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    • Hi. My name is Brandon. I joined because I want to learn a bit about how to care for my girlfriend's watches and mine as well. We're not collectors or anything. Just casual watch wearers. She started all this. I replaced the battery in one of hers. It was easy. And one ended up being a kinetic watch that she hadn't worn in a long time. But, she has a few more that she wants to get going again and I have one as well. We've already damaged one by breaking the crystal trying to pop the back back into place on one of hers. I warned her I didn't know exactly what I was doing and that i had never done it before but she wanted to try. So, we used a watch press...incorrectly. Got it online. I'm pretty upset with myself. I'm usually pretty good about tinkering and fixing things and I usually do more research before diving into something I've never done before. The instructions for the watch press were lacking and I followed them to a T. We see now where we went wrong, though. Should have done some research and watched some videos on how to use one first. Please don't be too harsh on me lol. I'm taking it to a jeweler today to get the crystal replaced because I don't want to get into that. One of my watches and one of hers both have a back that unscrews. I got the tool needed to remove the back and successfully opened them both without scratching them up to see what batteries they need. It all went well. The battery came out very easily in hers, but mine has some sort of clip or something in the way. It's metal and looks like I might need to remove a small flathead screw to open it up and remove the battery, but I am not sure. So, I'm here to learn mostly. Thanks for having me.
    • Hi rstl99   Yes it looks all there apart from a few gaps these are ok for general work, for balance work etc you need the  proper up right staking tool with rotating table and punches.  If you google watchmakers stanikng set or do the  same on ebay you will see what I mean therer are many makes K&D Star and many more.
    • Super interesting!! I hadn’t seen any staking tool without a shaft to guide the stakes. There has to be a away set things up. I wonder if these sets are more accessories to a basic set rather than the whole tool by itself.

      I’m interested to learn more about this! Let’s see what the gurus have to say

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    • I just bought this little set at a mart and am wondering exactly what I have and whether the necessary parts are there to use it. It's obviously a small swiss staking set (Star brand), for watchmaking I presume. 

      There's a large round flat stump on the right, screwed into a hole in the box, for hammering on I suppose. 

      There is no frame, just a die plate that fits into a round "holder" as you can see from the photos below. Under the die plate are holes around the outside that fit into the knob in the round holder center recess to secure the die in place. The other hole in the round holder center recess allows the 4mm stakes to fit through. The larger round hole in the center recess is possibly just to fit onto the placement rod at the center of the box, to prevent the assembly from moving around too much when stored inside?

      There is a long piece on the left that is meant to be secured in a vice, which has a flat surface on one end, and a taper with hole in the center at the other end. The stakes are 4mm in diameter and don't fit into the hole in the tapered end. 

      Is there something missing and if not, how is this staking set meant to be used (as opposed to a more usual staking set with a frame, which I have).  I suppose for small staking jobs that could be done on a bench and would not need the perfect perpendicularity that a frame provides for the stake hitting the work? I also attach a catalog listing of a similar tool from the 1920's, in France.

      Thank you, in advance, for your insights and expertise.
    • I started into old clocks and watches as a hobby about 3-4 years ago.  First old clocks, learned to restore a few American ones, a couple of French carriage clocks, odds and ends.  Started acquiring necessary tools.  Then my interest focused on old pocket watches, eventually settling on older verge-fusee watches from 18th century, predominantly French/Paris.  I enjoy buying old movements and working on them.  Satisfies my need to wield tools and work on mechanical objects, now that I'm at an age where working on cars is no longer of interest.  Working on watches meant buying a LOT more tool$, so I've slowly been building up a bit of a tool kit, and even more slowly learning how to use them properly, which means buying and reading a LOT of books.  Anyway, it's been fun and continues to be a source of mental challenge and stimulation that they say is good to ward off Alzheimer's!  Look forward to chatting with some of you here.   Best regards   --Robert