Back in 07' my Timex collecting began when I was given my first vintage Timex, it was a 1960 self wind with a 29 movement that did'nt run and was pretty beat up. Soon after that I found the Timex forum and started asking alot of questions, I found a Timex service manuel and bought that along with alot more watches. I eventually found a replacement 29 movement for the 1960 self wind and the movement that did'nt run just sat in drawer. I think it was probably in 08' I decided that I was going to take the dive and take the plates apart on that 29 movement thinking that it should'nt be that hard to put back together, boy was I wrong, after hours and probably weeks of trying to get everything lined back up, I finally gave up and put it all back in the drawer. About a year later I pulled it back out, messed with it quite a bit, managed to get the plates together with everything intact except the center wheel was'nt under the lip on the movement plate to where it would drive the second hand properly and I could'nt get the pallet lever and escape wheel in place either, back in the drawer it went.
Well, today I decided to try again, I took everything apart again, figured out what I needed to do to get the center wheel in the right position under that lip, all the stars were lined and as soon as I got the center wheel just right, the dial plate fell right in place.
WOW, what a great feeling that is, unfortunatly, the second time I messed with it, I boogered up the hairspring and it still does'nt run, but just getting everything in place and the plates back together was a great accomplishment for me.
BTW, here's that first vintage Timex that was given to me.
1960 self wind 4047