Jump to content

New to horology..


Recommended Posts

Hello everyone, Just registered and thought I'd say hi and introduce myself.

First off Wow!!! I'm hooked this subject is fascinating one of the most interesting things I have come across in ages.

I'm an engineer by trade and I CANNOT WAIT to get my first watch to pull apart and learn about, gonna start easy at first seiko 5 or something like that "thoughts please"

Not sure I'm ready to pull and 8k rolex apart yet lol.

Anyway I'm scott and I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions along the way as I get started..

Have a great day..👍👍

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 hours ago, Scottie said:

I'm an engineer by trade and I CANNOT WAIT to get my first watch to pull apart and learn about, gonna start easy at first seiko 5 or something like that "thoughts please"

Not sure I'm ready to pull and 8k rolex apart yet lol.

If you've never actually taken a watch apart and put it back together I would suggest purchasing a clone of a 6497 off of eBay. In other words a brand-new running watch. Then it be nice if you in a timing machine either the Chinese 1000 or 1900 works. Although the 1900 is slightly nicer.

Or you could service your Rolex.

The reason I always recommend purchasing a brand-new watch is for learning purposes. So in other words you are brand-new watch you wind it up you put on the timing machine you see how it's doing. Taken apart put it back together you put it back on the timing machine and who to blame? Wife kids the dog the Hootie want to blame if it's not running? Yes watch repair it looks simple but it isn't always simple depends on the individual. If you start by servicing an existing watch in unknown condition you may or may not grasp as to whether your hand eye coordination is quite as good as you think it is and maybe the reason is not running is your fault. So it helps to practice on something disposable first and work on your hand eye coordination before servicing watches.

But we have had people start with a Rolex watch. I assume your Rolex watches currently running so in other words was not running afterwords and a lot of times people do better with expensive lessons like a balance complete. Otherwise I get a clone of a brand-new watch the 6497 you go to eBay their lesson $50.


  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Hello, I have a vintage Wittnauer automatic that is running fast.  I took it to my watch guy but he said it wasn’t worth fixing as it had sentimental value only. It’s only a few minutes fast per day so I’m wondering if there is anything I could do, given limited knowledge and tools. Thoughts?
    • @HectorLooi I agree with everything you say, but how does it relate to the topic?
    • When I graduated from dental school, one of my mentor's parting words, which was taken from Dirty Harry, was, "A man's got to know his limitations." This advice has stay with me throughout my career. Although I was certified to practice Implantology and Orthodontics, I have always referred my cases to more experienced colleagues. Just because you have taken a few online courses and watched a lot of YouTube videos, that doesn't make you a watchmaker. There is so much to learn in watchmaking. The more you learn, the more you realise you don't know. My advice to budding hobby watchmakers is to start small. Change batteries, watch straps, crystals, polish some cases and bracelets. Find an experienced watchmaker to be your mentor. In case you mess something up, he's there to bail you out. When you think you've arrived at a milestone in watchmaking, go get a Mumbai special and fix that. That will bring you back down to Earth. In the meantime, learn all you can and practice.
    • Looks exactly the same as the one from my National Electric watch cleaner. Can't help exactly but the max resistance on mine is approx 2500 ohm, let me know if you'd like me to try measure something else.
    • Oh, this is great. Can you post a link to the thread? I hope there are some reference times to compare (and how much it depends on the beat rate of the balance/movement).  While I think this is definitely superior to the blower, I was thinking that the risk of hitting the outside of the fork with the roller isn't actually there --- I only do this test without the pallet fork installed.    Well... I think that was a bit harsh. First, if you really look at what I am doing there, I hope you'll realize that it's actually no real risk. The Robur ensures that the Rolex-specific wrench stays tightly on the serrations of the caseback to eliminate the risk of slipping and damaging the serrations. The wrench with Rolex-style dye and the dye on the caseback (with plastic protection) exert no more pressure or stress on the case than during a crystal change. Yes, the pliers look terrible, I'll admit that! But I only use them to hold the watch steady between the lugs -- no real pressure here and with plastic protection again (if I had felt strong forces on the plier, I'd have stopped). Then I gently turned the wrench as it was held in place by the Robur. It worked like a charm. Not a single scratch. Second, you don't know the arrangement I have with my friend. And I will not get into that. But, trust me, if I made any serious mistake, I'd not hesitate and pay whatever damage from my own pocket.
  • Create New...