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Rolex vs Omega – Escapement comparison

This weeks Post will compare the Escapement between the Rolex 3135 and Omega’s Co-Axial movement.  This is really the heart of the movement and the fundamental difference between the two watches. Standard Lever Escapement Standard escape wheel, pallet and balance 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.. Read More

Rolex vs Omega: Which Is the Better Watch?

Over the next few weeks I will be doing a series of Blog posts on a head to head matchup between a Rolex Datejust 3135 movement and an Omega CoAxial Seamaster Pro model. I want to compare various design aspects of each watch and give you my opinion of which I like best and why.  I will explore the Automatic unit, the escapement, date functions, crown and case tube, crystal.. Read More

Watches from World War I

Until the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, men who needed to know the time and who had the money to afford a watch, kept it in their pocket on a chain. Women, for some reason, were the trailblazers – Elizabeth I had a small clock she could strap to her arm.   It is not true that wristwatches were invented specifically for World War One – but it is.. Read More

Rolex vs a Ford Pickup Truck

You may be wondering what the relationship is between an expensive Rolex watch and a Ford Pickup truck.  My idea is simple:  People buy a very expensive Rolex (anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000) and then they proceed to wear it swimming, gardening, and just literally “beat the heck” out of it.   On the other hand, people buy a very expensive truck that is made as a work vehicle and.. Read More

Is the Apple Watch the future of the Watch Business??

The idea of this blog is this simple question. ” is the Apple watch the future of the watch business or just a passing fad”??  Watches were originally only owned by the rich and famous, a sure  sign of status and power.  As watches became cheaper and more reliable, they fast became a part of just about every person’s daily wear.  Everyone had a watch and the simple idea of.. Read More

Hamilton 4992B Watch Conversion

I recently had the good fortune to be able to work on an interesting project.  The idea was to turn a standard Hamilton 4992B into a wrist watch.  I was contacted by a good customer and went over the details of what he had in mind and the following is his description of the process and a few pictures of the finished project. The project started a little over a.. Read More

Longines: Official Timer of the Kentucky Derby

  “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” is back, and Longines, the official timekeeper of the Kentucky Derby, and the Longines countdown is well underway with all eyes on Churchill Downs this Saturday, May 2nd. In typical Longines style, the brand will be recording every second of the exciting action – from starting gates to the final finish. In fact, the brand has gone all out — bringing free-standing clocks to the race track.. Read More

Worlds Most Expensive Watch

In December 1999, one of the most complicated watches ever made became the most expensive watch ever sold when it was hammered down for $11 million at Sotheby’s . The gold pocket watch, which featured 24 complications, was the result of a long-standing competition between two magnates of America’s Gilded Age. New York financierHenry Graves Jr. Henry Graves Jr. and Ohio automobile engineer James Ward PackardJames Ward Packard vied with one another to own a timepiece with the.. Read More

Charles Lindbergh- Longines Hour Angle Aviation Watch

During the time between the first and second World Wars, flying was no longer news; it was commonplace. Planes delivered the mail via Airmail, and the US Postal Service employed a bevy of pilots. 25-year old Lindbergh served as a US Mail Pilot, running the route between St. Louis and Chicago. Veterans became barnstormers, daredevil stunt pilots who toured the country, providing the first airshows and offering the public a.. Read More

Simple Questions, Simple Answers.

Can you wind an automatic watch from the crown? Yes, you can wind an automatic watch from the crown. That will not hurt the movement. Actually with an older or worn watch, a few manual winds from the crown can be a big help.  What does fully automatic mean? Fully automatic means that the watch can’t be wound from the crown. The only watch that comes to mind is a.. Read More