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  1. The customer service team is based in Dublin and...

    The customer service team is based in Dublin and being Irish also, I hoped to have some support from them. I wanted a refund for an ultrasonic cleaner (£99.00) which went wrong after seven months....
  2. *Great article Verv. Interestingly IWC just told...

    *Great article Verv. Interestingly IWC just told one of my customers that they had to replace the hands on a Portofino (I think) because they were radioactive. Total BS. They didn't know I have a...
  3. Great news Tim. I'll be back to work in the...

    Great news Tim. I'll be back to work in the morning.

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    Well done that man ! Congratulations on keeping...

    Well done that man ! Congratulations on keeping these arts alive.
    I shall be visiting an enamel dial maker in Switzerland this October and hope to add a couple of chapters on how to make them in my...
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    Here is my favourite. 18ct rose gold:...

    Here is my favourite. 18ct rose gold:
    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190910/5d176f4341b7ad130c816cdeeb834b13.jpg
    And a couple more hand painted enamel dial models with shutter dials:...
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    I haven't owned one but repaired many. They are...

    I haven't owned one but repaired many. They are beautiful watches and look perfect on the wrist. They rarely give problems apart from needing a service every five years or so. Several limited...
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    That's very kind Benji. I'm pushing the boat...

    That's very kind Benji. I'm pushing the boat out...it's only a rowing boat but launched it has been !

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    Congratulations ! That looks pretty damn good to...

    Congratulations ! That looks pretty damn good to me ! I will be very surprised if you don't get a superb amplitude when it's all reassembled.

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    I had the pleasure of visiting two of these...

    I had the pleasure of visiting two of these 'independent' companies a year or so ago. One was in St Imier, the other in France, across the border from La Chaux de Fonds. As far as I could observe,...
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    I totally agree with your observations. When the...

    I totally agree with your observations. When the Swiss watch industry was seriously under threat in the 1970s from cheaper foreign brands, many quartz, the watch repairer was essential for ensuring...
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    The guy on YouTube seems like a real enthusiast....

    The guy on YouTube seems like a real enthusiast. He keeps his pivot file over the staff all the time he's turning the ferrule. That way it can't lift out of the slot.
    Very best wishes with your...
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    You might find this video helpful: ...

    You might find this video helpful:

    https://youtu.be/f-8Vd2m-WBs

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    I do have a huge selection of watch balance...

    I do have a huge selection of watch balance staffs, referenced by their Ronda number or actual dimensions. I am happy to supply if anyone needs a staff or two.

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    Yes. I noticed that too. Without the carrier on...

    Yes. I noticed that too. Without the carrier on the ferrule the wheel would not turn. I presume it was left out for photographic clarity.

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    The Jacot tool is fiddly and takes some practice...

    The Jacot tool is fiddly and takes some practice to perfect it's use. Slight downward pressure on the bow and a small drop of oil on the pivot runner whilst keeping the burnisher in constant contact...
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    I guess all watchymakery words are googleable ?...

    I guess all watchymakery words are googleable ?

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    Very interesting. Great to see traditional skills...

    Very interesting. Great to see traditional skills in use and enjoyed. I repivot platform escapement staffs when I'm bored !
    Have you tried finishing the pivots in the lathe chuck with 3M papers...
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    Thanks OOK. It looks perfect. ...and by the way,...

    Thanks OOK. It looks perfect.
    ...and by the way, I'm not really staying on a campsite. Too damn cold in the mornings and I fancy a bit of luxurious self indulgence at my age !

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    Thank you. I'll be scouring the car boots myself...

    Thank you. I'll be scouring the car boots myself !

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    Sure. Send it to me after Monday week please....

    Sure. Send it to me after Monday week please. It's an English three quarter plate doctor's watch or stop watch. The slider on the case stops or starts the watch. About 1890 ish
    Where's the Bike...
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    It's radio controlled and solar as well, so it's...

    It's radio controlled and solar as well, so it's spot on. On ebay for around £30.00.
    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190903/a9dcbe1899d3297ed091c394efeed31c.jpg

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    My pleasure Berin, (and Tasmo61) Would be great...

    My pleasure Berin, (and Tasmo61)
    Would be great if you could post some photos of your journey. I'm sure most of us would love to do something like that !

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    Absolutely. If manufacturers want to stick their...

    Absolutely. If manufacturers want to stick their necks out that far at least they have the resources to cover any serious ingress. I doubt many independents would.

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    I definitely have not come across refurbishment...

    I definitely have not come across refurbishment of old movements so far. It wouldn't make economic sense. If refurbishing, they might as well put the movement back in the case it arrived in. And...
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    What do you recommend ? My first choice is my...

    What do you recommend ?
    My first choice is my latest car boot find. A talking watch. Handy for the dark campsite !
    http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5d6e103fec908/20190903_075827.mp4

    Sent from my...
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