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bernie weishapl
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I agree with David. I would not worry about time. Your time will increase as you gain experience. If I just do a clean and oil on a 3 train modern movement it takes me about 4 hrs. If repairs are needed it may take 6 to 8 hrs. 30 yrs ago when I started it may have taken me 10 hrs just to clean and oil but if it needed any repairs it my take me 12 to 16 hrs. So my advice is like David again and was taught by my mentor when I apprenticed under him. Do the work as if it was your own clock or watch. If you wouldn’t do it on yours then don’t do it on theirs. He also said do quality work and don’t worry about speed. It will bite you every time. I found this last statement to be true more than once in my early years.

Since you asked about a watch. I can tear down a 18S pocket watch, clean, repair, oil and reassemble in 4 to 6 hrs. A watch to me is more delicate than a clock so takes me slightly longer. I don’t want to break anything and it is easy to do. 😆

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