The "Doctor" is Always In!

How to: Put a watch in beat

Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to bring customers and readers “behind the curtain.” We’re going to show you how things work, why they work and why we do the things we do while repairing watches. This week, we are going to look at how to put a watch in beat. With the power released, if the watch is in beat the pallet fork will be centered.. Read More

Watch myths, part 2: Watches and windmills

This week we are going to go over the myth of how the power reserve on an automatic watch works. Is the power reserve that I read about on the internet correct? The 38-40 plus hour power reserve that you read about in chat rooms or in other places on the internet is often misleading. The power reserve on an automatic watch is going to depend on the quality of.. Read More

Some Myths About Watches, Part I

This blog post may be controversial, but it is from my humble opinion from my experience as a watchmaker for the past 44 years and after repairing about 30,000 watches.   If someone can give me a valid scientific explanation of why I am wrong, I would be glad to hear it.  I was asked a question recently about the idea that if you lay your Rolex on a counter, stem.. Read More

Problematic Watch Parts that Always Break

In the course of a week, a large variety of watches can come into the shop all with their own unique problems. However, some of the same problems often occur. Let’s take a look at some of the most problematic watch parts that seem to be breaking constantly. Offset Cannon Pinion I have never understood the idea of the offset cannon pinion. A standard cannon pinion works great and has.. Read More

How to Repair a Rolex Submariner Buckle

I have been asked many times if I could repair a flip over deployment clasp on a Rolex band. Until recently, I was not able to make this repair. I just found the needed pin assembly from one of my suppliers to finally solve this problem. I have shown below some before and after pictures of this clasp and the pin that needs to be replaced. If anyone needs this.. Read More