Nicholas Hacko Watchmaker DIY Seiko 7S26 Sydney
Master Watchmaker, Clockmaker and Jeweller (since 1981)
rolex omega panerai iwc patek and other fine watches by Nicholas Hacko Sydney
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67 Castlereagh St. Sydney 2000 NSW Australia
Phone: (02) 9232 0500     Fax: 02 9233 2273

Do It Yourself Project: Seiko 7S26 for Novice Horologists

Chapter 2: Tools

For the list of recommended tools: tweezers, screwdrivers, hand removal tool, movement holder etc. please watch the below video. 

VIDEO #1: The 10 essential watchmakers tools

VIDEO #2: How to select, shape and sharpen screwdrivers?

Workbench and lamp

I am not going to go into too much detail, but now is the time to set-up your workbench (or working area). Whether you decide to work on the kitchen table, computer desk or on a home-made bench, keep in mind that you don't want to move watch stuff around too much. Of course, a proper watchmakers bench would be ideal but this may be out of reach for most (except for US DIY members where a decent bench starts from as low as $350).

There could be, however, an immediate solution between a kitchen table and a profi bench:
a mini desk bench like this one (USD$ 113 on eBay).

7S26 DIY repair watchmaking work bench

While I never had a need for this type of table bench I would most likely buy one if I'm a hobbyist. Great choice if you are space-limited.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be extra careful when selecting a workbench! Not all jewelllers/watch benches are suitable for watch repairers! Actually most benches advertised are for jewellers, NOT for watchmakers.

What is the difference? You don't want the dust tray and definitely not a bench with a cutout in the middle!!

Seiko 7S26 Automatic wrist watch repair

In case you wish to build your own bench: set the table height 95 cm from the floor and install a wooden railing around the sides / back, at least 3cm high to prevent parts and tools from rolling off the table. An arm rest is optional, but you will rest your elbows on the bench while working so the height of your chair should be adjustable. For most, a good height is around 45cm between the top of the bench and your knee (when sitting).

TIP: if you are lucky, you may be able to find a pre-owned bench on ebay and save heaps!

Good lighting is also essential. Do your research for a lamp (avoid baby-size lamps). I use this one but a magnifier is not required. Look for a similar one on eBay for half the price if you wish to save.

Philips Screwdriver

A few DIY members reported difficulties removing the Philips head "screw B" 0016 705. Unfortunately there was little I could do to help - until a message was received from a fellow subscriber who managed to source an original Seiko screwdriver ! He contacted the Seiko Service Centre and was told that indeed, Seiko sells an appropriate screwdriver for this purpose! What a brilliant idea - I wish it was mine :-)

Now here is a word of warning: please DO NOT call Seiko to order the screwdriver! Here is how to do it: Order it from Seiver's Australia (Seiko agent)

To place your order, FAX your details (including credit card numbers) to (02) 9279 2274

Part number: Seiko S-921 screwdriver.

Price is $10.08 + GST.
Postage $5.

Seiko S-921 Philips head screwdriver for Seiko 7S26 DIY Repair

The current status is "on back order" which means you will receive your tool as soon as it is back in stock.

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