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Monthly Archives: April 2008

Alliance Horlogere

Jon at Alliance Horologere recently commented on Is my watch green? His site is quite interesting, you might check it out. It is, in my best interpretation, a Wikipedia specifically for the watchmaking community. You might read some of the articles and sign-up to add and edit articles as well. Thre is already some great […]

Tuesday Tools – Knowledge

Knowledge is a tool, but I’m not talking about the stuff in your head. This weeks tools are reference books. Some of the ones I use the most are the following: Bestfit Encyclopedia C&E Marshall Handy Manual Theory of Horology Brand Specific technical information Here’s some more detail on what you’ll find in them. The […]

Horological Finishing and decoration

I recently received a fantastic book in the mail from Prem Chainani, who has posted some great comments here on Tick Talk. The book is titled High-end horological finishing and decoration. As you can see bug, my three year old, enjoyed the book too. When I was in school we learned a few basics about […]


I have been blogging for 3 months now and I reflect on this time. People are extremely generous with their time and money. It amazes me how many people have offered up things to help me in my blogging endeavor. Many of you have made financial contributions by clicking on the Donate button. Thank you. […]


Although not entirely watch related the mechanism of this amazing automaton is very intricate and closely related to watchmaking. I can’t even fathom the amount of work that went into it. You really should take the time to watch the two videos and see what this thing can do! Maillardet’s Automaton at the Franklin Institute.

Watch Humor

Two chronographs walk into a bar. The bartender looks at the Tudor and asks the Daytona, “What is that thing?” To which the Cosmograph replies, “I don’t know but it can do all kinds of things that Iconaut.” Sometimes watch companies name their watches kind of silly things. Rolex certainly isn’t excluded. The word chronograph […]

Barrel Opener and Closer

There are many ways to open and close barrels. These two ways are the ones I use. On the left is my standard barrel closer. For those of you who don’t know the barrel is the first wheel (gear) in the gear train and it houses the mainspring. It needs to be opened when serviced […]

The Longitude Problem

As many of you may know the standardization of time in the United States came about because of the railroad. Every station needed to know what time it was exactly, as did the train engineer to keep the trains on time and to keep them from running into each other. This resulted in the American […]

The Geneva Seal

This beautiful watch houses the smallest movement I’ve ever worked on. Thing is, I don’t know who made it. I’ll tell you what I know and if you can tell me difinitively who made it, I’ll send you this beautiful Gerald Genta Catalog I mentioned in my post on catalogs because they sent me two. […]

M. C. Escher wore a Submariner?

When I moved into my new workspace back in October I wanted some artwork for the wall. I was fooling around in Photoshop and this is what I came up with: If you want to use this image just donate something to my blog and download it.