Hi Fellow People,
Im reaching out as I’m currently learning all I can about watchmaking, and am working through the BHI distance learning technicians course, with my exam booked for May.
I will need to service a quartz watch as part of my practical exam, and am learning about watch lubrication.
A few months ago I found a great article that covered the technique for dipping and collecting the right amount of oil on the oiler, such as the speed and angle of the dip, however, I now can’t find it anywhere, no matter how much I search the internet
Does anyone have or can point me in the right direction of instructions specifically on oil collection on the oiler? As you will know there is lots on the actual oiling process but not the oil collection process.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Everybody! Henry Fried has in one of his books a little recipe for making a grease that one can use on the outer wall of the mainspring barrel in an automatic watch. It supposedly provides lubrication for proper slippage of the mainspring tail. Has anyone tried this? What is the proper consistency (Fried is not very specific about this because it was probably so common in his day)? Also how would such a preparation compare to Kluber P-125 which, here in the US is really expensive? I won't leave it here. I"m gonna experiment a bit with this and will let you know what I found. Just want to see what other's have found out. Thanks.
I’m in the process of establishing a reassembly and lubrication plan for of what is basically my first automatic; a Vostok calibre 2416B, and I’ve come to the reversing wheels.
As can be seen in the above pictures from the strip down, the teeth of the reversing wheels have blackened. It looks to me like they have must have been lubricated, or could it be that the oil that was once applied to the jewels has spread out over the teeth?
So what do you think; should I lubricate the teeth, and if so what kind of lubrication do you think could be suitable?
This movement is about 25 years old and has never been serviced. I know this for a fact as I know the original owner who bought it new. The watch is in great condition and was only worn for about three years when the strap broke and was then placed in a drawer. There it had been sitting until I got in my hands. It’s a somewhat rare Komandirskie, and for anyone interested here are some pictures of it and how it got into my hands.
I recently serviced a PUW 1561 automatic movement.
This was my first time servicing automatic movement and I am not confident on lubricating barrel wall.
I purchased Moebius 8217, breaking grease for the barrel wall.
The whole service was a quite long process for me so I will just get to my point.
On the cleaned barrel wall, I applied thin layer of 8217 thinking that too much would not do any good.
Then I placed the mainspring and applied 3 drops of Moebius 8200 before closed the barrel cap.
After I had assembled the watch, I tried winding it. It wound well but I could hear the mainspring slip in side the barrel when I felt some tension on the crown as I was winding.
I know that automatic mainspring slips along the barrel wheel but never experienced such 'obvious' slipping sound.
I guess the timegrapher tells that service was not that bad but I just don't feel right when hand winding the watch.
Is it something wrong in the barrel? May be I should have applied the 8217 more thicker?
Thanks for always helping me out.
I'm about to service a Timex 260 electric movement. It's running strong as-is, but I doubt that it has been cleaned or lubricated in its lifetime. I do have the service manual for the movement and for most of the oil points, the SM calls for Moebius Synt-A-Lube, without specifying a product number (I intend to use Moebius 9010), but for the friction pinion the manual calls for "spreading type oil" (Woods AAAA oil). I cannot find a cross-reference for this old Woods oil and most watch oils are, of course, specifically formulated to NOT spread... so, I'm seeking advice and suggestions for a suitable oil to use on the friction pinion. Also, if anyone thinks that 9010 is NOT appropriate to use for the various other points, please let me know.
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I had ordered a Omega 960 (based on 6497) and when I got it, the hour wheel is there but they don't have dial screws. I had to source some Omega screws for a lot of dough 😞 I contacted the seller but he said he doesn't know at all and just sell NOS movements. Luckily, many parts can be found using 6497 as keyword and they are interchargeable.
I was thinking of drilling it but wanted to get this job done. Next time perhaps. I also put a video on YouTube , reassembling the Ball Waltham made watch and putting in the setting screws. Big success with the jewel setting and the resulting amplitude and beat error of the movement. Next job is soldering dial feet:)