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Best way to start fiddling? 
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Post Best way to start fiddling?
Dear All,

I have a simple question for you experts: I am interested in teaching myself how to mod watches and do basic maintenance (regulating, replacing gaskets) on mechanical watches.
My aim is to get to the point where I can take a watch apart, and swap hands/dials to my liking

What would be the best and most cost efficient way to start? What watch should I buy to open up, take apart and put back together?

I bought the first necessary tools: case back openers, pliers, hands remover, screwdrivers but that is pretty much about it.

Thanks!

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Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:44 am
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Post Re: Best way to start fiddling?
buy the cheapest watch that is close to your taste (sub, pilot, auto or hand-wound, etc), take it apart and re-assemble it....browse the forum (and maybe other ones) and google for tutorial videos :thumbup: It's mostly fun but expect some frustration after breaking stuff and to find yourself on all fours searching for that little tiny microscopic bit that jumed out of your tweezers....

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Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:03 am
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MK_FR91 wrote:
buy the cheapest watch that is close to your taste (sub, pilot, auto or hand-wound, etc), take it apart and re-assemble it....browse the forum (and maybe other ones) and google for tutorial videos :thumbup: It's mostly fun but expect some frustration after breaking stuff and to find yourself on all fours searching for that little tiny microscopic bit that jumed out of your tweezers....


Exactly, well explained.

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Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:53 am
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Post Re: Best way to start fiddling?
Like many things in life, best way probably depends on your circumstances. If you have a private income and no money worries, then the best way is probably to enroll on a reputable watch repair course. I'm not, so I started with big broken cheap stuff. If you can take an old mechanical clock apart and put it back together with no spare bits, that's a start. Then I sort of accidentally got one running again. After a while I figured out what to do to get them running and now I'm doing the same with junk pocket watch movements. I'm slowly gaining experience and understanding, but I still send good stuff to a guy I can trust.


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Post Re: Best way to start fiddling?
Put up a WTB in EU to save on shipping... I assume you are there

I'm sure some members have failed project watches or a cheap rep they will happily sell you for cheap.

Oh and get yourself a set of decent tools.

Duct tape ball.....watchmaker screwdriver set...gasket silicon grease.... 3x reading glasses or a loupe(would halo). ....Hands puller


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Now that you mention it I have a working submariner homage with sterile dial for sale, if I remember correctly :lol:

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emilio666 wrote:
Now that you mention it I have a working submariner homage with sterile dial for sale, if I remember correctly :lol:


as long as:
1. it works
2. It is cheap

i'm in ;)


Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:41 am
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for how stupid this video is, it actually shows the steps i want to take, and how easy it seems once you get the gist of it


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emilio666 wrote:
Now that you mention it I have a working submariner homage with sterile dial for sale, if I remember correctly :lol:


as long as:
1. it works
2. It is cheap

i'm in ;)

Yes, you can check it out here

viewtopic.php?t=40344

If you are interested in that watch you contact me using a PM

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