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Monthly Archives: September 2009

The invisible defect

I spend a lot of time examining parts looking for defects. In order to be a really efficient watchmaker you have to be able to see the defects and correct them during the disassembly of the watch. If you don’t find them until you have reassembled the watch you end up having to partially (or [...]

Distance Learning

As most of you know, I’ve just started my journey on watchmaking, and I have much to learn. This is exciting and frightening at the same time. It is exciting because I really love watches, pocket watches, clocks and anything time keeping related, and realizing that this is what I want to do for the [...]

Extra Parts

I started work on an Omega wristwatch this week with a caliber 283 inside. Here is the funny thing. The first thing I noticed when I opened the watch was a loose cap jewel stuck (by oil) to the inside of the case. I assumed that it had come loose from one of the balance [...]

Second day of Watchmaking – Frustrations of a spring Hater!

Lets talk springs! Have I told you all how much I hate them? Well, I do hate them. I realize they are very important for the movement, being used for several tasks and all, but have you ever noticed how jumpy they are? Well, I lost not one but two this past Saturday and felt [...]

George Daniels’ Watchmaking Back in Print

As some of our blog readers are already aware, George Daniels’ meticulously illustrated masterpiece, Watchmaking, is set to be back in print. It has been out of circulation for several years, and prices for the 462 page volume have skyrocketed into the hundreds of dollars on the second hand market, topping out at as much [...]

Introduction and First day of Watchmaking

Today I make mine the words of a famous pirate: “My name is Aimeri Baddouh and I want to be a Watchmaker!”, or something like that. You may remember that if you are old enough to have played the old Lucasarts’ Monkey Island series. Anyway, I digress. My relationship with watches started when I was [...]

What’s the big deal about end shakes?

I’ve talked about them in the past. I’ve talked about special tools for adjusting them, but what is the big deal about end shakes? End shake refers to the amount of play that a wheel has to move laterally along its axis between the jewels which support it. In modern watches this is typically supposed [...]

Beauty in the Beast – The Skeleton Watches of Stefan Kudoke

Young German watchmaker, Stefan Kudoke, is soon to be awarded the Brandenburg Zukunftspreis (“Future Prize”) award in recognition of his local and international achievements in watchmaking. Particularly his beautifully skeletonized movements, many of which are based on ETA’s calibre 6497. In light of J. Peter’s recent post on applying perlage to a 6497 he is [...]