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18 Essential Tools to Start With Watchmaking

You’ve decided to give watchmaking a go.

Maybe because you’re already into watches and you want to add another layer to your hobby. Perhaps you’ve always liked to repair and fix stuff and watches are another challenge.

Either way, you need tools but every time you visit one of the online warehouses you’re overwhelmed with the huge supply of different tools and equipment. What do you need and do you need it right away?

This is a list of tools which are absolutely essential to start with watchmaking. You can always buy more tools when you gain more experience or when you need something specific (and believe me, you will).

I initially included links to Cousins UK because that’s where I buy all my tools and parts. However, I didn’t realize that you need to create an account, otherwise the links don’t work.

I don’t want to force anyone to create an account so I’m linking to Ofrei and Esslinger now.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I've been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.I send out an email newsletter with the newest articles and the best tips about vintage watches, restorations and collecting.

Watch Happening – Best of the Blogs – September 2017

Another month has passed by and that means it’s time for a new Watch Happening.

This my personal selection of the best watch related articles from all over the web.

Click on the picture or on the hyperlink to read the articles.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I've been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.I send out an email newsletter with the newest articles and the best tips about vintage watches, restorations and collecting.

All You Need to Know About Water Resistant Watches

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?

Both wrong.

In this article, I’ll explain what the different water resistance ratings mean for your watch and what you can safely do with it.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I've been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.I send out an email newsletter with the newest articles and the best tips about vintage watches, restorations and collecting.

Service: Tissot Antimagnetique Jumbo Cal. 27

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.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I've been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.I send out an email newsletter with the newest articles and the best tips about vintage watches, restorations and collecting.

Watch Happening – Best of the Blogs – August 2017

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

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I've been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.I send out an email newsletter with the newest articles and the best tips about vintage watches, restorations and collecting.
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