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Mark Twain’s “My Watch” Short Story

07 Sep 2014 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized

Wise advice to all would be watchmakers looking to avoid a braining. Available in PDF format here.

Watchmaking Documentary: Mesure et Démesure

07 Sep 2014 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized

Full length video is available here: embedded by Embedded Video Worth the watch 😉

Watch Case Opener Tool- A Vintage Upgrade Arrived Today from Portugal

31 Aug 2014 / 1 Comment / in Uncategorized

There have been quite a few discussions about what kinds of tools to use for opening various types of watch cases. For the snap back case, there are the Seiko style tools, the Horotec Case Crab, the case knife, and even the taped-up razor blade. Personally, I’ve gotten quite good on the Horotec Case Crab. […]

Size Matters!–Really? The Issue of Size in a Vintage Watch

13 Apr 2014 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized

Many new collectors who are, perhaps avid readers of Hodinkee or some of the other watch collecting/journalism sites, set off in search of the largest vintage piece that they can find. That’s fine, and generally, larger sizes are valued more highly. Though, I’d also point out that the opposite end of the spectrum, the truly […]

Five Vintage Hearts: A Look at 5 Classic Calibres

06 Aug 2013 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized

Very cool article by IW magazine on some of the classic calibres of all time.  Definitely worth the read for anyone interested in what’s “under the hood.” Here, and here (in PDF).

Fakes, Frankenwatches, and Ebay’s Refusal to Shut Down a Scammer

19 Jan 2013 / 1 Comment / in Uncategorized

There’s nothing that bothers me more than vendors who sell fake vintage watches.  They create a bad name for the entire vintage watch business.  Many of these sellers operate on eBay, and while it’s easy to pick out the bad apples when they’re located in known hotspots for counterfeiters, others aren’t so obvious.  I have […]

Wanna Buy A Watch? Vintage Vs. New: A Guide For The Perplexed

30 Oct 2012 / 0 Comments / in News

Jack Forster did a nice piece for Forbes magazine on the Vintage Vs. New decision that all watch buyers run into.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both, but at the end of the day buy what you love.  Enjoy the “childlike pleasure of having an ingenious little machine living its life in intimate proximity […]

Computerized Manufacturing Revolutionizes Omega, Swatch Group

05 Sep 2012 / 0 Comments / in News

On first read, I was a bit sad to read how Omega has managed to streamline and automate so many of its manufacturing tasks.  Even oiling can now be performed by a machine–gasp!  Final assembly is still done by hand, by a handful of dedicated watchmakers in Switzerland. What this article hints at, but largely […]

Brooklyn Watches- Handcrafted in the USA

04 Jul 2012 / 0 Comments / in News

David Sokosh is a watchmaker based in Brooklyn, NY.  When the economy turned sour, he closed his art gallery and decided to embark on a new adventure–something that he really loved, turning a former hobby into his new day job.  He collects vintage 60s and 70s era Swiss pocket watches and painstakingly turns them into […]

Classics in Horological Cinema: Hamilton’s “How a Watch Works,” 1949

Hamilton's "How A Watch Works"
07 May 2012 / 0 Comments / in News

Originally produced as an educational training video for salespeople, this short film, produced by the Hamilton Watch Company,  offers an interesting peak behind the curtain into the magic of a vintage mechanical watch. embedded by Embedded Video