3 Lessons Learned While Speed-Dating Watchmakers

January 16, 2017 . by Ken Nichols

I recently returned from a week photographing the annual conference of American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI). I was there to teach photography and get images of the event that has been held annually since 1960. I felt like I was speed-dating at a club of modern-day watchmaking shamans, who openly talked about missing their watch bench and the trance-state in…

Watching the Web for May 23, 2015

May 23, 2015 . by Matt Himmelstein

Hello and welcome back (I hope) Watching the Web, our weekly installment where we highlight interesting watches related articles from other sites, and point out own more popular articles over the last week. Today, we have a review of the Borealis Seahawk 1500 from a diver’s perspective, a photo essay from a watchmaking class held by Audemars Piguet, and a tutorial on how to remove scratches from a watch crystal. From our site, Patrick swept the top spots, with his recent reviews of the Shinola Rambler GMT, the Gavox Aurora, and the Steinhart Military 42.

OMG! Don’t wear your watches in the shower

April 15, 2010 . by John Biggs

I always had a sneaking suspicion that I was doing something horrible to my watches by wearing them in water and now I know: almost nothing under the sun is truly waterproof. This older post by a watchmaker spells it out in plain English: most waterproof watches are, at best, not waterproof at all. Also,…

How to clean a watch bracelet

August 21, 2009 . by John Biggs

Cleaning your watch isn’t as complex as it sounds. If you have a real issue with your watch – it’s running fast or slow or seems to contain water – you need to take it into a watchmaker. However if you just want to clean up your watch get yourself an ultrasonic cleaner. I bought…

How to buy a watch

December 2, 2008 . by John Biggs

I’m just full of helpful hints this week. This one comes after seeing a comment on my other site, WristWatchReview about the BR02, a 1000M diver with a fairly striking design. I liked it when I saw it but at $4,800 I could probably pass. But did you know you could get it for a…

How to polish a watch

December 2, 2008 . by John Biggs

OK. I just suffered a fairly hair-raising situation with my new baby. Due to my own carelessness, I dinged the Jaeger a few times and wanted to polish them out. I got a few types of polish including one designed for delicate metals and tried to do it by hand. BAD IDEA. This created a…