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  1. Hi, I recently serviced a Rolex cal. 1520 and its running superb through out the day. the one thing I've noticed is the automatic works will not wind the watch fully i get maybe 24 hours if I'm lucky. I've applied epilame properly and lubricated according to oil charts. I feel no resistance or hear any vibrations from the motor and when inspecting it spins freely and winds the watch. Now when I hand wind the watch it holds its power reserve for the rated 40 or so hours. I did hand wind the mainspring into the barrel and tried my best to apply braking grease to the barrel. I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice on how to fix this last nagging issue. I am also not sure what to look for in terms of wear to the reversing wheels. they look clean and the teeth look good on all of them at least to my untrained eye. Furthermore, the axle for the oscillating weight looks to be good as the weight doesn't wiggle and remains on its plane of travel. Let me know if you need any specific pictures of the movement.
  2. Hi all. The story behind this watch is - It was given as a gift for long service to a gentleman. He had a choice of a gents or ladies Rolex and he chose the ladies and gave it to his wife as a present. She wore it everyday and cherished it. She left it to her daughter who kept it in a drawer not working and judging by the internal marks serviced only twice in its lifetime. It came to me as we know the lady who is now in her 70's and she would like now to wear it so I offered to service it and here it is. I think wearing it will bring her closer to her mum -in a nice way. I need to obtain a mainspring for it as the original is distorted. Can anyone help identifying the correct mainspring? On the back of the main plate it has a number stamped 120. Thank you for any help.
  3. So i stumbled upon - it seems to me, a gold filled octagon rolex 26mm and I couldnt find the other information. I think the engravings on the case back say its from 1953 and its got enamel dial? It would be great if someone here was able to identify this
  4. An aquatance asked me to have a look at his milgauss, this is what I found. The case is heavy and all parts feel and look correct ref no 116400gv green crystal.Has the Rolex emblem etched on the crystal. The bracelet has correct screw pins, the caseback is solid and feels smooth when unscrewing. Then I phoned him to tell the good news. And he informed me he paid 100 dollars. The case is worth more than the movement.
  5. Hello, I recently serviced a W&D 1915 trench watch and to my horror discovered that the balance staff was worn, this meant that the watch would run dial down but not in any other orientation. I believe it is a BTCo (Damas) movement but not sure on caliber. If anyone can identify the movement and calibre and knows where spares can be sourced I'd be very grateful. Alternatively if anyone can suggest a replacement period correct movement that would be brilliant. Thank you Kieran
  6. I found this forum during a search for a reason that my watch dial or face twisted or rotated inside the watch. I’m unable to find anything about this happening. If anyone could help that would be greatly appreciated. I got the watch as a graduation gift 20+years ago and wear it almost every day . Thanks.
  7. I have overhauled this watch and upon reassembly, I can't get the oscillating weight to turn freely. It wasn't turning when I tore it down for cleaning. Has anyone had any experience fitting the two part gear and post to the OSC weight? I am having trouble with keeping the keyed gear in to the male post part of the oscillating weight hub, then turning over to attach the spring clip. Need two more hands I think.
  8. Hi! Anybody knows what is the circled part in the picture*? How should you reinstall? Does it need to have any movement or should it be tightly screwed on one place? It looks like it's not connected to anything or that i'm missing something. The Rolex watch i'm trying to fix on stops dial side up and i'm thinking this may be the culprit since i didn't touched it and couldn't find anything else wrong, but who knows ? (*Took a screen shot from a YouTube video but it looks the same on the 1520 caliber only in silver). Thanks! Rafael
  9. Hi there. Just starting out out on my Horology journey, have all the gear and trying to get an idea with the help of Mark and his online courses. If anyone has any good websites, books, wisdom to share, I’m all ears and very greatful in advance! Thank Bethan
  10. Hi everyone! I'm J from USA. Could anyone please help and instruct me on the best way to set my Valjoux 72C? I have a Ref 6036 and don't want to ruin it! Thanks in advance!
  11. Hello. Dear watchmakers. I have a very old timepiece from Rolex that I am about to work on.. From googling, I found out that this is called "trench watch" that might had been used during WWI or any other war in that era ( 1910~1920) However, I could not figure out the reference no. of the movement. All I know about the movement is that it is 29mm in diameter and has 15 jewels. I am actually looking for a replacement movement for this watch since the mainspring must be replaced due to damage. Plus, I am also looking for the rachet wheel with "Rolex" engraved to replace the existing one. I have found similar movements on the web(the third photo added) but click part was not the same. I wonder if the one with different type of click would have parts that are replaceable. To sum up, my questions are 1) the reference of the movement. 2) how I can get parts or the whole movement for replacement 3) does a movement with different click type would be suitable for replacement. Thanks and I wish you a great day.
  12. My Rolex Submariner cal. 3135 won't hack from time to time when I pull out the crown. Is it some kind of lubrication or mechanical issue, is it easily fixable without tearing the whole movement apart?
  13. Dear members; I'm brand new to this forum and I'm seeking some help and / or guiding hands. Let me first start to say that English is not my native language (living in Denmark), so I do apologies on beforehand for spelling or grammatical mistakes :-( I bought a new Rolex Submariner (16613) in 1992 and had it officially serviced in 2003. Since then I worn it till about 2009 when I started to wear other (quartz) watches. The Rolex was worn intermittently on special occasions ..... until now. I like to wear it again. It runs fine (about +3 sec/day), but I do realize that it needs a service. Unfortunately, my financial situation has changed dramatically and spending a huge sum of money to service a watch is out of the question. Leaves me with a few options; let it run until in doesn't, leave it in the drawer to preserve it or do it myself. Having done other mechanically / logistically big & complicated projects, looking at Mark Lovicks excellent video's, I feel pretty confident that, with some help and advice, I can tackle this endeavor. Currently I'm studying the 3135 movement, reading forums and slowly enquiringly some additional small tools. As with everything else, the more I study, the more I become aware of my limitations and "weaknesses". For example, I don't have a timegraph, a Bergeon winder for a new main-spring or a nice collection of lubricants, to name a few. Purchasing these items are not withing my reach, so other solution have to be found. As for the lubricants, purchasing small amounts of the required lubricants from a forum member would for be a solution for me. Is for example, a new main-spring a necessity? Can one install a spring (reasonable successfully) without a Bergeon winder? Which place best (fair prices) to buy parts? As with Marks excellent videos, I'm very curious if there is (are) forum member(s) who is (are) willing to reach a helping hand / give me some guidance? It would be very, very nice if I could service my own watch and not have to witness a slow death of such a wonderful timepiece. Hope to hear...... Friendly regards: Roland.
  14. Hello guys Why my rolex precision 6466 stops when crown screw down.. But it runs again when crown not screw down or in manual wind position? It stops when the crown enter too deep inside the movement.. Thankyou
  15. Hello guys.. My Rolex precision oysterdate date won,t change It stuck on 30 and won,t change even i try to set time to the next day.. and the next.. What happen to this watch? Thankyou
  16. Hi everyone, Quite some time ago (a good few years) I was wearing my Rolex datejust 1601 in London in heavy rain and high humidity (obviously a British summer). Anyway I noticed that quite a lot of condensation appeared in my watch. I know I know I should have taken it to an horologist straight away but alas. Anyway I pulled out the crown hoping it would allow the moisture to escape. This seems to have worked however the dial is now covered in watermarks which I can only assume are calcium deposits. I have seen a thread on the forums where someone removed a small watermark gently using purified distilled water. As you can see in the photo these marks cover the whole of the sunburst dial. Do you think this might be the best way? Or perhaps an incredibly gentle solvent? Naturally I want to be incredibly gentle, especially as I would have to go over the printed text and around the tritium. I have opened the watch up and taken a very tiny look at the movement and all seems fine - runs accurate and no sign of rust or displaced oils however do you think it's best just to send it in for a service and hope the watchmaker can fix the dial? Hold me and tell me everything will be okay.
  17. Hi All! Newbie here! I love Rolex. Not just their watches but also the company's integrity, their values and philosophy. Hi Mark, you have great videos on youtube. Thank you so much!
  18. will hands from caliber 1570 movement fit on the older 1560 movement?
  19. Cheers mates... Have got this into my bench, and wonder if this is a real Rolex Datejust ref no: 12600?? See photo... Many thanks....
  20. Hi I live in Palm Beach Florida and love watches. Hi I have bought 2 rolexes, 1 gucci and three bulovas the last 10 years. My favorite watch is Ulysseus Nardin (which I dont own)
  21. I own a fake Rolex submariner and the piece that connects the band to the watch is missing. I want to get this piece replaced but I fear that getting a replacement piece from a Rolex store would be way to pricey, and getting a cheap knockoff piece online would be, well too cheap. Is there any place to purchase replacement parts for an affordable price?
  22. Hi all, this is my first post here. I repair watches as a hobby, and usually work on my own watches. This particular watch, along with two others, were give to a friend of mine, by his father, about three days before he passed away recently. The three watches, hence have an emotional value to my friend, and so, I wanted to get them going again. I fixed the QMax (Replaced battery), Titan (PCB and Coil, new battery, glass), and am working on this Rolex now. Almost all Indicators of a genuine Rolex that I have read of online, are absent, hence making me believe its most definitely a fake. i.e. No serial number or any stamping anywhere on case, no Logo on crown, Dial looks as if its been lacquered, bad finish, bracelet, and most importantly, no markings on the movement, and the movement was not used on any Rolex to my knowledge. Please enlighten me on this, if I am wrong. The issue I have now, is that, on the movement, there were no markings whatsoever, of the make or model. There were only serial numbers that read as "34B - 963125". After searching a lot, I realized, its an ETA 963.125, and photos on the internet matched with the movement I have. No marking of ETA on the movement (a fake again?). Its in a pretty rough shape, with the quartz oscillator (forgive my lack of knowledge of its correct name, as mechanics call it a "condenser" here), fallen apart. I did a preliminary search with the mechanics and spares shop here, and they all said its very old and parts are not available. Only one said, he will get me a scrap movement, but I am a bit doubtful. I was able to get a service manual for ETA 963.124 online. My question now is, is it possible to get these spares, or the whole movement anywhere in Bangalore, India? (my place), or is it possible to replace the whole movement with a different one, with the day and date windows matching with the dial? Or is it possible to reuse the same day and date rings on a different movement? Can anyone advice me on this? TIA. Pictures attached, forgive the lower quality, problem with my mobile cam.
  23. Wondering whether anyone else had experienced this. I repaired a colleagues Rolex after she smashed it in a fall, serviced, refitted rotor and fitted new glass. The plastic seal that arrived with the Sternkreuzer glass was too thick so I refitted the old seal. Watch us running really well and has been on the wrist for a few weeks but large amounts of debriefs formed on the dial, hands and glass. In inspection it looks like small particles or shavings of plastic, I can only think this us coming from the refitted seal, any thoughts gratefully appreciated.
  24. I'm replacing the crystal on a Rolex Submariner 16610. When I removed the crystal, part of the gasket remained in the groove in the case. I'm at a loss as to how to remove the remaining gasket. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  25. Rolex Tudor oysterdate. Back cover slight damage I can't open. Omega Seamaster Quartz. Requires crystal, battery cover, seals. Cwc Military. requires back seal. Or what are they worth as a job lot???
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