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Hi there,

New member here, and an amateur in watchmaking for a year. I tough being a mechanical enginer will help in the journey, but I was wrong, WD40 and a hammer is no good in this trade!!!!

Anyway, glad to join,


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You left out duct tape... 🙂

I got a flow chart the other day that ended one branch with: It's supposed to move? WD40 and the other branch with It's not supposed to move? Duct tape.

I've had to resort to the WD40 treatment on a badly rusted Buren that I have apart at the moment.

Welcome to WRT.

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Thank you all!!!

For the duct tape, I would say cable ties or glue, but it's still a part of the emergency maintenance kit!

I'll keep it in mind if when day I have a rusty movement (fingers cross I won't soon, but it's part of the learning and fun in this hobby).

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  • 3 weeks later...
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Welcome to the forum Nick. 🙂

I don't know. A hammer at the right time may get a movement off your bench with nothing more to worry about.

Glue the hands on the watch at 12:02 or something equally as innocuous, add some sort of flappy thing to the stem so it sounds like it is winding when you turn it and give it back to the customer. No?

(Glad to help. All of my advice is free. Please note that no legal liability is accepted should you decide to use my advice. 😉 )

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