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    chris mabbott
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    What watch are you currently working on, please post photos..

    I’ve got a new one on the way, sounds like the usual problem, broken balance pivot. I’ll post better pics when I have it in hand..

    Specs: Hamilton 18s – grade 926 – 17J – lever set

    Chris

    #54927
    chris mabbott
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    movement

    #54928
    ewinrow
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    Hey their Chris, I see you are awaiting another pocket watch. I love Hamilton’s, but I am a beginner in this trade, so with that being said, I wish you all of the best with it. I currently have two Hamilton’s broke down and one has a broken jewel and the other????? I take it that you have some experience under your belt. I’d like to keep-up with your progress on this project. I’m sure you’ll be just fine on this project, please post your findings and progress, Jr watchmaker, Ed…..

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    david pierce
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    Chris,
    Do you plan to make your own staff?
    david

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    chris mabbott
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    Dave, in the ideal world in my head, the one where I make parts for watches like a production line, yes, but the reality will probably be that I’ll check my stock for a best fit or get a NOS for this model 😆
    I’m hoping to get to the point of making my own staffs in the near future..

    Ed, yes, I agree with you about the Hamiltons, Love em, but then again, I think the American watches are the best. I’ve just been working on a Swiss watch that I was given, and it’s boring by comparison 🙄

    Surely someone else is working on a watch they can post :?: C’mon guys, post those pieces…

    Chris

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    ewinrow
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    @Chris Mabbott wrote:

    Dave, in the ideal world in my head, the one where I make parts for watches like a production line, yes, but the reality will probably be that I’ll check my stock for a best fit or get a NOS for this model 😆
    I’m hoping to get to the point of making my own staffs in the near future..

    Ed, yes, I agree with you about the Hamiltons, Love em, but then again, I think the American watches are the best. I’ve just been working on a Swiss watch that I was given, and it’s boring by comparison 🙄

    Surely someone else is working on a watch they can post :?: C’mon guys, post those pieces…

    Chris

    Chris, I’d love to post pics of some of the watches that I am currently working but I can’t get any good pics, maybe my camera set-up or just me. What type of system are you using to get those crisp pics? I would like to post pics with such detail and clarity. Once I overcome this issue I will post many pics, I have quite a few that will interest you as well. People have told me what they are currently using but I need to see a true set-up. Some talk is just wasted time but proof is in the pic. After seeing that Hamelton you posted I figured I’d “PIC” on you for the answer. I think I will also post on the site for more help in this also. Much luck in your endeavors. Thanks Chris. Ed…..

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    arutha
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    Hi Ed,
    any digital camera should be ok if it has macro, some phone cameras can be good enough. take a look at this thread to see if its any help.
    http://www.clockrepairtips.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=508&p=2599&hilit=macro#p2599
    Paul.

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    randy
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    This one.
    Runs well,..but I’m doing a COA on it.

    #54934
    chris mabbott
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    She’s a beauty Randy. Are you going to try and do any restoration to the face? I ask because I have a couple of this type & I would love to try…something to brighten them up.

    Thanks for posting buddy.

    Chris

    #54935
    randy
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    Thanks Chris.
    I’ve already washed the dial with warm water, a soft artists brush and liquid soap ( Dawn to be specific). It’s as much as I will do, along with some detailing using Rodico.

    Serious investors hate it when a dial has been restored, but there are times when that’s the only prudent option.
    I try to find watches that have decent dials, and then work from there.

    This one came to me with others that my uncle had inherited from a friend.
    I’m cleaning them up for re-sale.
    The fob on this particular watch has a silver dollar that’s nested in a Harrah’s casino coin holder.

    Good luck with your restoration,..I really like the Hamiltons !

    Randy

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    chris mabbott
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    That fob sounds pretty cool Randy, what is the age? Any chance of a photo of the fob, I would love to see it :)

    Chris

    #54937
    randy
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    Circa 1926

    Here’s a pic Chris…sorry I don’t have a backshot.
    The back just has a band in the middle, that has “Harrahs Casino”or something to that effect

    #54938
    chris mabbott
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    That is a wonderful classic fob, you don’t see too many of them anymore, this one is very well done and it has the dedication date of the statue of liberty 1886, love it, thanks for posting.

    Chris

    #54939
    randy
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    you’re welcome Chris…take care !

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    c.kelly
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    Hi,
    Good to see what you guys are working on. Speaking about dials I’m still waiting on the dial for the Longines I’m working on to get back from restoration. I’ve already posted pictures of that watch in the forums here. When dial gets back I’ll post finished pictures. I personally don’t mind refinished dials, if your car were 50-60 years old it might need repainted also.
    Thanks,
    Charles K

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