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  1. I was given a selection of Casio and Nike (meant for running) watches with resin straps, they had almost all gone crumbly.They were getting on a bit though and I've no idea how they were stored.
  2. Peacocks and Primark for me...
  3. I've emailed you Simon. Cheers!
  4. Well you live and learn... that's very helpful, thanks. Any suggestions where I can get one? Cousins have them but there are a variety of reviews that are making me hesitate, and their T&Cs seem a bit... one-sided. Thanks!
  5. I've been handed a somewhat unattractive Dolce & Gabbana watch here that needs a new movement. Ok, no problems, so I ordered a Y121E movement from AG Thomas. Looks identical, except the original has a shaft for the hands that's at least twice as long as the standard to make its way through the three layered face. Would it have been made specially for D&G, or is this sort of thing more common than that? Any ideas? Thanks.
  6. Hi I have a Fossil Big Tic (the seconds are shown by animated digits on an LCD face). The movement has stopped working. Anyone tried repairing one of these? Fossil charge £44 (which doesn't seem bad for a manufacturer repair) including shipping back. I just wonder if I'll start to get into it and find I'm over my head (I successfully changed a movement in a conventional quartz the other day, don't want to get too cocky).
  7. Ah. I was hoping someone would say that's a Miyota 1234 equivalent, or something. I meant the assembled "watch" (actually a small decorative clock) was a no-name. Time (haha) to get creative and wade through the spares. Cheers!
  8. What do you use? Having gone to change a quartz movement and then discovering the cheap POS remover (the squeezy sprung kind) was broken... a video on YouTube showed a pair of tools used to prise off left and right side through a bag. What sort is best? Thanks!
  9. Hi Any ideas what this might be? It's about 18mm and a no-name. Thanks...
  10. Hi Simon First off I must thank you (very belatedly) for replacing the movement in the Citizen watch last September. My customers were delighted with it, especially as it has great sentimental value. Now I have one of these https://www.watchshop.com/mens-fossil-grant-automatic-watch-me3055-p99980869.html in my sweaty hands. It's stopped working altogether. Once again there's a sentimental value, but not greatly so. Anyway, I'd like to give the owner a ball-park figure for repair so they can decide if it's worth it. In addition to the ME3055 on the back, it also says 111609. It would be a shame to scrap it as it is virtually scratch-free. Regards Pete
  11. Thanks for the hint @scottswatches.
  12. Is it worth paying for them or can you make ones that are as good? I've been staring at my friend's Animal, and the replacement movement I bought and it's about time I took a deep breath and did my first... although I'll practise on a cheapo first. Cheers
  13. Many thanks @simon2 I will talk to the owner and get back to you soon.
  14. @simon2 Hi, sorry I missed your post and ended up sending it to Citizen. Well, that was a waste of time as they sent it back saying they don't have the spares as it's so old and to try a watchmaker because they can use non-Citizen parts! So, back where I started. This is the movement I would like to start replacing movements but not before I've had plenty of practice on rubbish watches first. Would you be able to do this one and at what approx cost? Many thanks.
  15. Is that all? I assumed an inflated price from Citizan... many thanks.
  16. Thanks guys. Can it be dated from this as well?
  17. Anyone know how much Citizen charge to replace a movement? A customer handed me an attractive gold wristwatch to change the battery but it appears the movement has failed, Because it has very significant sentimental value I'd like Citizen to carry out the repair but they won't provide an estimate until they receive the watch, and I want to tell the customer how much it's likely to cost first. Thanks!
  18. Hi My screw down style case closer is going a bit wrong, the metal thread has started eating the plastic doodahs and I don't like the way the doodah turns as it presses down... Any suggestions? Screw or press? I guess it's going to be worth paying a bit more. Many thanks.
  19. That is a lot less offensive than some expensive premium watches...
  20. Hi Any recommendations for someone to service a late 40s ladies' Piaget? It runs for a while then stops, but if you move it slightly it runs again for a while. Also I'd like to let the owner know what it's worth, what is the best way (or perhaps, let me know the worst ways) of getting it valued? Many thanks
  21. Well I got a glue gun, the alcohol arrived (couldn't buy any around here) and I set to. Glued a nut to it but no good, the hatch won't come free so the glue detaches from it. The hatch rotates, and when in what appears to be the "open" state there is some give in it, you can feel (presumably) the sprung battery contact pushing it up very slightly but it stops against what feels like metal, as if it's not quite in the correct open position (it's difficult to describe, hope you get my drift). I tried a craft knife down the very small gap and succeeded in breaking the tip off. Can't see how the whole back might come off, there's no obvious way. Open to suggestions... maybe superglue for a better grip? (Hate superglue...)
  22. Well you'll be pleased to hear I have the bracelet for it, I took it off to make it easier to get at the back... :-)
  23. Thanks for the handy hints. I really can't get the hatch off... the glue gun trick, I've never used one, how do you get the glue off after?
  24. Hi The little coin hatch on this one turns about 1/5 and won't come out. I assume it was refitted incorrectly (those scratches were already there... honest). Any suggestions? Do I need to pry the whole back off? If so, how? Ta.
  25. Hi I replaced a strap pin for the elderly father of a friend, and wondered if anyone can provide any information on this? https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/864/28016198948_5df06d2abb_b.jpg It's yellow gold (lighting not quite right) and there is nothing on the back. I understand there will be a number inside but am not removing the back as I haven't been asked to. It's in need of a clean (years of baked on brown stuff on the inside of the strap) and I suspect a service as it only seems to run for a few seconds. The elderly owner doesn't move around all that much. Any info at all, eg some idea of value (pre and post service) and the likely cost of a clean and service, would be appreciated so I can convince my friend it's worth spending money on. Or not... Thanks!
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