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PWMC Watch Tool Starter Kit
You asked for this many times, we listened! Here it is:
The PMWC WATCH TOOL STARTER KIT!
Start your journey to the inside of the watches! The kit contains all
tools to allow you to:
Please click on the thumbnail to see all tools in details!
We have put together this tool with the help of the largest watch tool
shop in Hong Kong and our watch maker! This is a basic watch tool that
allows you to perform basic watch works! Please start practising with
an inexpensive watch movement in your collection. Or buy an inexpensive
watch on the flea market to start with! PMWC can and will not take
any responsibility for any damages occurred to your watch using the "PMWC
Watch Tool Starter Kit" nor following the instructions in the
Works" section of Reto's Watch Collection (RWC).
Last but not least: if you are stressed or in bad mood, go to the shooting range, or go to play tennis. Watch work requires peace of mind and patience and time! Only work on watches if your mental condition is relaxed!
US $ 79 only for
the whole Kit!
US $ 64 only for
the whole Kit!
if purchased together with a watch shipped from Hong Kong (90% of our watches are in Hong Kong!)
You save USD 15 on an already great prized set!
+ only USD 5 (added to watch shipping cost)
What you need to know about Watch Tools:
There are basically 3 categories of watch tools. The very expensive "Swiss" or "Japan Made" tools. Then there is a middle price league of tools "Made in Taiwan". And there are the very low cost "China Made" or "India Made" tools. For some watch tools like case presses or hands lifters where the tolerances are not that important, China or India Made tools have definitely their legitimation in the tool world. However for higher precision tools like screwdrivers or tweezers we do not recommend to go with the lowest price (quality) tools. Thus PMWC offers its "Watch Tool Starter Kit" with tools "Made in Taiwan" and "Made in Japan". The spring bar tool and the pocket case opener are "Made in China" as this seemed to be the most appropriate option to keep the price at this unbelievably low level!
We are not just Tool Sellers - We have been using these Watch Tools!
Please have a look at the
"Watch Works" section of
Reto's Watch Collection (RWC). You will find a lot of articles
helping you using the tools and helping you completing basic watch
REGULATING YOUR WATCHES: one of the fascinating options the PMWC Watch Tool Starter Kit will offer you!
* Important Note regarding
To regulate a watch to better accuracy, you have two options: You buy an expensive watch timing machine and are able to perform those steps like a watchmaker. But that will cost you between USD 500 (for a second hand vibrograph) to USD 4'000 for a new e.g. WITSCHI Expert.
But there is a less expensive way: a case opener, a screwdriver and a bit of trial and error and patience! Do it like this:
Open the watch using the PMWC Watch Tool Kit Opener for screwed case backs
First and this is really important: identify the regulator of your watch. Never - repeat, never - touch the so called spring stud. The spring stud is the little part that connects the outer end of the hair spring or balance spring to the balance cock or balance bridge. If you move the spring stud, you will influence the length of the "tick" and the "tock" of the oscillation of your balance wheel. If you managed to move the spring stud, you will have to see your watchmaker. He will be using a watch timing machine in order to set the stud back to its original position achieving so called "isochronism" or "ticks" and "tocks" of equal length.
You found the regulator: there are many
regulators out there. The most common is the one depicted below (from an
Orient Automatic movement, a very similar regulator is also found on the
most common ETA 2824, SEIKO 7S26 and Miyota 82xx, the three movements that
power ca. 80% of all less expensive automatic wrist watches today)
Click for a bigger picture please
Press the regulator's end carefully (do not touch or bend the hairspring!) into the direction of the light green arrow. The watch will run faster. Press it in the opposite direction and its tip will move towards the minus (-) sign on the scale and the watch will slow down. If you are regulating a 7S26 like in the picture above, then you will have to slow it down most likely as they come most of the time +10 to +25 seconds fast from the factory. If you do not have a timing machine to measure the effect of your regulation, then there is the iterative way (trial and error). Close the case back and observe the watch while you wear it. If you are not happy with the change, open the case back again and regulate again. I have many times managed very good results with this method.
Regulation in a nutshell:
Longer hairpring length = slower oscillation, watch slower, shorter
hairspring = faster oscillation, watch runs faster
The simple physics behind watch regulation: The spring stud (marked red above, the part with the big brass "dot") marks the end of the hairspring (the other end is at the center of the balance wheel, the big oscillating wheel normally made of brass). The regulator's arm is in most cases easy to identify by its two brass dots. All the regulator does, is to either increase the total length of the hairpring resulting in slower oscillation, watch runs slower or it decreases the length of the hairspring which means the watch is running faster.
And once more: do not move the index stud, unless you have a timing machine. Because if you move the index stud, you might change the isochronisms of your watch, the tic-toc might become an imbalanced tiiiiic-toc-tiiiiiic-toc meaning that the angles of the oscillation to the right and to the left are not the same any more.