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    • By MattHH
      My name is Matt, screenname MattHH. I was asked to look at someone's watch because it needed a battery or capacitor IDK. Anyway since I was successful I caught the fix every watch that is broken bug. I started with pocket watches,then watch tools e.g. staking device, and then wrist watches. I got a lot of practice buying boxes of watches on eBay and working on them and if I messed it up it still a learning experience, like reverse engineering and some common sense go a long way. I play hell getting the balance wheel in anything though. To save money I am focused on the Benrus watches because I think they are cool looking and cover most of the bases e.g. dive watches, military, formal, informal, amazing, and the weird. It would be nice if the manufacturer of watches made repair manuals like cars, that would be paper gold. Here is a few Benrus watches on my wish list. Going from fixing diesel engines to watches is heaven on my back. I had to learn the hard way going from gorilla to butterfly on the screws of a watch. Glad to be here! Matt from Clearwater, Florida
    • By PJA
      Hello once again. I have this YSL 5421 quartz watch which wasn't opened for about 10 years and I just can't open it, since I am not sure whether I should force it or is there any trick that I can't see how to open it, and I rather ask you how to go about it. I have the knife and a watch pray type opening tools, but this back seems to be shot real tight and hope I won't have to buy the $100 case back opening tool at this stage of my hobby, although Since we are on the subject I would love to know which one you think better or preferred for future consideration. Thank you

    • By GaT34
      Hello All,
      I am new to this forum and relatively new to repairing watches (so please don't bite!).
      I have repaired a couple of cheap watches before and both have worked out fine so decided to try my hand on Benrus I have had for a couple of year and am quite fond of.
      All was going well and then I had a pet related incident whilst opening up the mainspring barrel. By the time I had found the barrel (cap, arbour and mainspring conveniently ended up in my lap) it had been damaged and some of the teeth destroyed.
      I have tried to identify the movement in order to figure out what part to try and find (picture attached, apologies for the poor quality) but really struggling as it doesn't look like any other Benrus movement I have seen anywhere online.
      The watch has 1974 on the back (looks like a "length of service" gift awarded to someone by the inscription).
      I bought it from ebay and the seller doesn't know anything more about it. If more picture of any more of the parts would be useful please let me know.
      I'm just hoping that someone will be able to help.
      Thank you in advance.

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    • Hi  Whats the balance like when fitted on its own, is the rotation the same or is it a better swing. Balance spring looks a little small ?.
    • Ah, understood. It’s quite hard to keep them centred when you are initially working into the oval. A bit like trying to drift a drill bit. I’ve also made the mistake of over-enlargening when broaching. I’ve done the same on watch cases when replacing pendant tubes which is even worse.  Old Hippy makes a good point about the surface area available in your new bush which is probably less than original, and already quite thin due to the plate depth. But for this clock, I’m not sure it matters much. The other factor is the quality of the bush. Some are much harder than others, and some are made of crappy free cutting brass with too high a lead content. Also, they do work-harden if you hammer them. Time will tell how long any bush lasts. 
    • Hi Moose     A cracking job well done, Its a bit daunting the first time as there are so many things to go wrong but with care and attention to detail  its doable , so well done you, another  lesson learned and another skill.
    • Hi rodabod and thanks for the comments. It was a tapered one as it happens, but I'm thinking I went in too aggressive with the first attempt, and no oil, which did not help at all. Maybe, I should also have started with a smaller diameter reamer, not sure about that though. But I am pleased with this, as a first attempt. With more practice I hope to get better at it.
    • Moose, that’s great work. Well done.    I now realise that you were possibly using a fixed size broach/reamer rather than the typical tapered type. I think the latter possibly makes your work easier, especially when you need to use an odd-sized or roughly turned bush. 
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