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The Elinvar Hairspring helped railroad watches stay on time

Back when trains were first connecting America’s coasts, a railroad worker’s watch could see some tough conditions. First, it must endure temperature and humidity changes, as well as changes in magnetic fields. That’s not to mention regular wear and tear a watch will be presented while working a long day on the railroad. When railroad watches were inspected, they were to run within 30 seconds accuracy. The Elinvar metal alloy.. Read More

Navigate the sea with the Hamilton 22

Like most tools, watches were made with more than one purpose in mind. Of course, a watch’s main ability is to tell its user what the time is. Everything else added along the way — the ability to know the date all the way to seeing your heart rate, the temperature, hearing the new top song on the music charts or making a phone call. Watches can do it all… Read More

A Patek Philippe watch just sold for $31 million

If you were part of the world’s high society, how much would you spend on luxurious items? What if that item is a Patek Philippe watch? Is $1 million too much to spend? What about $10 million? $20 million? Well, for a price almost as large as LeBron James’ paycheck from the Los Angeles Lakers this year, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime on Saturday sold for a record $31 million.. Read More

What is a dial washer?

The function of a dial washer is to prevent the hour wheel from rising and disengaging from the pinion on the minute wheel that drives the hour wheel. The dial washer is also critical for keeping the hour wheel in place when the watch is turned over into the dial down position. Sometimes the minute hand sits close enough to the pipe on the hour wheel and suffices to stop.. Read More