Hi, I’m trying to replace the crystal on this expedition. I have pulled the stem and the movement. The crystal was shattered. It seems to be a 29.5mm crystal with a 1mm depth. I don’t see a gasket. How would I apply the new crystal? Does it press without a gasket?
Thank you for any help provided!
I'm just finishing up a vintage Mickey Mouse watch with a Timex #24 movement. I performed cleaning per the Timex 24 service manual, which includes removing the balance and hairspring assembly. For future reference I need help in dealing with the too-soft brass V-Conic screw.
I am not in the habit of rounding out screw slots, yet after carefully shaping my screwdriver tip and working as slowly and carefully as I could, I managed to mangle the balance screw slot anyway as the force required to turn the screw was apparently greater than the integrity of the brass Timex used for this part in this movement.
I've seen photos of a #25 movement which also employs the V-Conic assembly, but did not appear to have the same soft brass balance screw. If anyone here has experience with this and can offer advice, please comment. Thanks!
So there is this timex automatic i found online from a reputable seller. I cant find much about it anywhere. Ive been looking for a timex automatic but already have a few watches that look like the marlin. This one is a little different and i like it. Any info would be greatly appreciated
Question for those who work on Vintage Timex watches:
I've restored several Timex pieces from the late '60s to the late '70s. The technique I learned (from Internet posts and tutorials) say to simply loosen the dial-side balance pivot by unscrewing it 1/2 turn prior to cleaning the entire movement in an ultrasonic cleaner. This method contradicts the official Timex service manuals, which state that the balance should be removed, cleaned separately and reinstalled. Thus preventing the hairspring form being damaged in the ultrasonic cleaner.
My experience is this:
Leaving the balance in place (slightly loosened) is much easier and will work on the standard movements used in the '70s (M24/25, M32/33, M104, etc.)
Attempting the same method on movements from the '50s and '60s (M22, M29, etc) will result in a kinked hairspring that is damn near impossible to un-kink.
So my question is this:
What do you experienced Timex restoration experts recommend? Leave the balance/hairspring in the movement for cleaning, or take it out to soak in a separate jar?
Is the potential for hairspring damage greater when removing/reinstalling the balance - in comparison to leaving it in place?
I've messed up a couple of vintage movements that I really wish I hadn't. I don't want to make those mistakes again.
Thanks for any insights!
As I said, you have to remove the rotor along with the bridge underneath it (the one that holds a few other tiny gears as well).
The screw that holds the rotor itself is on the other side btw. You can also turn halfway that screw that is cut to remove the 2 small gears.
Also do that once you remove the ensemble. It'll be easier.
I will get the balance off tomorrow and post the pic, but looking at the pics JDM posted above I think mines shot. I will also check the staff and jewels as an observation, (thanks for the tip saswatch88) and will start looking for a donor, I'm likely to need one and Id like to use the movement in a diver case or at least with a different dial.
Thanks for the tech sheet watchweasol that's very helpful.
Much appreciated, as always guys.
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