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  1. Hi Don, well, there's a coincidence....I too have just joined this welcoming bunch of nutters after having given up motorcycles [ due to a long overdue respect for my arms and legs ]. I suppose there are many similarities between watches and bikes, being able to take them apart and tinker so to speak. Although I find that watches react less well than bikes to having bits left over! I am 55 as well, maybe this is the age that wisdom finally starts to assert itself. I look forward to more posts from you... Best regards Steve
  2. Thanks for the advice guys, much appreciated. Can you give me any more info about the ' de carles book you mentioned.... is it a watchmakers 'bible'? If not could you suggest such a thing please. Cheers Steve
  3. Cheers guys, you have all just confirmed what I suspected....All hope is lost! Oh well , there are worse things I suppose, and at least I have the support and forbearance of you fellow afflicted inmates of this forum. [ Like a leper colony I suppose ]. I might as well jump in the deep end, I have just discovered the Seiko 5, there seem to be hundreds of them! But they are all so lovely and different...…. I will learn how to post pictures so I can share with you, but FYI today I am wearing my beloved 1954 Bulova '23' Self-winding. Ok, I am off to pester Simon now..... talk soon.. Steve
  4. Hi Simon, I am fairly new to watch repair / restoration but have really got into it, nothing has interested me so much for years. So you might have to get used to me pestering you with 'noob questions' [ I promise to try to research first and not come directly to you, it is part of the fun after all ]. Anyway, I have bought one of those cheap [£6} blue devices from ebay and have been adding a ' de-magnetise' to my watch service actions. What I was wondering is that 'can you overly de-magnetise a watch?' and ' is it ok to de-magnetise every watch as part of a general service?' Any info would be greatly appreciated. Cheers ….. Steve
  5. Hi Michael, I too am new to watch repair / restoration, but I have a Bulova '23', not the exact same model but close enough, and it looks to me that it is a case of removing the crown and winding stem to drop everything out the back so to speak. It sounds daunting but it is not too difficult a job and there are plenty of tutorials on youtube. Maybe practice with a dead watch first though. Please do not take my words as gospel as , like I mentioned I am a beginner too, and I am sure that there are wiser heads out there who could give you better advice. Good luck …. Steve
  6. Hi Everyone, my first go at uploading a photo onto this site so here goes: Today I am wearing my 1954 23 jewel , selfwinding, Bulova. I have just acquired it from the estate of an ex-watchmaker, and it is immaculate for it's age, keeps ok time, but just looks so stylish. And you know that nobody else in the room is going to be wearing the same. It is hard to get off my wrist, it is so comfortable that I often sleep in it. For sure my favourite purchase since I became bitten by the bug,,,,, Sorry all, my tech skills have let me down. Off to learn how to upload photos now..... will try again later.
  7. Hello Fellow Enthusiasts / [ Sufferers ]. I have never joined a forum or any other online group [ only forced into 'facebook' last year ], but I find that in this instance it is the only thing that might help; About 6 months ago I found a 9ct gold ladies Rotary 'Maximus' [1960's?] in the street. I took it to the police station who informed me that due to budget cuts they no longer deal with lost property and to take it to the council offices instead. This done they informed me thet nobody had declared it missing and that if this was still the case then the watch would be legally mine as I had ' tried to return it to it's original owner'. A month passed and she became mine. I took the watch to a local auction house who do free valuations and they told me that the watch was only worth it's scrap gold value, and another place started to take the mechanism out of the case to throw it in the bin! Now, I had looked at this beautiful, mechanical, tiny device which kept very good time even though it was probably older than myself and refused to believe that it could be so valueless, so checked it up on the dreaded ebay. Sure enough it was coming up in the sold iistings for around £150 - £180, so I looked further...….[ you know what is coming...]. I got lucky with my first few job lots of ladies watches [ I was looking for gold not the actual watch and giving the rest away to lady friends ], and found a Jaquet Droz and an 18ct. Helvetia. Then It HAPPENED.....I FOUND A Bulova SUPER SEVILLE in a mixed job lot [don't get too excited it is the cheapest one ever ..about £ 30 ], but in researching it I encountered all these quirky, beautiful and different watches by a company I had never before heard of …….'BULOVA'. Now, I have not worn a watch since a pocket watch when I was 16. [ think Goth/new romantic ], and I had NO interest at all in watches. My collection now numbers about 1500 pieces, I have lost one room to them and now they are spreading onto all the flat surfaces in my flat. I have acquired an extensive array of tools, polishes, NOS crystals, crowns, dials etc. and spend my time on youtube…..learning. Nothing has ever grabbed me like this! I have already had my mid-life crisis.... [ large motorbike, boat, house in Thailand etc...], so it can't be that...... So I have to ask you already infected types..... IS IT CUREABLE? Please if there are any remedies you can think of please let me know. If not then I suppose you will have to get used to me . Cheers ….. Steve p.s. will come up with a cooler name if the prognosis is untreatable and I have to stay here
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