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    • I will often relate learning watch repair is similar to learning to become a doctor. It requires studying may be reading a book definitely reading tech sheets if you can find them but studying understanding. Then practicing continuous practicing forever practicing. Everybody preparing a watch no matter what the level is still practicing exactly the same as a doctor. There are no absolute experts everybody has room to learn. Typically for Springs a magnet will work really well. Then by magnet I don't mean a little magnet something much larger at work we have something that's mounted on a handful with a rather powerful magnets that we can sweep across the floor and sometimes across our bodies looking for hoping to find which for the most part we do. Unfortunately there's a lot of problems with YouTube watch repair videos. For instance the video that you have says servicing? Did he actually service the watch in other words were repairs made or is this really a how to clean the watch video? Then even just for servicing no problems you just disassemble clean the watch put it back together how long does it take can you do it in 15 minutes? How long did the video last versus how long did it take you to service the watch? They skip steps lots of steps so many of the watch repair videos are really entertaining videos that don't cover everything and usually definitely do not cover repairs. At least not a lot of them.   This presents an interesting problem? Watches like this were assembled with automated machinery gears all drop in the place the plates drops on top no human hand touch this watch. But a lot of watches specially vintage stuff tapping Is wishful thinking if you think the pivots will go into place. This brings up a problem with stereo microscopes you're looking straight down. In the dark ages of watch repair when I learned we didn't use microscopes and we were instructed to sit in such a way that you're basically looking into the watch's you can see in the pivots you can see what's going on. Often times I've seen when people are looking straight down even with their super high-power microscope they just really aren't getting a clear picture of what they're doing. It be better if your microscope could be angled at an angle so you can see things a little better as opposed to looking straight down. But I'm sure the entire group embraces their microscope so this would go against the group so carry on with your microscope.            
    • light heat as i have just found out while adding a tongue to a spring . Dont re-harden and temper ( warning from nickelsilver ), all that does is anneal more of the mainspring that gets heated up while hardening.
    • By the way this is my watchmaking (more like watchbreaking) setup. I still haven’t found the lost spring. The date jumper “jumped” from the mat where the movement was to the top of one of the citizen boxes on the right storage drawers. I don’t know if the spring went in the same direction or how far it did.      @ManSkirtBrew I feel you.  I have tried looking with magnets I have attached a strip of magnetic tape to a piece of foam board which I use a bit like a broom. It never found anything though the magnets are pretty weak though and it is likely the reason
    • This is the absolute worst feeling. I've been working on watches over 2 years now, and serviced dozens of movements. You do get better at it, and lose fewer parts. I don't know if it helps, but just last week while installing a shock spring on a friend's late father's Omega, the spring took flight. It took almost an hour of searching with a very strong magnet attached to a Mason jar lid to find it, but I found it. The VERY NEXT DAY while oiling the cap jewel for the same movement, I pinged the jewel to dimensions unknown. I used a UV flashlight to find it. Some days it's just not your day 🙂  
    • @Bluescrew I have just measured the balance staff length in both a shock protected 12.15 (38 60461E, no idea if that means anything date wise), and a non-protected 12.15 (CO10086, dated as 1951 from the inscription on the back) and can confirm that they are different lengths, with the non-protected one coming in at 3.55mm and the shock protected one at 3.74mm, so I don't think that the Ronda 4818 is going to help you.  
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