In this video i'm restoring an antique swiss watchmaker micrometer.
I bought this micrometer on eBay for $25. When I was scrolling through the antique section of eBay and first saw this micrometer I wanted to restore it right away. I really like the unique look of those watchmaker micrometers. As a professional CNC-mechanic I'm very familiar with those measurement devices and I'm using them on a daily basis. The measurement range of this micrometer is from 0-25mm and you can measure exactly on 0.005mm. The micrometer was in a very bad condition, it was very rusty and it was kind of stuck. It was once re-painted to yellow, the original colour was black. That's why I decided to paint it black again. In the front of the micrometer there was a plate with the name and the location of the previous owner mounted with two rivets. The plate was in very bad condition and as I'm the new owner of it, I decided to make a new plate with my name and my location. I choosed to create the plate with etching using ferric-chloride. I've never done that before, but the result came out very nice. Unfortunately I wasn't able to remove all the spots from the rust on the two parts with the scale on it, if I would sand it more I would lose the engravings. I'm still very happy how this restoration turned out.
I hope you like my work and the video.
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02:01 showing all the parts
02:15 cleaning the parts with the parts washer
02:28 removing the old paint with paint stripper
02:45 removing the stuck parts
03:04 removing rust with MC-51
03:37 restoring the main part
06:08 restoring the parts for bluing
07:55 the missing spring
08:10 making a new spring
09:09 restoring the engraved parts
10:56 restoring the spindle and anvil
11:57 making two new bolts on the lathe for clamping the anvil
12:43 restoring the play adjustment ring
13:08 showing the spindle which didn't need restoration
13:16 making a new name plate
15:59 overview before reassembling
17:12 calibration of the micrometer
17:52 mounting the new name plate with rivets
17:59 showing the finished product
18:30 measuring a part with the restored micrometer
Time and costs of this restoration:
I was working on this project over 2,5 weeks
$20 two component primer
$20 two component coat (jet black RAL9005)
$5 spring wire steel and brass foil
If you have any questions about the process, machines i'm using or other stuff, just ask me in the comments. I read them all and i try to reply as soon as possible.
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