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    What is this HR tool?

    I know HR and other watch tool manufacturers produced equipment with dubious utility to the watchmaker trying to earn a living. This tool was part of my father's watch tool equipment. I don't recall ever seeing him use it, but surely it had some purpose in mind...Seeing how the tapered tip...
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    FREE!!! Car trunk full of watch/clock stuff

    Thanks to Tom at Chapter 142, NJ for helping to clear out my storage unit. Tom filled his Subaru to the roof with free clock and watch stuff!
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    Can enybody tell me why?

    But Tom...the real question is why did you buy it.... or when you said you "picked it up"...??? Bill. Call me when you can chat..570.983.5352
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    FREE!!! Car trunk full of watch/clock stuff

    For ten years I enjoyed your company and advice on NAWCC forums. I was also a member of Chapter 1, enjoying the meets and dinners. But life moves on... In my storage unit i have remaining approximately 50 shoe boxes of watch parts, supplies and some tools. There are also approximately 150...
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    Is this a 16k gold hallmark?

    Thank you Keith! Yes, the bezel is marked "Ladd" with the 1867 pat. date. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Bill
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    Is this a 16k gold hallmark?

    OK...I'm back! Ten years ago my wife retired and we bought a 40 foot sailboat, took the " how to" classes and pointed the bow south. In January of this year, while docked in Grenada. West Indies, my wife and I both agreed it was time to come home. Three months later we were in Pametto...
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    Help identifying these Gravers

    Does anyone know who made these beautiful gravers? Thanks, Bill
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    Sailing back

    In November of 2009, my wife and I purchased a 40' sailboat and embarked on a new life adventure. Now, six years later, our thoughts begin to drift toward returning to dirt..(moving into a home for you landlubbers) With that thought, we began discussing what to do with my stored watch and...
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    Need Thread specs for G. Boley Wax Chuck

    Dean and all...I can confirm Boley's wax chuck thread is M5 X .5. MSC delivered the die late afternoon and I now have three perfectly fitted threaded brass inserts. Thank you... Bill
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    Wow - Talk about "Change"!!!

    Greetings everyone... it's been a while. My wife and I have been out of the NAWCC loop for about two years now since we've begun sailing...spent three months sailing in the Keys last winter. (I love my shop, but I love warm winters and suntanned ladies even more :bigsmile:) However...walked...
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    Need Thread specs for G. Boley Wax Chuck

    Dean...I believe you are correct... re-tried all my wax blanks and one fit much better. It measured 4.89 mm diam and .5mm pitch. So, based on your experience and this new found blank, I'm ordering a 5.0 X 0.50 Die from MSC. Thank you for your help... Bill
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    Need Thread specs for G. Boley Wax Chuck

    Hi has anyone spec'd out the threads on a G. Boley Wax Chuck? I've got a handful of threaded brass inserts, but nothing fits well enough to consider duplicating it... would expect they are Metric fine threads, but how fine? Any help is appreciated. Thank you, Bill
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    American PW My first watch repair

    Dave...you will find jewels were frequently "punched" not for staking purposes but to re-locate the jewel back in the original position... a practice no one should be doing now. Concerning De Carle's comment, keep in mind many of the watches we cherish and collect today had minimal value during...
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    Twilight Zone uses watches??

    Possibly Dave.... I recall reading a (fictional?) story several years ago of a watchmaker who lost a critical part into the great unknown. Because it was a very rare and valuable watch, he repeatedly searched diligently but with no success. Several years later, he moved his repair business to...
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    Twilight Zone uses watches??

    About a year ago, a client came in with a beautiful 18s Illinois purchased on eBay. He told me it ran nicely for a while and now doesn't even tick. After carefully looking inside the movement, I observed a dial screw lodged between a gear and pinion, stopping all power transfer. Probably not...
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