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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

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

Rolex Running Fast? How to Regulate a Rolex vs. Other Watches

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

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