Hello, I am Robert I am new and this is the first time I have browsed this website. I collect all types of watches and own many, unfortunately, most of my collection would be considered junk watches. These watches do not have much use, but for some reason, I like having them around. I am a novice repairman and plan to take the courses offered on this site. I have a strong wish to increase my knowledge about watches. I can't explain it, but my desire to learn more has increased over time. It is sad that horology is a declining field. Today's electronics have made an impact on this industry. I believe that is why there are so few watchmakers today compared to 40-50 years ago. Thank you for reading this introductory. I better go see what time it is. LOL.
Hello from Portugal,
My name is Rui and I´m a watches enthusiastic, with a collection of almost 100 watches(wristle and pocket, Breitling , Maurice Lacroix, Tag Heuer, Cartier, Tissot, EarnShaw, David Wellington, Cortese, and so one, just to name few ), and I buy and sell watches, however not quite active.
Im a new member and joined at the beginning of this month, date not quite sure, Im patreon and already did the first course and I´m starting the second one/level.
Why am I here? , honestly after being Engineer and teacher for almost 30 yrs(I´m 52 yrs old, now I´m just teaching), Id like to pursue an activity related with watches,that´s what Id like to do, more as an evaluator or repair issues,marketing, and so on.
If someone could advice me about any company, or give any scool where I can pursue an evaluator course is allways welcome.
I wish you all the best,
Hello everyone! I am Santiago and this is the first time for me in a forum. I have always loved watches but since I found an spanish-language facebook group on vintage wristwaches the past year I´ve started to become obsessed with them. They are fascinating.
I came across this forum through the Watch Repair Channel on youtube. I have been searching for a watchmaking school here in Argentina and I couldn´t find any but a couple of places where they give "watch repair" courses. However, I am really interested and until I start attending any of those, I decided to go all by my self in the learning. I´ve been watching youtube videos, reading blogs, and I am even currently reading the Donald De Carle book on watch repairing.
I hope you can all teach me and gide me in the learning process.
I am really happy that I found this forum!
My best wishes to all of you!
I recently replaced a balance staff in a pocket watch and, once assembled, the balance wheel was too tight because the pinion gripped the top jewel. Removing the bridge brought the complete wheel assembly with it and it was quite a job to separate the two without breaking anything.
There's an answer to every (horological) question and I just know it will be found on this site.
Over to you!
Hi from warmish Edmonton, where the winter is almost done - for now!
I'm working on an old grandfather clock for a friend, probably 18th century, that is weight driven. This was overhauled about 20 years ago apparently, and the watchmaker used "catgut" for the cords. These have now hardened and are unusable as they are so stiff. I went on the Perrin's website and they offer catgut but state that this is usually used for clocks with wooden pulleys, however the clock I am working on has all brass pulleys. My question therefore is, should I use catgut, or should I use nylon or other synthetic? I don't think the owner will have a preference for catgut from an authenticity point of view and will be fine with whatever I use.
What would actually happen if I used catgut with brass pulleys? Would nylon or other synthetic damage the brass pulleys over time? If you can give me your thoughts of the pros of cons of both, I'd appreciate it.
Thanks as always.
I’ll apologise in advance...
That statement really piqued my interest. If my maths is right the watch is now right once every six days, instead of twice a day. So it was technically a more accurate timepiece when it wasn’t working at all... I know, I’m a knob, but I find maths interesting!
For the dial issue, what the other people said. Redial, brass based, similar style. Good luck and keep asking the questions, most of us learn as much from the questions other people ask as the ones we do ourselves!
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