Jon here, not a massive watch guy but I like fine things and machinery of all kinds and I repair/design electronics for a living. My daily driver is a "classic" casio solar powered ( I imagined that this is very pedestrian for the audience here).
I stumbled across this forum in my search for help. My father gave me a Bulova watch that he had gotten from Costco after he switched to a smart watch (I suspect this is a pattern seen often here). It needed a new battery and I am quite handy so I opened it and attempted to replace it. From my end I am a seasoned electronics repairman and can solder fine pitch, surface mount components so how hard can it be? Long story short I think I made it worse.
Onto the help forum!
Hi all. I'm absolutely brand new to the world of mechanical watches, but have always been fascinated by the way they functioned. So, I took my first step into them, getting myself a cheap, crappy ebay mechanical watch with a chinese movement. I knew that by all accounts this would be a rubbish movement and mechanism, however I wanted something that I could take a look at without risking any sort of investment, gauge my interest in the hobby etc. However, after receiving it, one of my friends let me know that he had a near identical cheap watch that was broken, and offered me to have a look at it as practice. I agreed, and have spent the last few days doing research and taking it apart, before putting it back together again. I've managed to learn quite a lot from it, however I've found that when putting it back together again, the pole of the escape wheel that keeps it in place either end seems to be too short, as though something had broken off. This means the wheel is sat basically loose and wont reach the crystals at either side to keep it in place while it spins. I see no way to fix this, so i intended to get a new wheel to replace it with, however I can't find the name of this type of movement anywhere. It is the kind used in this: ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jechin-Skeleton-Hand-Wind-Leather-Mechanical/dp/B00VPRZC50/ref=asc_df_B00VPRZC50/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=290896788181&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13027367026987882679&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9047006&hvtargid=aud-545868369748:pla-468442151749&psc=1 ) . If I really wanted to I think I could just order one of the other watches that I've found that use this movement for £5-6, however I was hoping I might be able to keep to my strict student budget and get just the escape wheel somewhere. Does anyone know where I'd be able to find something like that?
p.s. Apologies for the lack of knowledge on the subject, I know I'll come across a bit new to the whole thing, but trying to learn as I go
I grew up next to a clock maker and repair man who's business was the largest in Chicagoland area. Seeing the movements and tools and the time consuming precise work amazed me as a child, my love for clocks turned to watches in High School when after saving what seemed forever to buy an Oris TT1 Chronograph because it "looked cool" my horologist neighbor took the ETA/Valjoux 7750 movement out to clean and oil 6 years afterwards, showing me how things worked and that was it. Hooked. Funny how this watch is the least impressive brand wise, movement wise in my collection years later and yet there's not a timepiece on earth I'd trade it for, to me there isn't anything more interesting than time movements and the folks who enjoy viewing them or collecting them.
Today's mystery movement, in the Rone Sportsmans watch I just posted in the Watch of Today thread.
Does anybody recognise this? It is very nicely put together, but my quick stint in front of the Google machine didn't come up with a caliber number, and no, before you even ask, unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the keyless work.
Take the movement out of the case. Move the minute hand manually for the warning and watch the rack drop, take note of where the gathering pallet engages the rack. The correct position for the snail should be for twelve o’clock it should be about, see red arrow. Forget the black ones. Try that first. Let me know.