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Restoration Giroxa calibre ETA 2783

A customer sent me his grandfathers old watch hoping I can bring it back to it’s former glory. He knows it’s not a valuable piece, but it has a good quality movement and the dial is good condition.

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Repair Longines calibre 10L

A customer has sent in this lovely Longines calibre 10L from the 1940’s. The balance staff is broken and the watch is not running.

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Service: King Seiko J145-582-E-AD

The King was Seiko’s Daini factories flagship watch that launched in 1961 in response to Suwas factories Grand. This example is in good, untouched original condition, but badly needs a service.

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3D printing watch parts.

Hey everyone, I’m Warren Chang, a fellow WIS and follower of Mitka’s blog. As an avid tinkerer, I have wondered, like many others, if 3D-printing could bring any benefits to the table for watchmakers and watch enthusiasts. 

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Seiko 7s26-02JO Service.

A friend of mine, who is one of the most talented clock makers from the UK, decided to service his trusty Seiko. Clock tools are not ideal for watches so after loosing a cap jewel the project was abandoned. It … Continue reading

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Rolex calibre: 1215 Restoration

A customer has sent in his vintage Rolex cal 1215 in need of some TLC. It’s running like a lame dog and the case is pretty beaten up. The hands have been replaced at one point.

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Service: Rolex Datejust. Calibre 2130

This little Rolex has gotten a good jolt and the crystal is smashed. 

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Wearing a vintage watch.

Most people around me (at work, among my friends or relatives) don’t wear a watch, their phones have in-built time displays that do the same job. Some wear modern smart watches that have tremendous practical functionalities like; e-mail receivers, heart monitors etc. Others wear super robust sports watches, that can easily survive being dropping off a cliff and then thrown into the ocean. A few even have mega expensive brand watches, that show off their good taste (or lack of). To be honest wearing a vintage watch is not the best way of telling the time. Most quartz watches are 100 times more accurate, than even the most accurate mechanical watch. Most vintage watches have poor water and shock resistance compared to a Casio G-shock. As for showing off wealth (in most cases) a mid 60’s Omega Seamster in excellent original condition would cost you approximately £800-1200 compared to a new Seamster that starts at £3K. Vintage watches in daily use also require routine service intervals, that can turn expensive when non existent parts need replacing. Continue reading

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Eterna Rescue! Calibre 1448

A client has sent in this unusual black dialled Eterna calibre 1448, It was found in the bottom of a tool box at a car boot sale! The dial is covered in oil and it’s not running.

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Service: Citizen 150m Diver 68-5372

A client has sent in his Citizen Diver for a service. It’s not keeping time and looks fairly beaten up.

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