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What to Expect as a Watchmaker

While in watchmaking school we worked on a handful of “common” calibers. Our main repertoire included: Unitas 6497 Rolex 1570 ETA 2824 ETA 2892 Valjoux 7750 ETA ETA Lemania 1873 We also got limited exposure to some other modern movements and were responsible for providing other watches in an effort to increase our […]

SIHH and Basel World

It’s that time of the year already. SIHH (Salon Internationalde de Haute Horlogerie) is several months before Basel this year (it’s going on now)and the blogosphere is reporting lots of new models from the Richemont brands and the few other brands exhibiting there. You might check out Men’s Watch Review for some of the models […]

Think like a Watchmaker

You may have missed the first puzzler back in March. I don’t have any prize available at the moment but I would love to hear what you all think about this one. Don’t forget to think like a watchmaker. The customer brought this watch to me today. The crown came off in his hand with […]

New watchmaking curriculum

I reported a while back about the interesting development at Oklahoma State where they dropped their WOSTEP recognition. It appears they will be getting it back under a new program developed by Rolex. National Jeweler and Via Luxe report today the creation of a new standardized watchmaking program created by Rolex to be implemented at […]

More on the Parachrom Hairspring

If you missed my first post on the Parachrom hairspring you may want to check out the details of this fabulous development by Rolex in my original post on the topic. Since writing that post I have been patiently waiting to get my hands on a pre-2005 Daytona with the 4130 movement so I could […]

New Rolex Book

This appears to be the next must have book for Rolex enthusiasts. 100 Superlative Rolex Wristwatches by John Goldberger has a beautiful leather cover and over 700 full color images inside. These aren’t your everyday Rolexes. The book will be available in October. For a full review visit Jake’s Rolex Watch Blog.


A customer comes in with their watch, it isn’t keeping time. Usually this means it needs to be serviced. Most of the time it should have been serviced years ago but they have waited until now and it isn’t running well at all. This time it is something different. They just purchased the watch a […]

Why wear a Rolex?

I don’t make tons of money as a watchmaker. You can read all about it in my post about on Watchmaking Injustice. I probably could afford a Rolex but with a young family I have (what are in my opinion) more important places to put my money at the moment. That’s why I frequent some […]

Not for Profit Rolex

I hear Rolex described as a non-profit corporation all the time. I heard it just today as I was listening to a podcast from Jake’s Rolex Watch Blog. I just want to clarify Rolex’s financial position as I understand it. Please correct me if I am wrong. Upon the death of Hans Wilsdorf, in 1960, […]

Rolex President

The first in a series of posts about the history of the Rolex President on Jake’s Rolex Watch Blog is fantastic. I hope the rest is not too far behind.