I have a seiko 7548-700f that I bought at a flea market for 15 dollars. Very beat up. Heavy scratches on the back near the lugs. Looks like the previous owner didn't know how to take a case back off properly. Last year during a battery change the screwdriver slipped and i hit the coil block. I managed to replace it without trouble. Starting a couple of months ago it started losing time. LOTS of time. I would take it off overnight and in the morning it would be 5 hours behind the correct time. Happens no matter what position the watch is in. I suspect that this is because the hole for the center wheel is not circular anymore. I know this means I need a service but I can not afford one. I am in highschool with no job. I have posted similar threads to this on several different sites, but no one is helpful. They tell me to get a job or to just pay to service it. What should I do? Should I learn to service it myself or is it even worth it?
I have a watch that I am fixing up for myself. After lots of research l, I concluded my watch is a 1960s Hamilton Stormking VII. As my watch needs a new crystal I ordered one from ebay that is for a Hamilton stormking VII. When I got it in I immediately realized that it doesn't fit. The replacement seems to me about 1mm larger than the original. (I dont have a caliper). Is this even a Hamilton Stormking VII? Or did I get the right crystal but I have to modify it before it fits?
I'm trying to release the tension in the mainspring on an Elgin grade 144 pocket watch and unlike my grade 291, this one has a hidden click and the main barrel is tucked underneath a plate.
I've looked online and found a single forum post stating I need to push a pin or very small object into a hole underneath the main barrel (which there is one) while simultaneously holding the stem in place to stop it from unwinding all at once.
The problem is, I've got a single screwdriver that fits in this pinhole and after poking around in a few directions, it doesn't seem to be releasing the click. I don't know if this is the right hole (it is the only one) that I'm putting it in, if it's supposed to be on a specific angle at insertion, a certain depth, etc. I've attached photos of the side of the movement and a diagram of what I am doing.
For what its worth, its a lever set.
I have a lovely antique cylinder escapement pocket watch that I've serviced and got running beautifully but now I have a problem with the minute hand falling off. I think it's known as a pin hole fitting hand. On measuring the hand it shows approx. 0.40mm, and then on measuring the arbor diameter with the vernier guage, it's also 0.40mm so it's very near but won't even grip when mounted. Photos provided of the job.
Does anybody have a technique I can use to get the hand to fit?
Nothing special, after planing I finsihed it with a random orbital sander up to 1000 grit and then applied an oil based marine varnish.
This is my general work bench in my workshop, it is used for pretty much everything other than hammering and sawing, although usually its covered in parts of what ever I have disassembled in my workshop.
I love that picture of the tree gent over by the wind.
When you get out to the farming areas we have trees bent over and gnarled like that by the wind, but nothing as dramatic as that tree.
I have a few Jarrah trees growing in my back yard, but they are a slow growing tree and because of this they are not 'farm grown' all Jarrah comes either from land clearing or old growth forest and so is becoming harder to find quality jarrah for reasonable prices.
My house was built in the early 1980s and its 90% made of Jarrah, all beams are Jarrah, the outer cladding is jarrah as are the skirting boards and kitchen cupboards.
The salvage value of the wood in my house in a few more years will be more than the house is worth.
Stainless steel won't blue; I don't know of any watch hands being made of it either. If the supplier doesn't state or know the material check them with a magnet. Hands can be almost any material from gold to plastic but brass and steel are the most common.
Hello and welcome to the forum. All is not lost with the watch post some pictures of the movement with the back off Screws and battery clamps can be bought. so like Lazarus we MAY be able to raise the dead .