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Second hand wobbles -- Bulova

I'm an amateur watchmaker with limited resources. I was proud to repair and service a nice Bulova of the fifties. I replaced a carved cap jewel, and the watch ran perfectly. Unfortunately, after placing the watch hands, I realized that the second hand behaved weirdly. The vertical distance between all the hands is ok. No interference, but the second hand wobbles at certain positions and slides over the minute hand. Does anyone have an idea of what is happening? Could I solve this issue with my rudimentary tools? I have attached a short video. Thank you.

6 Comments
2024/02/27
11:49 UTC

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Can I place one of the watch hands underneath the dial and have it running?

I wanna build a watch and I have an idea in mind but to build that watch I'd have to have one of the hands running under the dial, would that be possible?

3 Comments
2024/02/26
21:09 UTC

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Maintenance/repair question: crown actions very stiff/difficult on NH35

The crown on my watch with a Seiko NH35 movement has become really difficult to operate. It's very difficult to turn in either direction or move in and out, and the 'clicks' you usually feel as you pull it out after unscrewing are far less noticeable. It's to the point where I can't screw the crown in all the way, but I'm not sure if that's due to the increased difficulty in turning it, or because I haven't actually seated the crown back in that screw-down position and simply can't tell as a result of this issue.

Otherwise, the actual functioning of the movement seems to be unaffected; I'm still able to set the time, the GMT hand, and the date (although it's noticeably harder to do), time's a-tickin', and the automatic winding is still working perfectly. Based on that, it seems like the problem would be mostly if not exclusively in the crown or the crown stem, but that's a thought from someone who doesn't know a lot about watchmaking.

Wondering if this is a problem anyone else has run into and whether it was fixable at home with basic watchmaking tools. Also my diagnosis could be totally off, so if other causes or problem areas spring to mind I'm all ears.

Edits: Tiny syntax changes for clarity, some added detail

3 Comments
2024/02/26
18:48 UTC

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Watch Oils from Switzerland

Hello all,

My friend is soon going to Switzerland and he is willing to bring me back some watch oils.

Now, my question is, does somebody know where to get them where they can sell to individuals, rather than companies? Are local watchmakers willing to sell small samples?

Also, what is your advice as to what oil types I should get? I am a complete beginner and I want to start small. What I read somewhere is that 9010, D5 and KT22 grease would do the job?

Also, maybe a stupid question, but are they allowed in cabin baggage?

Thank you in advance!

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2024/02/26
16:40 UTC

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NH35 vs SW200

Hey all, I have a question that’s probably dumb for most of you but I’m still learning.

I have a project I’m starting and I found most of what I need on aliexpress. Question is: can I build up my watch with and NH 35 to see if I like it and then swap in a SW200 if I like it? Are they close enough to the same to do this? My other thought is to buy case/dial/hands for two watches. One for NH35 to test, and the other for 2824 and drop in a sw200(since those will direct swap right?)

Help and advice is appreciated while I learn. Thanks!

6 Comments
2024/02/26
14:17 UTC

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Making Carbon Steel Hairsprings for Watches, Clocks and Other Small Mech...

4 Comments
2024/02/26
13:30 UTC

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what oil/cutting fluid do i need and what cutting heads

I just bought the lathe from Boley and need some advice on what oil it needs, what cutting fluid I need, and what cutting heads I need to buy for hand turning and for the cross slide. I live in Scandinavia so it needs to be sold in the EU or a play where they pay the import tax for me.

thanks for the help

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2024/02/26
07:27 UTC

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Where do you guys buy dial blanks and what price do you purchase them at

I was looking for more manufactures to buy from for blanks the price after everything is 3 dollars per blank at 100 per purchase

1 Comment
2024/02/24
23:04 UTC

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I want to assemble my own Custom watch

Hello I have recently just gotten a few watches and got interested in them, I want to try to assemble some custom ones for myself and possibly friends/family. I have no idea about assembling watches though what do I need to assemble one (tools) and what pieces do I need ?

3 Comments
2024/02/24
22:22 UTC

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I want to make my own watch, starting with the movement. What chronographs are on the market? Thinking Valjoux 23 & similar… thanks!

Happy to spend a bit of money on the movement and design everything around it. I absolutely love the look of a pretty chronograph.

4 Comments
2024/02/24
13:30 UTC

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