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School Watch 6498- First Experiment with Geneva Stripes

I’ve mentioned in the past that I planned to decorate the bridges of my school watch with the traditional Geneva Stripes finish and I’ve finally discovered a method that works! The Geneva Stripes finish, also known as Côtes de Genève, is a series of arc-grained bars etched lightly onto a highly polished surface, which in […]

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School Watch- Balance Staff for ETA 6498

With both the winding stem and pivot gauge examinations out of the way, which I’m pleased to say that I comfortably passed both, we could move on to making balance staffs. A balance staff is riveted to the balance wheel and becomes its arbor. The balance staff also holds the jewelled roller and the hairspring […]

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6498 School Watch Bridges- Marking, Cutting and Filing

We received some of the first parts for our School Watch a few months back, this included the ETA 6498 blank that is removed from the start of production at ETA specifically for the schools. We receive a blank that has all the bridges marked out and the jewel holes, etc pre-drilled. The next step […]

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Initial Ideas for My School Watch- ETA 6498 Base Calibre

Long before the days of practicing for and completing examinations, I was already thinking about what I might do with the school watch we get to make. We will be using the ETA Unitas 6498 as the base, we receive the movement in kit form and each component has to be either made, finished or […]