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Chris here and enjoying Watching experts and Hobby watch makers videos.  Have taken my first pocket watch apart. Just need to clean it and rebuild. Interested in the Watchmaker videos as my father and two of his brothers were toolmakers (apprenticed at British aircraft company, Bristol) and I watched them making and repairing things as a boy. Now I am having a go.  Returning to Switzerland from France shortly.


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