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Watches for “Lefties”

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All year long, left handed people have to live in a world that is made for “righties”. Doors, desks, tools, and so many other things in this world are designed for the convenience of righties. Have you ever seen a leftie write with a pen or pencil on a piece of paper? Odds are, they ended up smearing the ink all over the paper! Life for lefties isn’t always easy… Read More

Rolex Watches And Their Nicknames – Part 2

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In this week’s Blog, we pick up where we left off last time and explore some of the cool Nicknames given to various Rolex models. Papa Smurf: A white-gold ref. 116619 Submariner launched in 2008 with powder-blue dial and bezel. This 2010 example is up for sale at Antiquorum Hong Kong this July, estimated between $10,300 and $20,600. Polar White-on-white dial ref.16570 Explorer II. Thunderbird The rotating-bezel Turn-O-Graph version of.. Read More

Rolex Watches and Their Nicknames – Part 1

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Every Rolex tells a story.  But some of the brand’s watches talk louder than others. And those often get a nickname — something used by collectors and fans as shorthand to let others know exactly what they’re talking about. Here are just some of the most notable and amusing Rolex nicknames used to describe the company’s rich history of watchmaking. Batman Some Rolex models don’t have a great reasoning for their.. Read More

History of Timex Part 2 – “From Ironman to Indiglo”

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By 1970 Timex had record profits of $27 million on sales of $200 million. Yet change lay just around the corner, as the firm was facing intense competition in a changing market. Although few companies producing watches in the same price range as Timex could challenge the company for quality or popularity, digital electronic watches were rapidly overtaking the conventional watch. Timex began producing digital watches in 1972, but it.. Read More

History of Timex Part 1: “Takes a Licking and Keeps on Ticking”

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Timex evolved from three notable 19th-century clockmakers: the Waterbury Clock Company, the Waterbury Watch Company, founded in 1880,  and Robert H. Ingersoll and Brothers, also an international manufacturer and marketer of pocket watches since 1881. Waterbury became known as the “Switzerland of America” during the 19th century.  Its sister company, Waterbury Watch, manufactured the first inexpensive pocket watch in 1880. By World War I, Waterbury began making wristwatches, which were just.. Read More

Busy Month at The Watch Shop

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This has been a very busy month at the watch shop.  It seems like I have had more than my share of difficult repairs this month.  I thought it might be interesting for my customers to see what comes into the shop in an “average” month.  Most of the trouble that I see comes from 2 major issues”  water damage and a watch that was dropped.  In the following pictures.. Read More

Smartwatch vs Timex Explorer

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I love gadgets.  Any type of mechanical or electronic device is something that I have always been fascinated by. Ever since our first Gateway compute about 20 years ago, I have loved all of the newest gizmos that have become a part of our life.  I have had 4 phones, now the the best one yet, my galaxy Note 4, I can do just about anything on this one, I.. Read More

How a Rolex Screw Down Crown works

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The winding crown on Rolex watches is made up of about 10 parts, and is screwed hermetically onto  the watch case. This is how Rolex, for the first time in the history of watchmaking, created a waterproof winding crown –– a secure interface between the protected, sealed world inside the watch and the harmful elements of the outside world. Even with a solid case and bullet-proof crystal, the Achilles heel.. Read More

Apple Watch VS Rolex

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Apple recently unveiled its Apple Watch Series 2 along with the company’s other new products. A few new features to the Apple Watch are with the case, operating system and an alternate option. The case has been upgraded to swimproof and the new operating system is watchOS 3. For a steeper price, consumers can opt for a white ceramic case. With all these new features and the support of a.. Read More

Important Watch Terminology

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The terminology behind watches is almost as complicated as the mechanics that drive them. The following terms serve as Watch Education 101 and features a list of many of the basic terms relating to the parts of a watch. This simple glossary will help cut the confusion — consider this your reference point. Automatic: A mechanical watch that is wound by the motion of the wearer’s wrist rather than by.. Read More