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Old 03-09-2017, 02:46 PM
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Default Watch making.

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Old 03-09-2017, 05:11 PM
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Oh crap, there's waaay too much 'tweezer work' for me. I'd have more little parts scattered around on the floor than in the watch or clock.
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:28 PM
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I do not have the skills required for that job.
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:40 PM
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How about we scale it up to where we can make all the parts with a plasma cutter....
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Old 03-10-2017, 06:45 AM
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Thanks Ron, I can appreciate the fine machining to build it but will never afford one myself.

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Old 03-10-2017, 11:18 AM
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Makes me glad I am retired. Took my watch off back in 2006 when I got home from the last day on the job and never put it back on.

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Old 03-10-2017, 12:55 PM
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Have a clock movement in the soup right now....That is as small as I can handle. takes skill and dexterity to work on watches..They are true artisans and unequaled craftsmen..
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Old 03-11-2017, 03:51 AM
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My dad was watchmaker & jeweler who passed away in the 80,s.
Watch repairs made up a great deal of his work.Watchmakers usually work from a special bench.
The bottom of an apron is fixed to this bench with the top being around the watchmakers neck. Any dropped parts are caught in the drop as in a safety net.

Digital watches have put most real watchmakers (mechanical watches) out of business as they are cheap throwaways or in the better ones just need the batteries replaced.

I have half a dozen that I don't wear as these days I can see a phone clock or Ipod or even the dash read out on the car.

I imagine it is that way for most people.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by milomilo View Post
Makes me glad I am retired. Took my watch off back in 2006 when I got home from the last day on the job and never put it back on.
The last watch I had was taken off one hot day about 35 years ago (sweating heavily under the watch band as well as everywhere else) and hung on the throttle of a D6.
By the time the foreman came around to pick me up at the end of the day, the watch was toast. Haven't worn one since.
If I need to know the time now, I look at my phone.
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:49 PM
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Never could wear a wrist watch. The survival rate for them was not good. Aside from the damage to the watches, I didn't want the possible damage to me if I hooked it on something.
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