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Couldn't find a forum called "proud moments" but this is as good as any 🙂. New 6497 movement (Seagull ST36), stripped, cleaned, lubricated and reassembled. then regulated - quite well too! Sourced a case, dial, hands and strap and built my own watch.  I'm sure many have done it but feels good to have something I created!  Strap was delivered today but I wasn't home so it's at the post office! To be worn tomorrow! Simple, smart and cheap! Very satisfying.

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On 3/2/2023 at 6:04 AM, Jonno65 said:

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couple minor little technical points it's not a 6497 but it's a 6497-2.  The reason I'm pointing this out is that both the 6497 and the other version have a different lift angle and the  the fault of the machine 52° I believe there both 44° I don't think it's going to change much.

then one of the nice thing is about servicing your own watch and wearing it is you get to see the effect of time versus your servicing methods. I would keep a record of what it looks like now in a few months or weeks depending on how impatient you are check it again C of amplitudes doing see how the watches doing. It's always interesting of the look at a watch that you've serviced years later the find it may be something you did or did not do wasn't quite right. Or maybe you'll turn out just fine.

Then I like the choice of your dial and hands they look quite nice very readable. I have a similar movement in a wristwatch case skeleton the highest somebody gave it to me and the hands are so the end and lack contrast with the movement that it's a very hard watch to  see what the time is.

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On 3/2/2023 at 2:04 PM, Jonno65 said:

Hi All

Couldn't find a forum called "proud moments" but this is as good as any 🙂. New 6497 movement (Seagull ST36), stripped, cleaned, lubricated and reassembled. then regulated - quite well too! Sourced a case, dial, hands and strap and built my own watch.  I'm sure many have done it but feels good to have something I created!  Strap was delivered today but I wasn't home so it's at the post office! To be worn tomorrow! Simple, smart and cheap! Very satisfying.

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Very nice, you deserve to be proud. 

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8 hours ago, JohnR725 said:

couple minor little technical points it's not a 6497 but it's a 6497-2.  The reason I'm pointing this out is that both the 6497 and the other version have a different lift angle and the  the fault of the machine 52° I believe there both 44° I don't think it's going to change much.

Thanks John, yes your quite right, I forgot it should be set to 44. It’s that default 52’ setting! Gets me every time!

yes I’m curious how it stands the test of time (pun intended!).

Appreciate the feedback.

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1 hour ago, Jonno65 said:

Gets me every time!

yes I’m curious how it stands the test of time (pun intended!).

it's one of the  minor issues with the Chinese timing machine it doesn't remember where you put the settings. Like to be nice to have the lift angle to correspond to the watch are working on. Or it would be nice to keep the averaging time to something a little longer than what it defaults to

ideally what would be nice is to have a Journal of your watches. Write down the problems you found with the watch what you did the fix the problem is how it looked afterwords the outcome in this case you have a picture of it and then what the watch looks like over time. Because over time is the real test of whether you did good or bad.

 

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@Jonno65, can you tell me where you bough the case (and item number), and all that good stuff?  I'm a little ways behind you in doing something similar.  I have a new ST36 movement (same as yours) but I am in the process or learning how to strip it down, clean it, lube it and then reassemble it.  I would like to then put in into something so I can wear it.  I do like the Flieger style look that you have going with yours, so that is why I am asking.

One minor issue I had was the click spring decided to liberate itself, so I am in the process of trying to find another one.

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