2023 Update

As January 2023 is already behind us, I thought I would publish a short update. I would first like to wish all my clients, followers, suppliers and fellow horologists a very happy and healthy new year.

Looking back at the past year it is fair to say that 2022 has been an exciting one. Busy times, and many watches went through my workshop. I always enjoy some variety in the work, and last year certainly delivered that. I included below a couple photos of watches that I serviced in 2022. They are quite typical of my workload. Most brands are represented, predominantly vintage watches, but also some modern watches. Projects range from manual wind to automatic and chronograph watches, and also from mechanical to quality quartz watches.

The end of the year was particularly eventful. In November 2022 I had the honour to receive the BHI prize for best serviced chronograph for 2021. COVID prevented the ceremony from taking place in the previous years, but it was definitely worth the wait! We had a fantastic day at the British Horological Institute in Upton Hall, which I was very thankful to share with friends and family.

BHI 2022 Awards day

I also moved into new premises in December 2022. Having outgrown my previous workshop, I had been on the lookout for the right space to take the business forward for some time. I am delighted to have now moved to the new workshop. The space was designed and built to my own spec, with a clean room for watchmaking, and separate machine room, cleaning and polishing rooms.

More room means more space for machines and equipment, and I am pleased to report that I recently acquired a high precision CNC milling machine.

My CNC programming experience dates back from the early 2000s, so it is nice to get to use my mechanical engineering skills in my horological career. I always thought there are a lot of crossovers between engineering and horology.

CNC Milling machine

 

This new addition to the workshop is an exciting prospect as I will soon be able to manufacture some watch parts, opening the door to more varied and complex projects.

 

 

As always, thank you very much for reading, and do not hesitate to get in touch!

All the best

Olivier

CWC G10 Fatboy1980 Military Watch ESA 536.121- Service

Something a little different today on the blog as I predominantly featured mechanical watches in the past. This article is about the service of a British Military Watch, the CWC G10. This watch was issued to a member of the British military in 1980. It is powered by the Quartz movement ESA 536.121. This particular model is the first incarnation of the many G10 versions, and is nicknamed “fatboy” due to its thicker case profile in comparison to subsequent models.

As you can tell from the photo below the watch does certainly look like it has hard a hard life!

CWC W10 1980

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CWC GS Automatic Military Watch ETA 2824-2 Service

CWC (Cabot Watch Company) is a British company established in 1972 and was contracted to supply watches to the Ministry of Defence.

This watch was produced in the 1990’s. It is the GS model (General Service). It is a modern version of the mechanical hand-wound model issued to the British troops in the 1970’s up to the 1980’s when the quartz movement arrived (G10).

This model is still available today from CWC. The current model (at the time of writing) has a similar design, and is also powered by the Swiss made ETA 2824-2 movement. However it uses Luminova instead of Tritium as the luminescent compound for the dial and hands. This is identified by the letter L or T on the dial under the CWC logo.

This watch arrived in need of a bit of TLC, and looked like it had a pretty hard life. That is what military watches are designed for!

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