Slightly loose movement, is my remedy okay?

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    Slightly loose movement, is my remedy okay?

    Hi,

    I have a watch where the movement was ever so slightly loose in the case, with a bit of play so that it moved about a little bit when the watch is re-oriented. I think it's like that because the edge of the case near the crown has worn and there's a slight gap now between crown and case edge. To remedy it, I cut down two small sections of (light brown parcel) rubber band lengthwise and slotted them in the gap between the movement (holder) and the inside edge of the case. Screwed the back on again and it seems to have done the trick, but my question is, will it be okay like that? Is there any way it could be harmful to the movement, and what other (easy) alternatives are there please? Any help much appreciated .

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    Re: Slightly loose movement, is my remedy okay?

    It is not professional grade but the fix sounds harmless. You may have to replace the rubberband material in a few years.
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    Re: Slightly loose movement, is my remedy okay?

    Sounds like a better fix than used chewing gum or toothpicks. Better shock absorption too!

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    Re: Slightly loose movement, is my remedy okay?

    Haha, yeah I thought that about the shock absorption too. Incabloc, eat your heart out (it does have incabloc as well, thankfully)! And yeah I also thought I might have to replace the rubber after a time as I know rubber perishes and degrades, thanks for the input .
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    Re: Slightly loose movement, is my remedy okay?

    Is this a wristwatch? Normally, there's a "ring" that sits between the movment and the case that gives it a tight(er) fit and prevents it from moving...is it possible that this ring is missing on your watch? Pictures!
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    Re: Slightly loose movement, is my remedy okay?

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    Is this a wristwatch? Normally, there's a "ring" that sits between the movment and the case that gives it a tight(er) fit and prevents it from moving...is it possible that this ring is missing on your watch? Pictures!
    Yes it's a wristwatch, if you mean the movement holder/ring, it's definitely present. It's made of metal and has several little tabs or lugs that can be bent up or down. It was actually nice to see a metal one rather than plastic, as a sign of good quality. Here's a picture of the movement/watch in question (pre rubber band fix), it's an FHF 28. I was pleasantly surprised to see it in there, as I had no FHF movement watches up until now (well I did have a Roamer with one but it got knackered and I sold it as a repair). I like the fact that the movement is signed with the watch brand name, Bernex, and it has quite a long regulating arm. It's from the 50s and I think it's of a slightly higher quality than some of the ones FHF made later on in the 70s. Also I like the bridge design. Seems okay now with my rubber band fix, but thanks.
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