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What is a Cannon Pinion?

One of the most important parts on any mechanical watch is a Cannon Pinion. The cannon pinion is the heart of the motion works. This piece is what translates the movement of the train wheels into the time keeping display on dial side.  It is attached to the center wheel by friction fit and it is the post that the minute hand is set on.         How to remove.. Read More

Watches and Air Racing

Watches have been a part of aviation since the first planes took to the skies.  Timing equipment and a trusty watch have always been one of the tools of a good pilot. From Charles Lindberg to today’s top pilots, lets take a look at watches and the world of air racing. Charles Lindbergh- Longines Hour Angle Aviation Watch   Hamilton is official timekeeper of the Red Bull Air Race World.. Read More

Rolex Bubbleback

The Rolex Bubbleback 3131 watch was one of the first automatic watches produced in the 1930’s, as well as one of the earliest Rolex models manufactured.  While Rolex was not the first to create an automatic movement, the company patented its first successful self-winding wristwatch in 1932 and introduced the Bubbleback one year later.  Despite the well-known nickname, Rolex never officially called their Reference 3131 the “Bubbleback.”  It earned this.. Read More

Pro Athletes and Gifts given to Teamates

Some Pro athletes give out lavish gifts to their teamates in appreciation for helping them achieve individual goals. Running back Leonard Fournette thanked seven Jaguars offensive linemen by purchasing a Rolex watch for each of them. Fournette had 1,040 rushing yards and nine touchdowns to help the Jaguars (10-6) win the AFC South and last week beat the Steelers on their way to the AFC title game against the Patriots. Steelers.. Read More

Ugly Watches

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but sometimes we come across watches that make us want to gouge our own eyes out, or at least wonder what the designer was thinking. It’s just difficult to understand how something like these watches can make their way out of someone’s head to a drafting stage, into production, then to a display case and finally on to someone’s wrist. Someone along the.. Read More

Solar Powered Watches

Some of the early solar watches of the 1970s had innovative and unique designs to accommodate the array of photovoltaic solar cells needed to power them. In the 1990s, Citizen started to sell light-powered watches under the Eco-Drive series name. Since their introduction, solar devices have greatly improved their efficiency and thereby their capacity. Watchmakers have developed their technology such that solar-powered watches are now a major part of their range of watches.   Some.. Read More

What is a Repeater?

One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Pioneered by master horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet at the end of the 18th century, the minute repeater was always thought of as being the pinnacle of watchmaking design. To put it quite simply, a minute repeater watch can chime the exact time with the push of a button. Invented.. Read More

Simple questions, simple answers

In this weeks blog post, I thought that I would go over some simple questions and answers on how your watch works. I have a lot of  customers that are getting a mechanical watch for the first time, so they are a bit confused on the “care and feeding of their new watch” . I hope this info is helpful. Can you wind an automatic watch? Yes, you can wind.. Read More

Casio, The Original Smart Watch

Today we take for granted that a watch can tell time, have an alarm, able to check your email, act as a phone and a whole host of other cool features.  Back in the late 80’s most of these ideas were still in the “science fiction category”.  Then along came Casio and they introduced watches that were way ahead of their time.  With the introduction of the Calculator watch, we.. Read More

How a Watch Escapement Works

When energy is stored in the mainspring, by winding, the train wheels begin to turn. This energy is carried from the barrel through the center, third and fourth wheels to the escape wheel. Considering the escapement as a unit, it can be seen that the escape wheel supplies the power, whereas the pallet transfers the rotary motion of the escape wheel into a back and forth motion of the pallet… Read More