The "Doctor" is Always In!

What grinds my gears: Four things that can tick off a watchmaker

In every profession, there are just some things that can drive a person nearly crazy. Whether it’s carelessness or bad execution, there are countless ways everyday life would be better if there was just a little more attention to detail. Here are a few things that can really “tick” off a watchmaker. From poor design to parts that are just tough to repair, the Watch Doctor narrowed down his list.. Read More

What is an ETA Date Mechanism?

If you’re like most people, the ongoing pandemic has made life and days of the week blur together a little bit. For no other reason than knowing what day a bill is due – or “does the trash go out today?” – knowing the date or day of the week is obviously something of great importance. A watch can help with that. This week, we’ll be looking at an ETA.. Read More

What is a Watch Hacking Mechanism?

Hackers have been in the news a lot lately. With many gatherings and classes going online during the spring, “Zoom hacking” became an issue with random strangers popping into private meetings. Just this week, a large hack affected Twitter with some private information from users being taken. In the watch world, however, hacking is something far less scary. A watch that “hacks” or that has “hacking seconds” is one in.. Read More

Another Look at the Rolex 3035 Date

When buying a car, the exterior matters a lot to a customer. What color is it? Are there any scratches or dents? Those are important questions, but more important is the condition of the interior. Does it smell? What features are on the dashboard? Is there enough storage room for a big grocery trip? Beyond that, it’s always good to take a look “under the hood” to make sure everything.. Read More

Watches to Help You Remember What Day It Is

Have you lost track of the days of the week lately? Maybe you forgot what month it is? It’s July, if you did forget. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be exploring different date movements in watches. Created in 1945, the Rolex Datejust was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date in a window at 3 o’clock on the dial – hence its name. With.. Read More

5 Kinds of Surf Watches to be Aware Of

There are watches for running, and there are watches for diving. There are watches to help you find your car at the grocery store and help lead you North … in case you’re still lost in that parking lot. Clearly watches have become more and more useful tools over the years, but did you know there are also watches made especially to use while surfing? Smart watches can not only.. Read More

The Patina Trend Gives High Priority to Imperfect Watches

If you’ve ever been out shopping for an antique or vintage item, you know searching for perfection likely isn’t going to happen. A vintage ’57 Chevy, even kept in the most pristine environments, is going to have a couple signs of wear and tear. It’s just the facts. And if an item 50 years or older doesn’t show any signs from aging, the door might be left open on if.. Read More

Important Watch Repair Terminology You Need to Know

It might be the beginning of summer, but school is still in session with this week’s blog. 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, so consider this your reference point!.. Read More

Have You Ever Wondered How an Automatic Watch Works? Here’s How.

A mechanical watch is powered by an internal spiral mainspring which turns the gears that move the hands. The spring loses energy as the watch runs, so in a manual watch movement the spring must be wound periodically by turning the crown, to provide energy to run the watch. A self-winding watch movement has a mechanism which winds the mainspring. The watch contains an oscillating weight (the rotor), which turns on a pivot… Read More

Here’s How to Replace a Missing Roller Jewel

Replacing a missing roller jewel is one of the toughest jobs that I ever need to do. This is a very precise job – and close just doesn’t count here. It is either perfect or the watch won’t run properly. The part fit is critical and the roller jewel is very small and almost impossible to hold, so overall it’s not an easy task.  This is the part of the.. Read More