Padd here from the UK.
It all started with a desire to fix a Submariner replica I bought off a lucky lucky man in Pisa, Italy while on a European tour.
Next thing I know I'm investigating Submariner replicas and building my own, signed by me, using a Seagull ST2130 movement, adventure watch.
Now I'm hooked, I took inspiration from Marks videos, now I'm happily starting to work on parts of the movement, and have recovered one or two movements where the stem came out, but wouldn't stay back in. I have built a few watches for friends and relations, but now I need to be able to service them when they come back to me.
I also have a couple of movements that run really badly, so I will be practising on those over the winter weekends. Full repair/servicing kit IS my Christmas present.
I really want to get one of those ST2130's, serviced and tweaked by me, doing a -------------------------- on my timegrapher. not a -.'-.'''--,'.'.' (and worse) that they do at the moment.
I wont start to list my watch collection, but it runs from a Casio digital to a Rolex pocket watch with Seikos, Citizens, Omegas and home builds in the mix.
Must do Mark's course, but I'm afraid I may have already learned 60+% of it already.
I was wondering how do the timegrapher phone app's out there compare to a dedicated bench top machine. I'm guessing it's all down to the piezoelectric pickup? I installed tickoprint on my phone the other day. But to get the full features you need to shell out $30, if you then also have to shell out for a piezoelectric mic, then you are almost at the same price point as a cheap chinese bench top machine!
Thanks for the welcome folks. I'm in the SF bay area, California.
I'm not a big fan of eBay so I think I'll just continue to scout the thrift shops for a pocket watch or even clock. Was also my thought a larger movement should be my first go.
i too started on pocket watches and started winding by hand. i understand most professionals, of which I am NOT one, consider it bad practice. However, what works, works!
i stopped doing it by hand simply because it hurt my fingers to do so and I had been slapped in the face 137 times too often by particularly cheeky springs. I bought the model in you picture years ago and love it. There are two main drawbacks IMHO. 1. As nickelsilver suggests, the older ones tend to be work, particularly in the material that grips the spring in the center. Thus it can slip quite often. 2. This model nay has one arbor size. That means if you work on smaller movements with smaller springs, you may bend the center out of shape or even break it. In the case of wrist watches and smaller sprinted movements, it won’t fit at all.
you can buy new winders one arbor at a time and build your set to your needs. They are a bit more expensive per arbor than a set, but if you don’t need a complete set, you save money and get the right tool. I must admit to coveting Marks Bergeon set in his videos even though I will NEVER need all those sizes.
best of luck and do reach out with pocket watch questions and suggestions. I love to compare experiences.