I am an amateur kitchen table tinkerer and i think i am ready to service my first practice movement.
Over the weekend i disassembled a non-running vintage orient handwinder, swabbed up the excess oil and crud with rodico, reassembled the train, and it runs - so, i think the next step is proper cleaning and lubrication. And maybe finding a case, dial, and hands for it.
I have read a lot about oil choices. I'm trying to keep my budget as limited as i can reasonably manage, so Moebius products are probably off the menu.
It would appear that i can get away with purchasing a general purpose watch oil for the majority of pivots, a very thin watch oil for pallet stones and the like, and a grease for winding parts.
I plan to service wristwatch movements in the 8 to 14 ligne range, and mostly closer to 11 than anywhere else. Pocket watch movements may happen in the future but i have no specific plans there (they just don't hold as much interest for me).
So far, the oil shopping list appears to be:
Nye watch oil (aka Nye Fulcrum Watch Oil, etc)
and either Nye PML Stem Lube, Novostar Winding & Mainspring grease, or Novostar Barrel Grease. I'd like some input on the grease question specifically.
Oiling pins seem to frequently be sold in sets of 3 or sets of 4. I'm guessing that any of these sets, granted that i don't get the very cheapest one out there, should be adequate.
A 3-divot oil cup w/ cap also sounds like a reasonable investment at this point.
I understand that i may want to have some pithwood buttons and pegwood on hand.
If anyone can suggest a supply house that might also sell a small quantity of an actual watch cleaning solution, that would be appreciated. Most of the websites I've visited seem to sell in gallon or greater quantities.
I already have reasonably decent A&F screwdrivers and I'm considering getting the proper implements to sharpen them.
I believe i have most of the general watchmaking tools i could reasonably expect to need, but if you feel that there is an item frequently overlooked, I'm very open to suggestion.
Thanks all for any advice, and for putting up with such a rank amateur as myself.