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
This can be a common problem and there are plenty of reasons why the watch doesn’t want to start ticking again. Let’s start with the basics and assume you had a go yourself and don’t really know what you’re doing. One. You fitted wrong battery. Easily done, for example a 364 or a 377 will both fit into a typical quartz movement battery slot, but … Continue reading OK, Your Watch Won’t Work With a New Battery, Now What?
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
Namoki Mods have solved one of the big problems for a great many novice watch customisers and Modders. Namely, the fear of the cracking crystal in the press! You see it isn’t easy fitting a crystal, and when you have paid decent money for a sapphire crystal, that can really spoil your day. Often it’s a lack of experience combined with cheap crystal presses that … Continue reading First MOD Build Fear? Namoki Has a Solution
It’s well known that fakers are out there making replicas of prestige watches. Rolex is the most popular, followed closely by Cartier, Patek Phillipe, Audemars and then lesser makes like Breitling and TAG. Really sad characters sometimes fake Michael Kors watches, such is the depth of their despair. So how do you spot a fake Patek Phillipe and why aren’t your local Trading Standards even … Continue reading Seen A Fake Patek Phillipe on Facebook? Trading Standards Are Really Not Arsed
Thought I would offer some tips on bracelets and the typical problems that tend to crop up, let’s start with sizing issues, which often means removing/adding a link. On some watches that can be fairly easy to do, especially if the links are identical, not tapered so that the ones near the clasp get gradually narrower. So you need a special link pin pusher tool, … Continue reading Watch Care: Common Problems With Bracelet Links
I’ve been messing with pocket watches for about 6 years now and managed to fix a few. Some defeat me and there’s a simple reason; old age. The watch that is, not me. You see pocket watches built back in the 1880-1920 period are genuine antiques and frankly, many of them were not built to last over a century. Owners skimp on servicing, the cases … Continue reading Workshop: Basic Care Of Pocket Watches
The Omega Constellation is one of the most popular ladies watch models out there. Nice combination of diamonds on the dial, two-tone bracelet and longevity make this a winner. Ladies tend to shun automatic or mechanical watches in general, unless of course they are made by Cartier or Rolex. But for around £1000-£1500 you can get a prestige pre-owned, Omega Manhattan quartz, with box and … Continue reading Workshop: Battery Change and Clean of Omega Constellation