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    My latest toy

    I should have got one of these ages ago. Vendor's photo.



    I am very pleased with the traces of the watches I have serviced, so I am clapping myself on the back over those.

    Having tested some I had decided didn't need immediate servicing - I seem to have changed my mind.

    Useful tool

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    Re: My latest toy

    Nice. It will be a while for myself before I go that far. Enjoy.

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    Re: My latest toy

    Very nice. I wouldn't have a clue what to do with one of those!


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    Re: My latest toy

    I found mine saved me its cost. I used to service every mechanical I bought but now I test them and only service the ones that really need it. However, I'm on my second one... the electronics in these are cheap. Of course the units are cheap too when compared to Swiss or American units so it's a tradeoff.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

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    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
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    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: My latest toy

    awsomme tool, I want one of these!!!!!



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    Re: My latest toy

    I tend to test my watches old school lol if out then the watch needed a service, but this method takes a while, so a very useful tool to own.

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    Re: My latest toy

    Oh wow. Some of you guys are hardcore. I hope to one day be there myself.

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    Re: My latest toy

    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    I tend to test my watches old school lol if out then the watch needed a service, but this method takes a while, so a very useful tool to own.
    Without a machine like this the only data you can observe is timing. The machine allows you to see how the escapement is working. Sometimes watches with problems can still keep time.

    The display can also give you hints on what specifically is wrong with the watch. I have a book written in their early days that gives watchmakers clues as to what shape display is associated with what problem. I haven't fully used it yet as I am not yet in the 'fix it' stage of my development. I've watch trim develop over time and hope to follow his lead sometime in the next year or so.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: My latest toy

    I bought a "microset" timer, and while it's fun, I find I don't use it too much anymore. Like you, I'm not at the stage where I can really "fix" many of the issues (if I start resetting jewels or adjusting pallets, I'm as likely to make things worse as better!) and most of the issues I <can> fix can be discerned through careful observation. I can see the value of testing newly acquired watches to weed out the ones not worth "restoring", but in my case I like to take them all apart anyway (right down to the balance, in most cases) so that I can give them a complete clean and be sure that there's no dirt left behind. For some of the lower-grade watches, there's a limit to how much you can really "improve" what you see on the traces anyway without investing more time and effort then they're really worth. It makes more sense on the higher grade ones though.
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    Re: My latest toy

    I have one exactly the same as this one and as Eeeb says the electronics are probably
    cheap. Saying that, I've used mine regularly for well over a year and no probs so hopefully
    it'll last for years yet.
    I wouldn't be without one now, both as a diagnostic tool and as an aid to superfast regulation.
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