Sounds very reasonable. But also very wrong. Working on old, rusty
movements destroys your tools and contaminates your bench.
No, it isnt wrong, dont be so discouraging!!
a beginner has to start somewhere, May I remind you that if man was
meant to fly he would have been given wings, what better than some
cheap asian quartz watches for pennies? The backs are sprung in
sometimes without any O ring for sealing. Google for removing the
winder shaft, you dont need to do it on your normal work bench. A
kitchen table will do. also most quartz watches are dead due to flat
batteries. Otherwise perfect. then have a go at painting the dials.
Replacing the dial is a different matter.
At our local car boot, every Sunday, theres always lots of dead
watches , one stall holder has a box of them! all new just dead
batteries, for 50 cents each complete with strap. Abviously dont start
with a Rolex perpetual, you wouldnt get it open if you tried. A
special tool is needed.
Getting back to where to start?
my first apprentice was 2 when he started with his own small anvil
any hammer he could lift, and lots of ali, copper and lead scrap. I
told him to beat the hell out of that!!,
He had outgrown Leggo by the time he was 8, I bought him his first
farm tractor when he was 10, a 1956 Ferguson TEF 20 4 cyl diesel.
his1st 386 computer when he was 12. He was arc welding at 14,
building from scratch a trailer for his motor bike.
He built a 10 ft high Darrius vertical axis wind turbine when he was
16 and won the Siemens medal for that.
He went on to do computer science at college.
He is now 29, works as a partner in side scan sonar development
company. AND is far brighter than the so called old hand!. Me. So DONT
discourage anyone from having a go.
Whne youve opened it up the movements inc dial and hands comeout vin