Tutorials and educational guides and information about watches and how they work, or about what you need to know about a watch.

Don’t Buy that Mechanical Watch Until You’ve Read This

  If you haven’t yet purchased your first good luxury mechanical wristwatch, it is time to do so. There is so much to be said for the craftsmanship and fine-tuned technological workmanship that goes into a mechanical wristwatch. Typically, these timepieces have hundreds of tiny components all inside the case that work harmoniously to track…

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Watch Education: Understanding the Chronograph

Chronograph watches are great summer timepieces – as they can time all of those outdoor activities you indulge in – swimming, jogging, rowing, and more. Here, we try to outline the basics (entire books have been written about chronographs) about what exactly a chronograph watch is and how it functions. Essentially, a chronograph is a…

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Watch Education: Understanding Constant Force

Not a new concept in watchmaking at all, the idea of constant force has taken center stage as watchmakers strive for ever greater accuracy and precision.  Essentially, constant force is a means of improving the rate of a watch by making the torque of the spring constant throughout the entire power reserve duration. Generally, in…

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How Can Disabled Veterans Earn a Living — Becoming Watchmakers

A newly formed 501C3 Organization has been established that can bring new employment hope to wounded veterans, including those in wheelchairs.  The Veterans Watchmaker Initiative is an organization dedicated to training disabled veterans with service-connected disabilities—for Free — in the art of watchmaking and watch repair—a field that is desperately seeking trained watchmakers. Still in…

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The Rise of Quartz Watches from Switzerland (Gold Standard Part 3)

In the past two weeks, we brought you an encapsulated version of the long history of the Swiss watchmaking and its technological innovation over the centuries. There was a time – in the 1970s — that the Swiss watch industry nearly crumbled, but again, the tiny country and its watchmakers re-invented themselves and came out…

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Watch Education: What Makes Swiss Watches the Gold Standard? (Part 2)

Last Thursday we started the conversation about what makes Swiss watches the Gold Standard – and traced the early rise of Switzerland as the premiere country for watchmaking. Switzerland has passed that long-standing watchmaking expertise and knowledge down century after century, generation after generation. There’s no denying that history counts in establishing a standard. Switzerland’s…

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