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Watchmaker Contest

by Jordan Ficklin

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Those of you follow this blog closely will be aware that Prem C of Prime Time Canada had commented on the Simple Tools Post that he was going to make available a set of barrel closers to one lucky reader of this blog.

e456_2Well they have arrived and they are very nice. The set includes one barrel closer, useful for all but the largest pocket watch barrels, and one Rolex ladies caliber barrel opener. If you’re a watchmaker and you don’t have these you want them. If you’re not a watchmaker, they may not be of interest to you – or maybe they will be.

To win the barrel opener comment on this post and tell me what your favorite horological tool is before Monday March 9th at Midnight Mountain Time Zone. Be sure to fill in your e-mail address (it won’t show up on the web-page). The winner will be selected at random from the comments. If you win I’ll contact you via e-mail to get a physical address where I should send the barrel closer.

If you don’t win the tool you can purchase one from his ebay store: Prime Time Canada

Here are some more details about the tool:

With this fabulous barrel closer tool, you can save a lot of money and hassle by being precise. The barrel is also a WHEEL, and almost always tends to get overlooked in it’s re-assembly after cleaning in an ultrasonic cleaning machine. The barrel covers are usually very flimsy,and even the slightest pressures whilst dismantling or re-assembly can damage the barrel cover, causing more or less than normal play in the BARREL and ARBOR.

This results in making more or less tension in your gear train after assembly, and if you noticed, sometimes you as a watchmaker get movements back for repair with the main plates SCOURED, both below on the main plate and above on the barrel wheel bridge. This usually means that someone, has not been clever with their barrel assembly!

These barrel closers have been made by fabulous 5 axis CNC machinery. The BARREL closers have been fabricated out of a very high grade of clear acrylic, allowing for your BARREL assembly time after time to be both precise and perfect. The material has been stress tested, and will not wear out under great duress.

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