Dreaded spinning rotor

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Re: Dreaded spinning rotor

Post by Andy-Smith » Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:41 pm

I am in the UK, the watch is past the 5 year warranty. I wish to get more into watch maintenance than just refurbishing case/bracelet and changing batteries.

At this stage a try with the auto-wind which is a separate unit from the main movement and does not require either the stem or movement to be removed is attractive to me.

I plan to take photos and will post back here and facebook page.

I won't learn anything if I don't give it a try.

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Re: Dreaded spinning rotor

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:48 pm

Sounds like an excellent plan.

My apologies to you if my comment / question last night appeared flippant. It was not intended to be.

Hope all goes well and a write up, with photos will be much appreciated and useful; if only to understand the process.

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Re: Dreaded spinning rotor

Post by Andy-Smith » Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:01 pm

I promised I would list some photos of the process, hopefully they will load OK.

Taking off the auto-wind assembly and then winding the crown showed a lovely smooth action confirming that stickiness in the auto-wind assembly was the problem.

It was a bit fiddly but it went fine.

As Guy says you only want to do this if you have a watch out of warranty and wish to take your pride and joy apart.

I'm glad I went through with it as I learnt how the mechanism works and did get some satisfaction in the process.

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assembly back in watch case
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Re-assembled ready for lubrication
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lubrication fluids
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Cleaning fluid
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Watch in box to keep dust out
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Work tools
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Drying
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Close up in the 2nd alcohol rinse
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Two jars to hold cleaning fluid
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Assembly out ready for disassembly
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Rotor removed
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In the parts bin (cover to keep out dust)
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Rotor assembly
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Case back off
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Case back 6 screws

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Re: Dreaded spinning rotor

Post by Thermexman » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:33 pm

Well done. Glad it worked out. Always gives satisfaction when these things work out.
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Re: Dreaded spinning rotor

Post by Andy-Smith » Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:48 pm

This is also a helpful video showing how the auto-wind mechanism is affected by lack of lubrication.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dDGe1IxEIM

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Re: Dreaded spinning rotor

Post by Gyelex » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:50 am

That workplace looks satisfyingly clean

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