On the wrist with Difues Straps

October 12, 2016 . by Victor Marks

In these modern times, it pays to look a little beyond our front door. There are all kinds of artisans out there in this big world making beautiful things and it’s rewarding to seek them out. Maxim Difues is the man behind Difues straps of Belarus, and his quality is impeccable.



Vortic Boston 48, Take a Step Back in Time

February 8, 2016 . by Matt Himmelstein

I very rarely get excited about the packaging of a watch; hey it is a box… If there is an accessory in there, a watch roll, a tool, spare straps, then it is a very nice bonus. But when I pulled the Vortec Boston 48 out of it’s shipping box to reveal the out packaging, string wrapped and wax sealed, I was instantly feeling like I was unwrapping an old school product, even though it was shipped vial UPS next day from ½ way across the country.



Lew & Huey modification options, customize your watch

May 6, 2015 . by Matt Himmelstein

How do you breathe new life into your watch? Well, one way is to swap out the strap. We have covered a lot of straps here on the site, but that only goes so far. What if you really want to change things up a bit? Or what if you like a watch, but just not the exact color scheme on offer? The folks at Lew & Huey have you covered (if you have a Cerberus or Orthos) with their current pre-sale on Lew & Huey modification parts for these two watches. You can either order them for a watch you already own, or order a new modified watch from the brand.



A happy reader’s custom watch

January 14, 2008 . by John Biggs

Reader Jeff wanted to make a coin-face watch using his own coin. I basically suggested hitting 47th Street in New York with the coin, a cool watch, and a plan and a few months later, he sends me this image of the finished product. It’s amazing what a good jeweler can do when working with…



The Latest from DBrooker, Custom Face Maker

May 15, 2007 . by John Biggs

Here’s a great NOS Gruen redone by Dennis Brooker, a custom watchmaker. I just put one of my custom dials in my 1st mechanical watch – A NOS Gruen I got off of Ebay with an ETA 2824-2 – I used a reallllly nice piece of Awabi shell. Quite striking, non? Product Page



Great Big Custom Watch

February 9, 2006 . by John Biggs

I love watching custom pieces take shape. This one is no exception: First, a friend of mine fabricated a case modeled after the MM20 with a custom broze crown tube and a sterile stainless steel back. He also fabricated a sandwich dial from a brass blank and modeled it after the MM20 minus the seconds…



Wooden Clock Kit

January 25, 2006 . by John Biggs

KrazyDad reviews a super cool wooden clock kit made of pressboard, dowels, and not much else. Very George Washington Carver. Here are the components spread out. Most of the parts are laser cut plywood. There are also some dowels, screws, nylon washers and string. The kit comes with a detailed and helpful 43 page instruction…