By Rob Berkavicius (Rob B)With photographs byPaul Delury With the constant barrage of high-pressure advertising forced on us as we try to go about our everyday lives, we occasionally wistfully think of days gone by, when times were more relaxed and simpler. Nowadays, we poor consumers need to be... Read more
Watch Movement Measuring Systems The following information on watch sizes and the conversion tables is taken directly from the 1957 Watch Material Distributors Association of America Catalog (just laboriously re-typed into html format!). This is the most comprehensive set of tables and information I have seen on the subject.... Read more
G’day TZners, I recently scoured my motley timepiece collection in search of another subject for my watchmaking practice. I chose a watch that was a little bit different. Once again, I worked on this watch under the watchful eye of fellow TZner Rob B. Here is the subject of... Read more
Invicta Seconds Hand Mystery Explained by Rob Berkavicius (Rob B) andPaul Delury (Gumby) Following the ongoing discussion about the so-called “problem” with the apparent hesitation or pausing of the second hand on some models of Invicta watches, Paul and myself have decided to find out what is really happening... Read more
I’ve been looking for way to extend the macro capability of my digital camera for a while. I had tried other methods, including shooting through photographic loupes, and magnifiers, but the quality I got wasn’t great, and it was difficult to control. Recently I remembered that photographic enlarging lenses... Read more
Russian Mechanical Alarm & Perpetual Calendar Watches By Paul Delury History The Sekonda Mechanical Alarm is produced by the Poljot (“Flight”), First Moscow Watch Factory. “Sekonda” is the name used on Poljot’s export watches, and thus the words “Made In Russia” do not adorn the dial on these timepieces.... Read more
  by Rob Berkavicius (Rob B)Pics by Paul Delury When someone mentions the name “Omega Speedmaster”, the first thing that springs to mind for many of us is “moonwatch”, and the associated image of a large stainless steel chronograph with its distinctive white hands and lettering on a black... Read more
83 Jewels Too Many?…Continued A watch that many will be familiar with is the Hamilton Grade 992 Railroad pocket watch. It serves as an example of the technically best way to functionally-jewel a manual wind time-only watch to the optimum level. All jewels serve a useful function, all wearing... Read more
12 size Grade 912 Hamilton Pocket Watch The animation may take a little time to fully load (file size 421K) Read more
By Paul Delury The Hamilton line of chronographs are considered to be “entry-level” Swiss chronographs. They are some of the least expensive watches employing the ubiquitous Valjoux 7750 auto chronograph movement. In fact, as both Hamilton and Valjoux/ETA are owned by the Swiss SMH conglomerate, you could say that... Read more
12 size Waltham Colonial A movement The animation may take a little time to fully load (file size 1.56Mb) Read more
By Paul Delury   Presented for your viewing pleasure, or otherwise as the case may be, are six watches, each with something just that bit different about them. You won’t find these on too many people’s wrists, some with good reason. I have had an interest in the more... Read more
Cyma Clocks  Many of the Swiss watch companies had a clock or two in their product line, and some of them are now thought of as collector’s items, particularly those made by Omega, the Atmos clocks by Jaeger le Coultre, and Accutron tuning fork clocks made byBulova.Here are a... Read more
Text by Rob Berkavicius (Rob B) Photographs by Paul Delury For decades, watches of less than 15 jewels have been considered by many to be “low end” and only suitable for those poor souls who could not afford anything better. This belief continues today, even among collectors of mechanical... Read more
G’day TZners, Having been intrigued by the wooden dials used in some Hamilton watches, I have had a hankering to attempt to make one myself. I decided to use a 12 size Elgin pocket watch as my guinea pig, both as it would probably be easier to work on... Read more
by Rob Berkavicius (Rob B) and Paul Delury (Gumby) Here in Australia, it is relatively unusual to see American vintage watches come in for repair or service. Most vintage wristwatches we see here are Swiss, andpocket watches Swiss or English.In my 25 or so years of collecting and repairing,... Read more
Quiz 1 Below you will see pictures of watches on the left, and close-up sections of watch movements on the right. They have been jumbled up – none of the watches are next to their correct movements. Your task is to match the movements to the correct watches. There... Read more
G’day TZners, Having read a lot of good reports about the crystal polishing product Polywatch of late, I obtained a tube to see just how good it was. For the past couple of years I have been polishing the acrylic crystals on my vintage watches with an automotive metal... Read more
G’dayTZners,I have been taking some close-up pictures once again. This time I concentrated on the different styles of regulators found on an assortment of watch movements. It’s quite incredible to see the diversity of methods and devices employed by the different manufacturers, both vintage and contemporary, to accomplish the... Read more
Quiz 2 Here are ten watches and movements jumbled up. No watch is opposite its correct movement. Match each watch to the correct movement. Watch #1 …………………………………………………………. Movement #1 Watch #2 …………………………………………………………. Movement #2 Watch #3 …………………………………………………………. Movement #3 Watch #4 …………………………………………………………. Movement #4 Watch #5 …………………………………………………………. Movement #5... Read more
byRob Berkavicius (Rob B)   Of all the Watch Repairer’s tools, screwdrivers are by far the most extensively used, and the simplest to maintain. Yet, their apparent simplicity leads them to be much neglected in the area of tool maintenance.Little detracts from the look of a watch movement more... Read more
A Jewel Among Watch Levers by Rob Berkavicius (Rob B) If you ever opened up an old Bulova from the 1930’s or so, you may have been pleasantly surprised to find it contained a Cal. 10AN movement, which is really a FHF 3 in disguise (Fabrique d’Horologerie de Fontainemelon... Read more
Quiz 3 – Pocket Watches Here are ten pocket watches and movements jumbled up. No watch is opposite its correct movement. Match each watch to the correct movement. Watch #1 ………………………………………………………. Movement #1 Watch #2 ………………………………………………………. Movement #2 Watch #3 ………………………………………………………. Movement #3 Watch #4 ………………………………………………………. Movement #4 Watch... Read more
A short while ago I acquired this circa 1964 Hamilton Dateline T-477 Thin-o-matic, and was wondering what movement it housed in the one-piece case. Well, the day has arrived for the me to delve into the inner sanctum of this mystery. My crystal lift tool finally arrived, and I... Read more
Match the Lugs Below are close-up pics of various watch lugs. See if you can match them to the watches listed. 1950’s Omega Seamaster 1930’s Waltham 1960’s Tudor Prince Oysterdate 1920’s Bulova 1967 Accutron 218 1960’s Hamilton Thin-o-matic 1960’s Hamilton Sea-lectric II Lug 1 Lug 2 Lug 3 Lug... Read more
G’day TZners,I obtained this 1920’s Bulova watch in a hinge-back case about half a year ago. It was running about 6 minutes fast per day, making it a good candidate for a servicing. This is a small watch, but is not out of the ordinary for a man’s timepiece... Read more
The Tissot “Astrolon” Plastic Watch by Rob Berkavicius (Rob B) andPaul Delury (Gumby) While digging through the junk box at my local watch materials supply house, I found a plastic bag containing two “el-cheapo” looking watch movements. My first reaction was “quartz junk”, but as I flung them back... Read more
Identify the Logos Below is a selection of movement manufacturer’s logos. Can you identify the manufacturers?   Logo 1 Logo 2 Logo 3 Logo 4 Logo 5 Logo 6 Logo 7 Logo 8 Logo 9 Logo 10 Logo 11 Logo 12 Click here to see the answers. Read more
G’day TZners, There has been a fair amount of discussion on the TZ Vintage Forum regarding the replacement of old luminous material in watch hands, and I was interested in having a go at doing it myself. I have owned this 1920’s Bulovahingeback watch for some time now, and... Read more
D.I.Y. Watch Dials by Rob Berkavicius (Rob B) Before you fall out of your chair in horror at the thought of home-made dials, let me explain why I make my own dials. Although I collect watches, my main interest is in collecting and restoring old watch movements. This is... Read more
Restoring and Replating a Watch Caseby Rob Berkavicius (Rob B) How many of us collectors of vintage watches own pieces that don’t get worn, or never go in our display cases because they look beaten up? Well believe it or not, it isn’t very hard to restore a watch... Read more