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Hi *, Inspired by Andy I decided to record the things I do with clocks and watches here, for the unforeseen future it will mean that I am going to describe the mistakes i make and complain a lot,

I have been busy with this bench lamp, I think I spent at least about 30 hours with it and even if it is not perfect I am pleased with the end result. Would I do it again? My immediate answer would so

I must be the luckiest chap on earth, I found travel clocks in hidden boxes in the house! The most expensive thing on the picture is not a clock though. Its the carpet, filled with invisible watch par

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Ingersoll Ladies 17 jewels EB 1612 N. Unfortunately I had to practice the HS bending / unbending thingy as I made a mistake during balance re-assembly. Thank you for @AndyHull for advise. I am learning how to use timing machine now. This world gets more and more exciting as you go.

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Another Timex M21 Hopalong Cassidy. Learnt a lot from it, took it apart many times. Cleaned by machine and hand several times. Before and after pics. Sacrificed on the altar of Time and Knowledge: 1x hairspring (followed by 2 days cooling down period), 2x pallet forks. Original strap from someone who bought it as a boy at the end of the 50s for Christmas. " Good Luck from Hoppy " UK Time Dundee 

Managed to correct the beat error more or less, managed to manipulate the hairspring so it would have a good shape all around. Managed to stab the original HS with my pair of tweezers. Managed to ruin a pallet fork by trying to clean it with fibre pen not being careful, managed to ruin another one just by pushing it into rodico, rodico pulled out one pin could not put it back properly, it was just too lose. Managed to clean the HS about 10 times.

There are no shortcuts in watchmaking, i read it somewhere on youtube right after I came to realize that on my own during my 2 days cooling down period while i was meditating. 

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This video is interesting because it shows that the hairspring collet stays in the middle when I move the regulator arm as it should. Probably a trained eye would raise the eyebrow seeing it though. As the collet does not move a bit even when you can see that the HS was a bit pushed. The reason why it stayed in the middle was that it was glued to the middle by some oil coming out from the famous timex cup. When I moved the whole balance in and out again and again some of the oil got to the top of the cup with the help of the balance pivot and the clear oil was not visible on the shiny surface of the oil cup. When I realized this I cleaned the cup and the HS again and i saw that the shape of the HS was still not ok. I corrected it but unfortunately I have not made another video with the correct shape and the collet really staying in the middle:

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A while back a bought a lot of watches including an ingersoll 17 jewels with a ronda 1217-21 movement. Originally i did not want to touch it because I thought it is beyond to be repairable. Some acidic fluid went in and damaged parts and the dial. The damage was quite severe on certain parts, but the pivots and most of the wheel teeth and other important parts including the complete balance were ok. Only one of the balance end stone spring were damaged very badly, this acidic stuff has eaten away one part of it. Anyway this watch was full with opportunity for cleaning exercise and just for the experience I removed the dial paint with fibre glass pen and repainted it with automotive mat paint:

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Result: just ok performance, just ok dial, ugly case (opportunity for practicing plating). So just an ok watch but so far one of my greatest achievement in watchmaking. I have to take it apart because the acrylic glass has attracted some dust particles which are inside, I noticed.

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ohh actualy it was easy because we got another watchmaker in the family who helped me with the cleaning ?

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I bought a set of watchmaker oil cups, but my favorite (because it has a small hole holding the amount of oil i want it to hold) Made in Japan had no cover, so I decided to make one for it. Of course it is pallet wood. ? This is probably my third thing I ever made on a lathe. Now I have officially joined my dad and granddad who both were excellent wood turners. ? (i should have learnt from them)

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I assume that this is made after Aaron Lufkin Dennison time. I consider this as treasure. ?

Case Opener (i should have cleaned it first I see ? ):

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