Author: Melvin Hollenberg (page 1 of 19)

FAQ: What is a Ligne in Watchmaking?

Ligne is one of those terms that you may have seen before but not knowing exactly what it means. I certainly had never heard of it before I became interested in watches and watchmaking.

When I did read about it, I didn’t know exactly what it was. I figured it was watchmaker’s jargon and mainly used to try and impress people. It turns out I was wrong.

It’s a term that comes from a rich history of Swiss and French watchmaking and it’s actually still useful today.

So, what is a ligne and why is it important?

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Service: Marchal La Haye with AS 984 Movement

This time a very obscure watch on the bench. I couldn’t find any info about Marchal La Haye.

All I know is that it’s a 1940s dress watch with an AS 984 movement, a lovely dial with a railroad minute track, luminous sword hands, and hooded lugs.

It did run but only intermittently, so it’s in need of a service.

Here we go.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.

Service: Omega Seamaster Cosmic with 601 Movement

This Omega Seamaster Cosmic was a tough call.

The dial, hands, and the front of the case are in good condition but the back looks like it was used as a block plane.

During the inspection, it was immediately clear that it needed a service because the movement was very dirty. I also noticed that the sweep second pinion friction spring needed to be replaced because it was badly distorted. The crystal also needed to be replaced.

Based on the condition, the initial verdict was that this watch wasn’t worth the time and money. The owner would sell it as is.

However, it pains me to see a non-runner. Especially when it’s a watch like an Omega that would be a good runner with some love and one tiny new part. I decided to ask around for a used spring in good condition.

Luckily, I was able to find one so here we go.

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Service: Buren Grand Prix with Buren 1420 Movement

Another Buren Grand Prix on the workbench. I’ve had two close encounters with a Buren Grand Prix before. One of them even had the same movement, the Buren 1420.

This one is from the 1960s and in great condition. The case looks like new and it has the original signed crown. That’s the first time I’ve seen a signed crown on a Buren other than a micro-rotor one (Super Slender).

Sadly, it regularly stopped without an apparent reason and it didn’t keep accurate time. The amplitude was also much too low.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.

What Is a GMT Watch and How Do You Use It?

As far as watch complications go, a lot of them are reminders of earlier times. They were seen as novelties at the time but they’ve since become obsolete. Some of them are even completely pointless (I’m looking at you, moon phase).

Watchmakers still use them because they’ve become part of the design.

The GMT complication, however, is still very useful to display two separate time zones at once.

Not only does this come in handy for people who travel a lot, it also looks badass.

So, what is a GMT watch and how do you use 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.

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