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  1. Understand your point hughlle....True what you say..Yes we all have to make do with what we have and the situation we are in and I'm not being critical of that but it does appear today that creating and repairing has died. In my situation I come in contact with people with lots of time and resources but no enthusiasm or motivation perhaps preferring to gaze at a phone or tablet all day long. Perhaps that is why its 80% services and 20% manufacturing in the UK instead of the other way round. As far as making the watch movements is concerned George Daniels did it and so does Roger W Smith after him but thats another story. Cutting out the middleman is a splendid idea Understand your point hughlle....True what you say..Yes we all have to make do with what we have and the situation we are in and I'm not being critical of that but it does appear today that creating and repairing has died. In my situation I come in contact with people with lots of time and resources but no enthusiasm or motivation perhaps preferring to gaze at a phone or tablet all day long. Perhaps that is why its 80% services and 20% manufacturing in the UK instead of the other way round. As far as making the watch movements is concerned George Daniels did it and so does Roger W Smith after him but thats another story. Cutting out the middleman is a splendid idea
  2. Does'nt anyone make anything anymore? A short length of stainless rod and a few tools and you have a watch strap changing tool. The price I got from Amazon for the Bergeon 6767F was over £20. You can buy an awful lot of 6mil stainless rod for that! I have just made a pair of watch hand lifters from a pair of 99p ladies tweezers from Boots. Separate the legs, grind the ends with a Dremel, sharpen on a stone and Hey Presto !!! (excuse the pun) more satisfaction, more efficient and a lot less of the readies. Incidentally I purchased a Bergeon movement holder and at the price I paid I wasn't too impressed. (Down to the steel stockholders for some aluminium.) Anyway anyone think this is good value for money?..Bergeon Pressstock Big 077350 at £540.00
  3. Given me an idea Iceblue Got this for the price of a pint a few days ago. Goes for 36 hours on a wind and keeps damn good time. Look at the state of the face. Only a mother would love. Could be a candidate for the sticky tape !!!!
  4. Hi Guys I have a Tissot Sea Star with a 781-1 movement which generally gives troublefree service but recently has developed a loud tick. I mean really loud as still hearing it a metre away. The watch seems to keep going ok and keeping time but obviously somethings wrong so I wondered if anyone has experienced the same and what the problem might be. I have several other Tissots which are almost inaudible....Thanks Chris T
  5. Can anyone identify please. I realise it is a PUW but it is the only one I've come across that has not got 1561 or whatever stamped near the balance. The all in one case and bracelet is broken so I need to get a new case for what seems a reasonable quality movement. Any help would be great....Thanks....CDT
  6. Hi guys Because of the natural aging process I have started to suffer quite a bit of eyestrain using the usual x5 and x10 loupe and wondered if anyone has tried this particular model of stereo microscope. It seems to be reasonably priced at £258 and gives a massive 230 - 250mm working distance at x10 which at first examination would seem ideal for watch servicing, repairs etc as a hobby of course. Perhaps anyone with experience of this particular model would let me have there thoughts....good or bad before I plunge. I understand Brunel Microscopes do a model similarly priced. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151450779765
  7. Could any of you guys give me any advice on how to remove the winding stem from this movement? It does'nt appear to have the usual button or screw release. Only two small holes one I can see the winding crown wheel the other nothing.
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    Many thanks for your input guys....Perhaps I'll let this one go Chris
  9. Looks like a good purchase Chris Its the type I go for...Damn Missed that one !!! CDT
  10. Hi I have a couple of sets of these tools purchased second hand but they both came without the metal items in your picture. As you probably know all Seastar Seven watches can only be opened from the front using one of those 3 piece keys which grip the crystal while you tap the lugs freeing the movement. The most common key is 315T for gents watches. Care must be taken when using other crystal grips as there is a thin steel band surrounding the crystal which can easily be damaged by using other grips. As for the steel bits ??? perhaps someone else might know !!! CDT
  11. Hi sparky...Yes I'm the same. In fact I'm always putting batteries in those damn quartz things for people who don't even want to pay a pound for the battery...Used to collect Tissot but gradually moved on to Le Cheminant which tend to be less desirable but still nice watches. Chris
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    Mappin

    Hi guys. Just spotted a silver Mappin "Campaign" wristwatch on screwbay. Does anyone know anything about these. I do collect some WW! memorabelia but at £420 asking price I hesitated. Were they actually army issue? (No sign of the arrow) It says the movement was made by Longines but from the pic it does look a bit crappy! Worth an offer perhaps. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321491807409?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
  13. Thanks Anthony.....Might try that first!!
  14. Could anyone tell me what size mainspring winder I would need for an Elgin 16s pocket watch 292 grade? The price of the sets seem quite prohibitive especially if only used occasionally. Plus the quality of even the "top manufacturers" seems rather poor. If only I had access to a Colchester lathe again (or Southbend) I could turn one up in an afternoon.Any advice on winding by hand? Chris
  15. Could someone please advise me on the way to tighten hands on a Tissot Seastar. Sometimes they stop moving for perhaps 10 minutes giving the impression the watch is stopping or losing time but it ticks away strongly. If you tap it against your palm the minute hand moves about 5 minutes. Tap it again and it moves back. Any kind of watchmakers "Threadlock" or Locktite available? Perhaps its just a case of making the hole in the hand smaller!!!!
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