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Interview with Anthony from No BS Watchmaker

Anthony L. is a Swiss, Rolex, Breitling, Omega, and Jaeger Le-Coultre trained watchmaker and instructor who started working in the watch business at a very young age.

He started the No BS Watchmaker website to share his knowledge and recently, he wrote a book (100% free of BS) aimed at aspiring watchmakers, collectors, and salespeople.

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Interview with Teun from Watches and Pencils

Teun van Heerebeek is a Dutch designer and artist. He’s also a watch lover and in 2015, he decided to combine his two interests: watches and art.

You might have seen his work on Fratello Watches because he’s responsible for the Watches and Pencils series. In this series, Teun often uses humor to create illustrations in a cartoonish way that are familiar to watch geeks.

In 2017, he also launched his very own website and he’s quite active on Instagram.

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In-House vs. Generic, and Everything In Between

There’s probably no telling just how many times I’ve seen the debate about in-house vs. generic movements resurface over and over. Save for people tirelessly pontificating about the superiority of their preferred brand or country of manufacture, there’s hardly any other “usual suspect” among forum topics that’s more off-putting.

Unless I see the discussion head in a direction so wrong, that it hurts to know that it’s still going on, I don’t even chime in any longer.

The killjoys are annoying all the same. Someone buys a new watch, posts it on a forum, and gets replies like “blah, another ETA.” Why on Earth would that be a reason to belittle a watch?

Unless a manufacturer claims that, say, a Soprod with a rotor skeletonized by them is an in-house movement, it’s no reason at all. Well, even if that’s the case, it’s only a reason to debate the ethics of the manufacturer. The watch itself, price tag and marketing not included, is hardly a variable in this equation.

Most of the debate stems from an erroneous notion, that in this particular case, everything’s so black and white sort of clear. This one’s generic, this one’s in-house, and there’s nothing else it could be.

Ummm, no. Wrong.

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Some Burning Omega Speedmaster Questions Answered

During all the time I’ve spent at watch forums, I’ve encountered quite a lot of questions concerning the Speedmaster.

Most just keep repeating, so I’ve decided to create a short guide to them (well, to some of them).

  • Can the running seconds be hacked on a Speedmaster Pro?
  • What’s the deal with the NASA’s approval for the Speedmaster’s use for space flights and EVA (extravehicular activity)?
  • Can a Speedmaster be taken swimming?
  • Where to service a vintage Speedmaster, at Omega or an independent watchmaker?
  • Which is a better choice, the sapphire crystal version, or the hesalite?
  • Is it OK to pay more than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for a limited edition?

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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Wishing you a healthy, happy, and spectacular New Year!

It’s a wrap on 2017 and I’m looking forward to being a part of your 2018 watch adventures.

2017 has been an interesting year. Although I’m more a vintage guy and a fan of mechanical watches, I bought 3 contemporary watches including a quartz watch. Well, technically the Undone has a MechaQuartz movement, the Seiko VK61A.

I didn’t buy a single vintage piece except for a Vostok Amphibia and a Roamer with an MST 414 movement that I intend to restore and eventually sell.

This is an overview of the watches I bought and sold in 2017 and my plans for coming year.

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