I have a special treat for Tuesday Tools this week. Last week marked the final week of work in the shop for one of our best watchmakers, as he prepares to move on to bigger and broader endeavours in the world of horology. After shaking his hand and wishing him all the best as we parted on Thursday, I opened my locker to find a delightful surprise that he had left there for me. His own personal set of four custom-made movement holders for ETA calibre 2892, accompanied by a note to say that I could now consider them mine. Each one has its own specialized purpose and all of them greatly facilitate ease of service – particularly with respect to the automatic winding system. In fact, three of the four movement holders are designed exclusively for assembly and disassembly of the automatic system. The fourth movement holder (the one with the metal stud) is handy for removing the winding stem before casing up.
While it is the sort of thing that may seem trivial to most people, the gesture meant fathoms to me and I know that there was an extra bounce in my step on the way home that day. I am certain they will serve me well for a long time to come.