My name is John, I am from Pretoria South Africa and work for the South African National Defence Force. I love watches of all kinds, from fine to cheapies. The wonder of the engineering that goes into a timepiece facinates me! Look forward to learning allot here.
Good day to all , I just joined yesterday to your post , a french chef expat living for the past 25 years in Indonesia . As far as I can remember I was always fascinated by watches or time pieces as some people like to call it . As probably many of you the souvenir of my first watch when I was 12 still feel like a dear memory . Unfortunately I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to mechanics and details . For many years I had numerous watches not really worth mentioning here , however lately I sold 9 of my collection to acquire a beautiful Parmigiani Fleurier XL Hebdomadaire , black dial ,steel case .
anyhow I am looking forward as much as my work will allows me.
My nice Bergeon screwdriver set was chipped after few watch services, was looking for a sharpening kit to repair them, but I soon realized I own a Lansky knife sharpening kit, so I pop the screwdriver blade out and give it a try, the results are very promising, see the photos, it's easy to use and versatile, comes with different stones, if I like, I can even use the ceramic stone to give it a high polish, and I can always use it to sharpen my folding knives, what do you think? Love to hear them.
Hi and welcome Brian, I am confident someone on this forum will come along and put you right concerning grandpa's watch. There is nothing "unfixable" if you go about it the right way and in the right order. Good luck I wish you every success.
Hello, my name is Brian Young and I am new to watch repair. I recently inherited a 1911 Illinois pocket watch that was working. WAS. I dropped it on the tile floor in the kitchen. Now, I need to repair it, as it was my grandfather's watch and I cannot be the reason the watch has stopped working. I do not repair watches, do not know the "lingo", and don't own an awesome set of tools. I am the "street urchin" in this performance of Oliver. Any help or encouragement you can extend to me would be most appreciated. I am fearless, and will take the watch apart, if needed. I would rather have someone who knows what they are doing handle the repairs. Let me know if I can fill in any missing information. Thank you for allowing me to crash your party. Love and light, Brian.
Take it easy around that wiring, one thing I did think of after I posted is that some of the old wiring and indeed that rheostat may well contain asbestos. It will be safe enough unless you start chopping it about.
I would grab yourself a triac speed controller and bin the rheostat and its associated wiring.
There may be some suppressor capacitors that might need changing (although judging by the age of the machine, possibly not) and when the thing is running I suspect it will blast interference all over the radio spectrum, and buzz all over the local radio stations, but probably not enough to travel next door and annoy the neighbors.