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    Movements/watches to tinker with?

    Hey guys,

    I have zero experience in watchmaking/servicing, but I am reading a book on watch repair, and I am interested in tinkering with some mechanical watches, if only to learn more about the craft.

    Obviously I am not going to try this on a watch I am not prepared to ruin. I was wondering if watchmakers suggest any brand or style of watch with which to get started. Are there certain movements that are more forgiving to students? I don't want to spend too much on a watch I will likely destroy, but I am willing to shell out some dollars if there is an obvious learning benefit.

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    Re: Movements/watches to tinker with?

    Get a Chinese version of the unitas movement 6497/8 and practice with that

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    Quote Originally Posted by oso2276 View Post
    Get a Chinese version of the unitas movement 6497/8 and practice with that
    Don't waste a moment of your valuable time (or patience) on chinese junk.

    Start with a Unitas 6431/45.

    Its inherent instructional superiority is documented extensively in this forum.
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    You know, what you COULD do is get that Unitas movement Pithy suggests, AND a 12s pocket watch movement (naked 12s Elgin movements are cheap on Ebay), which may or may not work. Practice your screwdriver and tweezer skills with the Elgin movement, but spend a lot of time just observing the Unitas. Then, when you feel comfortable with your tools, start working on the Unitas.
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    Re: Movements/watches to tinker with?

    GJ, what the swiss style kw 12s?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pithy View Post
    GJ, what the swiss style kw 12s?
    Eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pithy View Post
    GJ, what the swiss style kw 12s?
    Oh, wait - you meant 'what ABOUT the swiss style kw 12s?'!

    I presume you mean the 'bar' bridge-type movements? Yeah, those would be good to practice on because you don't have to corral 4 pivots into their holes before tightening down, plus the whole thing's easily visible.
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    Re: Movements/watches to tinker with?

    Hard to decode gibberish.

    One more with feeling.

    There's a 1920's 12s Elgin(s) that has a swiss style setlever and keyless works which is sometimes configured with a one piece stem (winding arbor) that screws directly into the crown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pithy View Post
    Hard to decode gibberish.

    One more with feeling.

    There's a 1920's 12s Elgin(s) that has a swiss style setlever and keyless works which is sometimes configured with a one piece stem (winding arbor) that screws directly into the crown.
    You're referring to the "Streamline" series. Yeah, you see those on Ebay a lot. But really, if you want a PW sized movement that is just like wrist watches in the keyless works, the Elgin 542 series are better. The Streamline keyless works aren't quite the same, whereas the 542 series are just like them, only a lot bigger.
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    Re: Movements/watches to tinker with?

    Hi
    I started by fiddling around with Timex mechanicals as they are plentiful and cheap to buy..... Ruined a few but managed to get a quite a few working again. I know people don't like Timex and the way they are built but they were great for me.
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