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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Very few things in life are Random

That’s right, very few things in life are truly random. Random means “lacking any definite plan, order, or purpose.” Even if you go to and generate a random number it won’t truly be random. It may appear random but it is derived using a formula and is in fact quite calculated, but for most […]

What’s in your watch?

On multiple occasions recently I had problems with mid-range watches that failed when they shouldn’t. Both of these examples were Tag Heuer wristwatches. At some point in the last couple of years Tag Heuer began using much lower quality movements in their watches. They can’t be saving more than $10 per watch but the end […]

WOSTEP Neuchatel

If you like the “making” part of watchmaking you’ll enjoy this blog of a student at WOSTEP Neuchatel as he chronicles the creation of his school watch. Now You Know What I Know

The passing of a legend

One of watchmaking greats, Stanley Simon, who helped found the Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking passed away this past week. You can read his obituary in the New York Times here. The Joseph Bulova School was founded to help train veterans returning after numerous wars to become watchmakers.

The Gruen Horological Text

A Course in Wristwatch Repair The Gruen Horological Text and Technical Bulletins. Compiled by Mike Barnett, 105 pages, black and white illustrations. The Gruen Horological Text was really a joy to read. As a young watchmaker who has been exposed mostly to modern repair techniques, I found it reassuring to know that fundamentals of watchmaking […]

Gear Cutting on the Lathe

Gear Cutting on the Lathe by Laurie Penman. Third Edition, 2006. 85 pgs. Written primarily for clockmakers, this book goes into excellent detail covering everything you will need to know to cut gears for clocks. The principles for cutting wheels for watchmaking are similar, but performed on a smaller scale. Mr. Penman details every step […]