Very Basic Minimum tools

shooter144's picture

Ok guys, I am on a very tight budget but I dont want to buy junk and have to then by it again so...

What minimum tools are needed to service and oil Bulova movements especially what size and brand jewelers screwdrivers and oiler?

A movement holder, hand puller and installer...what else?

I have a box of junk to play with and learn on and I am ordering the Bulova and Chicago watchmakers courses to try and learn how to do some of this ...

Thanks guys !!

Posted February 15, 2011 - 3:27pm

Doh this web site. Just posted an answer and saved it. Where is it? Try again.

You can get some nice inexpensive screwdrivers on eBay, get the ones with the screw down ends as opposed to the ones with set screws. When the blades need replacing get bergeon. I bought Bergeon oilers but they were expensive and not much better than cheapies. A Presto hand puller is cheap and will do the job. The best loupe you can afford, preferably one with twin lenses, say 3 and 10 power. The very best movement holder you can afford, the cheap ones let the movement slip at the wrong moment. Stainless steel tweezers in at least two sizes, don't scrimp on theses. A screwdriver sharpening tool will help keep blades sharp. The best oil you can afford although again Bergeon is overpriced in my opinion.

That should do you for a start.

And good luck with it.

Posted February 15, 2011 - 3:31pm

Hi Shooter.

 I just spent 10 minutes with a list of tools that you will need to start out and for some reason, the site spam filter wont let me answer your question and I dont know what the filter is hitting on so I suggest you get your course books and look to see what you need. It's very costly to get started. Maybe look on the Bay for watch tools.

 Hope this helps.   Mike....

shooter144's picture
Posted February 15, 2011 - 8:06pm

Thanks to both of you, the screwdriver sugestion to go cheap and buy good tips will save a bunch !!!'s picture
Posted February 16, 2011 - 6:53pm

Club 5000

In addition to the tools you will need a good workbench at the right height with great lighting.



Posted February 17, 2011 - 9:52am

And ideally an ultra sonic cleaner but the good ones are expensive. If you look around the web you will find cleaning fluids that will work without a sonic cleaner, or even a formula to make your own. Not ideal but your not setting up as a watchmaker so it will do the job.

shooter144's picture
Posted February 17, 2011 - 11:25am

I can make a bench, Ive seen some dimensions and such online...may be able to get an autoclave from a friend, just have to remove or disable the heat...
Thanx for the input !!

Randy's picture
Posted February 17, 2011 - 12:53pm


I made mine from an old desk, made some box type risers from 1x12 pine, to get it to the right height, topped it with a piece of 3/4 plywood and then green drafting mat.

There's a pic of it on my webpage


Good luck,




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Posted February 17, 2011 - 2:31pm

Nice, that's pretty much what I was planning but i have a nice slab of machinist's marble (ground precisely flat) to use as a topper...will allow me to polish flat items...flatly lol.
Probably leave a 3inx10in area uncovered for this.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted February 17, 2011 - 4:41pm

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Posted February 20, 2011 - 2:11pm

Lotta stuff on that one Wayne, thank you !!