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05-23-2019 09:58 PM
JDwatchboy Also now on my bench.


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05-23-2019 09:57 PM
JDwatchboy
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Originally Posted by DonJ53 View Post
Good job. Is the red ring around the holder to establish filming position, sorta like crossed tape on film set floors.


Yes sir. That is my Hollywood X


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05-23-2019 05:06 PM
nzwatchdoctor
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Originally Posted by byscott View Post
Working on it. The worst of it, at the moment, is at the joints at the base of my thumbs. Unfortunately, that affects tasks like gripping small parts with tweezers. Although, truth be told, Iíve often found my lack of talent to be a greater hindrance than manual dexterity.

You raise a great point regarding arthritis and diet ... the more shopping I do around the perimeter of the store, avoiding processed foods and loading up on fruits and vegetables, the better I do. Seems to help my vision, also, which makes it easier to find all the @#$&+-! small parts on the floor ;-)





Good on you re the more fruits and veges (plants basically!) and the less or no meats (any) and diary you have = the better (typed this long time Vegan).



Here is a good read with quality peer reviewed studies; https://www.vivahealth.org.uk/health...toid-arthritis


All the best with it
05-23-2019 02:30 PM
DonJ53
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Originally Posted by JDwatchboy View Post



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Good job. Is the red ring around the holder to establish filming position, sorta like crossed tape on film set floors.
05-23-2019 01:39 PM
byscott
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Originally Posted by nzwatchdoctor View Post
Arthritis is a terrible thing ;-(


Have you looked into diet and it's effect on it?
Working on it. The worst of it, at the moment, is at the joints at the base of my thumbs. Unfortunately, that affects tasks like gripping small parts with tweezers. Although, truth be told, Iíve often found my lack of talent to be a greater hindrance than manual dexterity.

You raise a great point regarding arthritis and diet ... the more shopping I do around the perimeter of the store, avoiding processed foods and loading up on fruits and vegetables, the better I do. Seems to help my vision, also, which makes it easier to find all the @#$&+-! small parts on the floor ;-)
05-23-2019 03:19 AM
nzwatchdoctor
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Originally Posted by byscott View Post
No pics, but a while ago a friend hands me a watch that is acting up. It has a Tag Heuer Cal 5 movement, which is a gussied-up ETA 2824. Which I actually know a little about, having broken many of them over the last couple decades. So today I thought I would have a quick look at it.

The stem is broken off and won’t move. So it’s probably a keyless works issue of some sort, which is the Achilles heel of these things. I pull the dial and hands, the date wheel and some levers and whatnot, and find something that I didn’t quite expect. The sliding pinion is kind of seized in place and under magnification I can see a crack. So I manage to get it out, go find another one, drop that one on the floor (#$&*@! arthritis!), go find a second one, clean everything up, replace the sliding pinion (and the winding pinion, in case that was also compromised), lube the gears, and put it all back together.

I pull the stem all the way out and turn it. Yep, the hands wind. Push it in. Yep, the date sets. Push it in again. Nope, can’t wind it by hand.

#$&*@! Some inattentive knucklehead put the winding pinion in backwards. Arthritis, I can manage. Deteriorating eyesight, I can manage. Stupidity? Not sure there’s a cure for that.

This is why I don’t usually mess with anything that is scarce or expensive. Sheesh.





Arthritis is a terrible thing ;-(


Have you looked into diet and it's effect on it?
05-22-2019 03:43 PM
byscott No pics, but a while ago a friend hands me a watch that is acting up. It has a Tag Heuer Cal 5 movement, which is a gussied-up ETA 2824. Which I actually know a little about, having broken many of them over the last couple decades. So today I thought I would have a quick look at it.

The stem is broken off and wonít move. So itís probably a keyless works issue of some sort, which is the Achilles heel of these things. I pull the dial and hands, the date wheel and some levers and whatnot, and find something that I didnít quite expect. The sliding pinion is kind of seized in place and under magnification I can see a crack. So I manage to get it out, go find another one, drop that one on the floor (#$&*@! arthritis!), go find a second one, clean everything up, replace the sliding pinion (and the winding pinion, in case that was also compromised), lube the gears, and put it all back together.

I pull the stem all the way out and turn it. Yep, the hands wind. Push it in. Yep, the date sets. Push it in again. Nope, canít wind it by hand.

#$&*@! Some inattentive knucklehead put the winding pinion in backwards. Arthritis, I can manage. Deteriorating eyesight, I can manage. Stupidity? Not sure thereís a cure for that.

This is why I donít usually mess with anything that is scarce or expensive. Sheesh.
05-22-2019 07:53 AM
JDwatchboy


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05-21-2019 05:14 PM
nzwatchdoctor
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Originally Posted by zeke441 View Post
My 1st flyback chrono. Disassembled and ready for the cleaner

7015-8000




Good luck
05-21-2019 11:32 AM
zeke441 My 1st flyback chrono. Disassembled and ready for the cleaner

7015-8000

05-21-2019 05:07 AM
DonJ53 Only cos they were there for winding/dating.
02-11-2019 01:51 PM
DonJ53 The 320W34 are fine because they are flat. The 320W10 are convex but I would still like to try. PM sent.
02-11-2019 12:53 PM
TheTigerUK
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Roughly how many John.

The introduction of the 1200 has made the job quicker but it still takes a couple hours. Depending how deep the damage is.
45 approx 320W34GA and 20ish 320W10GN, couple hours work ?
02-11-2019 12:40 PM
DonJ53 Roughly how many John.

The introduction of the 1200 has made the job quicker but it still takes a couple hours. Depending how deep the damage is.
02-11-2019 12:19 PM
TheTigerUK
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Originally Posted by DonJ53 View Post
Yes, on a previous watch. Here, https://www.thewatchsite.com/34-watc...7-hardlex.html

The only addition with this one being that I added a 1200 grit wet and dry stage before using Cerium powder.

I have not tried a domed crystal...yet.
I have a box full of original 6105/6309/7548 crystals Don if you ever fancy a job ? we could even do a trade where you keep so many of the crystals in exchange for the work
02-10-2019 03:50 AM
DonJ53 Re-assembled.

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02-09-2019 01:59 PM
GuyJ Ok I'm gonna have to follow that and do a couple of 6105 crystals at some point..
02-09-2019 01:25 PM
DonJ53
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Originally Posted by GuyJ View Post
Don, did you do a walk through of how to refinish the hardlex? Have you done it with a domed crystal like a 6105 320W10?

Very impressive.
Yes, on a previous watch. Here, https://www.thewatchsite.com/34-watc...7-hardlex.html

The only addition with this one being that I added a 1200 grit wet and dry stage before using Cerium powder.

I have not tried a domed crystal...yet.
02-09-2019 01:18 PM
GuyJ Don, did you do a walk through of how to refinish the hardlex? Have you done it with a domed crystal like a 6105 320W10?

Very impressive.
02-09-2019 01:10 PM
DonJ53
7548-7000

Hardlex refinishing and then case assembly.

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02-08-2019 04:23 AM
gtmoore99 Hi

Well that makes me feel a bit better knowing that it happens to other people - learning curve I guess. Should have bought a junk dial and practiced - I know that now.

Very kind of you to offer to look at it Guy- thank you. I'm not sure if the watch warrants the attention as it wasn't very expensive (at least compared to other 'vintage' Seiko divers). The dial lume whilst good isn't amazing. I'd bought some new genuine SKX hands for it from a modder and had a genuine bezel insert after finally ordering a Pepsi one from Harold for my 700B - that was if I didn't come to appreciate 'wabi' of this one. Finally it had the wrong case or at least caseback. Whilst the dial and movement were all marked Japan, the model on the case was a 7009 - I have a 7001 version on it's way now (groan!)

This happened last night - looking at the watch in the daylight the mark is not so visible as under artificial light - especially the magnifying light I have on my desk obviously.

I'll post some pics later and get your opinion. It may be that it's not bad enough to actually do anything about - stick it on a rustic Nato and live with it - just irritates the hell out of me - I'd have been happier if I'd bought it with the mark to be honest.

Thanks for listening!
02-07-2019 08:53 PM
GuyJ That sucks. Been there....destroyed plenty of dials trying to work out just what not to do...if you want I can try and refinish it. Might not work...

Post a pic or send me a pm and I'll see how bad it is.

Nice 7546, always handy to have one but then you don't want to part it out if needed.
02-07-2019 07:59 PM
gtmoore99
7546-8200 save

Hi

Not sure if this is the right place for what is a simple clean up and crystal change but its my first so I thought I'd post it.

I bought the following for spares for the 7548's I have. This was the advert picture:



After running it for a few days to ensure it kept going I stripped it apart and gave it a good clean up with a toothbrush and Fairy (no Ultrasonic washer here!). With a NOS crystal from a helpful chap on eBay I managed to pick the correct aluminium dies from my second hand eBay press to fit it without breaking it.



Careful use of some cotton buds meant that I could clean the dial which was greasy. It seemed quite resilient (distressing story about dial cleaning coming up shortly)



I had recently bought a NATO strap for my old grandad's wartime watch so recycled the leather strap (it had fixed lugs) onto this one.



Not a watch I would choose to buy myself but nice knowing it has that great movement and all in all it doesn't look bad. Certainly too good to part out.





And that bad story about dial cleaning? I took delivery of a 7002 this week. I was really pleased because I had read everything on here and managed to find a genuine dial (JDM) one rather than AM. It had some very very minor marks on it - only visible out of the case. But buoyed by my dial cleaning success here I thought I could sort this. Sadly 7002 dials are very different to 7546 ones. They don't like damp cotton buds. So I now have a shiny patch right in the middle of my new watch. To say I was upset is an understatement. I can't even bring myself to put up an image. And after I'd ordered new bits for it too. But then you live and learn I guess and I won't be making that mistake again. At least it wasn't a 7548 (I keep telling myself!)

Anyway, the 7546 looks good!

Gavin
02-07-2019 04:07 AM
DonJ53 Day off today from tinkering but just had time to strip my daughter Maurice Lacroix for a hardware clean and new battery.

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and put the straps on the 6119-8460 (Gene Kranz) and 6308.

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02-06-2019 05:41 AM
lewie
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Originally Posted by GuyJ View Post
Well that's very nice Paul. Lovely dial and lume...And great job!
Thanks Guy just need to find a movement
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