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    Re: WUSF6 Watchmakers of the World Watch Tour

    Quote Originally Posted by BenchGuy View Post
    . . . . A closer look yields this observation: the setting for the needle jewel (which serves as the fulcrum) is riveted to a SLOT in the needle...and it seems shifted off-center . . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenchGuy View Post
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    the setting for the needle jewel (which serves as the fulcrum) is riveted to a SLOT in the needle...and it seems shifted off-center...
    That's fantastic news. And I'm glad the needle made it there with its polarity intact.

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    Anyone like to point out what arrested Signore Breil's forward progress?
    That's highly unfortunate. The watch was fully wound and ticking strong when I packaged it up. I hope it's nothing serious.
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    Okay...f6 is supposed to be a watchmakers forum...I refuse to spoon feed for the "why is it stopped?" question. But maybe a tablespoon sized hint...what time is it?
    There is more to come...Breil is sporting a new compass crystal...and has been on a couple of outings...and there are NEW factoids to share about compass errors...and maybe an improvement in the offing...
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    Re: WUSF6 Watchmakers of the World Watch Tour

    Give me a second...
    Cool project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenchGuy View Post
    ...what time is it?
    I think the punch line is "time for a new watch" :D
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    Re: WUSF6 Watchmakers of the World Watch Tour

    I should have had the little Breil sent to me a long time ago. Nothing on the bench when I agreed to host...and been covered up since his arrival!

    However, we are starting to visit sites together. I live in the Texas Hill Country...where the culture is distinctly rural. Senore Breil and I started out on a country venture...and he at least got to experience Fall with a country flare before the rains set in:
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    This is one of my best friends. A very good listener...but doesn't offer much to the conversation...which is just about perfect.

    More later, BG

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    Decided it was time for Senore Breil to experience more of the local culture. Camp Verde, TX is well known...right...what do you mean you've never heard of it?!?!?

    In any event there is a nice store and restaurant kind of in the middle of nowhere (although it is the middle of "somewhere" for me). The restaurant and its staff are the main attraction for me...and I usually manage one visit a week or so.

    Not to be overlooked, however...is Camp Verde's history...and thus its status as a Historical Landmark...and a failed experiment in "alternative transportation" for the US Army in the 1800s.

    This tells the story well: History | Camp Verde General Store - Camp Verde, Texas
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    Tried to get in on a camel ride...but they have been retired, and Breil showed little interest.

    As for another issue: compass
    In the course of evaluating the compass, de-gaussing the watch, and replacing the compass crystal, I noted that the bezel retaining spring affected compass position (Breil seems to have paid less attention to selection of non-ferrous spring wire than Rolex). Actually, the wire was carrying a pretty strong magnetic field...but after thorough de-Gaussing still influenced the little needle due to its ferrous content. Expect to obtain suitable non-ferrous 0.5mm spring wire substitute and form a new retaining spring. Otherwise, the compass now works reasonably well. However, it seems to also be attracted to ferrous elements in the movement, as noted by dipping toward the dial consistently in certain positions.

    I expect we will be out and about more throughout December...then it will be time to find a new host...
    Regards, BG
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    Decided it was time for Senore Breil to experience more of the local culture. Camp Verde, TX is well known...right...what do you mean you've never heard of it?!?!?

    In any event there is a nice store and restaurant kind of in the middle of nowhere (although it is the middle of "somewhere" for me). The restaurant and its staff are the main attraction for me...and I usually manage one visit a week or so.

    Not to be overlooked, however...is Camp Verde's history...and thus its status as a Historical Landmark...and a failed experiment in "alternative transportation" for the US Army in the 1800s.

    This tells the story well: History | Camp Verde General Store - Camp Verde, Texas
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    Tried to get in on a camel ride...but they have been retired, and Breil showed little interest.

    As for another issue: compass
    In the course of evaluating the compass, de-gaussing the watch, and replacing the compass crystal, I noted that the bezel retaining spring affected compass position (Breil seems to have paid less attention to selection of non-ferrous spring wire than Rolex). Actually, the wire was carrying a pretty strong magnetic field...but after thorough de-Gaussing still influenced the little needle due to its ferrous content. Expect to obtain suitable non-ferrous 0.5mm spring wire substitute and form a new retaining spring. Otherwise, the compass now works reasonably well. However, it seems to also be attracted to ferrous elements in the movement, as noted by dipping toward the dial consistently in certain positions.

    I expect we will be out and about more throughout December...then it will be time to find a new host...
    Regards, BG
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    Re: WUSF6 Watchmakers of the World Watch Tour

    Obligatory tour map(s), with a little perspective.
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    Re: WUSF6 Watchmakers of the World Watch Tour

    Confession time...I haven't been a very good host! However, if you are short of work on your bench, I'd highly recommend that you offer to host the f6 WWWT...the day it arrives, you'll be covered up!

    That said, on Monday the little Breil went to work...!!! And in rural Texas, going to work, often means going on a Roundup!

    Texas is ranching country and managing livestock is a vital industry. But livestock does not always mean cattle, sheep, goats and horses...

    Non-indigenous game (exotic game) is also livestock...bought, sold, farmed, managed; and a source of food and other animal by-products. An industry that likely started with the intention of offering exotic species from all over the world to hunters without having to leave their home state, exotic game management has evolved into a sophisticated activity which not only provides unique opportunities to Texas hunters, but has also contributed to animal conservation and development of new agricultural resources. For those of you who may rail at the thought of hunting...consider that of the two "Extinct in the Wild" mammals (according to the IUCN), the Scimitar oryx is abundant in Texas (and Australia)...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scimitar_oryx . Without the exotic game industry it would probably simply be "Extinct".

    If you've not had experience with farm animals, your impression might be that you just turn them out in a pasture...let them breed and sell them at auction. In order to maintain a healthy and sustaining population of livestock there is much more to it than letting animals "do what comes naturally"... So enter the science of game or wildlife management...

    When I'm not at the bench, I have the good fortune of working with a ranch which, in addition to the indigenous whitetail deer and wild turkeys, manages for Blackbuck antelope, Axis deer (Chital), and Fallow deer. Blackbuck and Axis are indigenous to India...they thrive in Texas...and Blackbuck likely require the least management of exotic species...with the capacity to reproduce more than once each year, populations must be kept in check. So periodic "round-ups" are necessary. BTW, the animals collected in the roundup are sold and moved to other ranch/farming activities to start and/or improve the diversity in their herds...while there may have been some distress...no animals were injured or killed.

    While exotics are farmed...they don't tend to domesticate...so a roundup has a bit more rodeo to it, than say, dairy farming. This is a very efficient activity. The operators are degreed Wildlife Biologists (Texas A&M University). In 4 hours 33 Blackbuck were collected and two Axis bucks.

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    The animals are netted from the helicopter. The net is loaded into a cannister and fired from a specially modified Thompson pistol using a .308 blank to launch weights from 4 barrels which carry the net out over the game. Once downed, the animals are safely tied and untangled from the net, hauled via Kawsaki Mule to the staging point and loaded onto a trailer. Once captured and loaded in the trailer with some of their buddies, they settle right down...the Axis are usually get a bit of sedation...(but even I need Xanax for a closed MRI...and I KNOW what is going on...).

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    Senor Breil...off to work...his job was to keep track of time (which = remaining fuel in the helicopter world)...and, of course, to maintain bearing with his handy compass...after all, you never know when the ships vertical card compass or directional gyro might fail...

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    Breil's work paid off...a load of Blackbuck does...and two Blackbuck bucks ready to load (peacefully restrained...not injured or dead)...sorry, but no images of the Axis:

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    By Tuesday, these animals had all been examined, wormed and vaccinated and delivered to their new homes...

    I have a few more outings planned for Senor Breil...will try and be more expedient...then Breil will be ready for a new host. Any of you short of work on your bench...???

    Regards, BG
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