Bill D. The Electric...

Bill D. The Electric...

John
John

October 7th, 2005, 2:49 pm #1

timex watch fixer upper. I need some information on a couple of things. I think it was just before you "went to the races" , you posted on Sept 13th about an Electric you had that you used "the ronsonol trick" on to get it running. Please tell what this amounts to. Also, if you would, please walk me through the steps in changing the dial on a Timex Electric with a 40 movement (1969-70) era.
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Bill D
Bill D

October 7th, 2005, 4:01 pm #2

you John, first I am by no means a electric expert. I'm just a relative newbie that likes to collect Timex electrics. The "Ronsonol trick" I referred to is something I learned about on this forum. It is merely putting some Ronsonol lighter fluid in the movement to give it a quick cleaning for those of us that don't have the real cleaning devices. After applying the fluid , the movement can be blown out GENTLY and the fluid evaporates quickly. I found out the hard way that using a strong air blast from a canned source can bend the contact spring. Again this is not the preferred method of cleaning your electric.
Replacing the dial on the model 40 is the same as on most Timex watches. First remove the second hand. You do not have to remove the hr and min hands. Then straighten the four tabs on the dial and remove the dial from the movement. When putting the new dial on, preset the hands to 12:00, set the dial in place and bend the tabs to secure. Replace the second hand by pressing it just below the chamfer on the staff.

Hope this helps

Bill D
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Scott
Scott

October 7th, 2005, 4:41 pm #3

timex watch fixer upper. I need some information on a couple of things. I think it was just before you "went to the races" , you posted on Sept 13th about an Electric you had that you used "the ronsonol trick" on to get it running. Please tell what this amounts to. Also, if you would, please walk me through the steps in changing the dial on a Timex Electric with a 40 movement (1969-70) era.
The one concern I would have about using lighter fluid on an electric is what would the stuff do to the varnish/enamel on the coil's windings? I would try something inert(or close to it) like CRC contact cleaner, or some such. Just a thought.
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Knut
Knut

October 7th, 2005, 6:56 pm #4

...I think it is safe to use the lighter fluid as long as the movement isn't soaked in it/bath and, as you point out, dont soak the coil. I haven't tried lighter fluid yet - I use the CRC Electronic Cleaner. It works great, and in a similar manner as the lighter fluid ( I think... ). It evaporates fairly quicly and leaves no residues. It's not expencive either - I have had a $10, 200ml aerosol for over a year now and there's still about a 1/4 left ( I even use it on the mech. movements as a final "rinse" before oiling the movement ).

Knut
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