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Reasonable hobbyist watch repair kit
15 December 2016
The H&S 155pcs watch repair kit is a reasonably well made light duty item suitable for the occasional home repair. The flimsy case and delicate tools are not robust enough to survive any great length of time in daily use by a professional watchmaker.
The plastic mouldings for the watch clamp and the strap-pin remover are poor quality and can easily be broken inadvertently, but with gentle careful use will pay for themselves within a couple of strap repairs or battery changes at home. For example, the sliding ramp in the strap repair tool should be helped up by gently squeezing against the springs, do not expect to often wind it into position with the metal set screw because of the high probability of stripping the plastic thread in the ramp.
The metal punches and screwdrivers have replaceable tips and spares, which are essential when they are so small and delicate, and again care is required for a longer life. They are also a bit short to fit in the average man's hand compared with the other sets I've used for the last few decades.
The various watch-back removal tools and the hands-puller are the main reasons I bought this kit, and the other elements are a useful completion. I have much better jeweller's non-magnetic screwdrivers and pliers and tweezers, each in various sizes and styles, that have lasted well during four decades of regular use in cameras and small electronics, but alas are much more expensive and no longer easily available or I would have supplied some references.