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How Accurate Can a Vintage Watch Be?

Many people ask the question: “How accurate can a vintage watch really be?” The short answer? It depends. The accuracy of a vintage watch is at the at mercy of its original quality and construction, and accuracy owes even more to the quality of its upkeep over the years. A high-quality, chronometer-grade watch that was carefully maintained and cared for over the years can approach chronometer standards, even still today. However,.. Read More

Time to “Spring Forward”

If you’re reading this message, then you deserve a bit of congratulations. Not only did you make it through the work week, but also through the bulk of winter. However, with spring nearing, that means it’s time to change our clocks. Daylight Savings Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. That means remember to SPRING AHEAD an hour on all your clocks, watches, VCRs and microwaves before you go to bed on.. Read More

Let’s Look at Some Luxury Stainless Steel Watches

There are many ways a watch can be considered “luxurious”.  Maybe it is filled with diamonds and jewels. Maybe it’s a famous model known for its history, or simply for being worn on the wrists of the rich and powerful. Perhaps it’s just the watch’s composition.  Until the 1970s, stainless steel watches were mostly for specific jobs, whether that was on the railroad or on the wrists of scientists (anti-magnetic),.. Read More

Bulova’s Iconic Military Watch Re-Introduced

Many watches were created for a specific purpose. Whether that was for fashion, athletics or being in the elements – watches find a void, and they fill it. With the Bulova A-11, the watch was worn on the wrists of Allied soldiers in World War II. The watch, known as a “hack” watch, got its name because soldiers would pull the crowns out and “hack” the seconds hand at the.. Read More

What is a Cushion-Shaped Watch?

When something is ahead of the curve, that mean’s it’s ahead of it’s time. Revolutionary. A sign of things to come. A cushion-shaped watch might not be a historically defining watch, but is something everyone strives to become — different. A cushion-shaped watch is sometimes referred to as a “squircle.” Why? That’s simple. Popularized in the 1940s, this type of watch shows off its masculine appeal with a square-shaped case,.. Read More

Rolex vs. Omega: Replacement Parts and Case Tube & Crown

One of the first questions a Rolex customer typically asks before a watch repair is if I use genuine parts during an overhaul. My normal answer goes something like this:  During a basic overhaul, I shouldn’t need to replace any parts as long as the watch is in decent working condition. If I do need parts, I try to source genuine parts. If those are not available,  I have access to.. Read More

Rolex vs. Omega: Date Mechanism & Escapement

In this week’s comparison, we’ll be taking a look at the differences between date mechanisms and escapements in Rolex and Omega watches. First up, let’s look at the date mechanisms. Specifically, we’ll be focusing on the Omega Co-Axial and the Rolex 3035. Omega Date The Omega uses an ETA type date that has been around for many years. It is simple, sturdy and works very well.   It’s also very.. Read More

Rolex vs. Omega: Which is the Better Watch?

In today’s day and age, everything is up for debate. Are you Team iPhone or Team Android? Is LeBron James better than Michael Jordan? Do you prefer the Beatles or the Rolling Stones? In the watch world, the question is Rolex against Omega. So which one is better? Each watch has its own hits and misses, but the differences will be pointed out since they are the two watches serviced.. Read More

The Automatic for the People

What has a 38-hour power reserve, can be found in watch brands both big and small, and is at least partly responsible for the incredible growth of microbrands over the last couple years? The answer? That would be the ETA 2824-2 movement. ETA is a subsidiary of Swatch Group. The 2824-2 is an automatic 25-jewel movement and is found in watches of all kinds — from affordable ones to higher.. Read More

The Clock that Runs on Temperature Changes

Imagine a device you use every day, whether that’s a remote control, an electric toothbrush, or your smartphone.  Now imagine you never had to change or charge up the batteries. How freeing would that be? Our toothbrushes would never fizzle out, our smartphones would never hit 0%, and that beeping from the smoke detector would stop forever. In the watch world, we think of watches without batteries simply as automatics… Read More