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Umberto

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My name is Umberto. I was born in Italy and I live in the USA since 1982. A watchmaker friend of mine told me about this website and so I decided to join. I have been a watchmaker for the past 40 years. My father was a true watchmaker. Hardly any tools, just his magic hands that I saw doing incredible things. I chose to be the opposite than my dad was and so I got lots of tools. I like new tools but only if they can help me to do a better job and faster otherwise I stick to my dad’s old methods. I like to work on watches of brands that I am certified like IWC, Omega, Cartier, Breitling. I am excited to join a forum where I see there are lots of young guys who want to learn to fix watches. I will be reading posts whenever possible and give advices, if I have any to give, and learn because no matter how much you know there are always new things to learn both in life and watchmaking.

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Welcome, Umberto. It sounds like you'll fit right into this group.

You mentioned IWC. I really like those watches, especially the vintage caliber 89 type, with the individual bridge layout. Interestingly enough (at least to me) I was in an elevator last week with an older (80'ish) couple as well as a young mover-and-shaker looking young guy (40'ish). The older gent complimented the young guy on his wrist watch, and asked what the make was. The young guy says, "Thanks, it is made by the International Watch Company". I looked at it, noticing it had a very pilot-looking black dial, and asked, "Portugieser". He corrected me and said, "Portuguese". I just went and referenced it and found out that I might have been correct, unless the "r" is silent?

Good looking watch, but too darn big for my wrist and bank account.

Enjoy your stay. Cheers.

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