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    • By Matthew
      Good (insert time here) everyone!
           I am relatively new to the world of clockwork repair and maintenence, but have done delicate metalwork, mechanism cleaning, and enjoy fixing things. Just recently, my sister brought home her boyfriends late great grandmothers singing bird in cage automata. For those of you who dont completely know or understand what it is, its basically a spring driven mechanism using bellows and a variable organ pipe to make bird sounds and move a little birdie around and "sing" (Example of singing bird mechanism working).
           His aunt wants it to be operational again, and after opening it up (not yet taking much apart) I have come to the conclusion that it could just use a good cleaning and oiling. But, my question is, what kind of oil should I use and how should I apply it? I don't have any fancy oils except for a bottle of valve oil for my trumpet at my current disposal, but I would like to buy some decent clockwork oil for this project and a sankyo music box repair I have waiting. 
           Note: come to find out while writing this, it was made by eschle reuge I'm Germany, probably around the 50's or 40's.

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      When I look at watchmaker workbenches i see that it is performed in many different shapes and designs. I would like to see and hear about your experience with watchmaking Workbenches. What to prefer in and what will you recommend. Image of your own solutions will be great. It is specifically the top plate I am thinking about!
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    • By dferrier
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    • you can buy a a parts case and pull the stem and sleeve from that one. just make sure the size and manufacturer are the same. if you plan on making a stem you will have to machine so its works with a sleeve if not the stem will just fall out. there are plenty of parts watches and cases on ebay. finding a stem and sleeve on their own is dam near impossible
    • Lol i could only imagine mate, im not sure if im going to go that deep in the rabbit hole just yet sorry for high jacking OP & taking this a bit off topic too.

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    • Thanks- I'm sure one will show up in time.  ;o) Yes, the movements are in-house column wheel chronographs; you might know I'm trying to work my way through all of the manual chronographs of the golden age!  They're quite nice though- they do look better in person but feel better than any other watch I've had thus far. Movado made some keepers back in the day.
    • I'm sorry I don't have any leads on your request Ry. Are these column chronos an in-house? The movements are beautiful. J
    • Here's a couple of Movado Subsea Chronographs from the 1950's that are just about twins.  The one on the right (#1) has had a bit of a hard life compared to the one on the left.  Gone are the Kris hands from the minute and hour registers.  The original crown is missing too and it appears that the pendant tube was modified to make the new crown fit (see bottom pic).  It's a terrible shame as this is a Taubert/Borgel case and of high quality craftsmanship.  The outer end of the pendant tube has been lost (perhaps filed off) and the cork gasket is long gone. The Subsea on the right (#2) is in better shape with the original Kris hands, crown, and a movement that appears to have been serviced recently. The lead caseback gasket is gone and replaced with a rubber one and the larger hands are clearly wrong- why have luminous paint on the dial if the hands have none? The trick here will be to bring both watches back to Movado factory specifications.  I doubt I can locate the Kris hands but if anyone knows where I can find a proper Borgel style crown and is willing to share the info that would be greatly appreciated!  I picked up an old Mido Multifort which has a similar crown but it would be a shame to steal parts from it as it's otherwise complete. I've dug through my vintage hand drawer and think I might have the proper hour and minute hands needed for #2. I wonder if there are there any thoughts on how I could go about fixing the pendant tube on #1?  The backup plan will be to just leave it as it is- the watch is vintage and replacing the cork gaskets in the pusher tubes to a level that will ensure reliable water resistance is probably not possible (I don't have the tools and I don't believe replacement cork gaskets can be found). I do love to do restorations though... Any thoughts/suggestions are appreciated.  Thanks!