One of the advantages of acrylic crystals is that you can easily polish away scratches to make the crystal look like new again.
This is especially useful if your watch has the original signed crystal or a crystal that’s not easily available anymore.
It’s better to use the original parts if possible. However, sometimes the damage is just too severe. If the crystal is cracked or chipped, there’s no other solution than to fit a new crystal.
With this guide, you’ll learn how to easily replace an acrylic crystal yourself.
This is a regular service of a Caravelle dress watch.
Caravelle had links with Bulova (Bulova’s less expensive line). The movement is the Bulova 11DP which is a rebranded Citizen 0241 movement.
This movement was available in two versions. One has 7 jewels and the other one has 17 jewels.
When you remove the case back, it’s a bit disappointing to see that it’s the version with 7 jewels but it works. Actually, it works great because, after the service, the amplitude is 270 (which is very good for a citizen), with a beat error of 0.3 m/s and a rate of +4 sec.
October has come and gone which means it’s time for a new Watch Happening.
This my personal selection of the best watch related articles from all over the web.
Click on the picture or on the hyperlink to read the articles.
This is a first! A Russian watch on WahaWatches.
A lot of professional watchmakers don’t accept Russian watches. Either because the parts are hard to find or because the movements can be a bit flimsy.
However, it’s my experience that Russian movements perform quite well despite them being cruder than Swiss counterparts. You can buy a lot of parts on eBay if you need any.
This watch is a Start with a ZIM 2602 movement, similar to the LIP R-26. The ZIM has 15 jewels and no shock protection system but it does have a Breguet hairspring, just like the French movement it was based upon.
The upper part of the case with the lugs, bezel, and crystal is one part. The case back with a recess for the movement is another part.
The movement with the dial is directly fitted inside the case back.
You’ve decided to give watchmaking a go.
Maybe because you’re already into watches and you want to add another layer to your hobby. Perhaps you’ve always liked to repair and fix stuff and watches are another challenge.
Either way, you need tools but every time you visit one of the online warehouses you’re overwhelmed with the huge supply of different tools and equipment. What do you need and do you need it right away?
This is a list of tools which are absolutely essential to start with watchmaking. You can always buy more tools when you gain more experience or when you need something specific (and believe me, you will).
I initially included links to Cousins UK because that’s where I buy all my tools and parts. However, I didn’t realize that you need to create an account, otherwise the links don’t work.
I don’t want to force anyone to create an account so I’m linking to Ofrei and Esslinger now.