Vintage Airman - Hack wire

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    Vintage Airman - Hack wire

    Hi,

    I have 3 Airman(Airmen) (60's) in the mail and the hack is not working. I assume it is a "wire" problem. I don't expect the levers to be missing but we'll see...

    Can you provide me with some "wire" references? So far, I successfully got a hack back to life using a small copper wire (from a power cable). It is working but I'm not happy with it. I need something smaller in diametre and with a higher rigidity.


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    yb

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    Re: Vintage Airman - Hack wire

    The original was a stainless steel alloy .06 mm (.0025") in diameter--about the thickness of a hair. It was drawn hard enough to be springy, but still able to be curved.

    James Sadilek -- ccwatchmaker

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    Re: Vintage Airman - Hack wire

    Quote Originally Posted by ccwatchmaker View Post
    The original was a stainless steel alloy .06 mm (.0025") in diameter--about the thickness of a hair. It was drawn hard enough to be springy, but still able to be curved.

    James Sadilek -- ccwatchmaker
    Thanx.
    Just ordered a 10M reel ... 0.06mm SS316. Will see if hard enough.
    I'll have to buy more non-working hack Glycines ...

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    Re: Vintage Airman - Hack wire

    Yeah, ten meters should be sufficient for several years. A piece about 12 mm is long enough to easily be threaded through the dial and then cut to length once it is in place. Let's see, 10 meters divided by 12 mm, that's enough wire for 833 watches with a tiny piece left over.

    The good news is that there are way more than 833 Airman out there that need the hack wire replaced. While I've not found any production figures for the Airman, they were produced for twenty years. It is my opinion that they are not as rare as the asking prices on eBay would indicate.

    James Sadilek -- ccwatchmaker

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    Re: Vintage Airman - Hack wire

    Wow. Good luck!


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