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  1. So, while waiting to fix the Seiko misadventures of my youth, I went looking for broken pocket watch movements on ebay. (I had read somewhere that a good way to start is clocks for their larger parts, then pocket watches as an intermediate stage and then wristwatches for the smallest movements and parts.) After losing several auctions for promising non-working pocket watches I found a New York Standard possibly "Model 11". It was mostly disassembled and there is much rust/corrosion. I think it's missing at least the clutch, for example. It needs new hands, but this isn't impossible. The main problem here is the rust. It looks like someone disassembled this watch on purpose but I don't know how it came to be so rusted. (Maybe it was parted out? It would be nice to have a tech book on this watch.) So I've been looking over rust removal methods. One video says to use water and baking soda with a brush. Many advocate the use of a "solvent" without being very specific. I have a .pdf of a 1940's War Dept. Technical Manual for watch repair. (you know, for when you're in a trench and taking fire and need to know what time it is but your watch is broken) Among other things this book recommends using pith and I think maybe pegwood as well as solvents or the like that are only referred to by what I think are military requisition numbers. My circumstances are such that I can't afford a sonic jewelry cleaner, and I don't have a dedicated work area and limited storage for tools. The baking soda method appeals to me but I think this works mostly by abrasion, the baking soda being gritty. I'm afraid this could damage smaller parts. I could upload pictures if anyone's interested.
  2. Hi I have recently gotten interested to learn and acquire knowledge about watches and there movements. I have a question for the initiated,if there is rust in the parts of the watch must the patts be replaced or can they be cleaned with a rust removal process or is that not advisable due to the parts being very fragile in nature. Thanks again for youre time.
  3. I have read about an early fluid which you can put a movement in if it is very rusty. I've seen it on watchguyuk! I just can't find a post about this because it's several years ago. Does anyone have an idea of what it can be for a liquid that dissolves the screws and other things that are gone fixed?
  4. Hello and Good Morning, Day and Evening, I got this a few days ago... Disassembly revealed devastation inder the dial: Now you all know (as I am now acutely aware) there is a restriction on all OMEGA parts to material houses. I bought a donor movement for 99 dollars and began assemby. The watch is running fine as the drivetrain was spared from the oxidative degradation. I've replaced all of the keyless works with one notable exception: The date corrector yoke. I am trying every trick in the book to clean it up, but have had no luck in freeing the three-wheeled "star head" to spin freely. Lemon juice, dark tea, WD40, Hop's gun cleaning solution...nothing works to free it. ebay turns up negative hits on this part. Any suggestions, help, spare Omega part number 1020-1568, would be very much appreciated! Regards, JC
  5. I recently acquired a Waltham 0/size 1907 grade 165 pocket watch. When attempting to remove the dial, one of the 3 dial screws was rusted firm in place. In order to get this stubborn screw out I purchased some Hoppes #9 Gun Bore Cleaner from amazon. I used a small glass dropper to carefully apply some solution to the screw from 2 directions. I placed some directly into the screw hole on the side of the plate, and I also applied some directly to the dial foot visible from the plate. I was a bit concerned about potential damage to the keyless and motion work since they were both still in place beneath the dial. I needed to reapply the solution for each of 2 days. So after a full 48 hour soak, I was able to very easily remove the screw with a normal screwdriver. Thankfully there was no damage to the other components of the watch. I immediately disassembled the remaining components and ran them through the ultrasonic to remove the solution. I still recommend caution using this solution with other types of metals.... Hope this helps someone else!
  6. Several of the watches I've encountered have what I would call superficial rust. I can remove some of it by scrubbing but, quite often, there's a residual stain. Any technique/preparation/compound that is readily available that can be used to remove stains without, say, removing the plating? Particularly encounter problems with screw heads and parts of the keyless works (set mechanism).
  7. Hi Guys, I thought I'd put this up to help those with nasty rusted movements. The product is called Evapo-Rust, and it's a soak for rusted parts that removes rust without ANY scrubbing, and will not affect paint, plating and safe for all metals. http://www.evapo-rust.com/ Removes even heavy rust completely Non-toxic, non-corrosive, safe on skin No fumes or bad odors, non-flammable, no VOC's Biodegradable, water soluble Requires no special equipment ***Will not harm unrusted steel, safe on other metals*** Will not affect plastic, PVC, Viton and most paints I found this product through a vintage Radio/TV Restoration Channel on YouTube. Here's his review on this product ... he was extremely impressed by it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_C2OimE2YM I hope this is useful and makes those water damage repairs a little easier.
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