After a chat on Twitter recently with Chris, who is trying watch repair for the first time, it got your NWC Editor thinking back to the apprentice days of watch reapir, ten years ago. Yes, back then I could barely swap a battery in a Storm watch without scratching the case with a slip of the knife. But a longtime watch fettler called Ernie walked … Continue reading What’s The Best Watch Repair Kit For a Beginner?
Can you take a typical eBay watch selling at £10 as a `runs then stops’ project and get it going? Sometimes you can. Let’s delve into the world of budget watch repair. WHAT YOU NEED Unlike real watchmaking, where you need a fully equipped £3000 workshop, with mini lathe, polishing machine, proper workbench, Swiss tools, wide range of spares, crystals, stems, crowns, hands plus an … Continue reading Is It Worth Repairing an Old Timex Watch? Yes, You Can Do It
When you have an older watch it’s important to give it a clean. Same goes for something that you bought pre-owned too, as old bits of skin and dirt can be lurking inbetween bracelet links, pins, deployment clasps etc. Not nice. So I set to with this decent looking Seiko 5 SNKL model I’ve owned for about three years. It was a daily beater when … Continue reading Workshop: Basic Case, Crystal & Bracelet Cleaning
I only ask the question because having worked for a few years in a pawbroker’s shop I can honestly say that not only have I seen no interest at all in the few Baume & Mercier watches in stock, but nobody ever enquired about a particular model either. Two people in two years came in Baume & Mercier watches to sell and were shocked at … Continue reading Can Baume Survive as An Independent Brand?
Did you know a single plastic bottle lasts 450 years in the ocean? Well several watch brands are doing all they can to recycle, re-use plastic and other discarded products and so produce greener watches. We take a look at the work that is going on. Nautica has developed pioneering textiles that seek to minimize environmental impact. Using their revolutionary fabric REVIVE 1, made by … Continue reading Greener Consumer? Here Are Some Watches That Make a Difference