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    • Normally in fields other than watch repair people like to practice on something disposable first. Or something bigger like a 6497 clone relatively cheap off eBay. But how hard could watch repair be? Yes others have noticed that the videos make watch repair looks so the simple or so fast. Somebody recommended a video for me to watch to evaluate so I won't say what and it just so fun and fast and so the person skipped over a whole bunch of steps. But the person had a huge following whole bunch a likes on the video and was probably making money. The videos are not necessarily a true representation and as an added bonus just because you do a YouTube video doesn't mean you actually know what you're doing. Oh and it's not just YouTube videos on watch repair. I've seen YouTube product reviews like a CNC milling machine I purchased where the one that was reviewed versus the one that I got was a little bit different but you always expect that with Chinese stuff. But the person reviewing it made everything like to watch repair videos looks so a simple the first time you did something it worked. As why like some of the YouTube tells I watch for the show the bloopers of whatever were at least I'll tell you took them 10 tries to get this right versus everything looks perfect. I've even tried to convince somebody with YouTube channel to show a video of these of the watches I can't fix but they won't because that doesn't look fun and exciting. So yes watches are really tiny and it takes practice to do things and unfortunately practicing on live patients doesn't always have the desired outcome but who knows we won't know until you try just be careful when you take the balance wheel out not the stretcher break the hairspring anymore than it already is. You also want to look in preferably with a loop carefully between the balance wheel hairspring and see what you seek is angle for your video isn't right you might see something that I can't to the video.
    • Hi. I have an old Bulova Watchmaster ultrasonic cleaning machine that I have used for years. One thing that has always bothered me is the drying unit. While drying, the rinsing fluids drip into the guts of the machine. Very messy and I am always wary of potential ignition.  Was looking for a dedicated dryer and came across the Elmadry series. A unit like the Elmadry TD30. Cousins has there here: https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/hot-cold-air-dryer-elma  When the heat is on, these units dry at 70°C (158°F). That feels pretty hot to me. Looking for opinions or experience with this as a solution. Also - as a related topic - whether using the Elma or staying with the Watchmaster - does anyone ever rinse off the ultrasonic rinsing fluid with distilled water before drying? That would certainly address my concerns with fluid dripping into the machine.  Regards, Stu
    • Ha Ha, you think its screwing up your brain!! This is the first watch I have ever pulled apart and I cannot get around how small everything is!! I'm used to screwing big things together, you watch a few vids read a few walk throughs and the pictures look normal but when your actually doing it is Sooooo small!! I'll pull the balance out tonight and get a couple of pics and report back, thanks for taking a look Cheers Scott..
    • Yes that's an extremely weird video as they hairspring is not moving at all. Which is basically normally impossible. And the easiest way to figure out what's going on would be to take the balance bridge off and see what happens. Normally I'm a big believer of leaving the balance in to make tweaking on the hairspring etc. but I think we actually need to get the balance wheel out to see how things look. Then another video I can't really see what I need to see for one thing the video I think is upside down as screwing with my brain right now.
    • Yes, I think that could possibly be an excellent machine even for an enthusiast like myself. Sure, quite a bit of money, and there are many other tools and consumables we need to service watches that add up, but if we take it seriously and are no strangers to spending $2500 on a luxury watch, on some car accessory, some furniture, or something else that we don't really need, then I think we should invest in this cleaning machine instead. If I didn't have my old ELMA, I would probably pull the trigger on it. Cleaning to a clinical state is absolutely crucial (and was gravely underestimated by myself when I was a beginner) if we want our movements to run as well as they can. Unfortunately, cleaning is, in my opinion, a pretty boring task, so any help we can get is definitely worth the money as long as it is within reach. I feel inspired to pull the trigger on that Elma Solvex SE and sell my old ELMA 🤔 Yes, the parts restrictions put in place by the Swiss manufacturers are nothing but pure evil. Let the consumers decide who to trust their precious watches too. Sure, some watch owners are going to be cheated and disappointed, but most will get a service that is at least as good or better at a lower price.  From my own experience, I don't trust branded workshops (much) when it comes to my car. Instead, I buy spare parts myself and let my Kurdish mechanic do the work. He has done that for me perfectly for the last 10 years. I see no reason why this couldn't also work for watches.
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