Introducing the WahaWatches Shop
It’s been a bumpy ride, but it’s my pleasure to announce that the WahaWatches shop is open for business.
In it, you can find excellent handmade watch straps, high-quality ISO Swiss spring bars, and donor movements.
We offer a selection of handmade German straps made by Graf and Di-Modell.
The Di-Modell straps are made of high-quality calfskin with an anti-allergic lining. The Graf straps are made of extremely supple ox leather. We promise you that they’re the most comfortable straps you’ve ever tried.
WahaWatches focusses on affordable mechanical watches with great bang for the buck, and the same goes for the watch bands we sell. All of them are affordable, but they offer fantastic value for the money.
Donor movements have become extremely valuable to watchmakers. Notably to those who work with vintage watches.
Many parts have become obsolete, or they’re rare and therefore expensive. So, it makes sense to buy a second-hand movement to pull parts from if you need them.
Especially if you’ll likely need more than one part or you need an expensive part like a new balance complete.
We have about 600 donor movements in stock, but so far only a tiny percentage has been added to the shop.
I’ll continue to add movements, but if you need something special, please let me know. There’s a good chance I’ll be able to find what you need.
Spring bars are, for now, the only items that we offer in the accessories category. Probably one of the most underrated parts of your watch.
Perhaps you could save a few bucks on cheap ones, but if one of them fails, your watch will crash to the floor.
Why would you risk your watches with substandard parts?
All our ISO Swiss spring bars are made of 316L stainless steel with a diameter of 1.80 mm. Excellent for most watches.
Plans for the future
Tools and consumables for watchmakers
In the future, we want to focus more on the hobby watchmaker. That means that we’ll be adding tools, equipment, and consumables so you can buy everything you need in one place, without the choice overload.
Which screwdrivers are best for the hobby watchmaker? What oils do you need when you want to start with watchmaking? These sort of things.
I’ve always been fascinated with books. That’s why I like to add books about (hobby) watchmaking and collecting watches. Many of them were written a while ago, but they’re still relevant.
For example, Henry B. Fried wrote The Watch Repairer’s Manual in 1961, but it’s still extremely valuable. In general, repairing watches remains the same. Technology and the available tools and equipment might be different but putting a watch in beat, for example, is still the same.
Practical Watch Repairing by Donald de Carle is also an excellent book.
The two books mentioned above will be a huge help if you want to tinker with watches, but there are many more interesting watch-related books.
We’ll write more articles about watch straps and how to combine them with different types of watches. During the research, no doubt we’ll find out that we’re missing watch straps so you can expect the collection to grow — more colors, different styles, different types of leather, etc.
Watch straps won’t be the top focus of the store, but we want to offer a decent collection with something for everyone.
Are you missing something important? Would you like us to add something? Let me know in the comments below.