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Category Archives: watches

Fewer watchmakers in the world

St. Paul Technical College has announced the end of their watchmaking program: Why time has run out for Saint Paul College’s Watchmaking Program Apparently details are murky but it seems to me it is a simple matter of economics. Rolex has pulled their funding in support of other schools. Those who wish to fault Rolex […]

A Simple Jig for Refinishing Rolex Yacht-Master Bezels

When it comes to servicing fine timepieces, there is nothing that delights a client more than receiving their freshly serviced timepiece back looking and operating as new as the day they bought it. One of the multitude of characteristics that make Rolexes so desirable is the attention to detail that the company invests in making […]

Oklahoma State University’s Calibre 23-11

Some really neat projects are starting to pop up at Rolex backed watchmaking schools in the States, which include Lititz, OSU, and NSCC. One of the most notable I’ve seen recently is Oklahoma State University’s Calibre 23-11, which is a faculty designed ebauche (rough watch movement) that is finished and assembled by each of the […]

The least elegant solution

One of the things I really like about working on watches is discovering the hundreds of ways different companies have used to accomplish exactly the same end result. I mean for the most part these are little machines that tell time, yet there are thousands of different watch calibers which have been produced over the […]


My first exposure to mechanical timepieces was a mechanical stopwatch which lay buried in the back of my father’s desk. I loved the way it felt when you started & stopped it. I loved the sound it made. At the time I had no idea I would end up working with watches but I definitely […]

Rolex 6062

Here’s a treat for all of you. I haven’t written anything of significant value in quite a while. One of Rolex’s most complicated watches, historically was a Triple Date Moonphase Reference 6062. It’s beautifully executed and the mechanism is simple enough it could be easily manufactured to Rolex’s high standards of quality today. When the […]

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 […]

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 […]

The History of Watches

The History of Watches by David Thompson 175 pages Hardcover with full color photographs, Abbeville Press 2008 Showcases the incomparable collection of watches at the British Museum Includes bibliographical references, index, and glossary. My father-in-law is the kind of person who, when he is at a museum, reads every plaque about every artifact. If you […]