Nicholas Hacko, an Australia-based master watchmaker, is in the progress of publishing a fantastic tutorial on the inexpensive, ubiquitous Seiko 7S26 automatic watch movement. The tutorial is a guided stripdown and rebuild of the movement with the goal of learning what makes watches tick. I am attempting to follow the tutorial and post some pictorial status updates here.
I’ve ordered those tools recommended in Nick’s tutorial that I didn’t already have. Most have already arrived from faraway lands courtesy of eBay, but I’m still waiting for a couple of things. It turned out I only needed a couple of inexpensive additions to my existing tool collection. And I was long overdue a screwdriver set anyway!
Please note: this is not a tutorial! I have no idea what I’m doing. For all I know I could be on my way to destroying the movement. I am merely documenting my own learning process as I follow the actual tutorial.
That’s it for Part 1. In Part 2 I’ll start disassembling the time display parts.