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All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 19:24
No watches for me this month Shocked Shocked the horror of it !!

Decided instead to invest a little in tools that I will be needing as my interest in modding / Tinkering increases . I own screwdrivers but they are a bit naff so plan on upgrading them also on my list is a loupe but the type that can be clipped onto glasses leaving both hands free .

I already have movement holders and case openers , case closers , that little v shaped tool for removing spring bars but what other tools would you suggest ?? What is that one tool you could not do without ? What am i missing in my little collection
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 20:11
a puffer is a valuable tool Very Happy


rodico is a must for cleaning marks/dust on dials etc
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 20:15
@domecurb wrote:a puffer is a valuable tool Very Happy


rodico is a must for cleaning marks/dust on dials etc

I got a puffer free with the case press I bought . Rodico sounds useful though .

Would you suggest some plastic tweezers or are metal ones ok ?
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 20:26
anti magnetic tweezers are a must, but plastic ones can be handy for battery or cells swaps
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 20:46
Didnt realise you could get anti magnetic tweezers

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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 20:56
@SeikoJohn wrote:Didnt realise you could get anti magnetic tweezers

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6Pcs-Pro-Non-Magnetic-Anti-static-ESD-Coated-DIY-Repair-Precision-Tweezers-Set-/162273550529?hash=item25c841e0c1:g:4sMAAOSwKOJYIX75
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 21:45
Regarding the loupe, I have recently seen this type of thing.....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/20-X-Magnifying-Magnifier-Eye-Glass-Loupe-Jeweler-Watch-Repair-with-LED-Light-/172332870191?hash=item281fd6ea2f:g:b5wAAOSwiDFYK9hA

.......and wondered if it would be helpful having the added option of a strong light focused directly on the area you are working on. Might not be suitable John but just an idea.  Very Happy
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 21:56
@daff62 wrote:Regarding the loupe, I have recently seen this type of thing.....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/20-X-Magnifying-Magnifier-Eye-Glass-Loupe-Jeweler-Watch-Repair-with-LED-Light-/172332870191?hash=item281fd6ea2f:g:b5wAAOSwiDFYK9hA

.......and wondered if it would be helpful having the added option of a strong light focused directly on the area you are working on. Might not be suitable John but just an idea.  Very Happy

got them a few years ago and they are terrible, the focus is so high that you are so close to the watch you cant work on them Sad  5x to 10 x is about max.......20x is ridiculous

plus my wife says they make you look like a nerd lol!

P.S you cant use both eye pieces at the same time either Very Happy
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 22:08


got them a few years ago and they are terrible, the focus is so high that you are so close to the watch you cant work on them Sad  5x to 10 x is about max.......20x is ridiculous

plus my wife says they make you look like a nerd lol!

P.S you cant use both eye pieces at the same time either Very Happy [/quote]

I take it you don't like them then. lol!
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 22:21
I was thinking something like these as they can clip onto my glasses

[url=https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351754546975 ]https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351754546975 [/url]

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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 22:24
@daff62 wrote:

got them a few years ago and they are terrible, the focus is so high that you are so close to the watch you cant work on them Sad  5x to 10 x is about max.......20x is ridiculous

plus my wife says they make you look like a nerd lol!

P.S you cant use both eye pieces at the same time either Very Happy

I take it you don't like them then. lol! [/quote]

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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 22:28
@SeikoJohn wrote:I was thinking something like these as they can clip onto my glasses

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351754546975

i have had a 5x rosewood loupe for 20+ years and have tried various others but always go back to the standard loupe

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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 22:36
Never tried that type of loupe I guess I was afraid of looking like popeye when using it



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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 22:43
@SeikoJohn wrote:Never tried that type of loupe I guess I was afraid of looking like popeye when using it




that my friend is unavoidable, but you can relax in the knowledge that while you look like popeye you will be left alone Wink ...silver lining and all that Laughing
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 22:51
I was thinking at because I need to wear glasses for reading and close up work that I would try to get something I could clip onto my glasses to save from taking them off each time . May buy both types and see which I like . Currently have one of these but had it years and need a hand to hold it


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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Mon Feb 06 2017, 22:52
@domecurb wrote:
@daff62 wrote:

got them a few years ago and they are terrible, the focus is so high that you are so close to the watch you cant work on them Sad  5x to 10 x is about max.......20x is ridiculous

plus my wife says they make you look like a nerd lol!

P.S you cant use both eye pieces at the same time either Very Happy

I take it you don't like them then. lol!

NOPE ! Laughing [/quote]

That's a fair point re the magnification. I just looked and they all seem to be 20x which is odd as they could have varied the magnification strength.

I also just remembered years ago a watchmaker I knew had some sort of visor he used. The modern day equivalent would be something like this which is 10x magnification.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/122215342556?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I think though the loupe is the best option, even with Popeye comparisons, but it just takes a while to get used to it.  Very Happy
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Tue Feb 07 2017, 19:57
I use two loupe, one has an in built light, found them both useful at different points. I only use the one without the light normally.
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Tue Feb 07 2017, 20:01
So far on my list are

Screwdriver Set

Loupe (Popeye style)

some blue tack stuff (Rodico)

Anti static tweezers

Can anyone suggest anything I am missing

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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Tue Feb 07 2017, 20:04
@SeikoJohn wrote:So far on my list are

Screwdriver Set

Loupe (Popeye style)

some blue tack stuff (Rodico)

Anti static tweezers

Can anyone suggest anything I am missing
an ultrasonic cleaner Very Happy
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Tue Feb 07 2017, 20:11
@domecurb wrote:
an ultrasonic cleaner Very Happy

Yes ... no ... yes .... no

I agree useful just not sure how many times I would use it but I guess it might be one of those things you buy and use for other reasons ie not just cleaning watch cases and bracelets
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Tue Feb 07 2017, 20:15
@SeikoJohn wrote:
@domecurb wrote:
an ultrasonic cleaner Very Happy

Yes ... no ... yes .... no

I agree useful just not sure how many times I would use it but I guess it might be one of those things you buy and use for other reasons ie not just cleaning watch cases and bracelets

does ladies jewellery too = brownie points.... what do brownie points make?............WATCHES !! cheers
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Tue Feb 07 2017, 22:30
I take it you have small pots or a container with sections for keeping various parts safe. Also, what about the surface you are working on. I've read people using panels of foam for example so small screws etc can't bounce out of sight on a table. You probably have these things covered but just a few thoughts in case. Very Happy
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Tue Feb 07 2017, 22:37
@SeikoJohn wrote:So far on my list are

Screwdriver Set

Loupe (Popeye style)

some blue tack stuff (Rodico)

Anti static tweezers

Can anyone suggest anything I am missing

A dose of sanity is always helpfull bounce
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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Tue Feb 07 2017, 22:41
I have two types of tops I work on one is the green cutting mat I find it quite useful but normally I put a clean tea towel down on the table . I also have the odd piece of leather off cut from an old jacket I put down then put the watch case on that face down when unscrewing case backs . Could get the odd container though

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Re: All the gear just no idea

on Fri Feb 17 2017, 15:55


look what arrived today three loupes Very Happy 2x 5x and 10x

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