Watchmaking Articles

What is a Watches Mechanical Movement?

The watch movement or calibre is often considered as the heart of a watch, powering all of the functions and movements of the watch including the chronograph, alarms and any complications. The movement is made up of a collection of intertwined springs, coils and gears that work together beautifully to turn energy into precise regulated movements.

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Published on Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Quartz Movements, What are they?

A watch movement or calibre is often considered the heart of the watch, the engine to the machine. Within all watches there are a complex network of parts that power the hands of the watch and any further instruments that need powering including chronographs, tachymeters etc.

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Published on Saturday 19th of February 2022

The Co-Axial Escapement

A watches movement is the beating heart of a watch, being relatively unchanged for centuries, until British watch maker George Daniel’s invented the Co-Axial Escapement. Simply put the escapement of a mechanical watch is the heart of the watch and maintain the oscillations of the balance, which is the watches regulating mechanism. George had a vision of creating and escapement that reduced the amount of friction between the moving parts, meaning that the watch would need less servicing and a increased level of accuracy.

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Published on Wednesday 26th of January 2022

How to set your Rolex Datejust

Originally introduced into the Rolex collection in 1945 the Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic models available on the watch market. It was the first wristwatch to have a date complication that changed itself at midnight, meaning that 'the date is always just' and providing the watch with its name; the Datejust. Later in 1953 the Datejust was given one of its iconic features, the cyclops lens and a small magnifying lens over the date and helping the wearer to see the date better. Learn how to set the Rolex Datejust here.

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Published on Sunday 16th of January 2022

Swiss Made, What does it mean?

Many luxury watches have the mark ‘Swiss-Made’ on the dial of their watch but lots of people do not fully understand or even know what this means. Watches with this mark usually cost more than those that do not have it on.  

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Published on Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Rolex Chromalight vs Superluminova

An integral component to a Rolex watch is how well it works in little or no light. Look at any Rolex divers watch for instance; if it didn’t glow in the dark it would be useless as a dive watch. A diver depends on how legible that watch is in murky waters. The same goes for watches worn for other adventures, such as mountaineering or cave exploring. A big selling point of the first Explorer watch was its ability to tell the time in the dark.

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Published on Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

Roger W. Smith OBE – Watchmaker

Roger Smith was born in 1970, in Bolton, near Manchester, England. From a very early age was interested in machinery rather than the normal subjects at school. He showed more of a practical side at school than an academic side and at the age of 16, after advice from his father, he enrolled in the Manchester School of Horology. On the first day he was hooked and progressed so well he received the British Horology Institute’s Bronze medal for obtaining the highest mark of the year, also finishing the top his class.

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Published on Wednesday 27th of October 2021

British Made Watch Brands

Great Britain has always been heavily involved in the invention and development of timepieces from the very first days dating back over two hundred years. Starting with Robert Hooke’s balance spring from 1664 and Thomas Mudge’s lever escapement from 1755, then all the way to John Harwood’s automatic winding mechanism from 1924 and George Daniels coaxial escapement being the latest improvement.

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Published on Thursday 21st of October 2021

John Harwood (Watchmaker)

John Harwood was born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, in July 1893. During World War 1 he served as an armoury staff sergeant and showed his technical skills in developing an automatic pistol and an impact-turning screwdriver.

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Published on Tuesday 12th of October 2021

British School of Watchmaking – Manchester

Horology is the study of the measurement of time and this can be learnt at the British School of Watchmaking in Sale, Manchester.Nick Towndrow and Gordon Bryan set up the school, in 2004, after seeing there was a shortage of watchmakers in the UK to service the increasing number of complex mechanical watches out there.

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Published on Wednesday 6th of October 2021

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