I am just wondering what kind of watch would be good for me starting out as a complete beginner and not knowing very much about watches. I having been looking on eBay but not knowing what I'm looking for.
Help would be much appreciated
I just took apart my first working watch and I am having trouble with the three gears. Everything else is easy to reassemble but the three gears leading to the mainspring. How do you guys put them back together? I am new to this so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Guys, good day, i am David Cybulkiewicz from Colombia, S.A. I sateted to collect and damage watches a while ago, and a coule of months ago started after a lapse to pick up my watches fix them clean them and putting them in order. thnaks for the talk page regards
I've asked a question before working out how to introduce myself. Anyway my interest in joining the forum stems from watching videos on YouTube and in particular the recent discovery of Marks Watch Repairs channel. They are phenomenal.
My name is Anil and I'm a Civil Engineer by profession. I got back into wearing mechanical watches a couple of years ago - I went straight in at the deep end and bought myself a Rolex Daytona and admittedly knew very little about Rolexes let alone a Daytona. Its still by far the best Chronograph and the most comfortable watch bracelet I have in my collection.
Of course my first schoolboy watch was a rather nice Timex with a dark dial and 'Made in Scotland'. It was a tough little beauty and got me through all the rough and tumble of my schooldays and well into higher education before parting with it, I really cannot recall what and where it disappeared. I do however recall wearing it with a real Zebra skin strap which I thought was the coolest straps ever. Anyway introductions over, I'm here at this forum to learn something new (hopefully everyday) about anything to do with watches. Perhaps also to contribute too.
Your measurements of 8.75 x 21mm put this at a ligne size of 3.75 x 9.25 (or perhaps 4 x 9.5). There aren't that many movements of this size and the most common is the FHF 59 (which other manufacturers used as well and gave their own movement ID to). Unfortunately it's not this as the keyless works and bridge layout are completely different to your movement.
Which brings me on to your probability of an ETA 651. That's a no ... at 10 x 22.7mm it's larger than yours and of course the keyless works (and bridge layout) are different. In my searching I had also come across the ETA 746 but it's the same story.
I have spent ages looking through stuff trying to find your movement but no luck. I've found setting lever springs that look similar but then a no-go on the movement size; a (Van) Buren movement looked promising but didn't tie up etc. etc.
I hope someone strikes lucky!
Hi Nickelsilver, Thank you for all the help. Will search for the tech sheet.
I have many used genuine hairsprings and balances that I have been vibrating together. Need to place order for more hairsprings of compatible springness.
Been trying to experimentally find a compatible HS of known CGS.
Strength is proportional to area of the coil outer circle.
I think I may find CGS direct out of this tables.
Will keep you posted. Thank you, great help. Best
Found one of the tables, it's in French but easy to figure out.
If doing the test spring process, the formula is K=K' (D/D') 2
K is the CGS number you're looking for
K' is the CGS of the spring you test
D is the diameter of spring you need, at the pinning point
D' is the diameter of the correctly vibrated test spring at the pinning point.
Sorry to the OP Joe and I are hijacking the thread a bit, maybe a mod could move it to a new thread?