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  1. Hi there I'm new here but I hope you don't mind the intrusion. About five years ago my wife gifted me a Junghans Max Bill 027/3500.00 in lieu of a wedding ring as I prefer not to wear a ring. The watch was in working order and cosmetically perfect except for a small crack on the plexi. Aware that it was due a service I sent it to a watch repairer for a new plexi and a full service. He's someone I've seen recommended here and has a decent reputation online. It was returned to me today with the following issues: - The new plexi is spinning freely in the case and isn't a good match to the OG crystal. - The face of the watch has obvious damage with paint missing from two of the second digits. There's also dust/dirt on the face that wasn't present previously and I think the face is somehow off-centre now as the bevel on the plexi makes the digits toward the bottom and left side almost illegible. - The back has a bad scratch near one of the holes for the tool and has been replaced at a strange angle so the Max Bill signature is at 30deg rather than aligned as previously (the least of my problems). - The new plexi is marked on the underside and casting shadows onto the face. That's what I can see and of course now I'm worrying about the movement, which was keeping time fine. It's too early to say how it is since the service. Before I speak to him what's a sensible course of action here? I don't want this guy to touch my watch again but I can't live with it like this, it's a mess. The damage to the face is the most upsetting. I was cautious and have before photos, for what it's worth. Thanks for reading, it's appreciated.
  2. I am planning to buy a san martin Sn0017, however i am not fond of the the security latch on it. I have looked through the internet and cant find a good one that suits me. The few ones that i can find are just far too expensive at around $80 for just a clasp. And another one is this one , but unsure if this does or doesn't have a security latch. I am in Australia btw. https://www.strapcode.com/collections/all/products/parts-nt-clasp-020b
  3. Hi all I am looking for some advice please, I'm 40 years old now and some recent events have made me look at what the future holds and I know I have to make a change. Watchmaking has been something I've been interested in for many years and I play with movements etc at home but I want to take it more seriously , as a new career. I'm struggling to find any clear information of exactly what my first steps should be to start getting training/qualified/on the job training? Has anyone else changed careers to be a watchmaker and how did you make a start? I'm a newbie on here and within this industry so any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks Matthew
  4. Hi! Ive bought my self a Seiko 7A48-2020 and the crystal have some scratches. I've searched the web for days and wasnt able to locate any seller's who provides it. Does anybody know where i could purchase the crystal on Web please? Highly Appreciate the help. Regards, Ruwantha
  5. Hi All, I'm new to this site but i have not been able to find any information on this subject. I'm a collector of vintage Landeron 48 movements. Most of my movements have cases and a nice working watches once fully restored. I do however have a few movements that have no case at all, but are fully repaired and working. Instead of putting them into a vintage case with a snap back, i was hoping to find a company that creates new cases that may fit this watch and include a sapphire back so i can see the movement. Is anyone aware of a company that makes and ships newly made cases of this type that might fit a Landeron 48 movement? Any help would be much appreciated. Marco
  6. The image shows the broken spring from my clock. I think it is called a pawl spring or a click spring. I am not familiar with the english words. Who knows where i can buy a replacement spring and the little rivets to attach it again to my clock. Thanks, Charles https://photos.app.goo.gl/rZcDW6SUmSmHjeCTA
  7. Hi all, Hoping someone can help a relative newbie here. I speculatively bought a Sicura Submarine 400 (Sic 28 movement?) as not working. Certainly isn’t running... The hands and date can be adjusted in both directions but I am unable to wind up - no sign of life. Upon opening I was pleasantly surprised to see that it seems fairly clean. However the hairspring has gone - someone seems to have ventured in to the movement before (!) and the hairspring has been cut away. I’m not sure if this accounts for being unable to wind (it will not turn clockwise and I obviously don’t want to force it), or perhaps there are other issues I may be unaware of. So, my question really is how can I at least get hold of a new hairspring? I appreciate that this may be a costly exercise, but my intention is to get hold of the part/s I need and then pass on to an expert to repair. Searching for “Sic 28” doesn’t seem to be yielding any results online! Am I wrong with regards to this being the movement reference? Any advice greatly appreciated. Joseph
  8. Hey guys first time posting on here but was wondering if any of you lovely lot could tell me what battery I need to put into a 518.851 Universal Geneve Quartz ladies piece? Usually can find the info online but hit a bit of a brick wall with it, and would appreciate the help Luke
  9. Hi, Does anyone know where I can get a replacement acrylic crystal for a Conquest Calendar Automatic Longines watch (made in the 1950's)? Thanks in advance for any help. Bassam
  10. Hi all just thought I would share my first experience of removing a broken screw stub from a 1900 French four glass corner post, I soaked it in a concentration of Alum for days then someone on NAWCC forum said it would work quicker if heat was used well they were correct just a day to dissolve the steel stub, just need to run a tap through all the threads a bit of copper slip on screw threads and it’s good to go. Dell
  11. Hi, and thanks very much for allowing me to join. I am not an expert in anything to do with clocks, so I'm hoping I'm in good company with at least a few others here, and I acknowledge gratefully anything useful and/or interesting I can learn/absorb along the way from other members, all of whom will have been on here longer than me, and who will have infinitely more knowledge than me about clocks/watches and very likely for a long time thereafter...but what brought me to this forum? A lovely old spring-driven hand-painted wooden chimimg pendulum wall clock, belonging previously to my parents, now passed on to me. I remember it working well, (too) many years ago, when I was a child, and of Dad pulling the wind-up weight every night before bed. Occasionally us children were allowed to "wind" it up, as a treat for unuaually good behaviour, so that wasn't too often...! My question, if anyone can advise is this. The clock has not been working for a number of years, and has been recently cleaned and serviced, but it keeps stopping; It "ticks" for a while, a couple of minutes, then stops. I Googled the reasons for this, and watched videos on YouTube on how to adjust the beat. We have done this, and think that we have cracked "setting the beat" to get the tick-tock rhythm in sync. But the clock still keeps stopping. I can't see it or hear it touching anything during the ticking, so it it is presumably needing adjustment of the bar on which the pendulum hooks The company who serviced it have been out a couple of times so far, and are also unable so far to get it working, and are saying it is our walls...which are solid brick. We have fixed it firmly to one of our brick walls in the room we want it to "live" in, and have called over the repair company again. There is 12 months guarantee on the work so theoretically they can keep coming out until it is right but I'm beginning to wonder if/when the great day might actually be. According to what I read on Google, it should be a fairly simple fix, and this is what our repairer said also. Should we insist they take the clock away until it is sorted once and for all? I am not the expert to say what should be done to it but what is being saidto us s that the work has been done to get it right, it just needs adjustment on the wall it will be hanging on. Just a little advice would be very much appreciated as we'd love to have Benjamin (yes, I know...our childhood name for it..) working again as he once was. I''m doubting its a wall problem as we had the clock on a similarly old wall, back in the '40's, with it hanging on just a nail in the wall as far as I know.The repairers appear to be fully qualified in the work they do so I'm not questioning that, just wonder if other members are struggling with this kind of problem and what if anything they were able to achieve .
  12. Hi, My query if anyone can advise, is about a lovely old spring-driven hand-painted wooden chimimg pendulum wall clock, belonging previously to my parents, now passed on to me. I remember it working well, (too) many years ago, when I was a child, and of Dad pulling the wind-up weight every night before bed. Occasionally us children were allowed to "wind" it up, as a treat for unuaually good behaviour, so that wasn't too often...! The clock has not been working for a number of years, and has been recently cleaned and serviced, but it keeps stopping; It "ticks" for a while, a couple of minutes, then stops. I Googled the reasons for this, and watched videos on YouTube on how to adjust the beat. We have done this, and think that we have cracked "setting the beat" to get the tick-tock rhythm in sync. But the clock still keeps stopping. I can't see it or hear it touching anything during the ticking, so it it is presumably needing adjustment of the bar on which the pendulum hooks The company who serviced it have been out a couple of times so far, and are also unable so far to get it working, and are saying it is our walls...which are solid brick. We have fixed it firmly to one of our brick walls in the room we want it to "live" in, and have called over the repair company again. There is 12 months guarantee on the work so theoretically they can keep coming out until it is right but I'm beginning to wonder if/when the great day might actually be. According to what I read on Google, it should be a fairly simple fix, and this is what our repairer said also. Should we insist they take the clock away until it is sorted once and for all? I am not the expert to say what should be done to it but what is being saidto us s that the work has been done to get it right, it just needs adjustment on the wall it will be hanging on. Just a little advice would be very much appreciated as we'd love to have Benjamin (yes, I know...our childhood name for it..) working again as he once was. I''m doubting its a wall problem as we had the clock on a similarly old wall, back in the '40's, with it hanging on just a nail in the wall as far as I know.The repairers appear to be fully qualified in the work they do so I'm not questioning that, just wonder if other members are struggling with this kind of problem and what if anything they were able to achieve...
  13. I acquired this watch in a mixed bag and it's one of the more interesting ones, however it doesn't work. I can't find any information on the movement (8630A) so it seems a replacement isn't going to be easy to find, so I thought how about having a go at repairing it? It's actually in good nick so worth a try, and nothing to lose. A faint pulse registers on one of those tester boxes and the coil looks ok (wrapped in plastic helps I guess) but what now? I have an analogue multimeter, steady hands and a feeling I might be a bit mad to even attempt this, especially as I've never done it before... Cheers!
  14. Looking for the alarm spring for the Seiko Sports 100, H556-5029, lost mine when changing battery. Will it still work with out the spring, with the exception of the alarm functions? Thanks Scott - w9vhe
  15. Hello Simon, I recently bought myself a cheap repair kit and I successfully changed the battery on this watch that was dormant in a drawer for years! However, the problem is I haven't done something right as the day sub dial is ticking away same as the second hand sub dial!, I'm sure it isn't meant to do that. I'm obviously putting it back together incorrectly and also the two little white plastic cogs you can see in the pics, I can't remember where they go?! Any pointers, advice would be massively appreciated. Thank you
  16. My mother and I have recently taken up watch repair after inheriting some broken pocket watches. We have two watches that are proving rather tricky, both have an English lever which appears to have a broken pivot, it seems that the pivot may have been a jewel since there was some residue in the bearing on one of the watches. I’m very new to this so I’m sorry if I’ve said anything silly so far, please correct me if anything I’ve said is wrong. We haven’t had much luck searching the problem since we’re not strictly sure what we should be searching for, so any help would be appreciated. I’ve only just realised how to add images, I’m new here too so apologies again!
  17. Greetings, A long case clock I've owned for nearly 40 years requires repair, and in the spirit of lock down, I thought I'd have a crack at it myself. The first time I've attempted any clock repair that requires significant dismantling. The clock itself is I think mid 19th century, full height, painted face. The engineering quality suggests the 'bog standard' end of the market. The problem is that when I attempt to wind the chiming train, the ratchet doesn't catch and the weight descends immediately. Visual inspection indicates that a small black leaf spring has shattered. From my distant Meccano days, I knew that the widget that locks a ratchet is called a pawl. However in clock spares lists, I have searched for the word in vain. - Am I correct in thinking that the devices listed as 'click springs' are what I need here? - My second query concerns whether I need to prepare to open up the core frame of the mechanism, or are there any clever tricks for replacing these things without doing that? - And finally, if i do need to open up the mechanism fully, is there any standard protocol for putting these things back together again, aside from not bending anything or losing any bits? Any YouTube instruction videos that can be recommended would also be appreciated. Cheers.. Tom
  18. Hi Simon, new member here. I found this forum by Googling “Sicura repairs” so I believe you’ve worked on these watches before? I inherited this Sicura which is in need of some TLC- https://imgur.com/gallery/84BDiZy It runs for about 30 mins then stops. Is this something you think you could fix? Many thanks in advance!
  19. Hi where can i buy a micro taper pin to lock the hair spring onto the cock 1879 fusee english lever pocket watch Thanks
  20. Hello, I've made a silly mistake! I was taking apart a watch I've not worked on before, and rushed it. On removing the date wheel, the little brass coloured gear wheel on the right of the picture fell out, and I've no idea where from? It has a raised square edged centre on one side with a hole through and a smaller raised cone centre the other. This side also has a small pin set at approx 1/2 the diameter of the wheel. It has a course tooth edge which I cant seem to match up with anything. Aaarrgghh! Anyone help? Thank you. Matt
  21. Hi all, I've got a quartz ETA 455.412 movement - everything appears to be in good shape until the seconds hand reaches around 12 seconds and then it just stops. I pulled the crown into the second position and pushed it back in a few times and I can see that it's itching to move but it can't. On further inspection I noticed that if you gave the seconds hand a slight nudge it would go past this point and then cycle around until it reached the same point and stopped again. I thought that the hand might be magnetised at first but after giving it a nudge there is a definite resistance and a little bit of a click as it pushes past the point. Any ideas before i dismantle it? Cheers Jae
  22. Hello, I’n not sure that this is the right place in the forum but as I am new and it said pocket watch I’ve posted here. Having decided I wanted to take up a new hobby I’ve settled on pocket watches, understanding how they work and maybe one day being able to take one apart and fix it. What I am after from you all is some advice covering the following points: - books or YouTube video to study to understand and learn the skills - recommended tool kit sets to dismantle and reassemble a pocket watch (when I am brave enough) - types of movements that are best to practice on (ease and simplicity as well as quantity of spare parts available) - best sources for movements and watches, eBay, forum members, websites etc. - anything else that would be helpful Thanks, Andy
  23. I decided to change the battery on my Bulova myself. I did have some one else replace it last time and they mentioned that the back was very tight and a press was needed to replace the back so bought one. Result http://www.23hq.com/ajohnw/photo/61879075 I decided that the die at the bottom was bending so tried something more solid. I put my entire weight on the press and it still wouldn't go in before breaking the glass. Main reason for posting is replacing the crystal and getting the stem out. For some reason I can't use the insert image from url so can only provide a link showing the inside of the watch http://www.23hq.com/ajohnw/photo/61879068 No problem removing the white plastic movement holder but am unsure about the insulator over the movement. The watch uses a lithium coin cell. I assume the insulator can be flicked out some how and could to with a clue before having a go. Under that I expect to find something to press etc to allow the stem to be removed. I bought a newer model of the same watch after breaking the glass. The have gone to a rather smooth second hand sweep and much prefer the older one which mimics a high quality auto's movement - perfectly in my view. I might even put the movement in the newer watch. Might be best to make sure my new dual pillar screw jack type press can get the back on before even contemplating that. John -
  24. I have just bought an old Seiko which was made in October 1965 and it has a pretty filthy dial. It is a 6205-8940 DIASHOCK SELFDATER, 24 JEWELS, it's had a tough life as you can tell by the photo, but, it is working well, keeping very good time. I would like to clean up the dial, but, I understand it will never look great. Someone (watch butcher) has obviously had a go at cleaning previously and been rather rough with it. Am I right in thinking that the writing is inked and then varnished, or, is it some sort of vinyl decal? Some advice would really be appreciated.
  25. Hi A mate of mine has an Omega Seamaster Cosmic but he had the back engraved which has devalued the watch, anyway a back can be sourced or fixed etc. Maybe tig welding the back and metal polishing it? Cheers
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