You’re traveling to Greece to relax and spend a lot of time in the swimming pool. Of course, you need to bring a watch (or several) with you. The swimming pool is 3 meters deep so a watch that is water resistant up to 30 meters should be ok. Right?
While you’re on the beach in Ibiza, you see people having fun jet-skiing and you want to hop on a jet-ski as well. The watch you’re wearing has a water resistance of 100 meters and you’ll never get that deep on a jet-ski so it should be fine. Right?
In this article, I’ll explain what the different water resistance ratings mean for your watch and what you can safely do with it.
This is a nice early Jumbo Tissot Antimagnetique. The diameter is 38 mm without the crown.
Early Tissot watches, including the Antimagnetique, came with all kinds of evolutions of the Tissot 27, but this one has the base caliber.
The serial number is 1010496 and that dates this watch to 1938 or 1939.
This Tissot needed a service because it was a couple minutes fast, with the regulator in the middle position. It also needed a new crystal and a new crown.
Forgive me for the watch strap that is broken and too small.
This is the first ever WahaWatches round-up post.
A personal selection of the best watch related articles from around the web. I hope you’ll enjoy them.
Click on the picture or on the hyperlink to read the articles.
Worn & Wound – INTERVIEW: MECHANICAL MAGIC WITH ANTIQUARIAN HOROLOGIST BRITTANY COX
There are only two horological conservationists in the United States, and Brittany Cox is one of them.
She’s always busy, 7 days a week, and repairs might take anywhere from a few days to a couple years.
Read about a normal work day as an antiquarian horologist and the challenges that she faces in her work and in her efforts to get others involved in horology.
Source: Worn & Wound – Interview: Mechanical Magic with Antiquarian Horologist Brittany Cox
This is a wonderful vintage Certina Club 2000.
Although it’s one of the lower grade Certinas, it’s still beautifully finished and it has a solid stainless steel case.
All the Certina in-house movements that I’ve encountered are great performers and you can accurately regulate them with the micro-regulator.
Sadly, the 25-66M movement in this Certina wasn’t running.
Certina produced the 25-66M from ’75 till ’77. This Certina has a serial number that consists of 9 digits and that indicates that it’s a ’74+ piece so it’s all adding up.
There were some problems with winding because you could wind it until forever without it ever building up any resistance. If you think that sounds like a broken mainspring, you’re right!
It also had some problems with water resistance because at one time the crystal fogged up during an exceptionally hot day.
This time I’d like to introduce Matthias.
Matthias is an elementary school teacher who started to intensively collect watches about 4 years ago.
He’s the co-administrator of the ‘Horlogefreaks’ Facebook group and he’s also very active in several other Facebook groups and on forums as well.
How did your love for vintage watches come to be?
I’ve always been somewhat of a collector since I was little.
I was fascinated with all kinds of items, knives, stones, old stuff from the basement etc.
During my youth, I had a few “normal” watches, like a Pontiac quartz, a G-shock (because everybody had one at the time ) and later, my first Tissot Couturier quartz which I got from my girlfriend.
My first step into vintage watches was an old English pocket watch I bought (It was a sterling silver fusee watch from around 1880). I tried to wear it, but it stopped all the time.
When I was about 24 years old, I switched to collecting vintage wristwatches.
I started reading about the Speedmaster and decided one day I had to own one.
Since then, things just escalated very quickly.