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    • By MattHH
      Hello,
      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.
       
      G

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    • Junghans may be an alternative to check up on Ranfft. I measure the dimensions to 26,5 x 20 mm. I haven’t seen any identifying symbols or numbers so far. If anything shows up during disassembly, I will report back. The brand name on the dial states ”Nidor” but that’s one of those old names, I see from time to time and it doesn’t say much about the movement inside, or what do you think? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    • You probably have a broken balance staff as well. Inspect the pivots with a 20x loupe. They should be roughly same length on both sides. May be easier to fit a new wheel than to re-staff it.
    • I believe something is touching the hairspring. Could you take a slow motion video of the balance and hairspring in motion?
    • Hello rrandell and welcome to the forum. Would you mind doing two things? Please go to the lounge area and write a short introduction to yourself and your interest in clocks and watches. Then post a picture of the catch you mentioned, to show why it isn't "catching". It is called a click, by the way, and by the sound of it, the click spring has broken. It should be no problem to replace, but a photo will help us a lot. Also, you have come to the right place for advice on Timex. Jersey Mo for example is an authority.
    • You have a broken pivot. It's a common breakage on these older movements without shock protection.
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