The "Doctor" is Always In!

What is a Hamilton Ventura?

The Hamilton Watch company introduced the very first electric watch movement in 1957. Called the 500, this watch used a battery to drive a complex gear train, which in turn pushed the hands. The watch wasn’t a commercial success and a decade later, the quartz crystal technology put the Hamilton 500 out of action for good. The 500 was used in a few different cases, the most popular of which was the.. Read More

Best watches NOT made in Switzerland

When you think of Switzerland, cheese and the Alps might come to mind. For watch lovers, of course, Switzerland is the timekeeping capital of the world. But did you know you don’t have to buy a Swiss brand watch to look stylish? Here are some of the best watches from around the world that don’t originate in Switzerland. Germany Japan Canada France Italy United States The Netherlands

What is a Helium Release Valve?

In the 1960s, Rolex and Doxa co-created the helium escape valve and introduced it in the Rolex Submariner, the Rolex Sea-Dweller, and the Doxa Conquistador. Today, plenty of luxury watch brands will include a helium escape valve in their serious dive watches. At that time, Rolexes were being used by the SEALAB and COMEX divers and others in the field of commercial diving, when diving bells and underwater habitats were just coming into use. The divers.. Read More

What is a Monopusher Chronograph?

A monopusher is a specific kind of chronograph, where only one button is used to start the timing, to stop it, and to reset the chrono hand to the “0” position (normally 12 o’clock). For many years, chronograph complications on pocket watches (and later, wrist watches) used a single operating pusher to perform three tasks. In order for a single pusher to do three things, it merely cycled through starting, stopping,.. Read More

What is a Rolex Cellini?

Introduced in 1968, the Rolex Cellini lineup has been home to the brand’s non-Oyster dress watches. Rolex named the collection after the Florentine goldsmith, sculptor, and painter, Benvenuto Cellini, who was known for creating masterpieces during the Renaissance period that are still studied and celebrated today. Cellini Facts – Rolex’s dedicated line of dress watches. – Only crafted from either solid gold or platinum. – Can be powered by either.. Read More

Tudor vs Rolex. What is the Difference?

The Tudor and Rolex Relationship If you want a Rolex but cant find one, a common solution is to turn to Tudor. There are some good reasons for that, not least the brand’s impressive quality and value — but also that Tudor is owned by Rolex.  Tudor was conceived in 1946 as “a watch that our agents could sell at a more modest price than our Rolex watches, and yet one that could attain.. Read More

What is an ETA movement?

When traveling, you might look down at your watch or glance at a clock and try to figure out your ETA — estimated time of arrival, that is. In watch terms, ETA means something entirely different. An ETA movement is incorporated by a majority of watch companies. ETA SA is a Swiss manufacturer which makes the movement with a history which can be traced back all the way to 1793… Read More

Overhaul of an ETA 2892 movement

ETA designs and manufactures mechanical and automatic watches, watch movements  and is headquartered in Grenchen, Switzerland and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Swatch Group Ltd. Although the company produces finished watches and movements, ETA specializes in the production of ébauche movements used both in watches of sister Swatch Group subsidiary brands and in the watches of competitors.   With the exception of hairsprings manufactured by sister company Nivarox, ETA.. Read More

What is an Elinvar hairspring?

Back when trains were first connecting America’s coasts, a railroad worker’s watch would be worn through some tough conditions. First, it must endure temperature and humidity changes, as well as changes in magnetic fields. That’s not to mention regular wear and tear a watch will be presented while working a long day on the railroad. When railroad watches were inspected, they were to run within 30 seconds accuracy. The Elinvar.. Read More

Hamilton “Seckron” Doctors Watch

Surely everyone has been stuck in a waiting room past your appointment time, endlessly waiting for your time to be called back and seen by the doctor. So for some, it might come as a surprise there is such a timepiece nicknamed “the doctor’s watch.” The Hamilton, officially named the Seckron, was a line of watches produced between 1935 and 1941. With its dual-dial style, it was seen as less.. Read More