If you have read my last post, you know that I’m working on a watch parts database. After some slightly sleep-deprived nights, the first version is live for testing. Don’t be surprised if the site goes up and down a bit, but I guarantee that all data you enter will be safe, and is backed up nightly. So nothing you enter will get lost.
Give it a go at watchparts.org.uk!
If you have any stock of spare parts, please register, and upload your stock. You can do that with a CSV file, or enter line by line. If a manufacturer is missing, let me know, and I will add it for you. It’s beta testing time…
In the next week, I will develop a search functionality (at the moment, you get to see a list of all parts available on the database, which is fine for a couple of thousand), and add other bits and bobs. If you have Ronda staffs, enter them as manufacturer Ronda, and the Ronda staff number as the manufacturer part number, and voila, they will end up in a list of all Ronda staffs with dimensions and compatible movements. Winding stems to follow…
Everyone working with watches knows the problem: spare parts. Especially for older watches, it can be really hard to find the right part. Never mind the right price.
I know that every watchmaker in the world sits on a huge amount of parts. A lot of these never get used, people don’t even know what they have (I am a bit guilty here as well), and when they give up working, the parts often end up on the tip, never to be seen again.
Some people are out there collecting the parts and selling them on Ebay, and I’m forever indebted to their effort. Continue reading
In case you didn’t know, we offer a “buy with confidence” service.
At times, this can come in handy, as one of our clients found out. He bought a very nice looking Omega Constellation, with a stellar description by the seller.
Let’s see what’s inside. Continue reading
IWC made the calibre 854B movement starting around 1970.
This movement was used for the famous “Ingenieur” series. Continue reading
I do like Vacheron Constantin movements – they are very well made, and very intricate. What puts me off is that I can’t get any spare parts whatsoever. I can buy brake parts for an Aston Martin that speeds along at 250 km/h freely, but buying spare parts for VC watches is apparently too dangerous for the public…
So, I have to dive in without any recourse to parts. Continue reading
Just in case you haven’t discovered it yet – our biggest asset on this site is our vast photo library. We have over 2000 watches in here, with detailed photos for every one of them. I hear it’s quite popular with other watchmakers who can’t remember which screw goes where 😉 Continue reading
I’m sure there are at least 101 out there!
Got a nice email today:
Just read the rest of you’re bull not working on reps ,got watch maker local who is interested in the movement ,there not all full of crap
No “Hi”, no “Best regards”, just like that. Oh well, some people are strange …
As I reply to every email we get, I write back:
I guess you have proven the point – that’s exactly why we don’t do replica watches. It’s the owners, not the watches 😉
I thought that that answered the query, and sit back to do my work. But no, he comes back again, without a hello, and without a good-bye (this really is the complete email):
What a load of nonsense you really have deep rooted problems its not the watch its a swiss movement I really and my watchsmith can’t understand your problems ,banging on about all the sob story crap ,why not say don’t work on reps no drama . I own gen omega and Rolex but reps are so good why pay three four grand for Pam lumina when for four hundred you would not have a clue ,I certainly don’t agree with criminal activities of trying to sell them ! And you think every rep watch owners the same ~ some very sad people along with great ones that do your job.
I couldn’t have made the point better myself. And that’s why we don’t want to deal with owners of fake watches 😉
Update: Here is the next missive:
So point is lm a bad person is that right , l was pointing out there’s no need for the long winded crap ,and would have liked to know why its about $100~125 in US .
Now I am completely lost…
This is the first Nomos Delta movement we’ve had in the workshop, and I’ve always wanted to get my hands on one.
This one has a power reserve (Gangreserve) indication in the little circle at 1 o’clock. The black visible in the slot indicates the state of the power reserve, so it’s powered down at the moment. Continue reading
Time waits for no one, and as in the rest of the world, things at WatchGuy move along as well. And I’ve already managed to get a Bowie and a Stones reference in!
Mitka joined me over three years ago as an apprentice, and I am proud to say that he has become a good watch repairer in that time. Those who follow this blog know that he now has a lovely daughter with his fiancee. So it’s no surprise that Mitka wants to do his own thing…
Within the next months, he will move away to the South of England, and start up his own business, which is a very exciting development indeed! His new web site (mitka.co.uk) is already up and running, and once you have given him some time to do up his new workshop, he will accept maintenance and repair work. Expect that to happen around August this year. Our regular readers will have seen his posts, and share my support for the quality of his work. Not that I should entice my own clients away from me, but please feel free to contact him for any work you would like to be carried out on your watches later this year.
But we aren’t done with changes yet!
In March, an old school friend of mine (we did A-Levels together 35 years ago), Johannes, joined the team at watchguy.co.uk. With a strong mechanical background, which includes a career as an airline pilot, Johannes has decided to join us for a little career change. Things are going really well, the first Rolex has been successfully serviced, hands have been re-lumed, hairsprings have been straightened, and I’m very confident that he will have the same success in learning the trade that Mitka had.
As we have a bit of space in the new workshop, we will probably take on another apprentice or a trained watch repairer later in the year. If you are interested, give us a shout!