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What is a Hacking Mechanism?

A watch that “hacks” or that has “hacking seconds” is one in which the seconds hand stops when the crown is pulled out. Hacking is achieved when pulling the crown out to the setting position causing a lever to come into contact with the balance wheel causing it to stop and to be held in position. Hacking allows the watch to be set to a reference signal, or synchronized with.. Read More

What is a Watch Winder?

A watch winder is a device used to keep automatic watch running when not worn. Automatic watches operate on the principle of winding themselves using a moving weight inside the watch. The weight swings or rotates while the watch is worn and turns the winding mechanism inside the watch. So, fairly obviously, if the watch is not worn, then it no longer receives power this way and will run down… Read More

What is a Skeleton Watch?

A skeleton watch is a mechanical watch, in which all of the moving parts are visible through either the front of the watch, the back of the watch or a small cut outlining the dial.   True ‘skeletonization’ also includes the trimming away of any non-essential metal on the bridge, plate, wheel train or any other mechanical part of the watch, leaving only a skeleton of the movement required for functionality. Often, the remaining thinned movement is decorated with.. Read More

What is a Jump Hour Watch?

Watches with a jump hour complication have an hour hand that does not sweep between the hours. Instead, it points exactly at the current hour and jumps to the next hour as the minute hand reaches 60 minutes. Theoretically this makes telling the time a bit easier, as the current hour is always being pointed at directly. Some watches with jump hour complications use discs with imprinted digits as opposed.. Read More

What is a “Watch Pocket”

Just about everyone has a favorite pair of bluejeans.  What wardrobe would be complete without a great pair of jeans.  Most of us rarely notice that “extra pocket” on the right side of our jeans. Since it has always been there, we don’t give it a second thought. How many of us really know what it was designed for?? The fifth pocket was introduced in the 1800’s as a protective.. Read More

Anti Magnetic Watch

Like most any other metal material a watch can become magnetized when it comes into contact with certain levels of a magnetic field. Magnetic fields can be found in things like Smartphones, computers, tablets, monitors, speakers, kitchen appliances — they all produce magnetic fields and all have the potential to mess with your watch’s accuracy. Magnetic fields are one of the most common factors negatively affecting the accuracy of a mechanical watch. The.. Read More

July Watch Auctions

Kim Kardashian  has secretly bid on and won one of the legendary First Lady’s super-expensive timepieces. Christie’s expected the watch to pull in $120,000 … but Kim’s  winning bid was $379,500! Jackie’s Cartier was acquired when she was First Lady — just months before JFK was assassinated. It’s engraved February 23, 1963. She got it as a gift from brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill. Kim has vowed not to be.. Read More

What is a Cyclops?

I am a huge fan of science fiction movies. As a kid growing up in the 60’s I loved all of the “Monster” movies that were popular at that time.  Some of my favorites were “Jason and the Argonauts” and “The Seven Voyages of Sinbad”.  One of the best monsters in those movies was the Cyclops.  This fierce one eyed beast has always been one of my favorites.  So naturally.. Read More

What is a Smart Watchband?

Last week’s blog post was about a very simple NATO watchband.  If you have time, you can take a quick look at the blog here: http://blog.watchdoctor.biz/2017/06/18/nato-watch-strap/ This week I thought we would talk about the latest in technology which is a smart watchband.  I started doing a bit of research on this product after seeing a few adds on the internet.  It looked like a cool way to get the latest.. Read More

Nato Watch Strap

  The more correct name for the “NATO” strap is actually the “G10. In 1973 the band  made its debut in the British Ministry of Defence Standard 66-15. For soldiers to get their hands on one, they had to fill out a form known as the G1098, or G10 for short. Issued G10 straps were nylon, only made in “Admiralty Grey” with a width of 20mm, and had chrome-plated brass.. Read More