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
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 of 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.
Fatima from Sweden sent this unusual Seamaster chronograph with a nice panda dial in. It’s not running properly, and some attention is needed… Continue reading
Mark did the right thing, and after putting his watch through the washing machine, he sent us an email and asked what to do. Time is of the essence, so we gave him the right advice. Continue reading
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 😉
Have a great time with family and friends, and a happy and prosperous 2016, and peace wherever you are.
Christian & Mitka
This Vacheron Constantin came to our workshop from California, and Jeannot sent it in as it wasn’t working any more. The winding stem is broken, so the watch can’t be wound any more. Continue reading
It’s been a good week now, and we have had over 700 responses to our survey. Firstly, a huge “thank you” to everyone who took the time to participate!
The results are interesting, and here we go….
A lot of the dial markers have gone, and there is dirt everywhere. It’s not working, and I wonder of course what will lurk inside.
But let’s start off with the story of the watch, as told my our client, Nick. Continue reading
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 little 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 at 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