Hi everyone, after watching many watch repair videos by Mark, I decided to join. I'm a retired US Army Soldier, having served 21-1/2 years. I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, camping in our restored 1976 Monaco Class C motorhome and watching people make beautiful things out of once-ugly things on YouTube. I was married to my first wife, Sherri, for almost 10 years, before I lost her to metastatic breast cancer. The month before she passed away, she bought me my last birthday present, a Rolex Submariner....or so she thought. It turns out she was duped by an unscrupulous jeweler, for whom there is a special place in Hades. The movement is Swiss, according to a local watchmaker, but I still get sick to my stomach thinking that someone had the temerity to take advantage of a dying person. Even though it's not real, it's more valuable to me than the real McCoy and I cherish it every time I wear it. I also have a Vostok watch that my late aunt, a stewardess for Air France, brought back from the Soviet Union in the late 60's/early 70's. Here are pictures of both watches.
Just received my magnetic stirrer yesterday. The magnets are not very powerful, so hopefully it doesn't magnetize everything. It can also works as a "line release" tool.
If it doesn't work, I'll have a hot cocoa machine, parts dryer, a line release tool and maybe a demagnetizer.
i just got in to the shop 5 junker swiss bar movements because im restoring this beautiful swiss pocket watch from 1880-ish. I want to cannibalize screws and a new mainspring rachet wheel/click wheel. I paid $45 for 5 junkers! Ive never seen so much oil. I bought them from Dave's. Im wondering if he doesnt spray oil on them so they wont rust. Theyre just soaking it it. I unscrew a screw and under the microscope the screw is coated in oil.