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Here's a quick walkthrough of an Omega cal 562 I've just finished. Prior to the photos, I've stripped the movement down and cleaned it, experimentally, in Zippo fluid in an ultrasonic bath, which seems to be extremely effective and quick. I don't have a watch cleaning machine. Comments and criticism most welcome.


First, I lubricate the barrel wall with braking grease 8213, and I add a dab of 8200 on the spring itself (not sure if I need to or not)


Fit the barrel bridge and centre wheel. Lubricated with HP1300
Adding the train wheels - these are fiddly (i think because the jewels are all olives)
Fit the train bridge. Lubricated with 9020
Fit the centre-seconds spring. I lubricated the seconds arbor with a tiny dab of 9020. I left the spring dry (vaguely remember reading that somewhere)
Separate the ratchet from the manual winding wheel to lubricate it (HP1300)
...and reassemble
Winding gear all back in place. Rodico will clean this up...
Pallet fork in place. Strictly no lube! Tiny dots of 9415 on the pallet jewel faces, and worked the escapement round until there was reasonable coverage.
Fitting the keyless work. 1300 on the wheel arbors, 9501 grease on the yoke and castle pinion
Disassemble the lower incabloc setting. Lubricated with 9100.
Train all together
And running quite nicely
Time to fit the motion work and the date-setting stuff. Completely forgot to take any photos!
Now the fun begins. Assembling and disassembling the reversing gear isn't trivial. I made a tool that sits in my staking tool to screw it all back together.
Here are the components of the reversing gear ready for reassembly
I sit the winding pinion on my homemade tool:
Then add the superior winding wheel (tiny dot of 9020 in the hole)
Fit the superior satellite pinion to the winding wheel core. A dot of 9020 keeps it in place...
..when you sit it in the winding wheel
Then add the inferior satellite pinion (their name for it, not mine)
And place the inferior winding wheel over the top

Then screw the inferior nut onto the winding pinion using another home-made tool:




...and we're done. post-148-0-31962800-1425314956_thumb.jpg


Putting it all together on the automatic bridge




Lubricated with 9020




And fit the whole lot to the watch. The instructions tell me to dip the rotor gib in a piece of elder pith moistened with oil (9020 again)




Finally, fit in to the case. This takes several attempts since every time I attached the case clamps, a new hair or dust spec would magically appear behind the glass.




Job done. Hope that was informative. 




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What a cracking walkthrough and great outcome, and I'm very impressed that you took the time to make the tool for the reversing gear. I did one a few weeks back, they are superb movements. Very well done sir! :)

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Lovely walkthrough and I'm also loving the home-made ingenuity! My favourite home-made tool is nothing more than a 6" nail, drilled out at the pointy end & with a thin steel nail soldered in....it's awesome for popping out dial pins, prodding & general jiggery-pokery!

Btw, I used to use butane fluid a lot until I discovered Horoloex manual watch cleaning essence (some sellers have it on eBay)...it's a fantastic solvent degreasing cleaner for all of us without watch cleaning machines. Just dunk in the parts (including balance wheels with hairsprings attached) for anything from minutes to hours & when you take them out it simply evapourates in minutes leaving them dry as a bone. Brass parts I often soak in dilute Horolene first which gives a wonderful shine.

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@Profundus, you mean you don't have a proper set of  Bergeon Prodding Tools in six sizes? Pfff, amateur...


My normal cleaning process is 15 mins in Elma ChronoClean 1:20 at 40 degrees in an ultrasonic bath, followed by 2 rinses in Elma Suprol Pro. Apart from the Suprol stuff giving me a cracking headache, the whole process is such a palaver I wanted to see how a simple dunk in Naptha (with ultrasonic) would compare (the answer is 'favourably' -  things are less shiny, but functionally clean).

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