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How not to open a watch

Monday, August 29th, 2016

  Whatever you do, don’t open a watch like this. They are delicate machines; hammering into one, jammed up against a door frame, makes a watch collector cry. The proper tools cost about $10 to $15 on eBay or Amazon. by

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Apple Watch

Friday, March 20th, 2015

A couple of days ago, Apple announced the Apple Watch.  To be honest, I think they are just the ugliest things out there, but I wanted to do a more objective comparison of what you get when you buy an Apple watch, as opposed to a Seiko.  Since Seiko’s line is so huge, I decided […]

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State of the Collection, September 2010

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Still working on my Speedmaster review (there is a lot to say about a fine time piece).  For now, I wanted to summarize my current collection, including what band/bracelet everything is on.  So, click above to see my collection.  All of the watches above are in the current rotation.  I have a few that are […]

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Amazing day…getting a Speedmaster, for real

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Got an e-mail from, saying I won a sweepstakes for an Omega Speedmaster!  Well, I remember signing up for this a few weeks ago, and I guess someone has to win.  I called the company, and sure as heck, it’s real!  I am not sure which model it is, exactly, but I believe it […]

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Watch lover’s nightmare

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

In the last 6 months or so, Oakbrook Center Mall (in Illinois) went from being a watch lover’s mecca to almost a desert. They have lost, in order: Bailey Banks & Biddle Swatch company store Movado company store Mont Blanc company store Bailey Banks and Biddle went out of business earlier this year.  Swatch and […]

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Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I pulled this old friend out of the junk heap and decided to give it another chance.  I put is on a $5.00 nylon band which does 2 things.  1)  It keeps the base metal away from my skin, making it wearable again and 2) it gives it a really military look, which compliments the […]

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Think I found out something…

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I was looking at my “Speedmaster” and I think I finally found out what the movement really is. Mine It is definitely not a Seagull movement, but a DG3836 from Man Power Technologies, Guangdong Province, China.  This is around where the watch was made and has all the features of the movement.  Automatic, with day […]

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Two interesting articles on watch movements

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Came across this article about Rolex movements: THE ROLEX EXPLORER REF. 14270 by Walt Odets Among the watches in Rolex’s current production, the Oyster Perpetual Explorer (Ref. 14270, but known popularly as “The Explorer 1”) stands in the lower-middle segment of the stainless steel line: a COSC certified center-seconds caliber 3000, without date, retailing for […]

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Why do I want more watches?  Why? This one is just calling to me. I know it is a Rolex Submariner homage, but it is a pretty one. It is an Orient 2ER00004D, a hair over $100, just $110 on Amazon.  It looks remarkably like the Rolex 16613. As you can see, on the wrist, […]

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Planned obsolescence

Monday, November 9th, 2009

I was at Target today (not our normal one) and I went past the jewelery counter with a sign that says they will no longer offer watch battery replacements or watch band swaps.  Wow, way to go to save the earth.  Every watch there is a quartz watch that will certainly outlive its battery and […]

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