Have you ever wanted to learn a trade?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by horology, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. horology

    horology Monkey+

    In my other life I was a watch repair teacher. My wife and I have produced a 12 part DivX learning program along with 4 books on the subject.

    Thing are tough all over, to pay it forward I'll send out up to 6 sets of these learning programs to members here just for the asking.

    I'll need your US mailing address.


  2. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Does it just deal with wrist-type watches or will the information help me repair the chime on my antique clock?

    Interesting trade. Very nice of you to share.
  3. horology

    horology Monkey+

    This series is just wristwatches, and one lesson on quartz clocks.

    But if you tell me what your problem is, perhaps I can help you with it.

  4. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    My clock's problem was too much bass ;). While I was gone one day, apparently the kids had the house rockin' and thumped the clock right onto the floor.

    I managed to get everything back together and in working order, except the chime spring. It's still in place, but instead of a nice, "Bong" noise, it just goes "kerthunk" (very sad). I'm afraid to touch the spring, proper. Should I be?
  5. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    That's really nice of you...
    I've got a couple mechanicals that need some repair...
    If you still do this type of work... I don't mind sending you some business to help out...
    I'd be interested in a set... but i'd also like to pay you...
    Pm me...
  6. horology

    horology Monkey+

    LOL. Ok, here's what to do:

    One of the "fingers" on the gong may be out of allignment with the others. Check that first. They should all be parralell or either the wall or the floor of the case.

    Then, on the striking hammers, make sure they are directly over the gongs, not off the to side.

    If all that's done and there is still a flat sound check each hammer individually for alignment, and gently bend back each hammer till it gives a clear tone.

    Let me know how you make out.

  7. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    We'll need to talk when you get around to 200 year old Grandfather's clocks.
  8. horology

    horology Monkey+

    Why do you have one?

  9. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Well, yes --. Might not yet be 200, but not too far to go.
  10. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Hey I've got a couple Grandfather clocks as well... and a nice old mantle clock... they stopped working years ago... grew up with chimes every 15 minutes and gongs on the hour... used to drive my friends nuts when they slept over :0)

    Do you work on those as well?

    Forgot the "coo coo" clock... is that how you spell it... little bird would come out... cool stuff...
  11. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Here's some pics for fun...
    DSCF2150.JPG DSCF2146.JPG DSCF2149.JPG
  12. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Here 'tis. The ceiling in this room is just under 8 feet. With the finials installed, it takes 8-1/2. I've moved since this was taken, but have not reassembled it yet, the case needs a bit of gluing and straightening from the last move. It's been in the family since (as near as we can tell) it was new.
    G-Pa clock 1 rotated.
  13. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

  14. horology

    horology Monkey+

    Looks like a Hamilton Military Pessux 7000 movement
    Omega Seamaster with 563 movement
    and a Chinese one

    That pessux movement is famous for breaking the main spring
  15. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Well I just wanted to follow up with everyone on this thread...
    Shipped two of babies that were basically dead dead dead to Horology... my Hamilton and my Omega... How's that for trust :0)...
    And I got them back yesterday... and they are ALIVE!!!!!
    All kidding aside.. what a wonderful guy to work with and he sure does know his stuff...
    I wanted to say a big MAHALO (Thanks) in front of everyone here to Horology...
    You're a quality guy....

    Can't wait to get into that course and start tinkering with my cheapy watches... :0)
  16. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    [applaud][winkthumb] Well done.
  17. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    you do any work on self winders and solar cell watches?
  18. horology

    horology Monkey+

    Yes, thanks for asking

  19. BadgeBunny

    BadgeBunny Monkey++

    What a cool thing to do, horology!! I have very much enjoyed this feel-good thread.
  20. horology

    horology Monkey+

    Me too, we sent out about 30 sets to people, but if things here are the same as the real world maybe one will do something with it and that's not a bad thing.

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