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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Just another note about our Facebook Page

Yes, we have a facebook page. On Monday our facebook fans will be getting an opportunity to win this lovely watch cleaning kit from Cartier which has a cleaning solvent, cloth & soft brush. So become our fan today.

Still going, and going, and going..

Hi all, sorry for the extreme lack of updates but school has been very busy as of late.  If I recall, the last time I posted I was still working on winding stems.  Well I’ve taken the WOSTEP exams for the winding stem and pivot gauge and proud to say that I’ve passed them! Well, [...]

The Watchmaker’s Staking Set

The staking set has 1,000 uses, or so I have been told. The staking set is a collection of punches (stakes), anvils, and cutters which are used in combination with their base. The base has a rotating set of round holes and can also accept the anvils and stakes. The headstock lines up perfectly with [...]

Routine, Routine, Routine

One of the secrets to being a good watchmaker is to establish a routine and stick to it. For example I always oil the train jewels starting with the barrel and moving towards the balance. Always going in the same order keeps me from skipping any. I had an experience today where my routine got [...]

What to Expect as a Watchmaker

While in watchmaking school we worked on a handful of “common” calibers. Our main repertoire included: Unitas 6497 Rolex 1570 ETA 2824 ETA 2892 Valjoux 7750 ETA 955.xxx ETA 926.xxx Lemania 1873 We also got limited exposure to some other modern movements and were responsible for providing other watches in an effort to increase our [...]

What is it?

At a recent gathering of watchmakers we encouraged all to bring a tool they just weren’t sure about. This one managed to stump all of us. The box is labeled “Jeu Arbres Lisses 1re qualite” which as best I can tell means a set of straight shafts or arbors of first quality, But my French [...]

How the Oyster changed the World

Clearly, I’m a fan of Rolex watches. If you haven’t figured that out yet you haven’t been reading this blog enough. Most watch enthusiasts will know that Rolex invented the “water-proof” watch. The very first model had a crown inside a two piece case and you had to unscrew the bezel to access the crown [...]

Watchmaking and the State of the Current Economy

J.Peter has already done a comprehensive job of answering a common question we get here on Tick Talk, regarding how to become a watchmaker, in his post before Valentine’s Day aptly titled So you want to be a watchmaker. In a comment written by one of our readers,  just prior to that post, Philip also [...]

Using a Barrel Closer

We have mentioned barrel closers quite a bit here on Tick Talk recently. J.Peter first made reference to his set in a post exactly one year ago this week, it came up again in his post on simple tools, and we gave a set away to one lucky commentator back in February. One thing we [...]

Venetian Clock

While in Vegas I stared at this beautiful clock on the Venetian. I took a bunch of pictures, to my wife’s chagrin, and tried to figure out what was going on. The two hands indicate the hours and minutes in regular 12 hour format – local time Las Vegas (not Venice). In addition the clock [...]