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  1. Padders put me onto a guy in the Birmingham area...

    Padders put me onto a guy in the Birmingham area but I never followed it up , Iíve lost the details. Drop him a PM, Iím sure heíll be able to help.
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    The ESA movements for pre- 87 versions arenít available and owing to the use of plastic parts they sometimes canít be fixed. Before a repairer will give an estimate to fix it they need to know which...
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    Treat screwdriver blades as a consumable! They...

    Treat screwdriver blades as a consumable! They can be redressed but they often end up getting chipped, it pays to buy replacement blades, tgey cost around £5 for a pack of 10.

    Bracelet screws...
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    Really canít recommend this, if the screws are too tight to come out with reasonable finger pressure by applying extra leverage you run a very real risk if shearing the head off the screw or breaking...
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    2 or 3 seconds in a flame then quickly ease the...

    2 or 3 seconds in a flame then quickly ease the screw out with a screwdriver that fits properly. Unless your eyesightís v. good I strongly advise using a magnifier too. Be sure to warm the correct...
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    Alec, youíre an expert (allegedly) in your field and youíre doing something you enjoy, I fully understand your decision to carry on buddy.
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    +1, one of the rare occasions when I agree with...

    +1, one of the rare occasions when I agree with Ally, I started at 16 and finished at 52, who wants to work into their 60s even if they are a director?

    On a more serious note, ageism in the...
  8. Agree, unless the Dremel is the version with...

    Agree, unless the Dremel is the version with infinitely variable speed itíll end badly, mine has set speeds and the slowest is way too fast for a task like this. Small drill bits are very easy to...
  9. Replacement movement is almost certainly the more...

    Replacement movement is almost certainly the more economical way forward.
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    My advice is to forget it. The guys who have...

    My advice is to forget it.

    The guys who have parts accounts have to meet strict standards regarding facilities and qualifications, they have to make a very significant investment in tools and...
  11. New movement is the way to go, some quartz chrono...

    New movement is the way to go, some quartz chrono movements can be stripped and cleaned but theyíre never easy and I would only strip one down if there was no alternative.
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    An interesting pair! The Invicta looks...

    An interesting pair! The Invicta looks particularly sharp. Both watches have had a very easy life.
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    There are various tricks that help a hand stay in...

    There are various tricks that help a hand stay in place, if it has a pipe it can be gently squeezed in tweezers to tighten it up. As an absolute last resort a tiny spot of adhesive can be applied,...
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    I would expect the bezel to be press- fitted and...

    I would expect the bezel to be press- fitted and should pry off, unless its screw- fitted ( unlikely on this style if watch) I canít see any other way to get it apart.
  15. True! I can never understand the bickering and...

    True! I can never understand the bickering and general lack of mutual respect between football fans, especially those who support the top sides. This thread is a sorry example.
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    As a rule I never buy a watch for a second time,...

    As a rule I never buy a watch for a second time, I think long and hard before selling a watch and itís very rare for me to regret selling. However, all rules have exceptions, I sold a superb blue-...
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    The only thing Iím fastidious about is my watches, I wear them all in rotation but Iím v. careful not to mark or scratch them. This applies even more to the stuff Iíve restored and refinished myself,...
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    Maybe I shouldíve kept the scrap electric cable I threw in a skip after rewiring my garage recently.
  19. The cheap demagnetisers do work, I used5 one for...

    The cheap demagnetisers do work, I used5 one for a few tears before buying a slightly better one for £35. Thereís plenty of info online explaining how they work, itís a simple procedure. Ideally, the...
  20. Question for the OP: what are you using to...

    Question for the OP: what are you using to measure rate and beat error?

    In my experience a magnetised watch deviates by more than 2 secs/day, If it was magnetised Iíd expect to see a bigger...
  21. I know little about the car in question, but I do...

    I know little about the car in question, but I do know the realities of owning/running an old car. A mountain of old invoices doesn`t always mean a lot and doesn't give any assurance of the car's...
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    If the OP liked the watch enough he wouldíve bought it by now. To me itís simple, if you can afford it and you like it enough you buy it, if not you donít. Obviously the condition needs to be right,...
  23. Regarding the unusual case design, Omega did the...

    Regarding the unusual case design, Omega did the same with some early 70s Constellations, Iíve worked on a few and I own a nice bimetal one. Its fine provided the seal around the base of the crystal...
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    To clarify, I suggested premium bonds as a short-...

    To clarify, I suggested premium bonds as a short- term home for cash. OP wants to pay his mortgage in November so he can’t commit to a fixed rare bond/ISA, consequently he’ll bugger all (<0.5%)...
  25. Agreed, Kluber 125 is outrageously expensive...

    Agreed, Kluber 125 is outrageously expensive (around £80 for 5grams, but 5g would last a lifetime) and in many cases it isn`t necessary to get a good result. If you don`t fix many watches it's hard...
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