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What is a Chronograph?

A chronograph is a specific type of watch that is used as a stopwatch combined with a display watch. A basic chronograph has an independent sweep second hand; it can be started, stopped, and returned to zero by successive pressure on the stem. Less simple chronographs use additional complications  and can have multiple independent hands to measure seconds, minutes, hours and even tenths of a second. In addition, many modern chronographs use moveable bezels as tachymeters for.. Read More

What is a Chronometer?

If you are a luxury watch enthusiast then you will no doubt be familiar with the term “Officially Certified Chronometer.” But what does it actually mean, who’s in charge of giving this certification?  What is a chronometer? A chronometer is a high-precision watch capable of displaying seconds and containing a movement that has been tested over several days, in different positions and at different temperatures by an official neutral body.. Read More

How to Regulate a Standard Watch Compared to a Rolex

Many people believe that watch accuracy can be achieved by simply adjusting the regulator screw towards the + or – position. Regulating a watch is a lot more complex than this. Watches that are inaccurate are inaccurate for a reason. Generally, these watches require CLEANING AND CONDITIONING (oiling and greasing of the winding mechanisms). Conditioning also includes: ensuring that all of the train wheels are free from obstruction, the hairspring.. Read More

Rolex Factory Service Compared to the “Watchdoctor”

Why is my price on a Rolex repair less expensive than the factory? My answer to this question is -Why are other repair shops and the factory so overpriced!! I have been a watchmaker for over 38 years and live in a small town and have a shop with low overhead. I feel that it is better to keep my prices down and do more quality watch repair for my.. Read More

How An Automatic Watch Works

A mechanical watch is powered by an internal spiral mainspring which turns the gears that move the hands. The spring loses energy as the watch runs, so in a manual watch movement the spring must be wound periodically by turning the crown, to provide energy to run the watch. A self-winding watch movement has a mechanism which winds the mainspring. The watch contains an oscillating weight (the rotor), which turns on a pivot… Read More

Longines Watches Official Timekeeper for World Cup Skiing

The Swiss watch brand Longines is the official timekeeper for the FIS World Cup Alpine ski competitions and the FIS World Ski Championships. Longines’s commitment to timekeeping in Alipine skiing dates back to 1933 in Chamonix. No less than seven technicians arrive three days before the first training session or race. Two days are needed to set up the material and one day is booked for several tests before the.. Read More

A Visit to the Dentist compared to a Visit to the Watchdoctor

You might be wondering about the title of this blog, what does a visit to the dentist have to do with getting your watch repaired?  Well, with this quick story, I will give you an idea of how similar they are to each other.   Now for some background info.  I have had a toothache off and on for the last year. Nothing major, just an occassional pain in my.. Read More

How To Replace A Balance Staff

In this post I am going to go over the steps  to replace a balance staff in a Hamilton 992b pocket watch. The Balance staff is the center shaft on the Balance wheel. It has top and bottom “pivots” very thin points that the balance wheel rides on and are supported by the balance jewels.  The staff pivots can be broken from a drop or hard bump and are the.. Read More

Watches From Mad Men

Few television shows have been as consistently praised for the quality and authenticity of its costumes, sets and props as AMC’s Mad Men. Now in its fifth season, the show continues to go to great efforts to source appropriate accessories to showcase a real version of New York in 1966. This obsession with historically accurate physical culture extends to the wrists of the characters. Today I would like to take.. Read More

Breitling Watches and Aviation

Starting in 1915 with the building of a chronograph with a longer seconds hand built onto the center axle, Breitling has been a strong ally to the world of aeronautics.  This first new chronograph made it easier to track the movement of the seconds hand, making the chronograph much more useful for airplane pilots.  Later in 1936, Breitling introduced its first on-board chronograph model, effectively providing pilots a form of.. Read More