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  1. Dropped my Sarb033

    I suspect that the shock of hitting the floor has caused the regulator arm(s) to move - they can only move in one of two directions (clockwise or anti-clockwise). Any movement (in either direction) will affect the timing (Beat Error) and / or the Rate (gaining or losing time). If this has happened, regulating the watch to find the optimal position for these arms should be straightforward. A major impact (as described) may have caused damage to the movement but this would only be apparent when the movement was inspected and put on a timegrapher. The fact that it is running is a positive sign.
  2. Poljot 3133 chronograph

    Looking much better now.
  3. Thursday 28/12/17 Automatics

    Hmmmm. This failed the quartz tag yesterday and the automatic tag today.
  4. Poljot 3133 chronograph

    I did the dial baton lume yesterday using Bergeon green lume. The old lume just slid off so no dust or bits to get in the movement. It turned out OK, but it didn't really match the hands (though it did glow nicely in the dark). So today I popped into town to visit the Games Workshop. The best match seemed to be this: I've just cleaned the lume off the batons (easy as it hadn't dried hard yet) and then mixed some white lume with the green paint and applied it. I think this is going to look much better. I also re-did the triangle on the inner dial ring.
  5. Wednesday Quartz 27th December

    First outing for this today
  6. Poljot 3133 chronograph

    As this is the first 3133 movement I've worked on, it took me a bit longer. 30 mins - initial case stripdown and clean 30 mins - crystal polish (wet&dry then polywatch) 15 mins - inner dial ring re-lume 60 mins - movement stripdown 90 mins - movement clean (part 1) 300 mins - movement re-build (including clean part 2) 60 mins - hand re-stake and paint 30 mins - dial baton re-lume so all told about 10 hours. I take numerous photographs during the whole process. I also don't rush - I like doing the best job I'm capable of. On the stripdown stage this is essential on a movement I'm not familiar with. I refer to the pictures during the re-build phase.
  7. Poljot 3133 chronograph

    Gory red was like blood - very red when wet, but when dry a rather boring red / brown. so, I stripped this off and went with this instead I've recently re-fitted the sub-dial hands and then the re-painted chrono seconds hand I've not pressed the (polished) crystal home, I'll only do this when I've re-lumed the dial batons.
  8. Poljot 3133 chronograph

    As I was stripping the watch down, I had another grrr moment when the chronograph hands and the sweep seconds hand all detached from their tubes - leaving the tubes sitting on the shafts and me thinking life just got a bit more complicated even before starting on the movement itself. Reading up on the various servicing threads I saw that this is quite a common issue. It was still a pain though!! Luckily the parts from Lampoc came with the sub-dial hands (sweep second and chrono minute) but not the chrono seconds hand. A new one is available, but I decided to try and fix the original one first. First clean off the old paint and oxidisation that's better Out with my staking set (the only tool in this situation). The idea being to press the hand back onto the tube that's a good start, but there is still a gap between the tube and the hand (on the underside) meaning the hand hasn't pushed all the way onto the tube so next I use a stake with a hole in the middle then finally the thinnest flat stake that's better next job is to paint it after Christmas lunch ......
  9. Poljot 3133 chronograph

    Time to start the rebuild dial screws and dial in place (cleaned up, but not re-lumed yet. I need to figure out how to get a green lume to match the hands) as I don't have a movement holder, I decided to re-case the movement before fitting the hands I had previously cleaned the case and re-lumed the triangle on the dial ring then I cleaned and re-fitted the hour & minute hands And that's where I got to before a rather splendid family Christmas Eve meal and fun.
  10. Poljot 3133 chronograph

    It took me a while to figure that I needed to slacken the screws holding the plate for the chronograph complication to tease the spring in place. but things got very frustrating when I tried to fit the operating lever. This is a three part affair, two parts hinged together with a spring mounted on top of the first. I could not figure out how to mount these in a way that allowed them to actually work (all would be tinkerers know that its always possible to fit a part, but fitting the part in the correct place, with the correct orientation and where necessary ensuring that the part engages correctly with other parts can be rather 'challenging'). It took me a 'while' to figure out how to do it correctly. Now I know I'm sure that future rebuild of this movement will be easy. I'm pleased to say that the numerous remove/refit iterations didn't inflict any damage to the parts or the rest of the movement (always a real risk). I didn't take any pictures during this phase, I was too busy struggling. But, after a couple of breaks (mince pies, not broken parts!!) I got to this point a fully operational movement That still runs nicely (I've adjusted the lift angle on the timegrapher to the correct 51 degrees)
  11. Poljot 3133 chronograph

    From this point things got a 'little' more complicated. First to get fitted was the plate for the chronograph complication (very aptly named) Then I cleaned and oiled the sliding gear this is held in place by a left handed screw, and placed under tension by another sping The next part, the hammer cam jumper went on easily Next part fitted was the fly back lever I was starting to think that maybe I'd worried unnecessarily ..... But getting the operating lever spring in place was when things took a turn for the not so positive.
  12. Poljot 3133 chronograph

    I must admit that I was quite nervous about the chrono complication on this movement. There are a lot of parts and quite a few springs. I started with the first spring which puts tension on the coupling clutch which got a final clean and oil before fitting next I cleaned and fitted the minute recording wheel then the tiny brass friction spring for the chronograph runner (yep, that just runs off the tongue) and the seconds recording wheel and minute recording jumper and then the chronograph bridge at this point I was feeling rather proud of myself. But you know what they say ........
  13. Poljot 3133 chronograph

    I made more progress today - Christmas Eve is made for watch tinkering. I normally complete the dial side last, but on this movement I figured I'd get the easy part out of the way. First part to be fitted was the cannon pinion I really like this movement - I feel like I'm assembling a tank. I should really have fitted the cannon pinion before the minute wheel as there is a high risk of damage if the cannon pinion is pushed down out of alignment with the teeth of the minute wheel. I was very careful. Then it was the date jumper, first fitting the two brass washers and then the date jumper spring, the hour wheel (with all of its teeth!!) and the date indicator driving wheels (one small, one big) then the date wheel and then the date indicator guard (made of 1/4" steel plate) and finally the dial rest plate and that completed the dial side. Now onto the chrono complication ........
  14. Poljot 3133 chronograph

    The balance cock had two shims under it I started off by placing these before placing the balance cock but soon realised it was too fiddly, so first placed the balance cock, then slid the shims in place Then gave the mainspring a full wind (which takes quite a lot of turns of the crown), popped it on the timegrapher OK, that's a very healthy amplitude. After regulating it I got to this woo hoo. I thought this movement looked good. Updates to follow when I complete the dial side and chrono re-build.
  15. Poljot 3133 chronograph

    The movement gets flipped back over to fit the crown wheel assembley then I fit the escape wheel - to do this I had to undo the screw that was holding the train wheel bridge and very carefully locate the escape wheel pinions. in hindsight this should have been fitted first!! Next I clean and oil the pallet forks and fit them now onto the last assembly needed to get this movement running - the balance perfect.

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