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    Watch out watches.....

    I've got the gear...



    Looking forward to having a go.

    Tapatapatapatapatalk

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    Look like youíre ready to pull teeth!


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    If you are right handed then put all your tools on the right side, left, left side. That way you won't be putting your arm over the movement and parts to get tools.

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    Also just pick a pair of tweezers and get used to them, the others are for smaller parts, hairsprings etc. Best to get used to one pair first though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notenoughwrists View Post
    Look like youíre ready to pull teeth!


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    Haha! I think it will be the horological equivalent. Without anaesthetic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by me32dc View Post
    If you are right handed then put all your tools on the right side, left, left side. That way you won't be putting your arm over the movement and parts to get tools.

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    Also just pick a pair of tweezers and get used to them, the others are for smaller parts, hairsprings etc. Best to get used to one pair first though.
    Thank you for the advice, the arrangement in the photo was just for show but I did struggle this weekend as my tools were all over the place so I need to be a bit more ordered.

    I will also take up the advice re tweezers I was a bit confused with which ones to use in which circumstance. I did end up using a pair in each hand at one point.

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    Try to just keep it to one pair in your dominant hand. If you can't get something or can't hold something then change the orientation of the movement or the piece.

    Well worth getting a unitas/ETA big pocket watch movement and taking it apart and putting it back together. Everything is at a nice scale and easy to pickup and manipulate.

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    On the subject of tweezers, itís important to keep the tips in good condition. A stone or a diamond file is needed to dress the ends when ncessary, The tips should meet, with no gap, and continue to remain in contact when light pressure is applied. The contact should be approx 3mm long, slightly less for the fine ones. I dress mine with a very slightly squared off end, with both points equal, this helps when picking up tiny parts.

    The purists will disagree with me, but Rodico is v. useful for picking up small screws and parts. Always use the premium grade and ensure itís clean.

    Plenty of light, and a bench at the correct height, are a must. My bench is 40Ē, and I use a draftsmans chair at different heights depending on what Iím doing.

    An ultrasonic bath is a must for cleaning parts.

    If you need further advice drop me a PM. I found cost-effective answers to several problems, my facilities arenít brilliant but with careful working procedures and technical rigour its possible to achieve good results. I have a scientific/laboratory background and I have to admit that helped a lot. Over a lengthy career I learned how to improvise and work out how to do things...........definitely a case of transferrable skills!

    Dnít try to run bfore you can walk. Learning the technique of handling small parts with tweezers is a skill in itself, itís worth practising to get the feel of it. Thatís why youíre best using one pair of tweezers at first, and use your dominant hand. Also learn to use pegwood, tweezers in one hand and pegwood in the other is a good trick when locating parts. Finger cots are a must too, I canít wear them for long but for certain jobs theyíre essential.
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    Thank you both for the continuing advice. I had not known about tweezer dressing so there is another thing to add to the shopping list.

    Unfortunately my workstation is fairly unsuitable (it is the dining table but there is currently nowhere else) but I do use a nursing chair which lowers me so my shoulders are just about level with the table which saves my back and neck somewhat.

    Thanks to the generosity of several forum members I have a number of mechanisms to work on. The first one I started on was a Seagull ST-3600 (very similar to an ETA/Unitas 6497) so is a good size and simple (no auto or date complications as recommended by you Paul). I had great fun with it and was planning on doing a bit of a write up about sometime soon. I will certainly need more advice as the rebuild stalled when an Incablock clip came out of its slot in the balance bridge.

    Thanks again.

    Will

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