Fake Watches – Thoughts

August 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I must admit, the phenomenon of fake watches is something I find very strange. Names like Patek Phillipe, Jaeger LeCoultre, etc. only mean anything because of the quality of the workmanship. If that isn’t present, what’s the point?

Without the quality, the name is meaningless. It might as well be Springfield-Farquad for all it’s worth. Buying a fake, defeats the point entirely. Further I think there is room for some of the fancier complications in a less expensive watch. I do not like quartz movements, but I do not have the income necessary to purchase a high quality swiss watch. This is where less expensive manufacturers can shine, and build a brand for themselves. Perhaps not as highly decorated or carefully finished, but still unique and remarkable timepieces.

An example that comes to mind is this company , Perpetual Watches. They are their own brand, running around $160 for a watch with manual wind and retrograde seconds. The movement is chinese, sold out of Hong Kong. They make no attempt to pretend to be any other manufacturer(at least none that I’m aware of), but to purchase a watch with retrograde seconds from switzerland for such a price is impossible.

They do have a niche formed for themselves, and it is very much my intention to buy one of their watches when the opportunity arrives.

Mainsprings

August 19, 2009 at 11:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I have an old swiss movement on my bench at the moment. I have been attempting to get the mainspring back in the barrel. With some difficulty. The mainspring isn’t original, you see. The original mainspring had a hook end, this is a tee. Sometime in the past, the original was replaced and a hole drilled in the barrel to accomodate the tee. The pin in the barrel wall that retained the original mainspring, however, remains.

Further, my mainspring winder(an old K&D set) does not have a barrel that is a close fit. So the mainspring must expand somewhat when returned to the barrel. Every time I line up the tee with it’s hole, and press the mainspring out of the winder, the end shifts. I have had considerable difficulty getting it properly aligned.

This morning, I was trying to get it back in again. It can be a little fiddly to get the mainspring in the right position in the winder. I finally got it on the arbor, and was winding it into the barrel. As I got near having it wound, a sharp *PUNG* rung out, and the mainspring shot across the room! There is one advantage to having a cat in the room, she immediately spotted the errant mainspring and began playing with it. As such I didn’t need to hunt for it.

The efforts will continue later, and hopefully I will finally get the thing lined up right.

Interesting

August 3, 2009 at 7:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Puzzling! Looks like I haven’t posted here in ages.

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