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  1. Hi to anyone who is interested getting to know a cleaning machine which is not a Elma or one of the other usual names! since I`ve had my watch cleaning machine for about a year now, I wanted to introduce it since its not something that is seen very often! Here's a short video for those who don't feel like reading through everything below where I summaraize everything and show its function, settings and the rest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhNwU6risSo&lc=Ugw1n_nEOT2mDSkHEaB4AaABAg Watch cleaning machine from VEB Glashütte 1. View in its lowered and raised state. 2. Name plate with the reference to the DDR Peoples watch and machine factory in today's Glashütte Sachs. I acquired this beauty in Dresden from a former apprentice out of the German watchmaking town of Glashütte. At the time I had become interested in the profession and the cleaning machine was my first major investment in a machine from the profession. At its core this machine, just like many other vintage machines, is a hand-turning machine where you still have to manually lift and turn the upper disc, where the rubber sealing rings and the motor hang, from one one position into the next after each washing stage to change the cleaning jars and fluids What I particularly like about the machine is its somewhat more "solid" construction compared to conventional vintage machines. For example, the machine has an external guide in the form of a rod that leads the upper plate into position. Another feature is the size and weight of the two disks that make up the main part of this tool. In addition, I must say that I also find the stepped shape of the cleaning glasses and the compact size of the cleaning basket very aesthetically pleasing. The machine is in good condition and I have often started it up to clean the movements which I was working on. However, time has of course not left it untouched. In addition to the somewhat superficial defects such as the some painnt and lacquer peeling off, I noticed relatively quickly that the rubber washers on the upper plate do not all lie flat on the glasses when lowered, which means that the smell of the cleaning fluids cannot be isolated in their respective glasses. I have also noticed that the glasses are starting to have minimal hairline cracks in their shapes. I will probably have to buy a modern alternatives or invest in another machine in the event of a complete shattering. Ultimately, the only disadvantage of this machine, in my opinion compared to other vintage machines, is the lack of a drying system. Until now, I have always used a hairdryer to dry the cleaning basket after the three washes. Thats a bit inconvenient! Overall though, I am extremely pleased with the look and function of this old watch movement cleaner and am extremely proud to be an owner of such a practical piece of history! If you have any questions, comments of thoughts I would be happy to read and answer them in the comments! Here are two more pictures: 3. View of the washers and the basket mount. 4. Size and aesthetics of the cleaning basket.
  2. Hi everyone, I have been failing to open this Wittnauer watch using prying tools. Does it need special tools or techniques to open it? Thank you,
  3. Is there a tool for installing the echalon shock spring as used by Seiko? I tried with two pairs of tweezers and it is so difficult. Mark makes it look easy. When I tried it it pings everywhere. I even tried putting a thin plastic bag over it while trying to engage the ends. Failed miserably. I've had to hold this one in abeyance till I get the nerve or the tool to try again.
  4. Hello! Is it even possible? I believe it is friction fit. Thank you!
  5. Hello and greetings to all!, I have 2 "tools" perhaps. I don't see a spot for it on my staking tool. Let me back up as well. I have introduced myself on Watch Repair Talk. I said I am a fledgling watch repairer.However, I am more like still in the egg. I have fixed quite a few watches and destroyed even more. Its ok though, I get a box of watches and practice. One time I even got a great deal on a box of watches price wise and it contained 2 working Suunto watches and even a couple of watches that were solid gold. You have to admire and love young adults that sell granddads watches on eBay for pocket money without a clue what they are selling. If people spend a few bucks to have it appraised it would knock their socks off at what the watch is really worth. Sorry I am babbling . If anyone kind enough that knows what these "Tools?" are I would be grateful and possible name my next child after you. The one thing you can not see from the picture is some or most of the hole are tapered. Thank-You Matt H. Clearwater, Florida
  6. Thought you guys may be interested in my latest project. full write up on my blog, but a few pics below Started from this.. to this.....
  7. Hey Guys, Back again with a new piece of equipment. I found this whilst researching what to buy for refurbishing bands and cases. It's called the JoolTool, and was invented by a lady named Anie, a jeweler with over three decades in the trade. One of the main issues when polishing bands and cases with a standard wheel buff is the skills you need to develop to maintain the lines of original factory finish. One wrong move on your typical round wheel buff, and you can devalue a piece considerably ... well not any more!! This is one smart lady, and she has designed a simple and affordable buffing system that takes all the fear out of buffing, polishing, and reapplying the original brushed finishes to any item. Here's one of her video demonstrations : Remove scratches and polish a Cartier watch Here's the company website: JoolToolUSA This is very high on my purchase list for my home workshop!!
  8. If I am not mistaken, brass tweezers are softer, hence better for handling more delicate parts to avoid scratches or marks, is that accurate? If that's the case, why not just use brass tweezers all the time? What are your understanding about the usage of brass versus stainless steel tweezers? Thanks
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