I would like to start cleaning/oiling and possibly repairing pocket watches. I'm not currently interested in any wrist watches. I purchased "practical watch repairing" by donald de carle, and although it is very detailed, I still feel unsure of which tools to purchase. I want to keep it as affordable as possible, but I won't sacrifice quality for price if a tool really requires this.
It seems that the screwdrivers and tweezers would be my most important investment. So far I'm considering the AF set of 9 screwdrivers with stand, but would be willing to get the bergeon equivalent if it really has any benefit. I'm not concerned as much with the smoothness of the bearings, etc, as I'm sure the AF is far superior to cheap drivers, but if the metals are better and the set lasts longer, etc. I would be interested. For tweezers, dumont seems popular.
So my basic question would be: can anyone give me a clear list of every tool I might need to (at a minimum) clean and oil a pocket watch? And second, the most common repair tools for the most typical pocket watch problems. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Here's what I figure so far:
- Screwdrivers (don't go cheap) in sizes 0.6/0.8/1.0/1.2/1.4/1.6mm ??
- Tweezers - metal (don't go cheap) and plastic ??
- Some sort of case opener
- Something to hold movement
- Loupe and/or head worn magnifier
- Trays for parts
- Oiler and Oil
- Hand setter
- Hand remover