The "Doctor" is Always In!

Rolex Repair Cost: Rolex Service Through Factory vs. Watch Doctor

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

How to Pressure Test a Rolex

If you’re anything like the majority of all Rolex owners, chances are you’ve given little thought to the water resistance of your watch. Realize it or not, it’s a concern every Rolex owner should have – regardless of the model or how you use it. In this post, I will go over what it takes to pressure test a Rolex. After the overhaul is complete, then comes the task of buffing.. Read More

My Favorite Watch, The Hamilton 992B

I have been very fortunate over the last 37 years to be able to work on just about every type of mechanical and quartz watch that you can think of. Everything from a Timex to a Rolex and everything in-between. After thousands of watches, it is understandable that I would have a favorite. My all time favorite watch is the Hamilton 992B pocket watch. You might think that I would.. Read More

Omega Speedmaster, First Watch on the Moon

The Speedmaster Omega Co-Axial Chronograph will forever be known by its nickname of the “Moonwatch” for good reason—debuting over half a century ago, it has been a regular timepiece on all six Apollo lunar landings and was the first, and only, type of watch to be worn on the lunar surface. According to legend, in 1962 NASA’s flight equipment buyer went to a watch shop in Texas where he bought.. Read More