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With the colour and the timer in the base, It looks so like the Elma I bought recently. :)

It'll soooooon be Friday! ;)

 

Right on Geo, it's very Elma like in structure and appearance. I really pleased about the condition, almost "NOS" in watch terms. Can't wait for it to arrive.

 

And I can't wait until Fridayyyyyyyyyyy!!!

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Arrived today, just managed to get home and catch the courier.

 

Unpacking is the best part 

 

Cleaning up is the worst part.

 

I'm amazed and pleased with the condition, it really is as good as brand new, still has all of the parts and even the instruction leaflet.

 

With formal Retirement Day tomorrow I'm looking forward to this weekend when I can do some serious work with this.

 

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Well done Jim.

Of all the purchases I have made the best is without doubt the cleaning machine. I had an L&R refurbished *

Cleaning is now almost a pleasure. If I have a really dirty watch I give it a pre-clean first & it saves the cleaning solutions. 

 

PS Enjoy your retirement 

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I bet you can't wait to get started. Have you got the cleaner and rinse? what are you going to use.  Looks a fine machine.

 

I'm ready to go, but don't have any cleaning fluid left. Got 4 litres of Zenith "Drizebrite" rinse and waiting on a delivery of L&R Extra Fine Watch Cleaner. But it has to come from Brisbane by road, 1,700 kilometres away, hopefully here tomorrow or Monday.

 

I looked at all of the wiring and it's an eye opener. Everything is well insulated (1950s style) and as we say in Oz, "built like a brick sh!thouse".

 

The three jars had a lot of dried residue in the so I put them in the dishwasher. They came out like new, all sparky clean!

I just hope Annie doesn't notice the slight chemical smell in the dishwasher, maybe I'll get one of those lemon scented things and slip it in there tomorrow  :D  

 

More to come..............................

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I'm ready to go, but don't have any cleaning fluid left. Got 4 litres of Zenith "Drizebrite" rinse and waiting on a delivery of L&R Extra Fine Watch Cleaner. But it has to come from Brisbane by road, 1,700 kilometres away, hopefully here tomorrow or Monday.

 

I looked at all of the wiring and it's an eye opener. Everything is well insulated (1950s style) and as we say in Oz, "built like a brick sh!thouse".

 

The three jars had a lot of dried residue in the so I put them in the dishwasher. They came out like new, all sparky clean!

I just hope Annie doesn't notice the slight chemical smell in the dishwasher, maybe I'll get one of those lemon scented things and slip it in there tomorrow  :D  

 

More to come..............................

Did the same had to run the dishwasher with dishwasher cleaner to get id of the smell before you know who found out  :D

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Saturday here, the other half was taking her God-daughter to the flicks so I had the place to myself.

I received the 4 litres of L&R  yesterday so this morning I charged two jars with L&R and one with the Zenith rinse.

I had a movement stripped down so I filled the little baskets (even the cap jewels) and started the test.

 

Ran 5 minutes on the first clean and spun off the liquid and then into the second clean for 5 minutes, and then on to the rinse for a couple of minutes and into the dryer.

 

Aside from seeing wisps of smoke coming from beneath the machine (immediate "kill power" enacted) there were no problems. I think the smoke was either some fluff and dust I hadn't managed to blow out or possibly some rinse dripped down onto the heater plate. I'll make sure I spin after the rinse a bit longer next time.

 

Final result?

 

All parts nice and clean (even under the 'scope) so I'm very pleased with the outcome.

 

My next test will be to clean a Seiko 6309 movement that hasn't see a screwdriver for about 30 years.

 

All in all, a good outcome.

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Why Zenith rinse and not L & R rinse. I'd never heard of Zenith rinse so I had a good look over the internet and most people say the L & R gives them better results. I always used L & R . 

 

Zenith was all my Brisbane supplier had in stock at the time I needed it. It seems to work OK but I haven't had the chance to compare it to L&R. Both are US made products. See http://www.zenithsolutions.net/

 

Keep an eye on the smoke issue my L&R caught alight & thats why I had it re-wired etc. Also i have used Elma & L&R the results seemed the same just the L&R seemed give off fewer fumes.

 

Noted, I think I'l get a little CO2 extinguisher to hang beside my fire blanket.

 

Hi

Nice machine! Any particular reason why you are doing two jars of clean and one rinse? As far as I am aware it is usually the other way round.

Stephen

 

Doh! to quote Homer Simpson. I had it in my head that two cleans and one rinse was required, then I read my instruction leaflet. I have rectified the situation so it now stands at 1 x jar of L&R Cleaner, 2 x jars Zenith rinse.

 

Ditto^^  I am many others have two separate rinses.

 

See previous confession ;)

 

Thanks for all of the advice gents, I'll post up some results from my next job (a Seiko 6309A).

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Now that the jars are filled with the right stuff, I turned my attention to the jar seals.

When I got them there were one and some bits cork gaskets, and as they help prevent evaporation of liquid more expensive than petrol, I decided to make some new ones.

 

I got a sheet of nitrile bonded cork gasket material from the car parts place, measured everything up and started.

Not having a CNC controlled laser machine, I used an old cutter left over from installing some downlights. The blade was sharpened, set to the correct radius and off we went.

 

The results are rather pleasing and now all three jars will prevent the angels getting their share of my cleaning fluids.

 

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