Master Watchmaker Work Placement- Summer 2012

I finished school for the Summer break around a month ago and as part of my contract with my sponsor/employer I’m required to do a 2 week work placement during this period with a Master Watchmaker. It was decided that I would be working alongside the company’s Technical Trainer, he not only possesses all the […]


ETA 6498- Riveting and Poising a balance wheel

We continued our preparation for the Escapement exam, learning how to rivet a 6498 balance staff and how to poise a balance wheel. We would also learn how to remove the balance staff from the wheel and how to fit/remove the roller. All of the above are just a few of the things that will […]


The Oiling Plate- Shock Settings- Incabloc, KIF and Duo Fix

The Gear Train exam was now complete, I achieved a comfortable pass although my mark was much lower than I had expected, so we could move on to preparing for the Escapement exam. The escapement regulates the timekeeping of a watch and is therefore extremely important. Its probably the most complex part of a movement […]


A Quick Fix- Seiko Yellow BFK Kinetic Diver

I snapped this one up for just £10, it wasn’t keeping time correctly and the second hand was jumping in 4 second increments. The owner was quoted an astronomical figure for a service and decided to let it go for a bargain price. I was fortunate enough to be the one that got the bargain […]