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Hi,

 

After watching Mark's videos for several years have decided to take the plunge and do the course. Purchased a ST36 movement from eBay doe $30 and some starter tools.  My primary interest is going to be pocket watches--this is a hobby for me (retired) and want to be able to display units i can (eventually) repair.

Have already disassembled the ST36 without too much hassle except for one minor problem--the upper incablok clip when flying when I removed the upper jewel to the balance and i've been unable to find it. I assume I can find another one somewhere on line (or even buy an additional movement for parts).  Beyond that snafu, enjoying this challenge very much and am sure I'll have lots of questions going forward.

 

Levine98

Richmond, VA

 

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Welcome to WRT forum.

 

32 minutes ago, Levine98 said:

Have already disassembled the ST36 without too much hassle except for one minor problem--the upper incablok clip when flying when I removed the upper jewel to the balance and i've been unable to find it. I assume I can find another one somewhere on line (or even buy an additional movement for parts).  

 You need a big magnet if you are going to work on them chinese movements, also might consider practicg shock spring removal inside a plastic bag. 

Good luck

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Yes, magnet on order from Amazon 🙂 

Regarding the movement, it is what Mark recommends to follow along with his on-line course.

I'm learning so I can focus on restoring a couple of pocket watches.

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8 hours ago, Levine98 said:

Yes, magnet on order from Amazon 🙂 

It doesn't have to be big really. At hardware store they should sell neodymium magnets, if you haven't even handled these you will be surprise by the great power even at a smallest size. In fact, you can have trouble separating object even from a 3cm one.

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Welcome to the forum Levine.

I am pretty sure that I retrieved some neodymium magnets from my wife's iPad when it died. Bloody things are not big, but can attract each other from 50cm away on a cloth surface let alone a smooth slippery one.

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