Lerrac Outillage - Manufacture d'outillage pour l'horlogerie, bijouterie et l'optique - Les Fins (25) ). Facom, AF and others are doing this.
I read it and based on it purchased some basic tools from a local supply company. Saved me a lot of time and hassle.
I'd like to hear about recommended cleaning supplies for older watches, from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The OP says that ultrasonics will ruin parts from watches older than 1950, but I'd like to know what the alternatives are.
I started reading "Watchmaking" by George Daniels. In the first chapter of the book there is talk of a "Pointing Machine".
There are no pictures of this machine, nor is there an adequate description of it. As far as I can make out it is something akin to a pantographe, for replicating drawings to scale.
Could someone please post a link to a picture of one? or perhaps give their own description of the machine and its purpose?
Specifically the OP says ultrasonics will damange "plating" on old parts. Perhaps it is acceptable to use on the non-plated parts.I'd like to hear about recommended cleaning supplies for older watches, from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The OP says that ultrasonics will ruin parts from watches older than 1950, but I'd like to know what the alternatives are.
Last edited by FrankR; October 4th, 2013 at 02:39. Reason: forgot to quote other post
Tough to add to 7 pages of suggestions. Here is one that I discovered in a Goodwill store 10 years ago. I use it every day and toss it to my dog when I am finished with it. Then it is back to Goodwill for another. Score! 25 cents usually.
The right diameter to sit on my bench. Has a height of about an inch, allowing me some room underneath whatever I am working on. The surface sticks to the bench top and is easy on watch finishes. It is somewhat self healing. Driving a band pin into the surface won't destroy it. I love it. You will too I think. Best of all Bergeon doesn't sell them! Yet.
Last edited by dacattoo; October 17th, 2013 at 17:05.
I use CL for everything, and for whatever reason, the idea of looking for an appreciable jewelers/watchmakers bench/desk escaped me. I was soooo close...one just sold w/ tools included for $250...the next best one is just the desk for $500 ha.
And so the search continues.
vbomega, thanks for initiating this---seems to have helped a lot of people get started in this (what I hope to be) wonderful hobby.
Something about the mechanical watch is fascinating in that its remained relatively unchanged for so long. In a world of constant change, The object we turn to track our time has remained largely unchanged since the 17th century. If that isn't a paradoxical kick in the modern age pants, i do not know what is!
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