Interview with Paul Altieri from Bob’s Watches

This is an interview with Paul Altieri.

Paul is the founder and owner of Bob’s Watches, the world’s first and only pre-owned online marketplace for used Rolex watches.

He’s one of the leading Rolex experts in the world, from vintage to modern, and a passionate watch collector himself.

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Watch Talk: What does Beat Error Mean?

The beat error is a hot item on many watch-related forums.

If you look it up, you might find something like: “beat error is an asymmetrical oscillation of the balance wheel”.

Ok, but what does that mean and does it matter?

In this article, I’ll explain what the beat error is and what that means for your watch.

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Watch Talk: What does Amplitude Mean?

You’ve probably heard or read about the amplitude of a watch. Perhaps you read it on one of the forums or you heard your watchmaker talk about it.

In this article, I’ll explain what the amplitude is and what that means for your watch.

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Service: Helvetia With an In-house 830 Movement

This is a charming Helvetia watch, coming from the UK for a service.

It has an in-house movement as most of them do. In this case, it’s the Helvetia 830 with an unusual design.

The ratchet wheel, the crown wheel, and the click are “hidden” underneath an extra cover.  This movement also has an intermediate wheel between the 4th wheel and the sweep second pinion.

It’s always fascinating to see something that isn’t like most movements and it keeps it interesting.

The watch is from the mid 1950s.

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How to Clean a Watch & Strap or Bracelet

Now that you have that watch you’re crazy about, you want to make sure that it stays in the best possible condition. So, it’s important to clean your watch every now and then.

Grime and dirt build up over time. First of all, It looks filthy. But it doesn’t only affect the watch on a cosmetic level.

Dirt on the tube can cause the crown to turn very heavily, for example.

It also adds a layer of grime to your leather strap. That will cause sweaty wrists because the leather won’t be able to breathe.

You also need to think about your water-resistant watch. Chlorine and salt water wreak havoc on the rubber gaskets of your watch so you need to clean it with fresh water as soon as possible if you wore it in the ocean or the swimming pool. If you don’t, the rubber gaskets will dry out and your watch won’t be water resistant anymore.

This article explains how to easily clean your watch and your strap or bracelet.

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