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How to handle your watch

The charm of antique clocks

Antique clocks have a completely different appeal than modern mass-produced machines .
The history of mechanical watches is old , and it is said that they were almost completed about 100 years ago .
Watches that have been assembled one by one by craftsmen have been made for decades to more than 100 years. is.
In addition, many of the watches used by wealthy people such as aristocrats at the time had extravagant and splendid decorations on their cases and dials , and they also have the charm of craftsmanship.

Notes on antique clocks

It is a very delicate machine because it was made several decades to over 100 years ago.
Compared to modern watches, there are parts that are inferior in terms of functions such as waterproofness, vibration resistance, magnetic resistance, and accuracy.

Over the years, there are many watches that have some kind of symptoms such as "poor initial movement", "large posture difference", "stiff crown", etc., but it's not a defect, but rather a "peculiarity" of the watch. I would like you to treat me with a generous feeling.

The antique clocks sold in our shop will work properly if the mainspring is wound, except for those marked as junk or repairable.
However, there are many cases where there are some "habits", so the characteristic ones are described in the product description.

Accuracy and power reserve (operating time from full mainspring) vary depending on the watch, so the values ​​obtained when inspecting the product are indicated in the product description.
However, the accuracy of antique watches depends on the degree of winding of the mainspring, the temperature/humidity, the posture of the watch (how it is placed), and the presence or absence of objects (PCs, smartphones, earphones, speakers, etc.) that emit magnetic force or electromagnetic waves. , so the accuracy is not always obtained.

Overhaul (disassembly and cleaning) is not performed unless otherwise specified . If the purpose is to use it as a watch, it would be better to have it repaired and overhauled , but if you do that, the cost will be added and the price will increase.

We use this method of sales because there are many customers who use our products for ornamental purposes and are not particular about accuracy .
Consider repairing or overhauling your watch according to how you use it and the condition of your watch .
If you consult with us, we can introduce you to a watch store that specializes in antique watches.

Basics of handling

We explain how to handle antique pocket watches on our blog.

[Blog article] Types of pocket watches and names of parts

[Blog article] How to wind a pocket watch mainspring

[Blog article] Setting the time on a pocket watch

Also, when wearing a pocket watch, it is common to attach a chain called an Albert chain to prevent it from falling out of a pocket.
Albert Chain is explained here.

[Blog article] Albert Chain

Tips to make it last longer

Do not open the back cover unnecessarily as it may stop working due to dust or other contaminants.
Be careful not to touch the needle when opening the front cover.

Keep away from objects that emit magnetic force or electromagnetic waves such as smartphones, computers, earphones, speakers, etc.
The parts may become magnetized and cause time discrepancies or malfunctions.
Be careful not to drop it (it is vulnerable to impact)
When you go out, we recommend using an Albert chain or string to prevent it from falling out of your pocket.
Please do not get it wet.
Avoid using it on rainy days or storing it in a place with high humidity.
When winding the mainspring, wind it to the end of the winding (full mainspring).

The initial movement may be bad and it may not start moving, or the accuracy may be poor.
Please have it overhauled once every 3-4 years.
Please contact us if you do not have a contact for overhaul.


Post-purchase maintenance

Even if a mechanical watch is not an antique, it needs overhaul every 3-4 years to be used as a practical product.
In the case of antique clocks, there are many cases where the manufacturer does not accept repairs or the manufacturer itself does not exist .

However, there are still watchmakers in Japan who can repair and overhaul antique watches.
If you cannot find a watch shop that can repair your watch, please contact us.



About originality
    It is possible that parts such as the mainspring, windshield, hands, and crown have been replaced during maintenance over a long period of time since the watch was manufactured.
    In particular, the mainspring and windshield are parts that can be said to be consumables.
    In some cases, dials and cases may have been replaced .
    It is impossible to fully grasp the exchange contents.
    It may have been replaced with a non-original manufacturer replacement .
    It is described in the explanation as far as it is known.
    However, the fact that all parts are not original does not reduce the value of an antique watch.
      Initial action
      Especially when the watch has just been sent, it may not start working well even if the mainspring is wound tightly.

      In that case, try shaking the watch lightly sideways, or try moving it 12 hours (one lap) to set the time.

      Please enjoy the world of antique watches after understanding the above.

      If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us via the inquiry form , chat, or phone.

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