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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Hi, I also think this should be a sticky. I used it as a guide when ordering tools last week, although I'll admit that I took many liberties in the tools that I chose.

    I think the title is good, as-is, because if it's changed to watchmaking tools in general, it could be construed as to cover things beyond what beginners want or need. What someone just getting started in servicing or modding needs is not the same as what someone looking to upgrade, someone getting "back in" needs, or even someone who wants to just drop a lot of money at once and get "the best". This is perfect for folks getting started.

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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Quote Originally Posted by jcoffin1981 View Post
    I would like to share my experience as a newer hobbyist in regards to tools. First of all, the quality screwdrivers are absolutely essential. But on there is a cheaper option for the AF screwdrivers. On there ofrei website, there is a 5 screwdriver set for $28, including 0.6mm, 0.8, 1.0, 1.2, 1.4. This will have most of your needs met, and any other ones you need you may purchase individually.
    Thanks for the heads up, that's exactly the quality of screwdrivers I was looking for. Grabbed a rubber ball (on sale) and Japanese style spring bar tool too since I was paying shipping already.
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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Sticky.
    I think this thread is awesome to prevent us newbies thinking we can spend $10 on an ebay 16 piece watch repair kit and think we can service a vintage watch with it.

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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    This thread is OK.

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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Thanks for all this info and the time spent putting it together.
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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Great Post!! Very informative and I'd say the information is spot on

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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    My first six months in watchmaking school (Wostep) I didn't touch a watch. It seems to me newbies all want to start at the end and not the beginning. All the tools in the world are not going to make one a watchmaker just as an expensive set of golf clubs won't make you a Tiger.

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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Quote Originally Posted by dacattoo View Post
    My first six months in watchmaking school (Wostep) I didn't touch a watch. It seems to me newbies all want to start at the end and not the beginning. All the tools in the world are not going to make one a watchmaker just as an expensive set of golf clubs won't make you a Tiger.
    I think you are making a fine point about tools not making a watchmaker, however most newbies or hobbyists have a different goal than servicing other people's watches for a living.

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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_hutcherson View Post
    The best style canon pinion puller I've used

    About a month ago I finally bought one. I agree that this cannon pinion puller is the best, and is well worth buying.

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    Re: Getting Started: Guide to Watchmaking Tools

    Ah... I'm just about to embark on some watch play and have just purchased, yes you guessed it, a 155 piece watchmakers set off EBay for £20.

    Bargain, thinks I, it'll have everything I'll ever need!! I also bought a press as well. Hey ho. I'll just have to see what arrives tomorrow. I've also ordered up Practical watch making by DeCarle.

    I'm just hobbying and not going to touch anything too complicated or expensive for a long time. I'm going to buy a job lot of junkers to start with anyway so any disasters wont be, well, disastrous!!

    I'll let you know what horrors, or not?? arrive in the post - you've got me worried now....

    Very interesting thread though, much appreciated.
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