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  1. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Jan 15, 2017

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    Havig bought a wonderful set of screwdrivers, yesterday I took care of a minor issue with one of my favourites...

    Before:

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    See that spot between 10 and 11, just below "Le"? It's the only blemish on that lovely dial and I've long suspected that it would brush right off...

    So out came the screwdrivers and voila! :

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    I didn't take a photo of the dial when it was out of the case, but I really should have - it's absolutely gorgeous ::love::::love::

    A fun little experiment and I now completely understand if watchmakers live in constant dread of the "pliing" sound of something tiny and expensive in a movement that has launched itself into the unknown!
     
  2. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 15, 2017

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    I am sending 4 watches on Monday for cleaning and service. Please try to have them back by the end of the week. :thumbsup:
     
  3. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Jan 15, 2017

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    Very nice job and watch. I particularly like that second hand.
     
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  4. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Jan 15, 2017

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    Sure will!

    Here's the rest of the workshop - tools and parts washer:

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  5. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 15, 2017

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  6. Bill Sohne

    Bill Sohne Bill @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 15, 2017

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  7. ahsposo

    ahsposo Most fun screen name at ΩF Jan 15, 2017

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    If you have to ask you can't afford him.
     
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  8. 30t2fellow

    30t2fellow Jan 15, 2017

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    Hilarious, wife demanded I tell her why I just burst out in laughter.

    Hey Bill, what is that watch in your avatar??
     
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  9. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Jan 15, 2017

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    You can "service" them yourself in far less time - doesn't take long for 4 swings of a hammer. ;)

    Seriously though, good on ya ConElPueblo. There might be stress in handling small parts at first, but over time you realize that lessening that stress actually helps you not ping things away...properly dressed tweezers and lots of practice help that too. The big thing to learn is how much force to use - dropping the part from too little force is far better than pinging from too much!

    Cheers, Al
     
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  10. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Jan 15, 2017

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    They're not too bad, actually. I aim for getting 75-80 watches in the 'shop at a time, otherwise I'm just wasting space in the dishwasher :D


    Cheers :thumbsup:

    I am just fooling around (sensibly!) a bit, I'm not trying anything too crazy. Yet.

    It was a case clamp that went off into the void in this case. Luckily it landed a meter or so away from my dimly lit dining table. I am going to get a proper desk with good lighting next, and then perhaps some other tools... This is going to get expensive, isn't it? ::facepalm2::
     
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  11. ahsposo

    ahsposo Most fun screen name at ΩF Jan 15, 2017

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    Properly dressed tweezers...

    Black tie? Collared shirt and khakis?
     
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  12. UncleBuck

    UncleBuck understands the decision making hierarchy Jan 15, 2017

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    There are some beautiful old watchmakers desks in antique shops for $8-1200 US. I picked one up with a lathe and staking set for $750 but had to drive a few hundred miles. Vintage lights are also available quite reasonably, $100 US for an articulating......now as for the tools, Lord help us!
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  13. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 15, 2017

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    I was going to pick up this watchmaker to install in my basement, but it turns out he was just a cheap Asian knockoff
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  14. Bill Sohne

    Bill Sohne Bill @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 15, 2017

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    HI


    The watch in my avatar ?? It is a franken watch ... someone took a Omega pocket watch case added lugs.... repainted the dial in a 1930s german style avaitor dial... and used a 30T2Rg as the movement !!! everyone that looked at it saw the first 3 images saw unsigned case, fake WWW military markings... then passed on it ... even the dial was signed chronometre... but no one looked at the last image which was of a clean 30T2Rg !!! a lot of work was done... dial came out great !!!
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  15. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 15, 2017

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    It's amazing how much people like slapping military markings on anything for a bit of extra cash, the terms "omega military" and "omega WW2" on eBay are always rather amusing, you find an avalanche of watches but would be lucky to spot a handful of actual military pieces among the flotsam.
     
  16. Bill Sohne

    Bill Sohne Bill @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 15, 2017

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    Yea , but the fully thing everyone ran when they saw the markings ... ...

    The movement is key here !! and killer dial .. 22 mm lugs and the case is over 40mm for a 30t2rg !!!

    Dial gota be original it is signed " Swiss made " on bottom !! and the Omega logo is like what you would find a cal 381 triple date mooonphase !! some really did spend $$$ on the dial...

    Bill
     
  17. François Pépin

    François Pépin Jan 16, 2017

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    Remember the day you said that! You are in big trouble now...
     
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  18. François Pépin

    François Pépin Jan 16, 2017

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    Very nice!
    So if I have issues next time I change a balance staff, I can ask you advices!
     
  19. 30t2fellow

    30t2fellow Jan 16, 2017

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    Very cool!
     
  20. alam

    alam Jan 16, 2017

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    good job :thumbsup: and a beauty of a watch!! ::love::...can you share the details of your cleaning technique?