Friday, May 12, 2023

A mooving week

Week #19

    This week we had a new bench tester, Ivan from Italy!

    We also had a cute surprise when we found 3 cows grazing outside our window!


Workshop B
    Åsmund, Dean, Francesco, Robert, Tetsu, Xin
    This week Åsmund, Francesco and Robert were trying their best to get their movements ready and delivered for grading before the final exam at the end of the month.
     They are doing the final adjustments for hairsprings on the 7 movements and tweaking the timing on the timing machine. The movements range from the ETA 6498 movement that has no complications, to the ETA 7750 chronograph movement with a date complication. (A chronograph watch has the ability to be used as a stopwatch, in addition to the normal mechanical watch movement, it has additional wheels and parts that allow time to be displayed on the dial from a start of a push-button.)
     Xin for the past couple of weeks had an intense introduction to chronographs and continued servicing movements. 
    He found it very interesting to understand how everything works in a chronograph and is doing more independent work servicing movements.
    After taking 4 practice exams, Dean and Tetsu finally took their real exam for the escapement and both successfully passed and now they are getting ready for the balance poising and the hairspring lessons.

    In their free time, Dean and Tetsu worked on their own projects. Dean was busy troubleshooting his almost 100-year-old pocket watch, and solving the problems one by one. 
    Tetsu meanwhile did surface finishing of the mandatory tools, which he had made during the micro mechanic course, applying the techniques gained through the lectures from Henrik, and submitted for grading.

    Top Left to right:
    1) Brass plate with a cylinder, female cone and male cone friction fit in. The plate has been grattage finished with rounded bevels.
    2) Balance bridge holder, the base plate has been frosted.
Bottom Left to right:
    1) Steel Angular rule, has been straight grained
    2) Brass truing guide, has also been straight grained

Workshop A
    This week Daniel finished his pointed nose hand vise! He plated it first in white rhodium then with 2 layers of yellow gold.

     Daniel also turned his own barrel closing tool from plastic!

 Stay tuned for highlights from Workshop A!
Thank you for reading, hope to see you again next week!

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