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Post24 Jul 2007, 03:48

Well, I don't do this for a living, and doing it for someone else is always a bit un-nerving, after all, what if it all goes back together and the module doesn't work, or the alarm doesn't beep. As a hobbyist it is alot to swallow when things don't turn out.

In this case after all was finished and restored the alarm failed to work. So a complete dis-assembly in a well grounded area of the house including me! all the circuits were cleaned with contact cleaner and a fibreglass brush. With fingers crossed and the watch re-re-assembled it works in all functions including the alarm:

So here's what I did with permission to post from Lloyd, after all it is his watch:

Bezel:
scratches removed
pits removed
polished to mirror shine

Main bezel/back:
scratches removed.
pits removed.
brushed and polished finish applied as per factory.

Case back:
major wrench tool marks removed.
scratches removed.
pits removed.
circular brush finish applied to case back.
polished outer edge of case back as per factory.
dual case inner threaded rings were polished to facilitate easier removal and tightening.
Gaskets soaked in silicon liquid, cleaned and silicon gasket grease applied.

Circuit:
all contacts cleaned with glass brush.
circuit board cleaned with contact cleaner

Crystal:
removed as was all old epoxy
crystal cleaned and flipped over for re-use with polished side up
edges bevelled.

Keyboard: cleaned in alcohol until all grime removed.
colon reapplied with dot of white enamel paint (was missing and looked like a decimal.

Strap:
boiled in KOH solution to remove old skin cells and grime.
strap refinished in matching brushed finish.

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AND NOW THE FINISHED PRODUCT:

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Post24 Jul 2007, 06:50

Wow, that's amazing, nice work!!
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Post24 Jul 2007, 23:10

Excellent work.

Praise is definitely well deserved!
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Post25 Jul 2007, 00:22

Very nice job!
How did you clean the "keyboard"?
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Post25 Jul 2007, 01:01

Quality work there Geoff, nice finish to the case... :)

If your hammer and plumbers wrench fail to do the job is the Enterprise there to fire photon torpedoes at stubborn case backs and to use the transporter to extract old leaking batteries... :wink:
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Post25 Jul 2007, 01:11

Excellent work!! You've jumped right in with both feet . 8)
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Post25 Jul 2007, 01:46

After wedging the correctly shaped tinfoil into the inside back of the keyboard, to keep the keys in place, I then used rubbing alcohol and a stiff brush (natural bristled pictured above). I work the brush into the keys while the watch case is in a bowl with alcohol. Always maintain pressure on the inside wedged keyboard so the keys don not pop out of the position in the rubber backing.

I know, it took me 3 hours to rotate a key back into position where the rubber gasket could hold it in place.

Cheers, Geoff
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Post25 Jul 2007, 19:53

Awesome work Geoff. As Kirk would say, you're a miracle worker. :D
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Post09 Aug 2007, 13:11

Great effect Geoff. I wish I had another pair of hands to picture all my watch restorations ;) I always forget to take pics before and after.

Did you use a lathe to apply a circular brush finish to the case back?
what is rubbing alcohol? a chemical definition please :)
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Post09 Aug 2007, 15:49

azimuth_pl wrote:what is rubbing alcohol? a chemical definition please :)

Rubbing alcohol is alcohol you use for cleaning a wound(actually not a very good choice) or sterilizing medical tools. Usually sold in 50%,70% , 90% strengths.

Just as a note - engine starting fluid that comes in a spray can is also very good for removing oils, tar, smoke residue,etc. Buy the cheapest you can find - this is pure petroleum ether. About ten times more flammable than alcohol but does the work extremely fast. Also very good for getting black heel marks off floors, just put a dab on a tissue, rub and voila, they are gone.
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Post09 Aug 2007, 16:23

in other words: (rye) spirit - the source of vodka :lol: Ethanol aka Ethyl Alcohol - C2H5OH

join the American Coalition for Ethanol :lol: http://www.ethanol.org/
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Post09 Aug 2007, 16:37

azimuth_pl wrote:in other words: (rye) spirit - the source of vodka :lol: Ethanol aka Ethyl Alcohol - C2H5OH

join the American Coalition for Ethanol :lol: http://www.ethanol.org/

Douh! I'm not fully awake yet...NOT Ethanol....Isopropyl. Don't drink the Isopropyl, it will make you blind. 8-)

Administer ethanol to the repairperson after a job well done. :lol:
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Post09 Aug 2007, 17:08

got it, thanks.
that's Propanol in other words = Propyl Alcohol
ps. I thought that only Methanol makes you blind ;-)
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Post09 Aug 2007, 17:25

Uou're right Piotr, isopropyl only makes you very ill(turns into acetone in the system)...methanol is eyesight killer.
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Post09 Aug 2007, 18:06

a conversation of two drunks, at the end of the day, unaware that they are drinking from a bottle of methanol:
- come on, take a shot, we haven't got all day.
- ok, ok.
- man, you have to drink faster! it's getting dark(er)...
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Post30 Oct 2007, 23:55

azimuth_pl wrote:in other words: (rye) spirit - the source of vodka :lol: Ethanol aka Ethyl Alcohol - C2H5OH

join the American Coalition for Ethanol :lol: http://www.ethanol.org/
I'm a member. Ethanol as a motor fuel has fascinated me for some time now. I just recently bought a Ford Explorer that's E85 ethanol capable. Never filled it with gasoline, only ethanol since I bought it and it runs great. Nice clean smelling exhaust, and the oil stays nice for much longer.
MPG isn't great...I lose about 3-4 MPG compared to gasoline, but it makes 5 HP and 7 lbs/ft torque more than on gas.

Here, E85 is dirt cheap...Close to a dollar a gallon less than regular unleaded gasoline. So even with the MPG loss, I'm still saving money using it. Visit the Planet E85 forums at www.e85vehicles.com

Anyways, back on topic...Very impressive job on that watch!

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