Repair: TAG Heuer WE1210-R / ETA 955.412

IMG_6566As you all know, we don’t do quartz watches, but this one if from a parent from my youngest daughters playgroup, so we do make exceptions šŸ˜‰

The poor watch has lost the luminous compound from the hour hand, and the bezel ring has gone awol. Being a TAG, you can’t buy spares as an independent, so we have to get a bit creative here … Continue reading

Valjoux 7750 terminal date change “feature”

Sometimes, it’s hard to understand what engineers were thinking when looking at some watch movement features. One of the worst offenders I can think oIMG_6499f is the otherwise excellent Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement.

Try to change the date with the quick-set function too close to midnight, and you are in for a surprise – a sizeable repair invoice from your watchmaker!

Have a look at this Valjoux 7750. Next to the “14” on the date disc, you can see the brass coloured date change wheel, and the little triangular bit that should advance the date has broken off. You can see the same wheel as the day change wheel on the left and above, with the triangular tip intact.

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A Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

Dear Customers and Readers,

Another year has gone by, and our little workshop is going from strength to strength, thanks to your support and custom. We love what we are doing, and it’s a great pleasure reviving your old watches, and to keep them going.

It’s been a tough year with the Swatch parts boycott kicking in in January, which brings a bit of uncertainty to the whole independent watch sector, but here at WatchGuy, we are quietly confident that the Swiss can’t keep up their unfair practices forever.

But it’s the season of goodwill, and if you celebrate Christmas or not, you will feel some of that festive spirit wherever you are and whatever you are celebrating. We wish all of you and your families a great celebration, with lots of laughs, good food, and maybe the odd watch under the tree.

Even though it appears when you read the press that people in general don’t get along when they come from different backgrounds, here in our workshop, it’s one big family no matter what you believe or where you come from. We have a great relationship with customers from all over the world, and never felt that there is really any difference no matter where you come from. We all cherish our families, and our watch collection šŸ˜‰

Have a great time with family and friends, and a happy and prosperous 2016, and peace wherever you are.

Christian & Mitka

WatchGuy Survey – Swiss Watch Industry

You are of course all aware by now that the Swatch Group will not supply parts to the free trade as of 1/1/2016, just as all the other watch brands have done for quite a while. We are not happy here at WatchGuy, as we believe that you, the customer, should choose where you get your watch serviced or repaired. As the Swatch Group has 72% (counting ETA movements as well) of the Swiss watch market, this will have huge impact.

We have put together a littleĀ survey for Swiss watch customers, and we would really appreciate if you could take the time to fill that in. If we get enough responses, we will submit the results to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry in Biel for discussion. You can contact the Federation directly atĀ their web site contact form if you would like to ask them to make spare parts for all Swiss watches available to the independent trade to allow you to make your own decision on where you want your watch serviced. Continue reading