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    Minimum Tool Kit For THis Hobby

    Hi guys,
    Newbie question here. But what do you reckon is the minimum tool kit required in this hobby to make the most of a collection?

    Something for swapping straps? For removing Links? For cleaning etc?

    any answers greatly recieved.

    Thanks

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    Re: Minimum Tool Kit For THis Hobby

    I started with a pin remover tool for bracelets and then I got a spring bar remover to use with leather straps.
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    Thanks for the reply - doers that mean I need a 'spring bar remover' to change straps.

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    Re: Minimum Tool Kit For THis Hobby

    Minimum toolkit is 2 small screwdrivers and small hammer if you have push-pin bracelet.

    The next step is special tool for springbars and pin remover tool. I believe you can get both for 15-20$ on ebay.

    Then next step might be caseback and crystal remover, hand setter, screwdriver set, timing machine, pressure tester etc.

    Last step is opening your own watchmaker studio. You decide where to stop :)

    I've managed not to grow further 2 small screwdrivers (one of them converted to springbar tool with a small file) and hammer.

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    Re: Minimum Tool Kit For THis Hobby

    www.uxcell.com has some good tweezers for a great price. whenever you order something they send you a $5.00 off coupon.

    www.julesborel.com has everything.

    www.cousinsuk.com has everything.

    you can search thru amazon for watchmaking or watch tool kit to see some of the various tools you might want for the various jobs out there.

    i've been at this for a year, can disassemble and reassemble movements (no chronographs yet), have a cheap ultrasonic cleaner ($60), a $50 set of horotec screwdrivers (worth every penny!) and have yet to need or want a crystal remover.

    but i don't have a timer either. or a lathe.

    it's a hobby, not a job.

    and it's FUN.

    so, good luck, i've got a ton of links saved up if you want a pm of all the different free online lessons. or maybe i'll post it here. there's so much stuff it's ridiculous.

    later.

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    Re: Minimum Tool Kit For THis Hobby

    There are several reputable sellers on many sales forums selling tools.

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    Thank you watch-art, Id love to see those links to online courses- the physical ones are never near where i live (despite it being central london). Do post them on the thread though as im sure loads of people would love to see them!!

    Im off to buy tools now.

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    Re: Minimum Tool Kit For THis Hobby

    okay, just spent about 10 minutes opening tabs that i hope will be helpful and informative.

    some of these are how tos, some of them are just history, some just interesting reading, some vocabulary...
    the more you read the more you know. but doing helps you comprehend and understand more than reading alone. you can know theory or procedure inside and out but it takes hands on activity to actually understand. and you'll break some stuff, and mess some stuff up on the way, but whatever. that's part of it. start off easy. time only watches. no date/day wheels. no autos...
    have fun!


    http://www.pmwf.com/Watches/WatchSch...in%20bracelets

    http://www.cwrnh.com/techpages/Watchcleaning.htm

    http://www.pmwf.com/Watches/WatchSch...ce%20hands.htm

    http://www.oldandsold.com/articles22...repair-7.shtml

    http://johnflynn.us/watches/movement_disassembly.php

    http://www.pmwf.com/Watches/WatchSch...20a%20movt.htm

    http://www.cousinsuk.com/document/category/205.aspx

    that one at cousins is a list of manuals which is interesting.


    http://hiro.alliancehorlogere.com/en...in_Watchmaking

    http://www.horologist.com/

    http://www.bhi.co.uk/repairer.html

    http://www.jurawatches.co.uk/glossary.asp

    http://www.thehourlounge.com/thread/...6657_6657.html

    http://www.gemnation.com/base?proces...watchmovements

    http://watchdoc.tripod.com/

    http://www.nawcc-index.net/

    http://www.clockwatch.de/

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    Re: Minimum Tool Kit For THis Hobby

    I bought this kit below a few years ago and have never had a problem. Good price and works great!

    http://www.amazon.com/Professional-2...685070&sr=8-20

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    Re: Minimum Tool Kit For THis Hobby

    Quote Originally Posted by saintv90 View Post
    I bought this kit below a few years ago and have never had a problem. Good price and works great!

    http://www.amazon.com/Professional-2-Pin-Adjust-Removing-Repair/dp/B000LS92IM/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&s=watches&qid=1258685070&sr=8-20

    how do you like the screwdrivers? are the tips worth a damn? have any of the threads for the set screws stripped out from normal use?

    Alpha Skeleton Multifunction, Alpha PO, Casio Edifice Chrono EF503, G-Shock Mudman Camo, Timex Ironman

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