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Watchmaking 101: how to use calipers

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Watchmaking 101: how to use calipers

Calipers, often overlooked, often misunderstood. I have been around these things since I was a child. Many of you readers already know that my dad is a goldsmith and he uses these all the time. We have over 20 laying around the house and it took  me until 2018 to understand how these things work.  In short: an analog caliper is used to measure a distance/thickness. HOW DFQ DO YOU USE THEM? Wel you put the thing you wand to measure between the blades. The 0 will give you the rough measurement. In this case +-13mm. But how to get...

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Watchmaking 101: the apocalypse setup

Watchmaking 101: the apocalypse setup

In these dark times of lock down we get the time to think an thinker around. After a few dm's about watchmaking I decided it was time to start this series: watchmaking 101 where I'll show some of my vintage and new tools as well as some tricks I learned on the way. Just to be clear: I know my way around a watch but I am not a 'classically schooled' watchmaker.  The most asked question: what are the essential watch tools? Well.. take a look at the picture. This is in fact my 'apocalypse' setup. The things I would...

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One watch, one man, lots of stories: Heuer Autavia - 11063v

One watch, one man, lots of stories: Heuer Autavia - 11063v

This is the story of a Heuer autavia with the refrence 11063v and a caliber 12. Inherited by a little kid called Max. Max is Dutch guy with a passion for watches and photography and this Heuer did really kickstart his collecting life like a madman. Let us all be honest for a second, who would not want a Heuer with a stardust dial and diver bezel for free when you were still a kid? This is the story through the eyes of Max:  My grandpa always was a hard worker, been a car mechanic and a firefighter for years. He...

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Collectors favorite #10: Eric Wind

Collectors favorite #10: Eric Wind

In this collectors favorite we talk with one of the mvp's in the vintage watch world. Hodinkee, Christie's, volunteer at the White house, you name it. Many of you readers probably already know his name or have heard somebody talk about him. This is in fact with good reasoning, all I can say is: Enjoy the read, this is not a fairytale, this man, his story  and these watches are real.  Editors note: A big thank you to Isaac Wingold for being my wingman for this collectors favorite, I am beyond grateful for this opportunity. Who are you? Hi Bert!...

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Restoration project #1: Rolex 6564 cal. 1030 Part 3: Case done, Dial done

Restoration project

Restoration project #1: Rolex 6564 cal. 1030 Part 3: Case done, Dial done

Update time!  We are almost done in fact, just waiting on a few parts for the movement as we speak. But what did I do in the mean time? Well here we go: 1) I did fit in a new pendant tube. Remember that the crown did not hold in place? Well both the thread of the crown and the old pendant tube were worn down. I like the crown so I chose to keep it and replace the pendant tube. The crown does now screw in again! I can show you a photo of the new pendant tube, but...

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