Hands on – Sartory Billard SB-02

Sartory-Billard is not a new brand, the SB02 is their second release as the name suggests, the RPM01 was a popular model when it was released.

Reasons to get your watch serviced

Reasons to service a watch – I decided to replace a movement in a watch for sale, had picked up a vintage pierce AS1700 (gold version) that I thought had great potential Before the service , after a bit of adjustment the best I could get was +11 seconds / low amplitude (208) / beat…

Servicing old movements and amplitude

I was fortunate enough recently to get my hands on some New Old Stock (NOS)  ‘A Schild’ automatic movements that I can use to build some watches. These movements were produced between 1960 and 1969 which makes them 50 years old – there is a good chance that the oils and greased may be a…

Omega Speedmaster reduced crown replacement – tricks

This is one of those jobs that sounds easy – but as watch repair goes has a blip in proceedings  The reduced speed is a cracking watch – and is a must for original parts at all times. The movement is an eta based 2892 so the stem part is easy enough to find from…

Ikepod number 2 finished and back to life 

This was more of a repair and build project than a straight service. The customer had spent years scouting the internet for parts to bring this back to life one day. The first job was to inspect the parts for damage, and missing bits. A service of the base Valjoux 7750 movement was very encouraging…

Brellum launch a new ‘Pandial’ range, how can you choose one?

Sébastien Muller has done it again, but this time very quietly – if you ignore that a few Pandials have been at Worn and Wind, on display on request in New York. The Pandial range available on his website has four base options with a host of different combinations – all featuring the Aluminium Tachymeter…

The Astrohelm from Advisor watches has a few days left on kickstarter

The Astrohelm is a watch that is a tribute to the heritage of watches in a couple of ways. Firstly the California Dial (Cali) has been around since the 1930’s, secondly the case design style sits firmly in the same time frame between 1936 – 1940 with the Italian designed Radomir 1940

A custom made DHodge dive watch for a private customer #MPBSP50

Most jobs I love when it comes to my time with watches / time pieces, but custom made projects are a bit special. This job was was a real challenge as it saw a few interesting challenges, and it was an opportunity to design a custom made dial from scratch and then have it produced….