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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Happy Halloween!

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How does your watchmaker sign his work?

As a watchmaker I strive to leave no marks in a watch. It is always my goal to return a watch to a state that is like new. Some watchmakers will scribe a repair mark in the case back. Other watchmakers use a permanent marker to write inside the case back. I leave nothing. But [...]

Math with Time

I sometimes have to deal with a watch company which I won’t name (it’s not Rolex) that has trouble with their customer service. On a recent occasion I was told that despite their invoice stating that case refinishing was a part of their full service they were unable to refinish a certain style of bezel. [...]

Myth Bust Confirmed

Last week I mentioned that I would carry out some tests with a fellow watchmaker to confirm whether or not the rose-coloured plating on vintage Omega watches contained any gold, as a follow up to a discussion that sprouted off of this post on the Omega 321. Following are the results from the samples we tested. J.Peter made [...]

The Watch Avenue

The New York Times released an advertising supplement this past week focused on watches. The articles were way better than average for this sort of thing. One of their features was a new website they have launched for watch lovers. The user interface is unique and it has boutiques for many high end watch brands. [...]

Repairing a Mainspring Hook

As J.Peter alluded to in his post on mainsprings, replacements for many older mainsprings are no longer being produced and the reserve stock available through parts suppliers is beginning to wane thin. I happened to have just such a mainspring, for an old chronograph, come across my bench several days ago for which I was [...]

Tide Heist

 One of my favourite clocks has been stolen, right from the wall of Craiglea Clocks in Edinburgh, Scotland. A small, understated, one of a kind piece, it is – to the best of my knowledge – the most accurate mechanical tidal clock in existance. Built by retired clockmaker, Archie McQuater, it is able to predict [...]

The Gear Train

In a continuation of posts on the fundamentals of watches here comes talk of the gear train. The first post discussed the mainspring and barrel. A gear train is a collection of toothed wheels and pinions which interact to transfer rotational energy from one location to another. As watchmakers we usually talk about these elements [...]

Lego Watches

If you are like me you enjoy watches. Of course you do, you’re reading this blog. But did you (or do you still) love LEGOs also? I did. Here are some great watch related Lego things to check out: LEGO watches for adults and children, clocks too! If you are thinking of buying one for [...]

All That Glitters…

An interesting thread of comments sprouted over the weekend on this post, which made reference to the types of plating used on Omega movements. Click here to join in the discussion. I have made arrangements with a fellow watchmaker to subject some old-stock Omega bridges to a standard jeweler’s gold test later in the week and [...]