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Watch Works

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Reto's Watch Collection (RWC)

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Dear Watch Friends,

Welcome to my watch site that started as a documentation of my Private Collection in 2001. You can find my Watches for Sale here. With the help of many friends - online and in the real world - I have been able to learn about watches, watch repair and watch photography. Frederik Dove from BBC World Service summed it up much better than I ever could: "Going through your collection is almost  like a history of the wristwatch history unwinding before your eyes." I would add: "A history of inexpensive wrist watches mostly".
Please have a look at the
Copyright section before copying content from this site. Thank you.

Update January 2014
The
Private Collection now features a Latest Purchases section.

Enjoy your stay!

Reto

1. Watch Works

Please read this before disassembling your Minute Repeater...
I am not a watchmaker. My knowledge comes from experimenting, trial and error and I had the luck of having a friend teaching me watchmaking basics. You can start tinkering with your watches using our
watch starter kit at a great price. Last but not least, some of the watch work below is not really "Watch School" material but rather personal notes from my learning process.

 

  Watch Books, Tools and References:

 

Watch Tools An overview over the watch tools that I have acquired over the later years of watch collecting when my interest started to turn to movements
Watch Books A review of my Watch Books and Watch Magazines acquired over many years of collecting
Pocket Tools Small tools fitting in your pocket when going Watch Hunting
Movements & Links My collection of watch movements: measurements, country of origin and pictures
Case Openers A fairly comprehensive overview of Case Openers and when to use what Opener
Batteries Reference This is my personal Batteries check list, but you might find information that is valuable for you as well when opening watches
Watch Loupes Everyone has its own preference when it comes to loupes. Here are just a few samples to give you ideas
Bracelet Overview Introducing the most popular Bracelet Types
Bracelet Sizing Tools A chronological overview over different Bracelet Sizing Tools in my workshop
Watch Hygiene How to keep a watch clean and prolonging the watch's life (as a sample a Casio G-Shock is being cleaned)
Tools for sale from the "Poor Man's" Watch Corner

 

Watch Works

Watch Hunting

Articles & Reviews

350+ Watches A-Z
plus latest acquisitions

Picture Series

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Watches and Tools for Sale
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Basic Watch Works anybody can try:

 

 

Basic Topics - Level of Difficulty

Tools required
WS10

How to REFURBISH satin brushed BRACELETS - Beginner

 
WS11

How to REMOVE a watch MOVEMENT - Talented Beginner

Case opener, movement pad, watchmaker's screw driver
WS12

How to REMOVE and replace HANDS and DIAL - Talented Beginner

Case opener, hands lifter, hands setting tool, watchmaker's screw driver
WS13

How to make nice HOLES into Nylon STRAPS - Beginner

 
WS14

How to RESIZE the most common BRACELET types - Beginner

Hammer, bracelet block, pin pusher or bracelet sizing tool
WS15 How to remove SPLIT PINS with a BRACELET SIZING TOOL - Beginner Bracelet sizing tool
WS16 How to put on a NATO Strap quickly (including link to Bill Yao's DIY)  
WS17 How to measure the overall LENGTH of a bracelet - Beginner  
WS18 How to make a simple LEATHER STRAP - Beginner Leather scissors, button
WS20 Changing the battery on a Patek Nautilus with split-stem Watchmaker's screw drivers, movement pad, Silicon grease
WS21 How to use a Spring Bar Fork Tool - Beginner Spring bar fork tool, ev. bracelet sizing tool, also see WS14
WS23 How to fix a clasp that is not closing properly - Beginner A pair of pliers with smooth jaws
WS24 How to resize a FLEX band (expansion bracelet) - Beginner Spring bar fork, these instructions are on a Poljot page!
WS25 Battery change on a IWC/JLC MechaQuartz Caliber 631 - Beginner Case opener knife, tweezers with insulated tips, screw-driver 1.0 mm,
1 battery R397. Eventually a pin pusher to open bracelet
WS26 How to change the Capacitor of a SEIKO 5M42 Kinetic - Beginner Case opener for screwed backs, tweezers with insulated tips, screw-driver 1.0 mm
screwdriver 2.0 mm, spare parts 30235MZ, toothpick, loupe  (picture of all tools inside)
WS29 How to change a crystal on a pocket watch - Intermediate Case opener, movement pad, precision caliper, brass tweezers, eventually a case press with nylon dies
How to resize a SEIKO SKX779K/SKX781K (MONSTER) Bracelet with Pin Collars - Beginner
The instructions above also work for the SEIKO Samurais SDBA001, Knights SKXA49 and all watch bracelets with pins and collars

 

 

Advanced* Watch Works:
*experience like absolving TimeZone's Watch School or having the opportunity working with a watchmaking tutor for a couple of times
 

NrAdvanced Topics - FormatDate
WS1Opening Tricky Watch Cases - article on one page with 16 picturesAug 02
WS2Dismantling, cleaning and oiling a Chinese Automatic ST6 Movement - in 16 illustrated stepsAug 02
WS3Servicing an AS 1130 17 Jewel Hand Wind Royal - a photo series rather then a service manualAug 02
WS4How to clean Watch Parts using a Ultra-Sonic Cleaning Machine, Elma T310 - in 7 illustrated stepsSep 02
WS5Working with a Micro Torch and Soldering Iron - Cutting a Sterling Silver Bracelet - report on 3 pages with 7 picturesOct 03
WS6Repairing a Guy Laroche Quartz PUW910 (Pforzheimer Uhrenwerke now ETA) - article with 21 pictures and thumbnail previewDec 04
WS7How to replace and grease a gasket ring (Omega Seamaster, ca. 1966) - article with 21 pictures and thumbnail previewJun 04
WS8Cleaning the winding parts of a Rolex Caliber 3035 (DateJust ca. 1978) - watch work by Rob, pictures and text by RetoDec 03
WS9Replacing the main spring on a Rolex Caliber 1570 (late 60ies or early 70ies) - watch work by Rob, pictures and text by RetoDec 03
WS19Servicing a SEIKO Chronograph 6138 - watch work by Rob, pictures and text by RetoOct 04
WS22Servicing a SEIKO Caliber 7005 - watch work, text and pictures by RetoAug 05
WS28Overhauling a Tissot manual wind chronograph (project start)Sep 07

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2. The Watch Hunting Reports

 Watch Hunting in Bangkok:

 

LocationWatchesDate
Jatujak Weekend MarketHamilton/Seiko Ladies' DiverJuly 7th 2002
Jatujak Weekend MarketRoyal/Orient Ladies'August 3rd 2002
At a small Shop in the Outskirts of BangkokSquare Seiko/Orient QuartzAugust 6th 2002
Jatujak Weekend MarketSeiko Ladies' HW/Seiko 7005/Seiko 2205/Citizen V2/Citizen Ladies' HWAugust 12th 2002
China Town BangkokA Visit Full of Surprises!May 28th 2003

 

Watch Hunting in Hong Kong:

 

TripTravelogue ThemeWatches FormatDate
2Just watch pictures!Silver Seiko 5 Sports/SKX779K/Seiko 5 Dauphine/Orient SK/EDOXPage, 8 picsMarch 2002
4Walking from Tsim Sha Tsui to "Watchland"Seiko 5 Sports Re-Issues/Orient Star PR/Orient SKPage, 16 picsMay/June 2002
5A long walk from Kowloon Park to Mongkok and back to the HarborDouble Rhombs/Blue and White Orient Star PRPage, 22 picsJune/July 2002
6Hong Kong's Harbour Skyline at NightDouble RhombsPage, 13 picsJuly 2002
7FLOWER & FOOD MARKETS IN HONG KONG (meeting Mr. J. Dowling) Orient Automatic Salmon/Orient HW SFLEX & ANTISHOCKTABLE, 31 picsAugust 2002
8HONG KONG WATCH & CLOCK FAIR 2002Orient PR, Orient Automatic, Polaris, METIAS, SandozTABLE, 33 picsSeptember 2002
10HONG KONG'S PUBLIC TRANSPORTATIONSandoz, TITONI Cosmo King & AirmasterTABLE, 23 picsNov 2002
11

HONG KONG'S HISTORIC VILLAGES

Tudor, Sandoz Day-Date, new Sandoz Ladies' 25 mm

TABLE, 29 pics

Nov 2002
16SARS, RAIN, PUBS AND THE HUNT GOES ONTudors Handwind Rose Logo and from Jose: Panerai Radiomir and Orfina PVDTABLE, 16 picsJune 2003

 

Watch Hunting around the World:

 

CityCountryWatchesDate
TokyoJapanGrand Seiko, Orient GMT, Citizen ALTERNAOctober 2002


 

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Watch Works

Watch Hunting

Articles & Reviews

350+ Watches A-Z
plus latest acquisitions

Picture Series

The PMWF.com Forums

Watches and Tools for Sale
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3. The Watch Articles & Reviews

 TopicFormatDate
A1Do you shake your watch? - Better watch this!*VideoJan. 2002
A3Two real and and two FAKE Omega Seamaster 300 m compared 3rd revisionPictures and TextJul. 2002
A4Inside a Sandoz Submariner-likePictures and TextJan. 2003
A5Inside a TITONI Cosmo King Day-DatePictures and TextJan. 2003
A7Watches REALLY close: text and videos by Richard Freilich3 QUICKTIME Videos
AVI Format
Aug. 2004

 

 

Reviews (R: Watch Review, C: Comparison, RA: Review Accessories):

 

 

Watch/Accessory Reviewed/Compared

FormatDate
R2Orsa Quartz Chronograph, Cal. Miyota OS60Pictures and TextJun. 2004
C1Omega Aqua Terra and Grand Seiko SBGR023 comparedPictures and TextJan. 2004
C2IWC GST Ti Chronograph and Ventura Loga Ti Slide-Rule Chronograph compared Pictures and TextFeb 2007
RA 1DD Allwood 12-WatchboxPictures and TextApr.2002
RA 2MK II 3-Watch-Travel-Case filled with 6 Watches and AccessoriesPictures and TextJun. 2004

 

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4. The Picture Series

 Topic (Pictures)Watches depictedDate
P1On the Beach in Hua Hin(8)Seiko Ti Diver SKX421K Sept. 2001
P2With a Crab on the Beach in Hua Hin(8)Seiko Mid-Size Diver SKX015KOct. 2001
P3Black Gabbro Stone Series(5)Seiko Ti Diver SKX405K Champagne dialNov. 2001
P4On the Beach in Hua Hin(10)IWC GST Ti Chronograph 3707 003Dec. 2001
P5Garden Flower Series Hua Hin(8)Omega Seamaster GMTDec. 2001
P6Water Lily Series Hua Hin(4)Omega Seamaster GMTDec. 2001
P7Beach Series Hua Hin(9)Omega Seamaster GMTDec. 2001
P8The Flightmaster at the "Airport"(9)Seiko Flightmaster 6S37 TitaniumJan. 2002
P9At the Pool in Hua Hin(10)Eterna KonTiki Val.7750 ChronoFeb. 2002
P10Violent Crabs attack Innocent Divers in Hua Hin (7)Seiko SKX419K and SKX405KMar. 2002
P11Watches and Shells, Hua Hin (8)Super KonTiki and FlightmasterMay 2002
P12Arrival Of a True "Poor" Man's Watch (14)Timex Quartz ChronographJun. 2002
P13A close Encounter with past Craftsmanship (8)Rob B's Elgin Pocket WatchJun. 2002
P14A picturesque Resort in Pattaya and a Quartz Chronograph (10)UHR-KRAFT Quartz Chronograph (Not for minors!)Aug. 2002
P15Sunflowers and Reflections (9)Baume&Mercier GMT Alarm and AeroWatchSep. 2002
P16Soon it's Moon Cake time again (8)Citizen Ti Chrono Eco Duo Drive and Omega Aqua TerraAug. 2003
P17"Ghostly" Water SeriesSeiko SKX007K2Jul. 2005
P18ETERNAMATIC Chronograph Valjoux 7750 MovementEterna Super KonTiki Chronograph 120 mAug. 2007
P19hmt Tarun Cricket ball serieshmt Tarun (means Youth), hand wind, 17 JewelsAug 2007

 

Watch Photography Helpers:

 

 Watch ReviewedAccessoriesDate
GP1A Poor Man's Light DiffuserCloth Hanger and Vellum PaperDec. 2002
GP2Photographic HelpersReflector CardsApr. 2005
GP3 "It's all about the light!" Taking pictures at the mall Jul. 2013

 

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5. The Forums - the new "Poor Man's" Watch Site

In October 2008 our ISP pulled the plug on the old forum that was a real resources guzzler. Luckily we, or better Jittery Jim and Tim, were prepared for an emergency switch and we could seamlessly switch to our new Phorum software. The new platform offers a lot more then our old WebBBS and was well received by the PMWF community. Please visit the all new "Poor Man's" Watch Site. Please note that if you registered at the old site, you will have register again for the new site which is even easier now. But it will be definitely worth it. We have new forums and lots of improvements waiting there for you. Looking forward to seeing you on the new site!

 PMWF Contests Drawings:

 

Occasion Prizes/SponsorsDate
PMWF 1st Half Year Contest Orient Automatic from Greg/HeatJune 14th 2002
PMWF Sandoz Diver ContestTed/MattMarch 2003
PMWF Strap ContestdiveluvRApril 1st 2003
Celebrating New PMWF Server ContestEasternwatch.comSeptember 2003
PMWF THANKSGIVING WIS INSURANCE CONTESTTed aka TMK22nd November 2003
Preview of the "2 Years PMWF" ContestToo many to be listed here, see insideNovember 2003
"2 Years PMWF CONTEST"Too many to be listed here, see inside14th December 2003
3rd PMWF AnniversaryToo many to be listed, see insideDecember 2004
5th PMWF AnniversaryMarcelloC USA, ORSA, PMWC, Hector (Steinhart)January 2007

The PMWF Gallery features more recent events

PMWFerences:

Location Format Date
New Orleans Links to Matt V.'s post in the Archive August 2004
New York City Photo Gallery with over 90 pictures! 21st/22nd July 2006
Chicago Many Photo Galleries 25th/26th July 2008
The PMWF Gallery contains more pictures
The Photography Collections feature the latest events

Meeting with Watch Friends in Bangkok:

Location Format Date
Bangkok Meeting Siam Naliga Friends 31st March 2002
Bangkok Meeting Lee, Rob and Greg 19th May 2003
Bangkok Lee's Traveling Seiko Collection November 2005

TIMEX Ironman Time Line (PMWF project)

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Watch Works

Watch Hunting

Articles & Reviews

350+ Watches A-Z
plus latest acquisitions

Picture Series

The PMWF.com Forums

Watches and Tools for Sale
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Terrorist attacks from Sept 11th 2001
In memoriam... may it never happen again! Anywhere!


Copyright Notice
Please feel free to use my watch photos for your personal entertainment and posts on discussion watch forums. If you use my photos, please give credit.
Please do not use any photos or text, design or layout from this site for your sales activities.

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