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  1. So, it's not escaped my friends and colleagues that I am working on watches and up to now I have managed to escape the "oh I have an old Rolex in my draw at home you could fix..." conversations, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to come up with excuses as to why I cannot work on their treasured family heirlooms. I was just wondering if anyone out there had any 'pearls of wisdom' on how they handle this situation. My issues are that: If I junk the watch, am I on the hook to replace it? Even if I'm not on the hook financially it could sour the friendship if I junk a watch with sentimental value, and it would just feel weird getting a friend to sign some kind of financial waver?? It takes time to service a watch, I would feel bad charging a friend the going rate, but then is it fair for them to expect me to devote hours of my time for free and risk the above Of course lifelong 'give you my kidney' close friends and family are another matter, I'm talking more about the guy who sits 3 desks down from me or friends of friends etc. Could/should I charge them for my time, I don't think many people outside the watch maker world understand the time it takes to service a watch, most are used to dropping a watch into the local jeweler for a 5 min battery change, so are expecting a pint to cover my time (or a fancy Starbucks coffee at work). Don't, get me wrong, I would actually like to work on their watches, but the baggage (see above) that comes with it really puts me off the idea, but it's getting harder and harder to come up with excuses. I think it would be easier if it was a complete stranger, as they would be expecting to pay the going rate without 'mates rates' or free so this would cover the occasional junked watch and no friendship to sour etc. The reason I post this is I have a work colleague who WhatsApp-ed my last night saying that he is bringing two Tag's home from Australia for me to fix for him - no mention of cost or anything, so I assume he is expecting me to fix them for fun (ie free) or at best a coffee and muffin on our coffee break I am sure all of you have come across this issue, so any advice will be greatly appreciated.
  2. Good evening all , just wondering do any of you guys or gals like to use capillary fountain oilers . I have been using them combined with dip oilers for a while and I must say I enjoy using the capillary oilers some times over the dip oilers . Am I old fashioned or what ?
  3. Hello. I am a hobbyist watch fan. I have recently serviced my Molnija pocket watch with caliber 3602(hand-wound movement). Watch was back in wonderful state (shown in photos) and ran roughly 40 hours during first day of test. After couple of days, I noticed that the watch stops after running about 30 hours although it was wound fully. I opened it up to check what went wrong and surprised to see that mainspring had substantial amount of power remaining. I guess the mainspring had about 10 hours of power left. What do you think had stopped the watch? Please help.
  4. Hello. I am a reckless novice in the field of watchmaking and I always risk breaking parts when I work on watches. Of the parts, I often get confused about how to put back the mainspring in the barrel. Most of times, I make mistake by winding it back in to the barrel in wrong direction and mainspring gets curved the other way. (I do this by hand since I have no mainspring winder) Is there a tip on how to get started in correct direction??
  5. Good evening all, I am in the middle of repairing my Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra which houses an Omega 4564 Quartz movement. The second hand had appeared to have fallen off after I'd dropped the watch but after disassembling the watch it was clear that the second wheel pin had broken. Here comes the problem. Of course, being Omega I had anticipated getting parts from them would be impossible so I looked a little further and realised that the Omega 4564 uses an ETA E64.111 base. After looking around, I couldn't find anywhere that would sell the second wheel alone so without thinking I decided to order the E64.111 movement complete. The idea was to remove the second wheel from this new E64.111 and use it to replace the broken one on my Omega 4564... This is where you will all join me in face-palming...and I bet most of you will already know what's coming... The height is way off. So much so that it doesn't even manage to peer over the minute wheel when assembled. A real rookie mistake. Does anybody know know the height of the Omega 4564 second wheel pin? I'm finding it hard to get a precise measurement using the broken pieces. Also, if anybody has one spare (long shot) or knows where I can source one that'd be great! Has anybody worked on this movement before? I found the reassembly of the train wheel bridge particularly challenging on this one so if anyone has any tips or hacks for that I can remember for the future. Thanks in advance for any help. David
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