For a good decade, my father had decided that wrist watches weren’t for him, and he took off his Rado, and decided that he wanted something that he could have in his pocket. A traditional pocket watch wasn’t his thing, so he went for a Stowa Convertible. As the Stowa factory at that time was only 20 miles from where we lived, his local jeweller, where he bought the watch, would have stocked their watches.
The name “Stowa” is very much a child of its time, the 1920s. German manufacturers loved to name their companies after them, but didn’t want to be too blunt. So Walter Storz, the founder of Stowa, took the first two letters of this surname, and the first three of his first name, and that was it. Other examples of this are “Haribo” (Hans Riegel, Bonn) or Adidas (Adi Dassler). Continue reading
Amanda sent in her Nomos, and as my regular readers know, I’m quite fond of Nomos watches. It’s the design and simplicity that I like. Very Bauhaus, not only in looks, but also in spirit. Continue reading
What do you look for in a chronograph watch? For me, size is a big issue, as I have a tiny wrist. On top of that, I like a date on my watch, and of course an hour recorder. Also, I like automatic watches, and a fly-back might be nice … With all those requirements, I’m moving swiftly into the £5,000 range of chronographs. Few will have those functions (Zenith 400Z, …), and the size requirement is out of the door.
Enter left the Seiko 7016-nnnn series. They come in many case shapes and sizes (Monaco style square cases, etc.), but for me, it’s the 7016-800n that appeals to me. Lovely dial, and 37mm width including the crown (which is sunken). Continue reading
One of our oldest clients, and probably the most prolific contributor to this blog, died last month from a heart attack at his home. We shared lots of emails and Google+ exchanges about anything technical, and of course all sorts of watch related topics.
His sharp and inquisitive mind will be sadly missed by us, and I am sure also by our readers.
Rest in peace, Richard.
Andrew sent us this Heuer Autavia, and it’s running way too fast – about 5 minutes per hour. Usually, this happens if the hairspring is too short, e.g. two windings stick together, or it’s touching somewhere… Continue reading
Steve sent in his EternaMatic Triple Date for a service. This watch has quite a few complications:
- moon phase
- 3 register chronograph
- 24 hour hand
- sub-second hand
- hacking second
- quick-set date
- quick-set moon phase
- quick set day
From the top: the top sub-dial shows the day of the week on the left, and the month on the right. A lot of triple dates require you to manually forward the month, but this one does it automatically on every 31st. If the month is shorter, you have to advance the date by hand. It also has a hand for the minute recorder of the chronograph.
The sub dial at 9 o’clock has a short hand showing a 24 hour display (just in case you can’t tell if it’s day or night) and a longer second hand.
The date is shown by a central date hand with a crescent shaped red end.
The sub dial at 6 o’clock shows the moon phase, and the hour recorder hand. A total of 8 hands!
This lovely Omega came all the way from Norway, and is in need of a service. The owner also would like the luminous compound on the dial replaced, as it’s starting to flake off. Continue reading
Haydn sent in this Patek Philippe for a service. The power reserve is very low, and it doesn’t run reliably, and I can’t pick up a signal on the timegrapher. Continue reading
This Oris came over from the US, and Van sent it in. The power reserve hand turns freely, so there doesn’t seem to be any connection. Continue reading
Mitka saw this watch on eBay, and as he knows that I quite like Accurist watches, he pointed it out to me. The seller claimed that these watches were never sold, as the screw-down crown violated the Rolex patent at the time, so the watches were destroyed. A nice story, but I couldn’t find out if that was true or not. I’ve written to Accurist, but haven’t gotten a reply so far. Continue reading