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  1. JimInOz Melbourne Australia Sep 14, 2019

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    A set of mainspring winders.

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  2. biggie Sep 14, 2019

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    You guys are nerds. I bought a lazy boy soda and love seat complete with an entertainment center, all made in the us of a
     
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  3. GandOsDad Sep 14, 2019

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  4. Eve Sep 15, 2019

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    Ready for practicing oiling :)

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  6. JimInOz Melbourne Australia Oct 1, 2019

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    Some poly sticks. I have a couple of Bergeon 6436 (the red ones) but these are just as good, and a quarter of the price of the Bergeons!

    They resemble the Bergeon 7010 Black Polymide Probe Stick, but at 1/10th the price of those.

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  7. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Oct 2, 2019

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    Not a fan of the coloured versions, like the red Bergeon. I have found that the tips will flake off under pressure. I prefer clear acrylic myself...

    Have you had any issues with particles coming off the red or blue ones?
     
  8. Eve Oct 2, 2019

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    Maybe the clear ones also flake off but you just dont see it? ;p
     
  9. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Oct 2, 2019

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    No - different material and much harder.
     
  10. impalla62ss Oct 11, 2019

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    A couple of old boxes. Omega outside is a little rough, but it was too cheap to pass on. 0m2.jpg 0m1.jpg ben 1.jpg ben2.jpg
     
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  11. JimInOz Melbourne Australia Oct 11, 2019

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    Sorry Al, missed this. Like you I found the red tips are subject to flaking if stressed, sometimes only gentle prodding will do it.

    I tried some tests with the blue "spudgers" and while the flaking wasn't as bad as the red Bergeons, there was still some residue. I noticed that the flaking was coming from the surface layer and figured it may be a combination of surface finishing from injection moulding and "sprue" effect. I sharpened one with a razor as you would a pegwood stick, this exposed "virgin" plastic and doesn't seem to have the same problem.

    It's still a PITA having to sharpen them though, so I may commit them to phone use and track down some acrylic versions.
     
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  12. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Oct 11, 2019

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    Here's the Bergeon clear plexi-stick at a US supplier...you might be able to find these somewhere in Australia using the Bergeon number:

    https://www.jewelerssupplies.com/polystyrene-stick-transparent-bergeon-5206-40-590.989.html

    I think the addition of the colour dyes in the red and blue types are what causes them to flake so easily. I've never had that problem with the one I have, and I've had just this one for probably 10 years now. I initially sharpened it on a grinder, but a few years ago I chucked it up in my lathe for a cleaner pointed tip, and I use this every single day, and have never had to sharpen it again. I use it to apply slight pressure to bridges while lining up pivots, for adjusting barrel arbor end shake, etc., and it holds up very well. I can't recall where I bought mine but it could have very well been at Casker when I was at the AWCI for a course - usually once during the week we would make a run there to pick up tools as they are not far from the AWCI offices and training facility.

    Cheers, Al
     
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  13. 63TR4 Oct 14, 2019

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    Added to the library recently! Already learning a ton of great info and glad to have picked this up

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  14. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Oct 18, 2019

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    The last of the big spenders, a new strap for first borns' Eterna :)

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  15. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Oct 24, 2019

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    More advertising,

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  16. Tony C. Ωf Jury member Oct 24, 2019

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    Nice frames, too!
     
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  17. S.H. Oct 24, 2019

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    A bracelet & a book, now waiting for the postman:

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  18. JimInOz Melbourne Australia Oct 28, 2019

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  19. percymon Oct 29, 2019

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    Last week..
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  20. percymon Oct 29, 2019

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    This week..
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    and next week hopefully MWO
     
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