The "Doctor" is Always In!

How to Replace a Mainspring in a Pocket Watch

Replacing a mainspring in a watch is just about the most common repair that I make each week. I thought I would give you a bit more information as to how this is done. Here’s a Hamilton 992 with barrel cap off showing the break in the spring. The spring will normally break at the center. That is where most of the stress is placed as it is wound and.. Read More

Watches With a Colored Case

Sometimes in life, the simplest things like adding a bit of color can go a long way to brightening your day or changing your mood. Maybe it’s wearing different colored clothes that make your outfit pop one day, or maybe it’s changing the accent colors in your preferred shoes. It could even be as simple as changing out the dome, ambient lighting in your car or home. In watches, one.. Read More

What is a Rolex Stella Dial?

In the coming weeks, leaves across the Northeast will be going through their autumnal changes — turning from their regular green to oranges, reds and purples. People had come to expect a certain color scheme on watches. Dials were generally traditional colors, like black, white or silver. That is, until Rolex introduced the Stella Dial Day-Date in the 1970s. The dial had a colored, hard enamel and came in a.. Read More

The Secrets to My Success

This week, I want to share some of the best ideas and people that I work with who have helped make my business a success.  It hasn’t been all great ideas over the years. I have made some poor decisions, but in this post I would like to make a note of the things that help keep me in business. Protocol80 is my web design company.  This is one of.. Read More

What Grinds My Gears, Vol. 2

This week we will take a look at 3 more watchmaking ideas that just don’t seem to work out well, and are a constant source of aggravation here at the watch shop. The Rolex GMT hour wheel is a solid performer. I have never had one break in all of my years repairing watches. The Omega GMT wheel is lightly built and breaks quite often.  Unfortunately, it is no longer.. Read More

Happy Labrador Weekend!

Charley was a bit confused this weekend. She said that there would be NO work done in the watch shop in honor of Labrador Weekend. We had to explain to her that it was “Labor Day” weekend, but she refuses to do any of here daily chores here at the watch shop. The rest of the work staff decided to also honor Charley’s wishes and take a well-deserved weekend off… Read More

How I Run My Watch Repair Business

This week’s blog post is going to go into a bit of detail on how I do my business, what watches that I will work on  and why I don’t work on certain watches.   First, please keep in mind that I repair watches full time as a business — this is not a hobby.  I graduated from the Bulova School of Watchmaking in 1977 and have worked for the past.. Read More

Alabama National Champion, Colts MVP Barry Krauss has his Rolex Restored

Back on New Year’s Day 1979, the only thing standing between Penn State and the school’s first consensus national championship was 10 inches on the football field. On fourth down in the Sugar Bowl, running back Mike Guman took a handoff with the No. 1 Nittany Lions trailing, 14-7, to No. 2 Alabama. Rushing up the middle was Barry Krauss in his crimson 77 jersey stopping Guman in his tracks.. Read More

Why Wear a Watch? Here Are 6 of the Best Reasons

When the Portland Trail Blazers need someone to make a big shot at the end of a game, point guard Damian Lillard is usually the one with the ball in his hand. He can shoot from anywhere inside half court and is known for his long-distance shots. Better yet, he usually comes up big in the clutch. His celebration is to simply tap on his wrist to let everyone in.. Read More

The Watches of World War II

Many watches were created for a specific purpose. Whether that was for fashion, athletics or being in the elements – watches find a void, then they fill it. That’s especially true for watches of wartime. Here are some of the best watches of World War II, 75 years after the Allied nations declared victory in Japan. Bulova Housed in a positively diminutive (by today’s standards, anyway) 30-32mm case, the A-11 was.. Read More