Any recommendations for a loupe or magnifier?

Jun 20, 2022,16:04 PM

I have some old watches I'd like to take apart and play with. I'm looking for the kind of magnifier that has the wire to fit on ones head. Two questions: 1) Are there standard magnifying strengths (10x, etc.)? 2) Are there any particular brands I should look for? Thanks for any advice : )

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Not perfect but I use

 By: Thomas_3 : June 20th, 2022-17:21
a 5x loupe I got at the hardware store. I can hold it with my eye socket long enough to see what I want. I have a smaller folding 10x but it strictly hand held.

I have a nice loupe from Parmigiani...

 By: mdg : June 20th, 2022-18:01
...but it is very difficult to keep from falling out of my socket. I want something that I can have on for an hour at a time. I'm not even sure what the magnification level is, but that part is fine...

Loupe system

 By: MilDiver : June 20th, 2022-18:32
Easy view, wide f makes all visual brighter Attached to iPhone and it makes great macro lens Not cheap , around 500$

Not looking to spend that kind of $$...I'm no pro...

 By: mdg : June 20th, 2022-18:36
...I just want something decent for $50-100. Maybe I will take a flyer on something from Amazon if I can return it...

Bergeon certainly has a solution for you

 By: dedestexhes : June 20th, 2022-18:37
If it is difficult to keep your loupe in your eye they have also this: And so much more. Br, Dirk ...  

Thank you...

 By: mdg : June 20th, 2022-18:47
...this is what I am looking for. I used one in a NY Horological Society watchmaking class once. I just wasn't sure of what the good brands are. I will do a search...

I advise a headset like this

 By: cazalea : June 20th, 2022-19:10
Much more comfortable and variable lenses for different tasks I use mine all the time — 10x is rarely needed, and this work with or w/o eyeglasses. Cazalea ...  

Interesting...hadn't thought of this : )

 By: mdg : June 20th, 2022-19:18
...I would be pulling apart movements, changing batteries, etc. Is this truly enough magnification for that sort of thing?

It has worked for me for the last 10 years

 By: cazalea : June 20th, 2022-19:48
Semi-professional watch tinkerer and restorer (not claiming to be a watch maker) Cazalea ...  

Fantastic room!!

 By: mdg : June 20th, 2022-20:20

With the Donegan Optivisor there is also a loupe option that

 By: Steve E : June 20th, 2022-23:07
attaches and can flip up or down for additional monociular magnification. Love Optivisor!

I have one Mike and it’s the best solution …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 20th, 2022-21:04
I thoroughly recommend one.

What can you use if..

 By: Ronald Held : June 21st, 2022-19:11
You wear thick eyeglasses?

This works for glasses too

 By: cazalea : June 21st, 2022-23:27
You can wear with and/or without if you’re nearsighted as I am. I can’t speak for farsighted folks.