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  1. Do you mean BFG 866 ? If so, This was a mass produced pin lever movement from the 1960s.
  2. It is a fairly late English verge escapement watch. 1872 is very late for a verge as nearly all watches of that period would be English lever escapements. I think the hallmark is actually 1852. Lovely piercing on the balance cock. Watch papers were often added after a service. Sometimes embroidered and held some message of affection. They also stopped the inner and outer cases from rattling. Nice bold figures and original hands. Possibly a railway mans watch. So many beautiful watches unsigned.
  3. It is a fairly late English verge escapement watch. 1872 is very late for a verge as nearly all watches of that period would be English lever escapements. I think the hallmark is actually 1852. Lovely piercing on the balance cock. Watch papers were often added after a service. Sometimes embroidered and held some message of affection. They also stopped the inner and outer cases from rattling. Nice bold figures and original hands. Possibly a railway mans watch. So many beautiful watches unsigned. It is a fairly late English verge escapement watch. 1872 is very late for a verge as nearly all watches of that period would be English lever escapements. I think the hallmark is actually 1852. Lovely piercing on the balance cock. Watch papers were often added after a service. Sometimes embroidered and held some message of affection. They also stopped the inner and outer cases from rattling. Nice bold figures and original hands. Possibly a railway mans watch. So many beautiful watches unsigned.
  4. One of my dial restorers could do this for you. You will need to supply an accurate drawing using eg Humbrol paint numbers. Name the font for dial markings if required and a printing plate can then be composed. Obviously a different registered dial name could not be applied for copyright reasons.
  5. One of the two train wheel bridge screws at 10 has a broken head. The hole for the automatic winding wheel pivot, left of the ratchet wheel is damaged. The automatic winding section (missing) must be held on by two hardened blued screws, and two casing screws with movement securing bars should be fitted to secure the movement in it's case ring. The whole assembly is then held in place by a zig zag sprung case ring set inside the case back.
  6. I am amazed at the number of repairs which arrive at my workshop without any full name or return address included either inside or outside the package. On receipt of the first enquiry, I always reply, 'please do not forget to include your full name and return address'. But customers do forget ! Sometimes it takes ages to discover who's watch it is. Whether it was from a forum PM, email, WhatsApp or telephone conversations. I have to wait for the enquiry 'Have you looked at my watch yet?'. Ahh It's yours . Problem resolved.
  7. If there are two battery houses you'll need two. I suggest you buy an assortment from the Pound Shop and choose the battery nearest to your dimensions. They are all 1.5 volt so just be sure to fit the right way up.
  8. I have two ESA 9164 day date working new old stock movements. They are the same as the F300 but without the Omega plate. I bought them as spares in case two I was repairing should fail. If the movement runs ok, make sure the calendar advances 1 to 31. The disc teeth get broken over time. What else fails ? The coil or the very fine escape wheel. They are remarkably resilient. Invented 1958. Genius!
  9. Absolutely right. I add a few drops of household ammonia and some fairy liquid. Those little machines are great for cleaning watch bracelets and cases too, although I normally use a much bigger heated ultrasonic unit for them. It amazes me how much dirt comes out of watch bracelets.
  10. Pleasure ! I doubt that this could be done more than twice before the metal fatigues. Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  11. You're right about the traders. One car boot in Exeter has a meat lorry and the guy drones on through a microphone. Drives me mad. Some ban dogs, which is great since two large canines one either side of me decided to fight and I thought I was going to get my leg bitten off ! I don't agree with only letting everyone in at once because there's a surge and fights break out over items snatched by two people at the same time. Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  12. What a find !! Marklin really is the best. When I lived in Switzerland, there is a monthly event called 'big bin day' where you can leave out for collection or for anyone, large household items. I found many brand new model kits, Revell, Aurora and the like. Cars, space vehicles, planes, trains. One day we picked up a leather sofa from outside David Bowie's house. Often thought of going there with a large van each month but there are many collectors who now do the rounds. Best place is Plainpalais market every Saturday in Geneva. Starts around 8am. Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  13. Definitely ! Go at the same time as the traders. It's a serious business these days. Started as a way to clear household junk, but now people buy and sell there for a living. Apparently the current car boot find record is around 120k for a 16th century Chinese painters mixing pot. Found for 50p. Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  14. You can use toothpaste as well. Nice minty smell after polishing too ! Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  15. I am an absolutely fanatical car boot freak ! The secret to success is to get to the sales as they set up. This means being there around 5.30am. Otherwise anything of interest will have been snapped up by hardened dealers by around 6.30am. Here are some finds from the last few weeks. Not all watches, but I can't resist a quality bargain: The trench watch above cost 50p. I restored it by fitting a period Cyma movement: A few other assorted finds: This gorgeous Georgian table cost me £5.00. I couldn't believe it ! Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
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