Top 17 Vintage Chronographs from Unknown Brands

Vintage Chronographs from Unknown Brands

Every vintage chronograph tells not just the time, but a story of the era and place it came from. Collecting chronographs is collecting history. Perhaps you are lucky enough to have some impressive timepieces in your collection already, but are looking to expand both your collection and your knowledge of vintage watches. In this article, I’m going to share some striking chronographs with you from … Read more

Chasing Time: Vintage Wristwatches for the Discerning Collector Review

Chasing Time: Vintage Wristwatches for the Discerning Collector Review

I recently picked up a copy of Chasing Time: Vintage Wristwatches for the Discerning Collector by Alistair Gibbons. You might be familiar with Gibbons’ work; he writes articles over at and he owns the popular ATG Vintage Watch Forums. I have always enjoyed Gibbons’ articles online, so I was eager to check out his hardback book. What Does Chasing Time Explore? In Chasing Time, … Read more

How to Demagnetize a Watch

How to demagnetize a watch

Choosing the right watch for the occasion has always been important. If you’re going to a fancy dinner, or you’re going diving, or you’re going for a run, or you’re traveling internationally… you might choose very different watches for each situation. One thing that usually doesn’t come into consideration is whether or not you’ll be in the proximity of magnetic fields. Not going into the … Read more

Are Vintage Watches Reliable, Rugged and Waterproof?

Are vintage watches reliable?

If you are attracted to the idea of collecting vintage watches, you may wonder how viable they are. Will you need to leave them always safely in their display cases at home, or can you wear them out and about? Will they offer you the shock resistance and overall durability that they need to stand up to daily use, or will they be too fragile? … Read more

How to Extend a Vintage Watch Bracelet?

How to extend a vintage watch bracelet?

I regularly buy vintage Seiko and Citizen watches on Japanese marketplaces. Most of the time, the seller doesn’t have the box & the documents. That’s to be expected for ~50-year-old watches. What’s more annoying is that the bracelets are resized for the previous owners’ wrists and there are usually no extra links included. I don’t have a very big wrist (16.5 cm) but it seems … Read more

Pros and Cons of Using a Watch Timegrapher and How to Read It

Using a timegrapher

How accurate are the watches you have collected? There is a way to find out, and that is to use an instrument called a watch timegrapher. In this guide, we’re going to discuss what a timegrapher is, what it measures, its pros and cons, and how to use one. By the time you finish, you should be ready to confidently use a timegrapher yourself. What … Read more

Genesis of the First Self-Winding Watch

Harwood watch - changing time

This article, written by Mikhail, is devoted to the history of the first mass-produced self-winding mechanical watches. Disclaimer 1. This work is a compilation of several online sources devoted to the history of the first mass-produced self-winding wristwatches. Disclaimer 2. Some photos, especially those of historical models, are taken from online sources. The sources are specified where possible or simply stated “photos from the internet”. … Read more

How to Use a Tachymeter Bezel on a Chronograph Watch?

How to use a tachymeter scale on a chronograph watch?

If you have a watch with a chronograph, it may have a tachymeter scale on the bezel. The tachymeter scale adds some very handy functionality to your watch, allowing you to calculate several different things: How fast something is going, based on how long it takes to cover a certain distance. How far something has travelled, based on how fast it is travelling over a … Read more

What is a Marriage Watch?

What is a marriage watch?

Don’t let the name fool you. A marriage watch is not a watch you gift your husband or receive as a token of appreciation. Well, you may, if your partner knows about watches, but it has nothing to do with marriage. The question of a marriage watch keeps on appearing every now and then. Like I once was, a lot of watch lovers appear to … Read more