Oilers in watchmaking has always been an interesting topic. Watchmakers will have their own preferences of what type of oilers to use but you really just need a simple oiler to get the job done. In skilled hands, simple oilers can get the job done for anything. Like I always say- You don’t need to buy a Ferrari to drive to work when a Toyota does the same job. It certainly is nice though 😂
This customer brought in his watch after a slip from an icy floor. Check out how serious impact damage really is.
Seems like a lot of you guys and gals have been requesting more movement shots. Here’s a Patek Philippe Movement that was originally inspired by JLC I believe. JLC has been considered the watchmakers watch because of all the movements they’ve supplied to the industry and various brands since their inception. Fun fact!
Can you guess the brand this movement belongs to? I’ll give you a big hint.... it’s not a Rolex 😂
Customer had this recently serviced by an ORJ (Original Rolex Jeweler) Or AD (authorized dealer). A couple months passed by and he needed to set the time so he proceeded to unscrew the crown. It was extremely hard but he managed to finally get it. The problem however was that when he unscrewed it, this happened. Take a look at the picture. The crowntube itself is completely attached. He didn’t unscrew the crown. He unscrewed the whole crown and crown tube leaving a huge gaping hole in his watch right now. Here’s my question to you guys and gals🕵️♂️ Is this a customer fault? Or previous watchmakers fault? I’ll be posting the answer later in the evening EST.
How many issues can you spot here? 🕵️♂️
🕵️♂️quiz for you guys on this lovely Monday morning. Does this timing result look good to you? Does anything jump out at you? Would you leave this watch or would you reevaluate the movement again after seeing these timing results
Something as big and heavy as a dial is being held by these two little posts you see next to my tweezers. Take a look at the sizes of these posts. How small are they compared to the heaviness and size of the dial next to it? No wonder the posts immediately broke from impact. Something for you guys to consider before you buy a big ass watch with a huge dial 😂
While oiling The Escapement, you must check the top and of the escape wheel and the overall condition of the pallet fork jewels. No oil must be present at the top during a bench test. You will need to oil slowly and with precision. Oiling the escapement is definitely one of those things that you will want to take your time doing it right the first time around instead of messing up and having to lean the escape wheel/pallet fork. The oil where the red arrow is in this picture is on the impulse plane of the pallet fork jewel. This is where the oil must be during the running of a mechanical watch. If there is not sufficient oiling in the escapement then the power transfer from the mainspring and gear train will not have fully transferred over to the balance wheel. Simply put, your amplitude will tank.
I just want to say thank you everyone here for 2018. Whether you’re a new follower or an OG from the early days. I just want to say thank you for giving me your attention. We’ve gone through countless 🕵️♂️ Watchmaking quizzes, tips, lessons, videos, and stories that hopefully you guys are better off at the end of 2018 than when you began at the beginning of the year. I have not been able to post as frequently and as in-depth as I would like both here and on my website posts because of the course I’m releasing. A lot of my free time and energy is going into that. Rest assure, once everything is settled, everything wi be at full throttle. I will not bore you with anything sappy or take much of your time so I’ll keep it plain and simple. I appreciate and thank you for your attention. I hope you have a wonderful New Year 🎉 Cheers!
Here’s a perfect example of what a surface feels like without epilame. Take a look at the way this oil makes contact with the arbor. Notice how the oil just runs and displaces? When a part is epilame treated, the oil stays at the point of contact.
Crown always leads the way during timing tests. I can only name a select few that this doesn’t apply to. For a large majority of you guys that are working on watches as a hobby, remember that dial position and crown orientation will matter the most during the timing result phase.
Just in case you guys didn’t know what the what the display on the Greiner ACS900 cleaning meant. This is the display during the cleaning cycle broken down.
Incorrect hand alignment! Notice how the second and minute hand trails upwards? None of them should. It should be as flat and parallel to the other hands and dial as possible. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holidays with their family. I feel that Holidays seems to be always be slower before and around it for independent watchmakers. Maybe people spent too much money or what not. After the holidays however, everything picks up. Sizing, batteries, services, etc!
Unless the watch is a sentimental item to you, I do not recommend leaving your dial like this. The cracks will peel and make their way into the movement. A dial like this is not supposed to remain out in the field and should have long been retired. The customer wore this watch in the military while active on duty as an everyday watch.
This Watch was recently serviced by another person. The customer wore it for less than a week when he realized that there was condensation and moisture in his watch. I took a look at his case back and saw this....