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    Ruined hairspring

    While regulating a watch, is there a trick to protecting the hairspring other than "be careful and don't slip"?

    I regulated my SKX007 and got the beat error and rate in a real good spot. Feeling confident in myself I did another Seiko 7s26 and hit the hairspring. I didn't even see it happen. I was shocked.

    So before I dive into another watch I thought I'd ask, is there a trick to protecting the hairspring from getting bumped by the tool I'm using to adjust he regulator arms?

    Thanks.


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    Re: Ruined hairspring

    Are you using a movement holder?

    What power is your loupe?

    What is the height of your bench?

    What are the specs on your light source?

    Are you using cots?

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    Re: Ruined hairspring

    Quote Originally Posted by pithy View Post

    Are you using a movement holder? - it's not a true "movement" holder, but a case holder

    What power is your loupe? - visor with 2x 4x and 8x settings

    What is the height of your bench? - I don't know, it's just a computer desk

    What are the specs on your light source? - 540 watts of CFL photo studio lighting 5500k

    Are you using cots? - what is "cots"?
    My responses are above, in the quoted area, thanks
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    Re: Ruined hairspring

    Quote Originally Posted by JustBlueFish View Post
    My responses are above, in the quoted area, thanks
    Cots=finger covers.
    Just be very careful and use a toothpick as it is less likely to slip off the regulator arm


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    Re: Ruined hairspring

    Quote Originally Posted by JustBlueFish View Post
    My responses are above, in the quoted area, thanks
    The visor is a major impediment to successfully completing precision work.

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    Re: Ruined hairspring

    Quote Originally Posted by pithy View Post
    The visor is a major impediment to successfully completing precision work.
    Agree.

    I've never understood how people ruin hairsprings, I have received a lot, but never done one myself. I have untangled quite a few.

    Anyway, the point of this is not recrimination, but a query,

    are you sure you bent it, or did you get lucky and just displace it somewhat? That is easily addressed.

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    Ruined hairspring

    Quote Originally Posted by pithy View Post
    The visor is a major impediment to successfully completing precision work.
    What do you suggest? I have bad vision and wear corrective lenses, I doubt I could use a loupe.


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    Re: Ruined hairspring

    Quote Originally Posted by JustBlueFish View Post
    What do you suggest? I have bad vision and wear corrective lenses, I doubt I could use a loupe.
    3x reading glasses and a 3x5X earpiece mounted loupe.

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    Re: Ruined hairspring

    Quote Originally Posted by JustBlueFish View Post
    What do you suggest? I have bad vision and wear corrective lenses, I doubt I could use a loupe.


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    You can get loupes that are meant for people using prescription eye glasses. They attach to the eye glass you normally use and you can fold it in front of your right of left eye, whichever you prefer using. When not needed you can just fold them out of the way.

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    There are also clips that allow you to hold a normal loupe against your eye glass. This offers you only one kind of magnification, though.
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    Re: Ruined hairspring

    The other thing is the work surface. Watchmakers benches put the work in front of your face. Standard workbenches, tables, desks etc. put it under your face. Might seem like a little thing. Isn't.
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