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Monthly Archives: January 2009

An Archaic Spin on the Demagnetizer

Back in September, we talked a little bit about magnetism;  more recently, as I’ve been working my way through reading the whole of Donald de Carle’s Practical Watch Repairing, I came  across this interesting illustration of a  hand powered demagnetizer that requires no electric current at all to function. While it’s not something I can see [...]

Spare Parts Restrictions

Thanks to Rryan for suggesting this great area of discussion. It is one I have discussed a bit in the past but as time goes by my opinion of the matter is constantly maturing. You can check out Rrayn’s suggestion and make your own here. You can also check out some of Rryan’s own work [...]

A little update…

It’s been awhile since I last posted and things are still going well at LWT.  Since our holiday break, we’ve been working on winding stems nonstop.  I believe we’ve been at it for about 3 weeks so far and one more final week.  Next week will be our WOSTEP winding stem exam. When making a [...]

SIHH and Basel World

It’s that time of the year already. SIHH (Salon Internationalde de Haute Horlogerie) is several months before Basel this year (it’s going on now)and the blogosphere is reporting lots of new models from the Richemont brands and the few other brands exhibiting there. You might check out Men’s Watch Review for some of the models [...]

More Wisdom From the Experienced

Here’s a handy tip that one of the more veteran watchmakers at work offered me this week: If magnetism is proven not to be the problem when a client brings in a fairly new (or recently serviced) mechanical watch and expresses that it is not keeping time very well, pay careful attention first to the [...]

Happy Anniversary!

I missed the actual Anniversary of this blog by a couple of days. It’s hard to believe I’ve been at it for a full year! If you weren’t here from the beginning here’s a link to the post that started it all: Tick Talk. For those of you interested I’ve come a long way. We [...]

Bow Repair

I don’t get to do enough micomechanics projects. I spend a lot of my time simply swapping out parts, cleaning and lubricating, but I enjoy that too. Today I worked on a fun micromechanical project. This beautiful Longines pocket watch’s bow fell off. As it turned out the threads for the screws were completely stripped. [...]

What do you do while you’re at work?

It may seem like a silly question, but what do you do while you work? Many jobs require your concentration. For example when I was writing computer programs I would become so enveloped in my work that I could think about nothing else, in fact even hunger sometimes escaped me. You can ask my wife, [...]