Rolex Explorer II: Rust Repair Model 1655 with 1570 movement

Here is yet another example of a Rolex that came into the shop with rust damage. The water intrusion spared the greater portion of the movement from corrosion, but it did severally damage the date indicated seating ring. This part gently holds the date ring, using three jewels to allow ring to rotate silky smooth. … Continue reading Rolex Explorer II: Rust Repair Model 1655 with 1570 movement

SHORT: Did You Know? Rolex BubbleBack

Rolex’s first automatic watch was released in the 1930s. The automatic module was an add on to an existing caliber, and made the watch much thicker, thus the case back bulged out giving this watch the nickname “Bubbleback “

SERVICE & REPAIR: Universal Genève Polerouter

History The Universal Genève Polerouter was designed (by known designer Gerald Genta) to commemorate Scandanavian Airlines Systems polar flights from North America (LA, New York) directly to Europe. The name ”Polerouter” originated from the original name idea of Polarouter (flight route over the north pole). The original antimagnetic pieces were issued to the SAS’s pilots … Continue reading SERVICE & REPAIR: Universal Genève Polerouter

Rado Green Horse De Luxe Service & Repair

Rado Horse Wristwatch History The Rado watch company was founded in 1917 under the name Schlup & Co. By the end of World War 2 they had become one of the largest watch movement producers in the world. The horse collection of watches (which includes the Green, Silver, Gold, Purple and Sapphire Horses) was one … Continue reading Rado Green Horse De Luxe Service & Repair

Should I have my vintage watch serviced: Cost verses value

Have you obtained a vintage or antique mechanical watch? Perhaps you have recently inherited a fine timepiece. Or you have started a small collection of watches for your enjoyment. Should you keep them regularly serviced? Research your timepiece Do you have a collectible piece that will continue to increase in value? Even If not highly … Continue reading Should I have my vintage watch serviced: Cost verses value

SERVICE & REPAIR: Vintage Movado Datron HS 360 Chronograph

Today I’m servicing the Movado Datron HS 360. This Movado featured the Zenith 3019 PHC movement (also used in the Zenith El Primero). Released around 1969, it was touted as the first automatic chronograph (although both Heuer And Seiko were close to follow with their Chronomatic and Speedtimer). It featured 60 sec./30 min./12 hour count … Continue reading SERVICE & REPAIR: Vintage Movado Datron HS 360 Chronograph

The Traditional Watchmaker- a Historical Perspective

When searching the internet to find a watch repair shop, what terms do you use: antique watch repair, vintage watch repair, old hand-wound watch? Chances are, it probably is not "watchmaker." But this term was commonly used to describe someone in the trade of watch repair before the advent of battery operated watches. What is … Continue reading The Traditional Watchmaker- a Historical Perspective

Finding the Right Person to Repair your Vintage Watch

“When your watch gets out of order you have a choice of two things to do: throw it in the fire or take it to the watch-tinker. The former is the quickest.”-Mark Twain The demand for the "traditional watchmaker" has evolved over the years, but the skills needed are the same. First, let's clarify the … Continue reading Finding the Right Person to Repair your Vintage Watch

Questions from the Inbox: How do I identify my Grandmothers Watch?

Question: I looked everywhere but could not find any information about this watch. After finding your site I hope you can help me identify my grandmother's watch. Attached are 3 pictures. One of the face, the inside of the back, and a close up of the mechanism. I believe it still has the original wrist … Continue reading Questions from the Inbox: How do I identify my Grandmothers Watch?

Pivot Repair Gruen Veri-Thin 420SS circa 1943

Here is an example of a pivot repair on a 1940s Gruen Veri-Thin. As seen in the picture, the upper pivot of the center wheel has deep groves worn for years of running, perhaps without lubricant. This is tricky repair as this calibre has a center sweep second hand, and the center post is hollow. … Continue reading Pivot Repair Gruen Veri-Thin 420SS circa 1943