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

Service: Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean 168.1665 / calibre 8500

IMG_3090I’m sure most of our readers are as curious as I was to get my hands on an 8500 movement for the first time. I had of course seen one before, but so far, no service had been required. So I went out and bought myself a 1 1/2 year old Planet Ocean with box and papers in order to have a good look.

Before opening it, I do a bit of testing. I get a 67 hour 50 minutes power reserve, and that is impressive. The two barrels are doing their work it seems. In terms of accuracy, I am disappointed, as the watch gains 4 to 5 seconds per day, and not at a constant rate. I expected much better from a 1.5 year old 8500. Continue reading

Swatch Group parts policy [with addendum]

As most of our readers will know, the Swatch Group has decided to stop selling spare parts for their watches to independent repairers such as us. This will come into force on 1/1/2016.

This will affect the owners of the following watch brands:

  • Longines
  • Omega
  • Rado
  • Union Glashuette
  • Breguet
  • Harry Winston
  • Blancpain
  • Glashuette Original
  • Jaquet Droz
  • Leon Hatot
  • Tissot
  • Balmain
  • Certina
  • Mido
  • Hamilton
  • Calvin Klein
  • Swatch
  • Flik Flak

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Service: Omega Speedmaster 105.012-64 / calibre 321

IMG_2591I’m sure this post will raise some controversy… John sent in his Speedmaster for a service, and it didn’t look too good. The hands are bent and have lost their luminous compound and lots of their white paint, and the dial markers have been re-lumed with some dark green gunk, which wasn’t even properly applied. So in our book, nothing original to preserve, but a lot of room for improvement. The paint that’s come off the bezel is fine in our book, as the bezel is original – we will leave it as it is. Continue reading