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The Watch Collection of Connor McGregor

Flash, flare and fighting. For fans of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts, this last week was filled with excitement. First, on April 5, MMA star Conor McGregor crashed a press conference for UFC 223 in Brooklyn. For those who aren’t familiar with the Irishman, McGregor is a title-holder in the UFC and was half of last summer’s mega-card boxing match against champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather. In true spectacular fashion,.. Read More

Rolex Worn By Martin Luther King

In 2013, Rolex released an advertising campaign that featured 10 trailblazers from throughout modern times wearing a Rolex.   Everyone from record-setting athletes like Tiger Woods and Roger Federer to artistic visionaries like Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Pablo Picasso. There’s Elvis Presley in the back. And civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rolex asks the question, “Why this watch?” It continues, “This watch is a witness… Read More

Cartier Tank Watch

It’s one of the world’s most luxurious watches. It’s graced the wrists of icons like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Princess Diana and Andy Warhol. And last fall, it turned 100. The Swiss-made Cartier timepiece was created by Louis Cartier in 1917 and inspired by Renault tanks used during World War I. The watches are manufactured in workshops either at Chaux-de-Fonds or in Geneva in the case of watches bearing the Geneva Seal. The.. Read More

In Watchmaking: Close Doesn’t Count

Everyone has probably heard that old joke “close only counts in Horseshoes and hand grenades”.  Well today we are going to show you some examples why “close” does not count when fixing a watch. I get lots of inquiries from customers that want to add new crystals, bezels, dials and hands to their old watch.  They go out and buy parts that “are supposed to fit” their particular case and.. Read More

Rolex Cleaning: How Often Should I Service My Rolex Watch?

When we Spring ahead and change our clocks for daylight savings time, it is a great time to change the batteries in our Smoke Detectors.  Another thing that we might want to consider is “is your watch ready for spring”? This is the time of year when I start to see watches come into the shop that are full of water or something goes wrong when the time changes. How.. Read More

Watches Worn at the Oscars

Sunday night, many of the major names from the world of film descended on Los Angeles for the 90th installment of the Academy Awards.  Once again, I was interested in what watches were worn by today’s hottest stars. From an Apple watch to a Rolex, just about all of the bases were covered.  Rolex was once again a sponsor of the Oscars, designing the evening’s green room, where they also.. Read More

How 151 Rum Helps me Fix Watches!!

On certain jobs I need to use an alcohol lamp in order to heat a part to be used with shellac.  His is done when replacing a roller jewel or a pallet stone.  I did a blog post a while back and showed how to replace a roller jewel.  Today we will talk about repairing a pallet stone. How to Replace a Roller Jewel The first problem that I have.. Read More

Rolex 3185 vs 3186

Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door is a phrase attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson in the late nineteenth century. I was thinking about this phrase when I was working on 2 Rolex watches this month. One of the most popular models that I work on is the GMT and GMT 2.  While I was working on the newer model that uses a Rolex movement #3186,.. Read More

My Top 3 Watches that Make the Medal Stand

Since we are right in the middle of the Olympics in South Korea, I thought that it would be a good time for me to list my Top 3 favorite watches.  I have been a watchmaker since 1977 and have done 1000’s of repairs. I have worked on just about every good mechanical watch that I can think of, everything from a Bulova to a Rolex.  Like any technician, I.. Read More

What is a Cannon Pinion?

One of the most important parts on any mechanical watch is a Cannon Pinion. The cannon pinion is the heart of the motion works. This piece is what translates the movement of the train wheels into the time keeping display on dial side.  It is attached to the center wheel by friction fit and it is the post that the minute hand is set on.         How to remove.. Read More