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    £5 Roamer... worth every penny!

    Hi Guys and Gals,

    As well as the gold coloured Garrard.. My £5 Roamer purchace arrived today!

    Need some TLC....







    Now... Other than the balance spring.. the movement looks in Ok condition... But who knows why the spring broke...

    The fixed lugs are a bit bent.. but fixable... the dial shows some signs of age.. but quite happy with the condition!

    Any thoughts on the movement ID and age would be gratefully received....

    Thanks in advance
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    Re: £5 Roamer... worth every penny!

    Movement ID? Depends to a large extent on exact movement size. What have you got?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Movement ID? Depends to a large extent on exact movement size. What have you got?

    Hartmut Richter
    Approx 23.5mm wide by 3.5mm deep... sorry.. my oldschool calipers are not digital...
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    Re: £5 Roamer... worth every penny!

    352, it will be marked under the dial anyway.

    Dates from somewhere between 1938 and midish 40s. Probably the earlier end of that due to the Geneva Stripes.

    A good movement, nice to work on. Should not be a massive challange finding a donor with a good balance. Tom at Dash-2 has a couple if you can't find anything locally.

    Balance is shared with the 351, 364, 400 and 401 - so plenty of opportunities for replacement. But, be careful, as there were options on shock protection, and you need a plain one.
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    Re: £5 Roamer... worth every penny!

    Marc, Cousins UK have the hairspring and stud (MST352734) and balance (ordinary) complete (MST352721) in stock.

    BTW, the balance complete costs less than the hairspring????

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    Re: £5 Roamer... worth every penny!

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    352, it will be marked under the dial anyway.

    Dates from somewhere between 1938 and midish 40s. Probably the earlier end of that due to the Geneva Stripes.

    A good movement, nice to work on. Should not be a massive challange finding a donor with a good balance. Tom at Dash-2 has a couple if you can't find anything locally.

    Balance is shared with the 351, 364, 400 and 401 - so plenty of opportunities for replacement. But, be careful, as there were options on shock protection, and you need a plain one.
    Thanks for the info... the movement info and options for donors is a great help!

    Worth fixing up? Think it will be added to the 'to do' pile... hopefully in a few months I can look to tackle it myself... waiting on the 'practice' PW's.

    (on that note.. not looking to derail thread.. but have a full basket with CousinUk... went to pay and was concerned with the warning over being a trade only site... should i ignore?)

    Back to the watch... leave the dial as is??
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    Re: £5 Roamer... worth every penny!

    Dial is OK. Some people have tried tung oil to revive faded black dials. I have never been game enough to try it. I would leave that one alone.

    Add a MST352721 to your Cousins Basket.

    Are you fixing watches to sell? Yes? Then what are you other than a trader?

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    Re: £5 Roamer... worth every penny!

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    Are you fixing watches to sell? Yes? Then what are you other than a trader?
    Well... if you put it like that!!!

    Its added...

    Tweezers.. Horotec... Fine or Medium for my first pair?
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    Re: £5 Roamer... worth every penny!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparcster View Post
    Tweezers.. Horotec... Fine or Medium for my first pair?
    I really like my B5 Horotec tweezers for general work. I am not sure if the B5 is classed as medium or fine though.

    You will eventually need a (super) fine pair as well, as the B5 is too big to incabloc/kif springs and is not the best at hairpring studs.
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    Re: £5 Roamer... worth every penny!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparcster View Post
    went to pay and was concerned with the warning over being a trade only site... should i ignore?)
    I think that's just to cover themselves against the distance selling (or whatever its called) legislation that says if you - as a consumer - buy something off the internet and don't like it the seller has to take it back and refund purchase cost AND postage both ways. That doesn't apply to trade sales.
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