Articles by: Mick

My prototype watch

My prototype watch

I am having a lot of fun with my watch project. I made this prototype (see picture) and I have 3 other designs that I am starting to make. Here are the specifications: QC-10 aluminum case and outer links (QC-10 is as hard as type 316Lstainless steel) Custom laser engraved backside crystal for “floating numbers” effect Solid leather center links with tube and screw construction Butterfly clasp ETA 2824-2 automatic Swiss […]

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This is my Rolex pre-daytona

This is my Rolex pre-daytona

This is my Rolex pre-daytona ref.6238 from 1964. It is with a not so common silver dial and it is equipped with a elastic riveted 6636 oyster wristband. I bought it 10 years ago, and I remember that when I wanted to buy it, the price of  the model was increasing  rapidly every month, so the money I could put aside every month was never enough, one month the price was 16k […]

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Interview with a watchmaker apprentice

Interview with a watchmaker apprentice

Could you shortly introduce yourself, name, age where you live etc. My name is Olivier Gantenbein (IG: 0liiviier) and I will turn 20 years in October. I live in Solothurn, Switzerland, which is close to Bern. In my free-time I play the drums, and diving is also a hobby of mine which I really enjoy. Where do you take your education? I do my apprenticeship at ZeitZentrum in Grenchen, the only German-speaking watchmaking school in […]

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Komandirskije, a USSR Military Watch

Komandirskije, a USSR Military Watch

My favorite watch is a Komandirskije and it is a authentic military watch originally made for the USSR during the Soviet Union times. These watches were only for military personnel. And this is the only one I know of that has an 18k gold case. This watch is quite special to me. It is not a super expensive watch but it is a vintage and very rare watch. A couple […]

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