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Hi, everyone! I am a very apprentice-level watch tinkerer who like to find very second-hand watches for cheap at the local goodwill or flea-market and do my best to fix them up and make them work. My favorite name is Seiko just because of the availability and low-stakes it is. Plus, the watch that got me interested in watches in the first place was a Seiko SQ that I found cleaning out an abandoned trailer. Essentially, I am extremely new and un-practiced but I have steady hands and an eagerness to learn- So I am open to any and all advice!

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Hi Mike and welcome to the forum. Best advice is start slow, get the best tools you can afford and enjoy. 

Its a complicated frustrating time consuming hobby but it gives rewards when a barn find pocket watch turns from a dull tarnished pile of cogs into a bright shiny gold encased mechanical wonder

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    • the slow aspect is really really important.  hairspring work is not something you rush you really want to concentrate on what you're doing yes the videos that's a classic problem with the videos. For one thing in the videos most people of videos want to make a decent video they want to make you happy they want to show a good outcome and how many videos are really realistic on this is really hard and I may not succeed? another thing helps his books this is the one I find is really good  Bench Practices for Watch And clockmakers –  Henry B. Fried (Author) 1954 1974 the book is interesting in that it came in different versions in some versions don't have all the section so some versions are missing the hairspring section. They hairspring section is really really good as it covers how to fix things with hairsprings lots of things. Although Henry tends to make everything look really really simple somewhere out there I think on YouTube is a video of him straightening hairsprings. But the book works really really nicely then Amazon can be quite amusing and somebody didn't tell the people at the last link that their book is very rare in the prices very bad just way too low in place notice Amazon prices are not desirable at all which is what sometimes happens with Amazon I have to wonder how they come up with those prices https://www.amazon.com/Bench-practices-watch-clockmakers-Henry/dp/B0006CEZ08 https://www.amazon.com/Bench-Practices-Watch-Clockmakers-Henry/dp/096562191X https://www.clockworks.com/product/bench-practices-for-watch-and-clockmakers-by-henry-b-fried                
    • Very nice Andy 👍, I do like Seiko as does Watchie. This is a lovely early 5 example, are you pleased with it ? I think i may win with mine though from a carboot this morning 🙂. Not fair to steal your thunder today matey. I'll post it up tomorrow along with a 404, if we are allowed the 5 quid mark now. 
    • Yes, quite a bit was removed but checked with mentor and came to the same conclusion as yourself, been on test out of the case for two full winds now 
    • Now that I have your attention with the catchy title! Here is a hairspring that come from a watch that I have little invested in, but I would like to get it working...an old elgin ladies pendant watch. I show the hairspring as it came out of the watch and then again after I have worked on it for awhile.  I think I am getting close, but now each adjustment seems more sensitive, so I am taking it very very slow.  I have watch some videos on bending hairsprings but watching and doing are two different things. For tweezers, I am using a Dumont #3 in my left hand and Dumont #6 in my right (I am right handed).  I feel like I would have more control with two #6.  As you can see, I have stabilized the hairspring in pith wood because I felt like it would be better than driving the brass pin into pine or some other relatively soft wood. Any thoughts?
    • Definitely doable. I've practised unravelling a line from the end with very fine tweezers and a thin roll end of rodico, i didn't find it difficult just a bit fiddly.  I didnt attempt to solder as I'm still learning the skill of fine soldering.  Give it a go Endeavor, if you have a replacement movement on its way, you can use this for getting some practice in before doing the  replacement. 
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