Hello everyone, first of all I am fairly new in watch repairing/collecting, so please go easy on me! Recently I have bought an Eternamatic 3000 Wristwatch Automatic Date movement with the calibre number 1500k. I have been looking over the net since forever to find a case in which this movement would fit in. I did some research and came up with the exact "dimensions" of the movement. I am attaching the sheet below.. I know that it is forbidden for other user members to promote the selling of such items, but at least if I can get a recommendation as to where to go on the net for the case that would be great...! Thank you very much everyone!
Eterna 1500, 1501.pdf
I hope this is not a silly question but I'd like to identify what tool(s) I might need to open this type of screw back watch case (see pic. below). This is an inexpensive Victorinox Swiss Army watch and I really don't want to spend $20-$25 at a Jeweler's to have the battery replaced. I know it's definitely not a snap/pop off case.
For anyone not knowing, ETA announced a while back they are stopping the sale of all spare parts on December 31st 2015. After this date only Authorised service centres will b able to get them, so once cousins, boley etc supplies have been exhausted we will no longer be able to get them, meaning the customer has to pay extortiate prices.
Commission closes its investigation into the refusal by several manufacturers of prestige/luxury
watches to supply spare parts to independent repairers.
The European Commission has closed its antitrust investigation in the sectors of the supply of spare
parts and the provision of repair and maintenance services for luxury/prestige watches in several
member states (notably France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK).
The investigation concerned watches which are typically worth repairing and maintaining (in that
regard, the Commission focused on watches sold above a certain retail price). The Commission
investigated, further to a complaint by the European Confederation of Watch and Clock Repairers'
Association ("CEAHR"), whether the discontinuance of the supplies of spare parts by prestige watch
manufacturers to independent watch repairers (i.e. repairers that do not belong to their respective
official networks for repair and maintenance services) may constitute an infringement of EU
competition rules on restrictive agreements and abuse of a dominant position (Articles 101 and 102 of
the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, respectively). Following a comprehensive investigation, the
Commission has concluded that there is limited likelihood of finding such an infringement in the
I am wondering if anyone could provide some advice on polishing the scratches off steel watch case and bracelets? Would love to hear how you could do it, both for polished steel and also matte/satin finish steel.
Since this is a pretty complex ana-digi movement I would only clean it if it is dirty on the inside (which is usually unlikely).
For the most part you're only going to have to clean the inner keyless works where all the metallic non-electric parts are (the ones that turn the hands) and lubricate them. Anything that is electrical just use an air blowing tool and lightly clean them (especially the contacts) with something soft, maybe a soft brush.
You have to take it all apart to reach the area where the gears/wheels are. You'd need some special grease and oil for them. Usually they use quartz watch oil. Can't remember what I used specifically.
Welcome to the forum!
What you're playing with is basically the most sensitive part of the watch.... I think you're better off starting over from scratch, buying cheap movements to practice on, all the tools you needs, and then, try to fix the mess. We're talking at least a few months worth of practice here.
Or you can take it to a pro who will fix it for you, but we're probably talking many 100s of dollars at this point... (a proper cleaning of a working watch would have cost a couple 100s maybe)
It is a nice watch, it's a shame it got all mangled up. If you do decide to take on this hobby, watch all the videos, ask questions, take it slow. In a few months, you'll be very proud to have a working watch again (just make sure you break a few cheap ones first).
I serviced a watch like yours a few months ago. Mine had somewhat similar issues with the seconds hand. I just cleaned the movement, lubricated it and then assembled it back together.
You'll find a few videos made by someone on how to take that movement apart on youtube but they're not very good if you don't have any experience.
If you don't have experience with working on watches and if you don't have the right tools I suggest you take it to a watchmaker or leave it alone until you get more experience (if you're planning on doing this as a hobby or something).