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.
I'm a total newbie to servicing my pocket watch collection. I'm about to first clean and oil a practice movement, then eventually do my vintage railroad grade watches. I don't have a machine...yet, so I'll be doing things by hand. I'm hoping to draw on all of your experience. How long do I soak the parts in the Zenith cleaning solution? Then, how long in the Zenith rinse? Are there any parts that should NOT go into the cleaning solution at all? Then, what parts should NOT be oiled?
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.
Ok, I think I will open a can of worms, but here goes:
How do you oil the pallet jewels?
I know there are several ways to do it. I would be very thankful if some reasoning or pros/cons would be presented. And also, how could one check if they are properly oiled. I think the correct oiling of the pallet jewels is one of the critical things in watch servicing.
p.s. I saw Mark's way... don't think it's the only one. I also expect him to have something to say in this topic :) if he finds the time
Well, I don't know the official terms because I'm only an amateur. What I meant saying "full wind" on the 1575 (which is of course an automatic) is: I turned the crown about 40 revolutions so that I'm absolutely sure the mainspring is in the "slipping area". Thats "full wind of an automatic" for me.
Status update: After 30 hours the watch is 11 seconds ahead of the atomic clock. So the "about +9 result" of the timegrapher seems to make sense. I will observe until sunday evening if this is continuing.
Not a great picture. Taken at the bench with the lights and cellphone. Elgin Grade 430 3/0s in a jobber's case, Elgin 714 Shockmaster, and Wittnauer Revue 73. The Witt dial was shot so I just stripped it down to metal and did barely enough polishing the make it un-ugly. I didn't think it was valuable enough to justify restoration. Probably all will go to the auction site now that I am done with them.