Again an oil desaster

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    Again an oil desaster

    Hi out there,

    the consequences of the Deepwater Horizon desaster aren't yet managed,
    and already a new oil desaster happened:
    Ranfft Watches, Troubles

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    Re: Again an oil desaster

    looks like it was bathed in oil

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    Re: Again an oil desaster

    Service: first dip entire watch in Naptha, second dip entire watch in cooking oil...Good as new.

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    Re: Again an oil desaster

    That is the worst I have seen. I thought one of mine I serviced last year was bad, but your one takes the cake.



    If the oil is not a sufficient sign of a tinker, the bent seconds pinion sure is
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    Re: Again an oil desaster

    An entertaining and educational read by a really sensible experienced enthusiastic expert generous to the ignorant like myself. Fine insight into the reality of the watch maker's challenges and deserved reasonable charges.

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    Re: Again an oil desaster

    Thats a shocker... even to my untrained eye!

    If I start on the slippery slope of watch repair... I hope I am not known as a tinkerer!!
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    Re: Again an oil desaster

    I've had a couple of those on my bench.. one even had oil ON the dial! Cheap helbros watches anyway ;)

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    Re: Again an oil desaster

    Hi Kris,

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    If the oil is not a sufficient sign of a tinker, the bent seconds pinion sure is
    The pattern is always the same: A tinker damages anything, the watch stops, and he
    believes oil will fix it. Meanwhile my watchmaker found out another probable scenario
    for my example:
    1) A too long screw of the date plate touched the barrel, and occasionally stopped the watch.
    2) Tinker tried to push it by poking around in the balance assembly and damaged the hairspring.
    3) At this point the flash of inspiration: Oil will fix it.

    No doubt, 1) can happen. A screw is lost, and it is less effort to take a new instead of
    creaping hours on the floor (and then take a new). As the length can't be taken from the
    original the advice: If ever you replace a screw, look where it ends!

    Already last year I reported a story, where a too long screw (peanuts) lead to repair
    costs of EUR 77,60 (coconuts, many):
    Ranfft Watches, Troubles

    Nothing against hobby screwers (so nothing against me). With some self skill, some care,
    and some good tools, almost everything can be done the do it yourself way. No question,
    this is nonsense from economical point of view, but tell me any senseful hobby.....

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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