WHAT IN THE WORLD ISA JELLY FISH 344527460? BY WALT ODETS  I have written about the Patek caliber 27-460, which is nothing less than one of the two or three finest automatic movements ever to leave the hands of Swiss manufacturers.  It is an exquisite movement, built to the... Read more
TO BUDDY FROM FRITZI:A GRUEN VERITHIN BY WALT ODETS Albert “Buddy” Gondee must have been quite a guy–or at least Fritzi must have thought so.  On some important, unknown occasion around 1920, Buddy received an 18 K Gruen VeriThin from Fritzi.  The Gruen undoubtedly served him well for many... Read more
TIMING RESULTS ON FIVE HIGH-GRADE WATCHES BY WALT ODETS Much has been made–perhaps too much–about the “accuracy” of mechanical watches.  There are very few of us who actually rely on a watch to be accurate to within a second or two a day.  For my personal use, a watch... Read more
THAT IWC PLATINUM MARK XII BY WALT ODETS The Mark XII is one of my favorite watches–utterly straight forward and perfectly proportioned. I did a Horologium series on it, which included swapping out the original caliber 884 for a more nicely finished caliber 887. I then came across a... Read more
  A COMPARISON OF THE KEYLESS WORKS IN A PATEK AND A LANGE BY WALT ODETS There has been much discussion about the relative qualities of the Lange and Patek. Both are obviously very finely made watches.  I have also felt that there are certain failures of craft in the Lange... Read more
VINTAGE VACHERON BY WALT ODETS What has four wings, flies only in circles, and always wants to land back on your wrist?  For one thing, a Vacheron &  Constantin wristwatch from about 1940.More properly, the Vacheron shown right has, not wings, but triple-tiered teardrop lugs.  It is a classic... Read more
  VINTAGE VACHERON PART 2 BY WALT ODETS  The bottom plate of the caliber 452 is finished as handsomely as the top plate.  The screwed cap jewel plate for the lower balance pivot is visible at 8 o’clock.            The keyless works exhibits  classic Swiss design.  But note the... Read more
  PATEK PHILIPPE’S BREAD AND BUTTER:THE CALIBER 215 BY WALT ODETS   If Patek Philippe has a bread-and-butter line, it is the series of simple, hand wound watches represented by the Calatrava and Gondolo lines. With a few exceptions, contemporary versions of these watches are all designed around the caliber... Read more
THE CHRONOSWISS DELPHIS BY WALT ODETS   Chronoswiss is a small company producing a distinctive line of watches. The watches are easily recognized for their wonderfully done guilloche dials, their onion crowns, and coin-edged cases. The company has also specialized in a number of under-the-dial complications, as well as some modestly priced... Read more

The Motion Works

The Horologium September 16, 2002

THE MOTION WORKS by Walt Odets The motion works, as the name implies, is the mechanism that gives motion to the hands of the watch. In other words, it is the motion works that translates the unwinding of a mainspring, the rotation of a gear train, and the reciprocating... Read more

The Keyless Works

The Horologium September 16, 2002

THE KEYLESS WORKS by Walt Odets Those without a sense of the history of the mechanical watch probably do not know that were it not for the innovation of Patek Philippe in 1841–with the invention of the “keyless works”–we might still be winding and hand setting our wristwatches with... Read more
IT’S A DUNHILL – SORT OF by Walt Odets Dunhill began in the late 19th century as a maker of luxury horse tack, quite literally for the carriage trade. But the advent of the automobile rightly caused Alfred to rethink things, and today Dunhill is widely known as a... Read more
PURELY PERSONAL MUSINGS ON A LANGE SAXONIA by Walt Odets I had dinner a few nights ago with a very funny friend who used to be a watchmaker and now hopes to never handle a tweezers again for the rest of his life. And, oh yes, before dinner I... Read more
THE JAEGER LECOULTRE MASTER ULTRA THIN: A STUDY IN SIMPLE EXCELLENCE by Walt Odets A diminutive 5.4 millimeters across its thickest section, the Jaeger LeCoultre Ultra Thin looks no more than two millimeters on the wrist. Perhaps that low profile is one reason it is so often ignored by... Read more
JESSICA’S CORNAVIN DOLPHIN by Walt Odets In 1974, my friend Jessica was living in New York and working as a waitress in an average coffee shop on Canal Street. It was here that she came across the first–and last–horological love of her life, her Cornavin Dolphin. Out on the... Read more
TWEAKING THE MARK XII: PART ONE by Walt Odets In the 1970’s, I was a pilot flying printing plates, bags of canceled checks, and the occasional dead body, also in a bag. People wanted their magazines and definitely wanted their money. And some died away from home, and their... Read more
TWEAKING THE MARK XII: PART 2.1 THE CONCEPT OF TIMING by Walt Odets Having switched the original Mark XII caliber 884 for a caliber 887 (see “Tweaking the Mark XII: Part 1“), I spent in excess of 50 hours tweaking the escapement of the 887 to see if I... Read more
TWEAKING THE MARK XII: PART 2.2 BASIC PRINCIPLES OF WATCH ADJUSTING by Walt Odets I have already discussed the concepts of watch timing (“Tweaking the Mark XII: Part 2.1“). In this part of the series, I will discuss the principles used in actually timing a watch. Understanding these principles... Read more
PART 2 TWEAKING THE MARK XII: PART 2.2BASIC PRINCIPLES OF WATCH ADJUSTINGby Walt Odets THE REGULATOR SWEEP The section of the balance spring “swept” by the regulator–the regulator sweep–is critical to the performance of the watch. As illustrated at right, the regulator itself must be moved away from the... Read more
TWEAKING THE MARK XII: PART 2.3 ADJUSTING THE MARK XII/887 by Walt Odets In Part 1 of this series, I revealed the installation of an IWC caliber 887 in the Mark XII and promised to spend some time adjusting the movement to see if it’s performance could be improved... Read more
SECTION 2 TWEAKING THE MARK XII: PART 2.3 ADJUSTING THE MARK XII/887 by Walt Odets 7. The dial-up rate did, as expected, increase more than dial-down, but the spread between the two was still too large. Now, the dial-up amplitude was also dangerously high (threatening knocking with any activity),... Read more
Wristwatch Wallpaper For Your Computer Machine Here’s a small collection of wallpaper. Scroll through the images below. Some of the images are available in different sizes. In Netscape or IE just right click on a full size image and select “Set As Wallpaper”. Enjoy! Rob Read more

Wristwatch Sniglets

Time Warped September 16, 2002

Watch Sniglets Arrowneous- Mistakenly under the assumption that every watch with a broad arrow somewhere on it is actual military issue. Ashpulse purchase- Buying a watch you don’t truly want just because you can get it overnight and you have a coupon. Calatravesty- Wearing a dress watch while rock... Read more

Horological Enquirer

Time Warped September 16, 2002

Bringing you the latest in TRUE wristwatch related stories. Click on an image to see the full size cover.     Read more

The Ultimate WIS?

Time Warped September 16, 2002

The fountain pens are in the fanny pack. Read more

A Boy Toy

Time Warped September 16, 2002

Watch Geek Magazine

Time Warped September 16, 2002

Help Is Here!

Time Warped September 16, 2002

If Watch Companies Owned Movie Theaters… Read more

News From Basel 3001

Time Warped September 16, 2002

The wristwatch frenzy is at an all time peak. Even the food companies are trying to cash in. I found these products in my local Try N’ Save… Read more
Novelty Watches That Never Caught On Read more
Top 10 Ways To Scratch And Ding Your Watch 10. Juggling pipe wrenches while blindfolded. 9. Searching for a bolt in a bucket of screws by feel. 8. Waving your arm out the window of a moving car during a sandstorm. 7. Making gravel castles in the beach parking... Read more