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Monthly Archives: March 2008

Bug’s Clock

Here is a fun little Saturday project I did for my son, who we call Bug. He has been learning how to tell time for quite a while, I guess there is a strong interest in timepieces in this house. The hardest part is he can’t count to 60 so minutes are a little boggling. [...]

Tick Talk has moved

Thanks to the generous contributions of my readers I am able to move my blog to a self-hosted domain. Why am I doing this? It gives me more control over my blog content and it allows me to put some advertising on my blog – creating more revenue to improve content. Your generous contributions have [...]

Could this be a practical joke?

Today I was working on an Omega Speedmaster with a caliber 1151 inside. That’s the same as an ETA 7751, by the way. As I checked the pallet fork endshake it seemed really large. That’s when I noticed the upper pallet jewel was upside down. That’s right, the oil sink on the jewel was facing [...]

Hublot spare parts policy

I’ve talked about spare parts before, but since it was a big part of my day today, I’ll talk about it some more. I started out my day with a customer who had a ladies Hublot wristwatch which needed a new power cell. I recommended a water test as I usually do with water resistant [...]

Tuesday Tools – Case Opener Update

A while ago I wrote about all of my case openers and I mentioned a little sticky ball available online fairly inexpensively which is supposed to be able to open most screw back watch cases. Here is the follow-up: I finally got the magic case opening ball today and it was well, a big disappointment. [...]

Catalogs

I’m not just a watchmaker. I love watches too. I try not to dwell on them too much here because if you check out the blogroll there are plenty of people blogging about every new watch that hits the market. I do however want to spend today writing about watch catalogs. As a watchmaker I [...]

Jim’s Muse

Me and my career were featured on Jim’s Muse today. He is trying to blog a collection of interesting jobs, and well, mine fits. Check it out at http://jimsmuse.wordpress.com/2008/03/24/watchmaker/

Do it yourself?

I don’t really have a problem with people changing their own batteries on inexpensive watches. Before I ever had an interest in watchmaking, and definitely before I knew what I was doing I did it myself. It isn’t really rocket science, but there are risks of course. Here is the important stuff. Number one, be [...]

Horology and the Web

Here is a great post at WatchFreaks about how the web and horology are intermingling. Check it out here.

Alcohol Lamp & Pallet Warmer

This is one of those tools that when my co-workers (not watchmakers) see me using it they always ask what I am doing. It’s an alcohol lamp and a pallet warmer. So, what do I do with it? Burn alcohol and warm pallets, duh! Just kidding. Many adjustable parts in watches (like most jewels) are [...]