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Author Archives: J.Peter

What happens to my watch when it is serviced?

So you decided to get your watch serviced, but you were shocked by the price. Let’s talk about what you get for the price. When a professional watchmaker services your watch his job is to bring it to like new condition — This isn’t always possible but we try our best. What you say? Not […]

ETA 2892

Tonight’s post will be short, I’m writing from my iPod Touch because of technical issues with my PC and my wife is using the Mac for work. I read a very good article in this month’s Watch Time about the ETA 2892. They gave it a very favorable review. I have always liked the ETA […]

Files

It is really amazing how many files I have for how little I use them. Per request I am going to discuss the files I use as a watchmaker. On a regular basis I use my 8″ No. 2 Cut file and one or two of my escapement files, the rest sit in my drawer. […]

Should I run my chronograph all the time?

Monday Myth Running my chronograph all the time will cause it to wear out sooner. Is this true? Short Answer: No There are many different kinds of chronographs: Quartz, Mechanical, Two function, Three function, Column Wheel, Cam, Sliding Clutch, Vertical Clutch, integrated, modular. What do they have in common? For all of them the answer […]

Pegging out jewels

What is pegging out jewels? This describes the act of using a small piece of wood to clean out the inside of jewel and bearing surfaces before putting the watch in the cleaner. This is really important, especially when the oils have dried up in a watch movement. It’s kind of like scraping off some […]

Spring bars

Spring bars are those little metal springy bars that connect a watch bracelet or strap to the case. They can cost anywhere from a couple of dollars to about $50 for 18K gold ones, but they are really important. Good quality spring bars keep your watch from falling off your wrist and there are a […]

Keeping track of screws

Most the time when I work on a watch, I don’t worry about how to put them back together. As I disassemble the watch I examine each component for faults as well as to understand its function. Usually this is enough for me to get it back together. If I understand what the parts are […]

Screwdrivers

Today for Tuesday’s Tools I talk about the tool I probably use second most to tweezers, my screwdrivers. I use the standard 9 screwdriver set from Bergeon. There are better screwdrivers out there. I would really like a set with ball bearings instead of a friction bearing but I’ll probably wait until this set wears […]

Monday Myths – the battery

As long as I am aware of myths which need to be dispelled I will do so on Mondays. “If I pull out the crown on my watch will the battery last longer?” – I can’t tell you how often I hear that. Well I’m here to clear up the myth. The short answer is […]

Copyright 1893 – Watch Puzzler

This dial was in a junk pile at work and I think it’s really interesting. It took me a lot of thought to figure out what all the numbers in the center are for. Any guesses? The only prize is pride. If you know, or even if you don’t take a guess. Post your guesses […]