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Hello from Miami, Fl. My name is Robert and I've been a "watchmaker hobbyist" (if this is possible) for sometime now. I'm currently following 2 instruction classes about watch repair on line. One offered by the TimeZone School (Otto Frei et al) and another about the Seiko 7s26 by an Australian watchmaker (the link escapes me at this time).


I'm working on ETA/Unitas 6498, ETA 2801-2 and Seiko 7s26, all obtained from ebay....not in great shape but I've managed to make them work again, especially the seikos. I've covered so far all the disassembly, cleaning and assembly (along with some troubleshooting, demagnetizing, etc) of all these movements but I've disassembled them one more time in order to cover the oiling part (now that I understand each one and seen them working). Eventually they will be incorporated to some cases and hopefully allow my kids to make good their promise that even though they use their cells, they will wear a watch made by their daddy!


I understand I might be a "classmate" of some members here. In any case, hello to everyone I hope to be of some help or be helped in turn as the opportunity presents itself.





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Welcome to the forum Robert, this is a friendly place with a lot of very knowledgable people from all over the world. That was a great introduction, I like your idea of putting together watches for your kids to wear.

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Welcome Robert from the USA,  sounds like you are already getting to grips with the black art of watch repairing,  it's a fascinating hobby and will keep you interested for years.  There are all skill levels on the forum and someone should be able to answer any questions you might have.

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Thank you Geo, WillFly and autowind for your warm welcome. It is a good feeling to share with you guys about our -- to quote autowind -- fascinating hobby. I couldn't have put it in better words.



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By the way, in the forum instructions it says there is a way to post pictures but it doesn't show any in my text editor (no attachment button). How do I change that?

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When you do a post or a reply, there's a grey button next to the black "Post" button which says "More Reply Options". Click on that to select the "Add Files" button - then select the pic(s) you want to add. When they've uploaded, click the "Add To Post" (or some such) to get them shown as a line in your post...

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