Hi Fellow People,
Im reaching out as I’m currently learning all I can about watchmaking, and am working through the BHI distance learning technicians course, with my exam booked for May.
I will need to service a quartz watch as part of my practical exam, and am learning about watch lubrication.
A few months ago I found a great article that covered the technique for dipping and collecting the right amount of oil on the oiler, such as the speed and angle of the dip, however, I now can’t find it anywhere, no matter how much I search the internet
Does anyone have or can point me in the right direction of instructions specifically on oil collection on the oiler? As you will know there is lots on the actual oiling process but not the oil collection process.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Everybody! Henry Fried has in one of his books a little recipe for making a grease that one can use on the outer wall of the mainspring barrel in an automatic watch. It supposedly provides lubrication for proper slippage of the mainspring tail. Has anyone tried this? What is the proper consistency (Fried is not very specific about this because it was probably so common in his day)? Also how would such a preparation compare to Kluber P-125 which, here in the US is really expensive? I won't leave it here. I"m gonna experiment a bit with this and will let you know what I found. Just want to see what other's have found out. Thanks.
I recently serviced a PUW 1561 automatic movement.
This was my first time servicing automatic movement and I am not confident on lubricating barrel wall.
I purchased Moebius 8217, breaking grease for the barrel wall.
The whole service was a quite long process for me so I will just get to my point.
On the cleaned barrel wall, I applied thin layer of 8217 thinking that too much would not do any good.
Then I placed the mainspring and applied 3 drops of Moebius 8200 before closed the barrel cap.
After I had assembled the watch, I tried winding it. It wound well but I could hear the mainspring slip in side the barrel when I felt some tension on the crown as I was winding.
I know that automatic mainspring slips along the barrel wheel but never experienced such 'obvious' slipping sound.
I guess the timegrapher tells that service was not that bad but I just don't feel right when hand winding the watch.
Is it something wrong in the barrel? May be I should have applied the 8217 more thicker?
Thanks for always helping me out.
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.
This is a 2 part series from Oklahoma State University of Watchmaking on the correct use of Oilers.
Oiling a movement correctly is one of the most important skills you need to master, and these videos give some excellent advice.
Lol that's the problem JohnHutchins....I do not want to have to take apart this watch just to replace a capacitor, especially with those annoying/fragile plastic gears. Not worth the effort for a $60 job. I feel like Citizen made it like this in order to force customers to send their watch in for a $200 service that takes 6 months (in which they will just rip the stem out and replace the entire movement). Shame.
You might be right though, Pip, maybe there's been some sort of manufacturing flaw or unseated piece that is preventing the stem from coming out. Shit does happen.
A vintage Dundee lady tonight. I doubt if this is the smallest Timex watch ever made, but it is certainly fairly dinky.
Serviced and polished, but the strap that was on it is done, and I have no 10mm straps, so I'll need to get one.
I'm unsure of the age, if any of the experts know, do tell.
Other than a very light crop of green fungus on the strap pins (fresh pins fitted) and the dead strap it was fairly tidy and polished up rather nicely.
It is managing a fairly respectable swing of 265 degrees and sitting slightly fast at +70 at the moment, so I'll let it settle overnight and finish it up tomorrow.
Pip - yeah I've also taken a look at the diagram, but thats the assembly from the underside of the movement. And if you look at the dashes, the set lever ends up being set into a place farther up towards the center, which can't be reached from the dial side. This thing is a straight up anomaly.