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Old 06-18-2016, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Should I invest in a toolkit?

I'm wondering if I should invest in a watch repair tool kit? I love to tinker. I love watches; I own a handful. I'm a photographer (I don't know if that helps) with a macro lens. I'm also retired on a fixed income, so something affordable like a starter kit would be desirable.
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Old 06-18-2016, 12:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a nice hobby. You can get a starter kit but it would be good for opening cases and working on bracelets only, for all the rest you need to buy the tools separately.
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Old 06-18-2016, 12:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would. I bought a watch polishing kit cause I like to refurb watches













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I would. I bought a watch polishing kit cause I like to refurb watches
Show the kit, it's evidently working good!
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Show the kit, it's evidently working good!
^plus one to that. Please post info on the kit. You've done some beautiful work there.
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Old 06-18-2016, 04:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You can get a good starter's toolkit for 20$ or so... I didn't get a toolkit but I did started buying a few tools every few months or so. I got balls and knives to open up case backs, I have tools to replace straps and bracelets, screwdrivers, a loupe, tweezers, etc.
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Old 06-18-2016, 07:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Absolutely. Buy tools. Tinker tinker tinker. Though all the kits I've seen are really poor quality, you're much better off buying a few basic but half decent quality tools here and there as required.
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Old 06-18-2016, 11:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Oh man , have I struggled with this one. I too, like to tinker, love the watches and I would love to be able to take them apart, clean and regulate them.
But.
Some of the excellent posts on this site, esp. from Noah, have brought home to me that the very complexity that I find so appealing in these machines means that I should stay away. I'm knocking on a bit and to bugger about with a proper watch and not spoil it needs more time and experience than I've got.
Plus. Character.
My mate Jim used to say that we blacksmiths are at the hooligan end of the metalwork business. You can fix a lot of problems with a hammer. Maybe you need a bigger hammer. I like hammer-based solutions. Tweezers, less so.
If you are cut out for it, go for it. I truly envy you.
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Old 06-19-2016, 03:10 AM   #9 (permalink)
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^plus one to that. Please post info on the kit. You've done some beautiful work there.

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Old 06-19-2016, 03:17 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Also did my Rolex

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Old 06-19-2016, 03:24 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Removed plating and did this

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Well, the edges certainly last that particular battle...
While I think it looks better than before, I would take more care to protect the edges. Power tools have the tendency to round them off real fast.
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Impressive bit of kit and impressive work!
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Impressive bit of kit and impressive work!

Thanks. Most of the pencil grinder bits never gets used.


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For a true mirror finish, try Dialux green. I've got it this weeks and really delivers what it promises.
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For a true mirror finish, try Dialux green. I've got it this weeks and really delivers what it promises.
I have some inbound. Are you using it on a buffing wheel?
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I have some inbound. Are you using it on a buffing wheel?
Yes, hard felt small wheel.
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Diamond paste also does a great job. 3000 grid gives the best finish

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Diamond paste also does a great job. 3000 grid gives the best finish
My feeling is that Dialux greed does better. The difference between seeing a face and recognizing yourself on the reflection
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I would if i were you
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Last week I had been itching to ge a dremmel but managed to fight it off and not to. Learning to enjoy my vintage watches with warts and all.....
I do am interested to be able to work a little on the dial though, cleaning a bit of blemish on the hour markers which do get a little less shiny after all those years. I know I cannot do much about some of them dials. I did buy a few tools that enable me to open the caseback and perhaps tinker with the tiny regulator but as yet am not willing to go further than that. Perhaps in time.
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Don't dremel old watches. You can't get even surfaces with these small tools. You'll get a shining watch with a lot of rounded corners.

I don't know how to "shine" the hour markers, but for removing dirt from the dial, you should get Rodico. It's like play-doh for grown-ups
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So many choices. If I got a Dremel kit like cfw's I would want to practice on the lesser of my watches. But, I love all my watches. Maybe I should buy a cheap old vintage watch and experiment on it in ways that would start with mild and move up to the Dremel.
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There is basically no risk in polishing stainless steel watches with a rotary tool and an hard felt wheel. With the right compound you can buff out deep scratches and dents. You can also polish glasses.
Do not use rotary tools on anything that is plated.
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