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  1. Hello to all. My post is all about the situation when I have to reattach a watch dial to the movement, but when the original watch dial feet are broken or, in this case, missing. I have added sticky pads, and tried to put it all back together. However, there is just not a tight enough fit of watch dial to movement. And this means I cannot properly reattach the hands as there is less space on the dial. I tried pressing them together more, but also no good. And I don't want to handle the dial too much with or without finger cots. WHY won't the sticky pads stick properly? Is it possible I have, inadvertently, bent the watch dial? It is only a small cheap one, but even so I hope I didn't. What to do that I haven't done already? Sorry the photos are in a strange order, but it wasn't easy uploading them. I think you can see what you need to.
  2. Hello to all. My post is all about the situation when I have to reattach a watch dial to the movement, but when the original watch dial feet are broken or, in this case, missing. I have added sticky pads, and tried to put it all back together. However, there is just not a tight enough fit of watch dial to movement. And this means I cannot properly reattach the hands as there is less space on the dial. I tried pressing them together more, but also no good. And I don't want to handle the dial too much with or without finger cots. WHY won't the sticky pads stick properly? Is it possible I have, inadvertently, bent the watch dial? It is only a small cheap one, but even so I hope I didn't. What to do that I haven't done already? Sorry the photos are in a strange order, but it wasn't easy uploading them. I think you can see what you need to.
  3. I do have something like that, but one problem with mine is the handle is rather less horizontal and therefore difficult to push down ESPECIALLY with a tough customer like I have. I thought it was because the largest flat die I have is not quite the 53mm of the watch back. But I thought it would give enough force. Seems not ;(
  4. Hello again. You've helped me in the past, but THIS one may prove more tricky. It concerns my beautiful big Detomaso Palermo DT2052-B watch. Yup, I like 'em big! and THIS is 53mm of watch bigness here! But ... size in THIS case IS a problem. Having got the back off (it is a snap-back) to change the battery (or maybe it was two I changed), I just CANNOT get the watch back to snap back on! I have tried hand pressure ... NO! I have tried a watch case press both with plastic dies and now with aluminium dies. I even bought a new set of aluminium dies to 64mm, but stuill no good. First I thought it was that the top die was not big enough to press. The biggest top (ie, flat) die I have is, I think, 60mm. That die does sit on top and covers most of the back, but even with all my strength (which may not be much, but should be enough), it does NOT get that watch back to go back on. I have tried greasing all around the insides of the back (and THIS explains the greasy looks in the photos! Don't worry, it will be cleaned!). ALSO NO GOOD! I even tried oiling (with proper watch oil) and ... yup ... that watch back is still off!! FRUSTRATING!!! This is SUCH a nice watch that I WANT to wear again but it has sat unclosed for months now. If I cannot close it, then it is NOT a lot of use! I do NOT want to have to resort to passing the problem to some eBayer somewhere if i CAN fix it myself. Is therE something I am doing wrong? Do I need a bigger flat die on top? What I do rememeber is that, initially, getting the back off was quite hard. This kind of suggests that it was not a good fit to begin with! As far as I can see, nothing is obstructing anything. I get one side of the watch back down, but the other side just won't follow.
  5. Thanks Simon! Yes I really like it too. But the watch face has some not so nice scratches on it, though these may not be so noticeable if the light is off them ;) Sorry but where is the 'forum links directory'?
  6. Hello and good afternoon to all. OK, here is another little horological teaser for you to get your heads around. I have this great OASIS lady's (?) B270 watch that I got in a set to be repaired. It actually only needed a battery and works great. However, the strap DEFINITELY needs replacing! AND here is my problem. I just CANNOT figure out HOW to get the spring bar out. Actually, I am not sure it IS a spring bar. I have tried hard with all manner of tools (spring bar removers, screwdrivers, sharp knives etc.) to get the spring to release, but no joy. I took the strap off by hand, so you can see the photos to see what I have. I really HOPE it IS a spring bar, but if so, HOW to get it out?? And if it is NOT, then HOW to fit a new strap on other than by glue? Also, as an aside to all this, does ANYONE know how to set the date on this watch? But first things first eh! As far as I can tell, there are NOT two positions that you can pull out the crown to. But I could well be wrong.
  7. OK it is done! The little screw is undone enough and I DID pull the stem piece out after a LOT of effort and persistence!
  8. Hello Simon I'm not sure I can open this up if that is what you need me to do. I think I have identified the movement now -- EB 133374 What stem/crown goers with this?
  9. Thanks! I;'ve added a few more photos of the movement side.
  10. Hello there watch fix fans. Here's (I hope) an interesting one for you. I have this beautiful small ladies 'Fero Feldmann' Swiss-made watch - it came in a bag of "used and to be repaired" watches. From what I can see, the mechanism seems in very good working order. Just a slight shake and it goes and goes. There is no strap, but that is not the issue here. The problem is the stem and/or crown. As you can see, there is definitely no crown. But I am wondering about the stem. The watch does have its case and edoes have, as you can see, a hole where the stem and/or crown will/should fit in. There is something which appears to be some kind of part-stem at the 3 o'clock position. Using tweezers I can pull it out and push it back in quite freely. A very small screw on top holds this "stem" in place. I think you can see, in ths second photo, how this "stem" attaches to the rest of the movement. Clearly I need to attach a crown. BUT what about a stem? A stem extension? Or one of those crowns which has an extended stem-like attachment which should fix onto this current "stem" in this watch? Yes, the watch face is somewhat scratched, and the minute hand is a little bent at the top. You may say it is not worth my while trying to get this fixed. But I just SO MUCH like this little watch and would LOVE to give it life again! It clearly IS still "alive" - though I'm not sure if it is a mechanical wind-up or an automatic. The latter of these seems to be the case - as I said earlier, a little shake and the mechanism goes and goes. PErhaps with a little oil (and lots of encouragement) it can be made good. So my main question - what kind of stem/crown to attach and how to do it?
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