch and am stuck with putting it back together, but I am giving it a go until I no longer have a clue how to do it then I shall ask in the forum. I love this site as its full of interesting topics and people who like me have an interest in watches, I don't have any expensive watches as yet but I have bought one or two from boot sales that might prove interesting, 2 Claude Valintinis', which I think are the real deal but will have to check them out, a couple of Ingersols', Sekondas' and then some cheap and nasties. Well hope to get to know one or two of you soon, thanks for running a great forum. David.
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