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  • Birthday 13/05/1959

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  1. A couple of new ones this week, Both table lighters, The gold one on the left is really one of those electronics from my first post, Ronson just rehoused it in a tiny little desk lighter case that weighs just over half a pound. The lighter came in non working condition and had a leak, I changed out the burner seals and fitted a new inlet valve which dealt with the leak then turned my attention to the ignition system which needed a new capacitor, They take a 16v 300Uf cap if anybody else is attempting this, I like to search out vintage NOS caps if possible as the newer caps are only about a quarter of the size and you have to get creative with the old cap casing to take up the slack, Modern work just fine though. The second huge table lighter is a Japanese Maruman T-8 Hi-Beam from the 70s, this one is piezo rather than battery and came to me boxed in full working order, This one had a bit of a surprise when I found a sticker saying "Lead crystal" I was convinced it would be some sort of plastic. It's a great dinner party lighter.
  2. Hi That's a nice one, Those lift arm models look they would survive nuclear war I have had a few of those electronics from the 90's and sadly they changed the inlet valve to a much coarser thread, I've been unable to find a source for those so I tend to part out the plastic bodied ones as the ignitor and burner valve fit the old 70's electronics. I picked up a Dunhill rollagas when i got the cabinet, its missing its closing spring but apart from that works fine for a rough looking example, I'll get round to it when i pick up another cheap scrapper and get a good one from the two. wook Hi No worries at all, it's very kind of you to look. all the best wook
  3. Weird question but have you ever removed the the flame adjuster on that onyx one? They look much like the ones on the electronic ronsons i collect and just like watch collecting "it's all about parts" when getting into these, on a very cross over item I picked up a 70s 12v Japanese lighter with the Seiko "SQ" quartz branding on the front this week, I'll upload a photo in a bit when I remember what sort of link I'm meant to use Wook
  4. Hi That's very kind, Thank you, here's a very bad picture of the cabinet i'm trying to fill.
  5. As per the title i was wondering if anybody else tinkers with old lighters. Since i had a bit of a stroke a couple of years ago i have found that tinkering with watches requires far more concentration than it used to, I'm still capable of doing my own repairs on watches but it takes me three times as long now Anyway back to lighters, I've started to have a tinker with Ronson mid 70s electronic ones, replacing capacitors, burner seals, and inlet valves. I find the much larger parts of lighters much easier to manipulate, my tired old eyes can actually see them. Parts for these old lighters are plentiful and inexpensive mostly, they are even a bit Seiko-esq with the interchangeability between models. I've decided to collect every model of battery electronic and piezo electronic in the 1974 Ronson trade catalogue, I'm treating it a bit like an adult panini sticker book. here's the pages I'm working on at the moment, I just need the middle two from the first page now.
  6. Hi Glad to hear you like it Davey, I like to use those sandwich boxes as they come with a little anti damp sachet (probably overkill for a G-Shock) and are stronger than anything intended for postage from my local shop. Its never seen a sarnie I promise I think that model of "G" is called a G-Rescue which may account for the low temperature resistance serif. Excellent to hear its off skiing as babying a G-Shock like I've done is a bit silly when you consider how tough those watches are, Have a great Christmas, Wook
  7. I received a watch from ebay a couple of years ago in a 7" pizza box, Used and resplendent with greasy stains, I think it was a Tissot wook
  8. Hi I have one of the data 2000 models amongst many other Seiko digitals but the Ruputer is not something I've ever seen, Can you tell me a bit more about it please ? Wook
  9. I use this gizmo, Got it for about £15 from cousins during a sale. its great for forcing a gap. I also use it for stubborn crystal bezels.
  10. Hi Bulova makes sense as that's certainly a citizen crystron module, Aren't the two company's still linked to this day in some way or is it my memory playing tricks. wook
  11. I like the gold digital, What brand is it? the display looks a bit like a citizen module. Wook
  12. GFA Seiko happy eyes chronograph Seiko 7123 mini tuna can Seiko solar quartz Merit one button sailing chronograph Glycine Luftwaffe Wook
  13. HI these are great watches, I've tinkered with loads of 2030's over the years and have pretty much every part if the movement ends up needing anything, Just give us a shout Wook
  14. I'm pretty sure that there is an old fashioned looking jaxa type case tool made by vigor that comes with exactly the same set of tips as the big opener, They go in the £20 range when they pop up on fleabay and might be a cheaper way of acquiring them. best of luck Wook P.S. the model number of the vigor wrench is Co-629,
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