I recently got an amazing Hamilton Sea Cliff 3 watch from the early 70s powered by a handwound cal.61. I received the watch and it had not been serviced in a very long time. I serviced the watch but unfortunately used an oil pick that was too large to take the elastor shock absorbing spring out to get to the endstones. I accidentally broke one of the two levers off in the process and am now left with a functioning movement that I am afraid might become easily damaged by displacement of the endstones from small shocks. I have included a photo of the KIF Elastor spring below. I looked all over the internet, and i cannot find a supplier that will sell to me (not a trained or professional watchmaker). Does anybody know where I can get one of these springs? It would be greatly appreciated if somebody could lead me in the right direction as to where to get one and how to tell if it is the 3-3 or 3-2 sizing or even have any idea what ETA movement this cal.61 is based on as there is not a complete database of these movements online.:( Thank you everyone for your help!!
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I have a NOS Certina C017.407A watch case and I need a 35mm DS Caimano dial but I have had no luck in finding where I can buy one. I have tried Cousins in the UK. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Ideally need a new or NOS dial or good second hand one. Movement wise the case will take Eta 2824 (2824-2/A2 etc.) & Sellita SW200-1
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Can anyone help? I have a watch case that will exactly fit an ETA7751 movement but I cannot source or afford the movement. So I am on the lookout for an equivalent movement but am new to this. Can anyone advise which I should go for?
I got kinda jealous when I read a bunch of posts about people using Photoshop or InDesign to mock up dials and print them on decals etc... I mean, I know the real way to refinish a dial is to send it to the professionals, but I've been wanting to try to make some of the cheap and cheerful Bulovas I do be a bit more presentable before I wear them... Been wanting to try some diy approaches, but I always get stopped by the first task: removing the dial markers / indices.
The few posts I've read about diy dial restoration speak about using a pin or tweezers to push the dial markers out from the back... but the vintage Bulova dials I see have totally smooth brass backs with no sign of marker feet or anything... so how do the dial refinishers remove them? Are they riveted on somehow? are they held on by varnish or something??? Anybody know?
Here's a pic of the kind of thing I'm talking about - hopefully someone out there knows how the dial people remove these little markers (and replace them)... inquiring minds want to know
Hmmm. We’ve all had that happen. The movement isn’t securely attached to the dial and when the movement moves outward at all, the dial pulls the hands off. You will have to remove the movement/dial once you get the stem out. Then you can reattach the hands. Look into that oblong hole to the right side of the stem in your photo. Watch inside it when you pull the stem in and out and you should see a tiny lever with a really tiny hole in it moving back and forth. There even may be an arrow on the movement pointing toward that hole. When you see the lever plainly and see the hole in it, put a toothpick tip or tiny screwdriver tip and apply a little pressure there. Then the stem should slip right out. That hole sometimes appears when the stem is pulled in the setting position, sometimes in the normal position. That’s why you have to pull the stem in and out to see when it appears. After you get everything out, you can fit the hands back in place, noting the proper position for their placement so they line up properly. Hour hand on an hour marker and minute hand at 12. Seconds should be at 12 when the minute hand is on a minute marker. At least you don’t have the added complication of a date. Good luck. Steve
First time watch repairer here. My Tokyobay watch shown in the photo below needed a new battery. So I got the new battery, popped open the back, and popped out the old battery. Unfortunately, somehow while this was going on, I caused the minute hand and the other small hand (not sure it's purpose) to fall off! And I have no idea how to fix this (though very happy to try anything).
The inside of this is a Miyota IL45 and I assumed the first thing I'd need to do is get the stem disconnected from the movement. I tried pushing a pin in some of the holes and gently tugging on the crown/stem to get it out. But it didn't work and I have no idea where the release is. So that would be the first step I think...
After that, I don't know how to get at the hands to put them back in place. So that's the harder step two.
Would very much appreciate any help on this. From what I can tell, this watch doesn't seem to be very repairable. But hoping you guys can guide me!
Update: so i cleaned the watch completely and replaced the mainspring with one that i had. Had to anneal the end and bend in over to catch the barrel hook.
I then examined the jewels and found one badly damaged jewel and two other cracked jewels (fix later). Then i noticed that a tooth on the center wheel was bent completely over. I wedged in a knife and was able to move the tooth back without breaking. Lots of work remaining on this old beast.