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    Mechanical WW Completed Landeron 39 repair

    Now I know for sure how I will clean my next watch.
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    Mechanical WW Completed Landeron 39 repair

    Hi cspinner I've read on the forum here that the ultrasonic waves can penetrate glass but never pictured putting the cleaner in the glass then in the ultrasonic. Since I'm in the house I use simple green for wash and rinse, then rinse in water and alcohol (wrong kind) and dry with hair dryer...
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    Mechanical WW Completed Landeron 39 repair

    Hi cspinner Neat lookin all around job, thanks for sharing. That watch must have had enough parts in it to make two more. Must take a lot of patients, knowledge and sometimes a third hand, which I need. Just to think how I complain sometimes trying to assemble a PW. So you can use glass jars...
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    Cleaned PW hands with lemon juice and blue disappeared

    I said I'd post back when I got the hands finished so here is a pic of one. It's not as bad as it looks from the spade to the tip, just against the spade and hub, probably wouldn't have hurt to left it on the heat a little longer. This was my third try at it and it really ain't that bad looking...
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    Cleaned PW hands with lemon juice and blue disappeared

    Hi roughbarked I think you hit the nail on the head Roger
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    Elgin cannon pinion question

    Hi richeic Yea, figured it had to be the way looked. But if the center wheel jewel setting and the bridge plate was a prior repair it was even worse. Roger
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    Cleaned PW hands with lemon juice and blue disappeared

    Don't know how two post popped up nor where those funny faces came from. Having a bit of trouble figuring this "how to quote" works
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    Cleaned PW hands with lemon juice and blue disappeared

    Hi Bernhard and Graham. This will be one lesson well learned. I'm highly impressed, never heard the hand bluing effect explained like this before. I have seen many forms and many colors of iron oxide even blue iron oxide but never in my wildest dreams would I think it could be the blue on watch...
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    Cleaned PW hands with lemon juice and blue disappeared

    Hey Graham Seems almost every project I'm always learning what not to do but after I do it, as I did this one. But, maybe this might turn out to be a happy accident in the end because even though the hands looked descent as blue as they were they were still pretty rough to look at, light, dark...
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    Cleaned PW hands with lemon juice and blue disappeared

    Hey Skutt I'm trying to get the hands clean as I can for now. Just picked one up, got a muscle twitch in my thumb and threw the hand in the floor, luckily I had a backup, my 4 yr old granddaughter found it. Going to try brasso and flat-tipped toothpick if that don't do I'll try the 1200 grit...
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    Cleaned PW hands with lemon juice and blue disappeared

    These ''used to be'' fairly descent looking blue hands but a lot of rust so figured I'd clean the rust off with lemon juice. Well, the lemon juice took off the rust but also took off the blue, completely gone. I wouldn't think the lemon would remove the blue heat method so figure might be dye...
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    Elgin cannon pinion question

    Hey guys. This came from a 16s elgin. It came off snug about like all the rest, the minute hand seemed to fit good, but curiosity made me ask. Did the slash in it maybe come from a past repair as to maybe tighten it? That's what it seems to me, if so I have learned one more trick. I have...
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    Elgin roller jewel/pallet fork fit

    Hey guys, been a while. Trying to set (D shaped) roller jewel on a 16s elgin 17j. But first I want to make sure the jewel fits the pallet fork the way it should. With the jewel sitting in the fork, how much space is supposed to be between the jewel and fork? I read Fried's chapter on it but it...
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    1957 Westclox dax pocket watch

    Hey Chuck I updated below my first reply. I am almost positive the hairspring is permanently fastened to the plate by some sort of spot weld or something of that nature. I don't believe it was meant to be taken off. But we never know unless we give it a try. Like you said, don't have much in...
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    1957 Westclox dax pocket watch

    Hi Chuck Just recalled, I believe the pin holding the hairspring is sort a spot weld or something of that nature. I didn't mess with mine.
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    1957 Westclox dax pocket watch

    Hi Chuck. It's been a long long time since I was in a westclox, but if I recall correctly the hair spring is fastened directly to the back plate with a pin. If removed it must go back "EXACTLY" as it came out so as not to upset the timing of the spring and balance staff/speed. As Skutt pointed...
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    Avoiding back pain

    Hey guys. I had the same trouble with hand, back and neck pain. Got to where I couldn't sit long, work watches very long, eventually leading to stepping away from my watches for well over a year and half due to the pain and fingers drawing and swelling from rheumatoid arthritis, had to wear...
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    Removing balance screws to adjust speed of a new hairspring

    Correction, what tool do you use to work with the stud pin as for removing and replacing?
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    Removing balance screws to adjust speed of a new hairspring

    Hi John. What tools do you use to work with the stud?
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    Ultrasonic destroying plating?

    My first time with a ultrasonic. 50/50 mix of simple green and soft water in U/S for 4 minutes with the heater off sound good. I read somewhere don't get over 68 degrees. I"ll pop my lazer thermometer on it just to see how hot it does get. Roger

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