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Monthly Archives: March 2011

‘How to Build Your Very First Watch’ by Tim Swike

A few weeks ago, one of our readers brought to my attention a new book that was released this past December that serves as a good primer to sourcing the necessary parts and tools to ultimately assemble your very first watch. Authored by Tim Swike, Beginner Watchmaking is a rudimentary, yet comprehensive, introduction to the [...]

The Skinny on Cap Jewels

Every once in a while, a watch mechanism comes in for service that features cap jewels that differ in thickness between the upper and lower anti-shock settings, which guard the delicate pivots of the balance staff. This is more common with older watch calibres than with modern ones, which tend to keep these component sizes [...]