One of the great things about collecting and repairing is that feeling of taking a bunch of parts and making a working watch again.
This restore begins with a scrap pile of cases from a former Timex repair center. I chose a late 1960's Marlin case that is missing the stem tube.
So to the parts stash and one issue resolved. Off it than goes to get a bath in cleaning solution , polished, new crystal added along with correct case back.
Next I service a used #24 movement also from the same lot the cases came with and the assembly begins.
Since the hands are chromed, I just use an old eraser pencil to bring back their shine. The sweep comes from NOS stock.
Grease the stem tube, set lever, insert a NOS stem\crown, snap on the case back and there ya go.
Will give this one a wear to test its time keeping.
I was asked to take a look at a broken Nautica watch. I tried a fresh battery and fair enough, it doesn't run. Closer inspection revealed a broken part on the setting lever (???) (not sure this term applies to quartz movements, there are lots of parts in there that don't look like anything I'm used to).
Turns out the movement is a Timex m649. So I looked around the usual places for a replacement: Otto Frei, cousinUK, Esslinger.... and the EvilBay but no luck. I's either not available or marked obsolete. I'm was hoping to find a chart with an equivalent movement or the new version of the movement but no luck. I'm trying to get watch to tick more than I want the indiglo function to work if that makes any difference (althought it comes from the dial, not the movement apparently).
Would anybody have any idea what I could replace this movement with?
hello, I am a retired dr of dental surgery. I am finding the hobby of watch repairing quite fascinating . The skills required are very similar to my profession. I have been using many of my dental instruments and work under my 20-40 power microscope.
my topic is TIMEX mechanical watches circa 1959-. I thought I was getting better dissembling and reassembling many movements like the ETA 2824 ETC. Then I started with my neighbors 1959 TIMEX self wind-I can't put it back together! I can see where the movement is not of the quality of the other movements I have played with. I guess part of my learning curve is running into these roadblocks but some of my ego got a bit injured. I was just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience.
I really enjoy this website. I also have great interest in photography-especially macro so I am blendinding watch repair into my other interests. Thanks to Mark
I'm about to service a Timex 260 electric movement. It's running strong as-is, but I doubt that it has been cleaned or lubricated in its lifetime. I do have the service manual for the movement and for most of the oil points, the SM calls for Moebius Synt-A-Lube, without specifying a product number (I intend to use Moebius 9010), but for the friction pinion the manual calls for "spreading type oil" (Woods AAAA oil). I cannot find a cross-reference for this old Woods oil and most watch oils are, of course, specifically formulated to NOT spread... so, I'm seeking advice and suggestions for a suitable oil to use on the friction pinion. Also, if anyone thinks that 9010 is NOT appropriate to use for the various other points, please let me know.
Hello everyone from Florida!
My name is Scott and I have been working with mostly Timex watches for the past four years (restoring and collecting) and have recently branched out into Seiko's. My first refurbish is a '68 6119 and has been both rewarding and challenging. SO much to learn!
I belong to another forum which is great, and was recommended this forum by a member here. This looks to be a great place to hang out to both learn and contribute what I can.