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  1. I just got around to changing my original, now nearly 3 year old, oilers and decided to treat myself and get a Bergeon set (regular not the ergonomic) rather than a like-for-like replacement the cheap(er) generic ones I have been using to date. I must say that I much prefer the tip design on these new ones over the ones I have been using. However, the colour of the oilers is different, meaning that they no longer match the oil pots (which I just re-filled of course?!?), so now not only do I have to remember that the blue oiler is now my HP1300 and not the black one, but I also have to remember that it goes in the hole behind the black pot holder not the blue one. And the same for the yellow and red and .... No question, just needed to vent! Just FYI, I have gone back to the pin type oilers after trying to use auto-oilers for almost a year, I found the auto oilers rather clumsy and difficult to apply the correct amount of lubrication, you end up with a uniform slug of oil which most of the time is either too much or too little. You can calibrate them, but then what do you calibrate them to, you could calibrate for one watch, but then on your next watch you will inevitably need a little more here or a little less there, so they are never calibrated for the movement you are working on at the time and you end up having to try and do half a stroke, which is an art in itself. I am sure that there is a lot of user error, but for me the advantages do not outweigh the additional work in using and setting them up.
  2. Hi all, I'm thinking about investing in the set of automatic oilers available from cousins. They cost about 200 quid with the VAT, that's obviously a lot of money so just wondered if any of you use them and are they worth the money?
  3. Hello all, I'm new to this forum and very new to the hobby of watch repair. I am starting to build up a small collection of 'essential' tools needed to properly take apart and reassemble mechanical watches. In my tool collection thus far I have: set of various size screw drivers, (some custom made by me), hand puller, hand levers (I prefer these), hand press (home made), movement holder / vice (home made), stainless steel tweezers, brass tweezers and plastic tweezers (all lovingly honed to shape so that I can pick up a hair). So you can immediately see I have a very important tool missing - the oiler. Donald de Carle briefly explains how to make one, but is it worth it, or should I just buy a set on ebay for a fiver? Also, I am slightly confused as I have read in some books that the oiler is 'spade' shaped, and other reference it as being 'wish-bone' shaped. I think the latter is home made from an sewing needle, and the tip of the eye is ground off, hence the wish-bone shape? Could anyone please advise the best type for a novice like me to start off with? Also, for the purpose of practicing stripping, cleaning, reassembling and lubricating - is there a single grade oil I could use? I realize that if I were servicing a watch properly, then I would need to use several expensive types oil for different locations in the movement, but for now is there a single oil I could get away with for simplicity, and staged learning. Thank you all in advance. Regards, Deggsy.
  4. This is a 2 part series from Oklahoma State University of Watchmaking on the correct use of Oilers. Oiling a movement correctly is one of the most important skills you need to master, and these videos give some excellent advice. Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMJiX0MA-Wg Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlMW5qMHaNc
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