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This arrived today.  Bright spot in my life...been buried in my work (unrelated to watches).

This is another Vulcain Cricket.  Looks like I don't need to fix it.  Beautiful!! Another ebay purchase.

Now I have three working Crickets...two of which I fixed.  I have another that needs a few things but I am working on it!!

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29 minutes ago, LittleWatchShop said:

Don't sell it...wear it!!  What would you do with the money anyhow??  That is a beauty!!

Unfortunately I have about a mixture of about 100 vintage and modern watches. I wear a handful in rotation but rarely ever wear my vintage ones. 

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31 minutes ago, ElioBD13 said:

Can't see what's unfortunate in it...XD

How to keep them all running well, and where to keep/display them? Maybe keep the best 10.

 

On 7/22/2021 at 2:06 AM, LittleWatchShop said:

What would you do with the money anyhow?? 

Pool the money gained from the other 90 sold into a dream watch - one that needs to be restored first, of course! 

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I have posted a lot on the Cricket.  Wanted to update my latest work regarding the setting lever screw.  I made one from a partial rusted reference but was not confident about the measurements.  Well, I got another Cricket for restoration and decided to do second analysis starting with a good screw.  Here are my results for posterity.  The red numbers are actual measurements.  The black numbers are calculated (or approximated) based on measurements.  The numbers do not work out perfectly due to measurement tolerance.  These measurements were made using my JKA Feintaster.

The threads appear to be tap 13 on my tap plate.

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Thanks for this useful information. Incidentally for this sort of work, better than the JKF Feintaster, if you could find the optical microscope called Isoma (the cheper one without projection) it is a mechanical watchmaker's gem. Your work certainly jusifies this investment.

 

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