How I restore an Alpine Handwound Wristwatch

Alpine handwound wristwatch

This is another small wristwatch I found at a flea market, working fine, but losing some seconds more than it should. It is an Alpina hand wound wristwatch, with a non-original leather band, sunburst case and dial. The watch is in overall good condition, it only presents the usual biological gunk you can find in […]

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Seiko 5606-5100: the Iron Man from the Seventies – Part 3

Seiko 5606-5100 new case

Some may remember that I almost completely restored a Seiko 5606-5100 many months ago, naming it “Iron Man from the Seventies“. After a long time, I found on eBay a complete case and bracelet, and the ever missing dial holding ring that I so needed to complete tat restoration / resurrection. The case seems to […]

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There is a new school for watchmaking, and it is free…

Watchmaking 101 sponsored by

This is something that got me as excited as I could ever be, but at the same time disappointed. The Hodinkee Fund, together with the Horological Society Of New York, has has recently introduced Watchmaking 101, a public free class dedicated to the art of watchmaking. Pity it is only in New York. Watchmaking 101 is […]

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How to restore a nice Seiko 7T32-7E10 Chronograph


The other day I was talking with the owner of a small second-hand shop, discussing on how I repaired his 1970’s Lucerne wrist watch (more on this in another topic). He was quite please of the service I’d done: the watch was completely jammed and as dirty as a watch can be. After a proper […]

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My Seiko Champion Calendar 860 is getting some wrist time!


Some time ago I asked the mentors of Seiko-Knowledge how to fix my Seiko Champion 860 Diashock I had bought off from eBay, which randomly stopped. It was a simple case of re-servicing it properly (I am getting more and more good at it!) actually, but after that, I left it to rest inside my watch […]

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