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Hope everyone had a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas with family and friends and re-established what makes us human during these strange times. So what watch to wear today: my Glycine SST or my trusty Amphibia...20201227_103135.thumb.jpg.91adb0ed758e40a8a2c3e1461c409c98.jpg

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On 12/27/2020 at 2:02 PM, MechanicMike said:

Hope everyone had a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas with family and friends and re-established what makes us human during these strange times. So what watch to wear today: my Glycine SST or my trusty Amphibia...

Great looking watches and very well organized work bench! ?

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On 12/28/2020 at 9:46 AM, Tudor said:

I like the 24-hour Glycine.

it was my father-in-law's watch. he was a pilot and aerospace engineer. serviced it and runs like a champ. it's got an interesting setting hack. it's a hair-like spring that pops out between the 2 and 4 on the nighttime dial that stops the sweep hand when you pull out the crown to set the time. diameter of a human hair, made of spring steel.  upper crown sets the 24 hour dial. can't find a crystal for it though, to fix the crack. I have the wooden box, tags, band, everything it came with. very comfy to wear. It's called "the Pumpkin." Don't wear it too often.

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3 minutes ago, MechanicMike said:

thank you but the bench is a perpetual, never-ending disaster area! all it takes is one watch...instant mess.

You should see my desk now... It's a very well organized MESS, but it's my mess and i like it better than "everything is in order" ? I know where each part is ?

Have to order three new mainsprings and realized that CousinsUK doesn't carry what I need. Now recalculating and compromising based on what they've got.

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1 minute ago, Poljot said:

You should see my desk now... It's a very well organized MESS, but it's my mess and i like it better than "everything is in order" ? I know where each part is ?

Have to order three new mainsprings and realized that CousinsUK doesn't carry what I need. Now recalculating and compromising based on what they've got.

yeah, this is true. sometimes when I'm overwhelmed, I'll sit back, take a breath, and look out over the vastness of MY mess and think, "Yeah. I did this. I kinda like it this way."

and thats that.

i've got two balance staffs coming, and a K & D #50 staff remover on it's way. The remover is coming from the UK. Delving deeper into the world of balance staffs!  what mainsprings you looking for? 

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6 minutes ago, MechanicMike said:

yeah, this is true. sometimes when I'm overwhelmed, I'll sit back, take a breath, and look out over the vastness of MY mess and think, "Yeah. I did this. I kinda like it this way."

and thats that.

i've got two balance staffs coming, and a K & D #50 staff remover on it's way. The remover is coming from the UK. Delving deeper into the world of balance staffs!  what mainsprings you looking for? 

Some say that "staff removing" is done easier & safer using a lathe or a similar small gadget.

I no longer know what i am looking for as what i was looking for initially was declared obsolete.. Every approach, every formula, and every catalogue is giving me either NOTHING or conflicting information. Perhaps I am overthinking it, but when you need three different mainsprings which are not too weak and not too strong ? you can easily get a headache. Looking for swiss hook mainsprings in 2.7 x 0.22 or 2.8 x 0.22 ranges. Also need 2.9 x 0.21 (or 0.22) LoL

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3 hours ago, Poljot said:

Some say that "staff removing" is done easier & safer using a lathe or a similar small gadget

So I've heard. Unfortunately, I have neither. Maybe some day. Until then this is as far as I've gotten. I think I've seen the similar small gadget, but not in action. I'd like to find one, and see how it works.

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Today, some German pin lever action, in the shape of a Kienzle "Markant" mechanische herren "Strapazier-Armbanduhr", probably 1960s or thereabouts.

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It is relatively small for a "Herren" (mens) sized watch, with 16mm lugs. Given the somewhat "industrial" construction and the fact that it is still going strong I think it meets the claim of being a  "Strapazier-Armbanduhr" (hard wearing wrist watch).

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