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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Quote Originally Posted by AussieGuy View Post
    Thank you! I've looked at their catalogue, and they offer a small watch repair kit in a nice box. Is this good quality, or is it a repackaged Chinese kit?

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    Sorry mate I don't know. They have a Melbourne number give them a ring and ask.
    I buy individual items . You want "good" cheap.
    I bought originally from them.
    Basic screwdriver kit plus extra blades for the smallest (yellow). Number 5 Venus tweezers, oiler (fine), two aluminium movement holders , Hand blower, , basic number 5 loupe (originally I taped to a pair of old glasses and it did the job.)
    Total cost was somewhere around $70/100 aud . That's about $50/100.USD
    For extra light I used a cheap LED head band .
    To clean I used Naptha (Shellite) from Bunnings and did manually using fine artist brushes from a hobby shop as well as some kids plasticine .
    The only items I lashed out on initially was the moebius lubricants and polywatch.


    From my original Chinese eBay kit I kept case openers,hammer, band and spring bar removers and binned the rest. For screw back cases I use a rubber ball with masking tape wound around with sticky side on outside. If I could not open or close the watch back (rare snap on )I would wander down to a mister minute in the mall and ask nicely.
    Initially to change crystal I would take to Lebanda and ask ( usually $20 including glass)
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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Do not overlook another swiss brand. AF Brand is good quality and cheaper than the other swiss brand watch tools. AF brand made in France and Swiss. I recommend open case knife and small set of screwdriver.

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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Nice, I just started and have the same setup. My problem is the lighting. Incandescent light cast lots of shadows so looking at two light sources in combination. Incandescent and florescent. I viewed lots of You Tube video's (Mark Lovick seems the best) but lighting is not covered much.

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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    HP-1300 good stuff
    9010-good stuff
    you will need 9020 most likely as well
    I like 9020 for lubricating a mainspring (not new) after inserting it. There is sort of a capillary action which sucks it up. Some will prefer a thicker grease instead.
    As for the barrell wall I would follow manufacturer's recommendations. I will not even mention what I often use here.

    I have also used PML stem grease to lubricate the 4 flat surfaces on the stem as well as the pilot. It is really silky smooth.
    Last edited by jcoffin1981; May 27th, 2017 at 17:31.

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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    I understand the manufacturer recommended lubricants for watches but there has to be generic oils that work just as well.
    I just use moebus HP 1300 for the jewels, Novostar barrel grease for the main spring and Newall 30-341 for stem and winding gears. I think the HP 1300 might be a replacement for Moebus D5 but not sure. I don't use any lube on the pallet fork pivots or on the escapement wheel teeth but I see many watch repair folks recommended it. I think Mark Lovick used D5 but I'm not sure.
    Any recommended lubes for different areas would sure be appreciated. I did find a good schematic for Seiko recommended lubricants but I have to compare their brands to the viscosity charts for comparison non brand Seiko lubricants.

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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Quote Originally Posted by Holy Moley View Post
    I understand the manufacturer recommended lubricants for watches but there has to be generic oils that work just as well.
    I just use moebus HP 1300 for the jewels, Novostar barrel grease for the main spring and Newall 30-341 for stem and winding gears. I think the HP 1300 might be a replacement for Moebus D5 but not sure.
    There are some viscosity charts floating around on the forums, posted by Pithy I think. I use HP-1300 in place of D-5 and have retired my bottle. 1300 is synthetic and better all around.
    The Novostar oils are fine, I just don't know their applications, but there is a ton of info out there and on here.

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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Quote Originally Posted by Scabby12 View Post
    Yeah, I will see what arrives in the toolkit Ive bought. I'm going to concentrate on old autos. I've bought several nice old well running Seiko 5, 17 & 21 jewelers lately and want to learn how to get a non-working one, well, working, as I've also bought a couple of these in nice cosmetic condition but non running. I know this isn't going to be easy but I'll buy a job lot of old ones and practice stripping and rebuilding them first before attempting anything on a good watch. I hope I'll learn the basics of watch construction/operation from this and also how my tools will perform. If I need to buy (lots??) more then so be it. Just going to be a hobby and I'm prepared to spend as much time as necessary gaining confidence before attacking anything for real.... Thanks for all the advice though, much appreciated

    How are you getting on with this ? it's pretty much exactly what I'm planning to do, any advice, tips on tools, books etc ? ta.

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