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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?
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.
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