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How to repair a bent hairspring watch repair tutorials

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In this video I am showing my method for repairing a hairspring which is distorted out of shape.

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47 thoughts on “How to repair a bent hairspring watch repair tutorials”

  1. Hek Lik says:

    my hair spring is much worse..

  2. Hek Lik says:

    my hair spring is much worse..

  3. SwissPL says:

    Exceptional tutorial, thank you

  4. What can I do if the hairspring endlink is broken next to regulator?

  5. Crobular I says:

    . Good video`s skilled watch repairer. Never seen anyone spring a watch on here though. Pin the collet, pin the bead. Fit new H/S. and staff to gents wrist watch I am 76 now and did this for the last time 6 months ago. Getting old and a little shaky now.

  6. Dan George says:

    Hello, i need help with a vostok europe, i want to ask you something..please.

  7. Thank you. First time seeing that.

  8. Искренне благодарен Вам за уроки. Спаси Вас Господи за столь полезное дело.

  9. This can be a very time consuming job if the hairspring is badly bent. While learning this procedure, I ruined a lot of hairsprings over many hours but now I can revisit the bad hairsprings with the goal of fixing them and actually making them work. For me, the keys are Patience, the right tweezers, more patience, good lighting, more patience and taking a break when the the time is right. UNderstand that I am only a year into learning this craft overall and I decided to focus heavily on hairsprings and the balance because if you are going to get into trouble, it's very helpful to know how to handle this very delicate device and how to fix it if things go wrong. These videos are worth their time in gold. Many thanks to Mark for putting them up.

  10. Lim LuChuan says:

    I was trying to fix my hair spring with unproper tool end up pretty bad but some how it started running very well
    I guess I got see what will happen tomorrow (* ̄(エ) ̄)

  11. OMG I can't believe that I fixed my old seiko just watching your videos… I'm just 16 man XD Hahahaa my seiko was so fast that a minute was token in just 48 seconsd, I really dunno how I can I thank you Folk.. YOU'RE AWESOME!! Big thanks from brazil to you!

  12. Darren Cady says:

    Hi Mark,
    Another great instructional video where you make this task appear much easier than it actually is. I use a pair of tweezers and a small sewing needle with the eye stoned away to make a fork held a pin vice which I use to straddle the spring and then with gentle twisting motions bring the spring back to where it should be. I've found this works particularly well with blued steel pocket watch hairsprings.
    Thank you for a great video.

  13. gary jonson says:

    i'll tell you what Mark i have been a mechanic for 40 years and i have done a lot of home-made fixing but i have NEVER done a spring fixing like what you just did.. you are THE SHIT!!!

  14. The Doctor says:

    i didn't think that the hair spring had to be that perfect, i have a watch that the hair spring is bent a little and it runs perfectly, and the adjustment is almost in the middle of its travel

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  16. Barry Wolff says:

    Excellent tutorial – clear and precise.

  17. fivestring says:

    I would just like to thank you for your tutorials… calmly delivered and detailed. Helped me a great deal in sorting out issues that ordinarily i would have bought a new part for instead of repairing. Great stuff.

  18. Excellent teaching aid. Thanks.

  19. gianni71 says:

    grande maestro. imparo molto dai tuoi video. molto chiaro. grande.

  20. Excellent video. I do repairs, but have not mastered the hairspring work. Mostly because I didn't fully understand the way it reacts to manipulation. This video really cleared my understanding. Also, what would one charge to the customer for work like this? I find that most customers are not willing to spend the money on a cleaning/service, not to mention hairspring work or replacing parts. But, there are still the customers who will spend the money no matter the cost. Mostly when it is a sentimental item. Thanks again for the great video. Can't wait to work on some of my old junk sitting around!

  21. hiren ashra says:

    Hi Mark, Thank you for uploading another brilliant video! I wonder if you can shed some advice on my hairspring adjustment. I have the hairspring at an angle but it's coming from maybe the first coil from the collet. Any idea on how you would approach this? Once again many thanks for a brilliant channel. Wish I could be your apprentice!! 🙂

  22. john cadd says:

    My carriage clocks only had tiny brass wedges to hold the spring ends. I made a bigger replacement from some brass plating that had peeled off an old rusty window catch . I shaped it with a small diamond file .

  23. john cadd says:

    I sorted my carriage clocks after watching these videos. A great teacher .

  24. MrRoundel says:

    Great video, thanks. I was working on a small vintage ladies pendant watch. Everything was going great until I put the balance in. It seemed like there was no endshake, or something what hanging up, as the balance wouldn't move under spring power. I pulled the hairspring and noticed that the hairspring was out of flat and one side was rubbing on the balance arm. I had almost resigned myself to paying an expert watchmaker, when I saw your video. It's pretty much what I figured, but I was afraid to try manipulating it without seeing it being done. With my new confidence, and due caution, I think I'll get her running after all. Thanks again. Great videos you guys put up!

  25. Piero says:

    The spiral is the main problem of the watchmakers. Following the trial comparator tells us if the spiral is ok. I thank this channel on YT that teaches us many details.

  26. Tim Wells says:

    Very well illustrated. This little task is a mystery to a lot of people and was for me for many years. I always took my hairspring jobs to an older watch maker and he was finished in mere minutes.He would take a hairspring that looked like a boy scout knot and hand it back to me looking perfect again. I thought he was a magician at the time. There are plenty of junk movements with bent springs to practice on for anyone wanting to master this common task. Thanks for posting this.

  27. Oliver Mundy says:

    Thank you so much for your videos. I am faced with the task of rectifying the spring on an 1826 fusee, and this of course has difficulties of its own (don't you love those tiny brass pins?), but it is reassuring to know that a bent spring can be re-shaped and that this can be done with only the simplest of tools.

  28. Trying to straighten a 4205 hairspring, but it's so damn tiny am doing more harm than good. Very frustrating 🙁

  29. mapron21 says:

    Excellent thanks.

  30. I have a watch which fullly winded but not working at all.
    What could be the issue here?

    Thank you!

  31. oooh the love/hate of "OVERWOUND"

  32. I used to repair watches for a living in the early 70's but changed career and gave up. I used this technique obviously but what it reminds me of is asking the customer "have you had the back off?" no, no and taking the back off and finding the hairspring in a fur ball and repeating are you sure?, no, no. Thinking back, happy days.I am in Scotland and there were a lot of cheap timexes from Dundee around so you could have a laugh at the customers' expense sometimes.

  33. Roko Žilić says:

    Your fingers helped me to realise how tiny those parts are.

  34. This is a nasty job which seems so common a problem, nowadays. It's much easier to work on a pocket watch, as shown here. Clearly, filming needs required a bigger spring to work on.  The smaller the movement and the shorter the hairspring, the more difficult it gets. Tiny hairsprings, as on the Omega 625 are horrible and very time consuming. Very soft metal, easy to make worse, very, very small and short and difficult to remove from the balance staff. The shortage of spares has meant that things have to be worked on rather than being replaced. With fewer people about who can do the work, it has meant a huge number of 'needs a service' watches on ebay. Spares, both NOS and from scrapped watches have become extremely expensive.

  35. raptor blaze says:

    wel done.. its helpfull

  36. lenspaulding says:

    whenever I buy a watch that is missing it's second hand, or any hand actually….I have to bring it to the jeweler….I always wanted to know how to replace missing second hands or minute and hour hands without going through the hundreds of hands I have in my collection…can you help? (Love all your videos and thanks for doing them)….Len

  37. abdul rashid says:

    Very useful tutorial

  38. Thanks for your lessons . Very very important !

  39. Excellent vid Mark I use this method myself. A more interesting one is when making a terminal or overcoil.  This I really struggle with I would be be interested in how you attempt these blighters.

  40. Chris Webb says:

    excellent video! your precision and mannerism is very highly respected thank you.

  41. What a usefull video. Thanks.

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