Watch Repair


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Bulova 666 Case 386-1 Loose Bezel

Submitted by Mike Ohrnstein on August 29, 2021 - 7:37am
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Hello - I have a 666 diver with case number 386-1, dates from 1967. The bidirectional bezel has a spring loaded ball that is still intact. However, the bezel is a touch too loose; I can make it slightly rattle with a shake of the watch. It is not so loose as to fall off, thankfully.

Does anyone know if this model needs a bezel spring or gasket? I cannot find this info anywhere on the 386 series cases. Thanks in advance. 

Coned hairspring repair

Submitted by Pinout on July 29, 2021 - 11:12am
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Anyone know what to do about a stretched HS resulting in a cone? 

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I removed a HS from a staked balance wheel. Thinking it was free I picked it up quickly like I would  a screw. Once detecting resistance it was too late. The entire spring stretched out was deformed very evenly into a cone or volcano if you will ‘in the flat’.  It looks great ‘head on’ looking from the top or bottom with no distortion ‘in the round’.

Snorkel "G" and "F" Crown and Winding Stem question.

Submitted by Bayrat on March 2, 2021 - 8:48am
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I have two Bulova Snorkels a 1968 “G” and a 1966 “F” that are going in for a movement service once I have all the parts needed to get them back to original. While in the shop and the watches are apart both crystals are being replaced with NOS #383-3AWD Crystals which I just purchased and have in hand. The 1968 Snorkel needs the crown replaced to original stock. The 1966 Snorkel needs a crown and winding stem.   

11ANAC Winding Issues

Submitted by JimDon5822 on May 22, 2020 - 10:17pm
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I now have two 11ANAC movements where the winding train does not wind.  It is odd that two watches have the same issue.  No matter how I reset the gears the gears lock up.  It seems like all the pivots are good.   Any ideas?

1953 Cavalier 14k 10CSC stem removal question

Submitted by catangen on May 21, 2020 - 7:50pm
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Hello, I have a '53 cavalier that I have exceeded my abilities with. I needed to remove the stem. I reluctantly took a stab at it and THOUGHT my efforts were fruitless. I tried messing with what I believe was the screw that locked the stem in place. I didn't think I had a small enough screw driver and that my efforts were doing nothing at all. I decided against going any further and closed up the watch. When I tried to set the time, low and behold out pulls the stem.

Off set center wheel peril.

Submitted by Pinout on December 30, 2019 - 10:21pm
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Seeking words of wisdom regarding ' off set center wheel servicing '. I thought sweep second wheels were a challenge to understand until......I began dismantling my Dad's old Commander D ? with 10coac mvmt. From what I can surmise  it is a friction fit to be treated like a short canon pinion for disassembly etc. I am a bit stymied as to how to proceed. Any advice or experience would be bwelcome. Thanks.