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    Thanks Sundial, Lovely watches to work on and...

    Thanks Sundial,
    Lovely watches to work on and great to get a mention in the posh part of the forum.
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    I am sorry Tertius, I am being sent watches...

    I am sorry Tertius,
    I am being sent watches which would under normal circumstances go back to Switzerland for in-house repair. This is also an opportunity for me to build up essential spare parts...
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    Looking at your case back F, you would be advised...

    Looking at your case back F, you would be advised to have the replacement screws fitted by a watchmaker. Threads vary as do head sizes. The correct screwdriver is very important. It may be necessary...
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    Me too. It's possibly a re-case but would need...

    Me too. It's possibly a re-case but would need close examination to be sure.
    Either way, a lovely watch to enjoy.

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    It has to be around the 1900s to be pendant...

    It has to be around the 1900s to be pendant wound. Unless one has been watching American cowboy films ! Wristwatches in the 1850s !

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    I recently replaced all four case screws on this...

    I recently replaced all four case screws on this ML. I have a large selection of case screws.
    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200411/bd5a90bd76ab6d83163289d71ab2d5ec.jpg

    Sent from my SM-G900F...
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    Me too ! I don't know if you would remember...

    Me too !
    I don't know if you would remember Benford & O'Shea ? They were a very long established watch parts dealers in Soho. Closed in the late 70s. I guess it's now a Strip joint. The manager...
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    I have always fitted domed and bevelled glass...

    I have always fitted domed and bevelled glass crystals by hand. It takes strong fingers to clip the glass in firmly and one or two can break if you're not careful. I would never heat the bezel. Far...
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    Good picture. I guess PR was the case maker. I...

    Good picture. I guess PR was the case maker. I don't recognise the G logo.

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    The crystal is fitted correctly by using a glass...

    The crystal is fitted correctly by using a glass press. A domed rubber die fits inside the glass with a larger plastic die around the outer edge of it. The glass is then gently domed upwards to...
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    Haha. Great minds think alike. Or as my grandma...

    Haha. Great minds think alike.
    Or as my grandma would say: 'Fools never differ !".

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    Yes. The hallmark looks vaguely like the...

    Yes. The hallmark looks vaguely like the Birmingham anchor. A bit out of focus.
    Am I right ? What's the date letter ?
    Very lovely early Swiss watch.

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    It's not you ! You can only upload two photos at...

    It's not you ! You can only upload two photos at a time unless you buy an account with tapatalk.
    The watch is very nice. Pendant rather than key wound. Can you show a photo with case front closed...
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    Finally damned tapatalk allowed me to post a...

    Finally damned tapatalk allowed me to post a photo after signing up again !!!
    Here's one of my own early Lecoultre cylinder watches. From around 1900.
    Similar...
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    Thanks Aldfort,

    Yes it does have the Vallée Joux look about it. Particularly the Wolf teeth and winding ratchet spring screwed to the side of the barrel plate. If you're lucky it may be signed...
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    *Just a thought. If your clock goes wrong again...

    *Just a thought. If your clock goes wrong again you could update it with a radio controlled movement. Easy to fit and only a tenner from Cousins.

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    Well done that man ! I'm glad I'm not the only...

    Well done that man !
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who will spend time repairing something that most would consider eccentricity at least and uneconomical at best !
    Readers may remember that a...
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    That's interesting. I used to have two binocular...

    That's interesting. I used to have two binocular microscopes. Both Victorian. One by Dancer, the other by Watson another London maker. They had fantastic lens quality. With polarisers.
    They are...
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    I have managed to talk 'Happydeals' into sending...

    I have managed to talk 'Happydeals' into sending me a new oiler. But what a palaver ! The guy said he would go bankrupt having to replace this item and offered me to keep the original for 20% off....
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    It is possible. When I opened my retail shop in...

    It is possible. When I opened my retail shop in the mid 70s, many watch companies sent me spare parts I requested for free !! I remember a few: Seiko, Keinzle, LIP, Roamer, and all thanked me for...
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    I totally agree with you. These high service...

    I totally agree with you. These high service charges seem more like a rental fee every few years.
    I serviced a Vacheron Constantin a few weeks ago. The only parts it needed were a couple of simple...
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    Below is my reply this morning to Jaeger...

    Below is my reply this morning to Jaeger Lecoultre. I don't believe that there has been a better time in recent years to fight the corner of the independent watch repairer. I look forward to your...
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    Yes. Ridiculous. The Swiss watch industry has...

    Yes. Ridiculous. The Swiss watch industry has been living in a money spinning bubble for years. Trying to kill all the competition. I repair Rolex for example for less than half what they charge but...
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    Absurd Swiss In-House Repair Prices

    With the onset of Coronavirus and most Swiss watch manufacturers now closed down, how long will it be until repairs in CH will be returned to their owners ?
    If the very high charges are not enough...
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    Many Swiss watch factories have closed, with...

    Many Swiss watch factories have closed, with staff who can, now working from home.
    I spoke with a pal at Longines this morning who told me there are some shortages in the supermarkets and schools...
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