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    Small is beautiful

    So far I've been practicing watcmaking only with mens calibres, the smallest one being a 10.5''' Osco 65. Now I thought it would be a good exercise to try and overhaul something smaller... So I bought a little Revue women's watch with a 6.75''' MSR D1 movement.

    Although I knew its dimensions beforehand, I was still shocked when I saw and held the movement in my hands for the first time. This thing really is tiny. And it feels especially so as the last movement I've been working on is a huge Molnija. Here they are pictured together. The whole D1 is about the same size as the Molnija mainspring barrel alone.

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    Re: Small is beautiful

    This should be interesting. I've been wondering the same thing. How much harder would a women's watch movement be to work on?

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    Re: Small is beautiful

    Not that much harder at all. Although if course, the pivots are much smaller so you need to be more careful when reassembling.
    Its good practice though, improves your tweezer handling skills and general delicacy in handling the movement and tools.

    Enjoy it!

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    Re: Small is beautiful

    Quote Originally Posted by jsavis View Post
    Now I thought it would be a good exercise to try and overhaul something smaller...

    Although I knew its dimensions beforehand, I was still shocked when I saw and held the movement in my hands for the first time. This thing really is tiny. And it feels especially so...

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    That's what she said, lol.
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    Re: Small is beautiful

    That's a nice looking little movement, take your time and it'll be fine.
    Be careful with the little kif spring over the escape wheel, they are a pain to buy as spares. As you go back together keep your pegwoods handy, one to hold down the train bridge and one to keep checking train freedom as you tighten the screws (sounds like 3 hands but you switch pegwood/screwdriver). A 12 or 13 ligne movement is a few times bigger but orders of magnitude more robust, the escape wheel and balance pivots in that one are likely around. 07mm.

    Aside from the more delicate basic parts manipulation the oiling needs great care, tiny amounts. And the hairsping of course- there's often very little room to manipulate it well so just don't mess it up!


    Got two lecoultre 104s in the shop right now, they're literally about .5mm bigger than the 101, makes the old 5x7 ligne ladies movements look like a pocket watch. No spares available so we have to make them, that's some pressure not to screw up!

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    Re: Small is beautiful

    Was looking for a centre seconds molnija !

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    Re: Small is beautiful

    Wow, very small. I have 3 Elgin movements that are about the size of a nickel, I thought those were small but that movement has them beat for sure!

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    Re: Small is beautiful

    Worked on a couple of JLC mvmts from the women collection... since then all regular sized mvmts feel like tower clocks...

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    Re: Small is beautiful

    Ended up making a pallet fork, center pinion, click spring, and balance staff for the above Lecoultre 104s- hope the op has better luck!

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