I received many of the watches I restore via the postal service or FedEx. Because of that, many of my customers don’t have a chance to see my workshop. I decided to post a walk through of the space and tools used to complete your repair.
Here is an overview of my workshop. These are the two benches which house my supplementary tools.
Here is my workbench, with a few hand tools.
This is my Witschi watch expert timing machine. I use this to measure the amplitude and timing results of a watch movement.
This is a Horotec hand press. I use this to fit the watch hands to the movement once the dial is installed.
Pictured above is my watchmaker’s bench vise. This is an indispensable tool for the watchmaker. It has so many uses and its accuracy is second to none.
Here is my watch case opening/closing tool. It is currently fitted with a suction cup opener to avoid marking delicate case backs. The power and control this tool delivers is incredible, true Swiss engineering at its best.
My stereo microscope. This is something that I could not live without. It has 20x and 40x magnification.
Bergeon final test watch winder. Watches are put on here during the testing stage to make sure the automatic winding is working correctly and time-keeping is accurate in all positions.
My Elma watch cleaning machine. It has one cleaning chamber, three rinse chambers and a drying chamber. This is what the disassembled movements goes through to be cleaned.
Here is perhaps the watchmaker’s most important tool. The 8mm watchmaker’s lathe. I use this to re-bush plates, turn balance staffs, make winding stems, re-pivot wheels and the like. The lathe has so many uses and no watchmaking workshop would be complete without one.
I have briefly touched on the major tools in the workshop, but there are so many more smaller hand tools and machines we haven’t even got into. Perhaps I will save those for another post.