Do you guys as independent watchmakers ever feel that you’re missing out, on a tremendous amount of work you could be doing, by traveling? If so, how do you combat that thought process? Do you relax? Chill out? Or do you just accept that by the time you’re back, you’re going to be met with a great deal of work? 💡Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this
🕵️♂️ time! This one is going to be a little harder. Check out the reading on this watch. It runs “great” in theory but when you’re on the timing machine, you see this. 💡Using the following two pictures, what do you think the problem is? Which issue does this specific watch represent out of the following sample templates? 👇 Post your answers below 👇
🗣The 3 different types of oiling you’ll find on people’s bench test. You always want the ideal amount of oil. Oiling is never about quantity but about quality. It’s about precision. I seriously cannot repeat this enough. Practice until the quality and quantity of your oiling is instinctual and precise. ‼️ Remember to: Make sure you get a small amount of oil first. Don’t flood the jewels like most people do. Do make sure that the oil actually transferred from your oiler. It’s better to take your time oiling right the first time around than to mess up and spend more time cleaning your mess up. Hold your breathe before youre about to oil if you need to. Forget the fancy expensive oilers. If you do your job right, your typical oiler can do the job. Most importantly- precision is king here.
Public safety announcement.... Dont you hate it when someone asks you something and they do the complete opposite of what you told them to do? 👇👇 I would love to hear some watch related askhole stories 😎
If you’re in the Watchmaking field and you’re not online posting quality content- you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. Sure, we can argue that you don’t necessarily need an online presence but you can’t argue that you won’t be making even more money with an online presence
Another golden nugget you guys should save. This exact image depicts how us watchmakers used to test the End of Life (EOL) indicator on a quartz watch with the Witschi quartz machine. So.... save this. Seriously. You can say thanks later 👍
I thought I’ve seen most of it all but clearly not. This dial feet screw has been destroyed to high hell. Rust and everything. Dial screw is also glued on. Dial feet has been taken off clean. The only thing holding this dial onto the movement is superglue. Try explaining this to a customer 🤦🏻♂️
I’m very interested to know for many of you watchmakers that are independent. This specific picture is commonly found in ETA technical guides for servicing. The water droplet legend here states to replace parts that are dirty or rusty. Do you exchange parts like the reversers when possible? Or keep them? Very interested to hear what majority of you guys do.
Quick Quiz: The axle on the oscillating weight (automatic system) goes right through this specific jewel. With the jewel in this condition, does it pose a functional issue? 🤔 Post your answers and reasonings below!
Let’s play a game! Caption this. The best “customer excuse” wins. The most liked caption will be the caption for this image 😂
And the 🏆 goes to: @watch.travis.go “What did you do to?! It wasn’t broken when I dropped it off!”
Take a look at this pallet fork! Look at that chip on the jewel. Whenever we are faced with a pallet fork jewel in this shape, we need to replace the escape wheel as well. The chances of the escape wheel teeth being damaged from this chip are extremely likely. The ruby is stronger than the metal of the escape wheel so rest assure the chip on the pallet fork jewel is cutting the escape wheel during contact.
Check this out guys.... notice the powder of rust on the roller table here. This was all caused by the pallet fork! .
How you may ask? Epilame! Epilame alters the surface tension on a part so that oil can cling better. During the epilame process, there’s a chemical reaction that takes place during the evaporation process. Long story short, we coat the part in epilame and then we dry it under a stream of warm or hot air (there’s different methods as well). If the evaporation process is done incorrectly, condensation could occur. If condensation occurs, the steel part may form rust over a period of time. .
This is an example of someone treating the entire pallet fork including the horns rather than just coating the pallet fork stones/jewels itself. It’s another reason why we only coat the pallet fork jewels!