When I'm working with watches !

Of course I have a little collection of the ordinary watchmakers hobby instruments.

Often it's enough.

When I'm working with watches !

But they can't compensate for everything.

Bad hearing for example.

To open exquisite small and narrow little watches, or finding things you can't see,

but you know it's under that bridge.

When I'm working with watches !

Than it's good with a stethoscope for newborn (!), a scalpel and a pliers for special for searching under the skinWhen I'm working with watches !



After reading that you use a chainsaw and Jian plays basketball with
10/22/2007 - 19:29

your VCs on this is the second most dreadful thing I've seen/heard!!

Your "torture box" looks like the instruments used by Jeremy Irons in Cronenberg's Dead Ringers

Oh, God,
10/22/2007 - 21:26

I hope you do not use those tools (1st pic) when you receive your clients, my dear Doc.

I won't dare to substitute them.

When one sees you at first glance, one cannot suspect such a guy...

Anyway, you know we like you (without the case)

Cheers, Patrice

Hi Doc, I really feel sorry about your poor watches ...
10/23/2007 - 00:05

But your courage is certainly admirable.

As for me, in spite of some "criminal records", I could never put a finger into the back side of my watches.


Doc "Ross", can you share some pics
10/23/2007 - 00:47

on VC chirurgical operations?

You would faint ! :-) ( nt )
10/23/2007 - 01:15


Ahh...Yet another reason to stay healthy!
10/23/2007 - 03:08

Hi Doc,

Thanks for sharing.  Now I know where NOT to go for an emergency apendectomy.

No matter how big a VC fan I am, sharing scalpels with your vintage VC's is not my idea of precision surgery.

On second thought, I might get a set of Doc and Alex's sinisterly sexy "tools" for myself too.



LOL ! I love you all,
10/23/2007 - 17:24

but a matter of fact, it's true.

I use the medical instruments.

Been shooting and hunting for my whole life,

so the only watch I can hear, without stethoscope is this,

which I keep in my bedroom (!),

Dom. Bernaz, directeur La Maison Vacheron Constantin,

gave me that tip once

When my latest baby atrrived,

the hands were not coordinated so the minute hand

had to be "halted" when I turned the crown,

so the hour and minute hand became correct.

I opened the back and thought it was just to bring ithe movement out,

but no way if you take a look at the crown stem !

So I understood I had to come inside from the front.

But from where ?

So I put on some 8 times enlargement !

Then I saw it !

Very, very thin, and you want put a knife in there ,

do you ?

But a scalpel !



you are a resourceful man Doc :-) (nt)
10/23/2007 - 17:29


Doc "Ross", my hand would have shaked so much
10/23/2007 - 17:53

that I would have stoped here the chirugical diagnosis.

LOL! Which is easier?
10/23/2007 - 19:46

Hi doc, which is easier, from your experience, a surgical intervention into a human body or into a watch?


BTW important !
10/23/2007 - 18:38

When you get a marine chronometer,

which I hope all of you sometimes will get,

there is ONE important thing.


It will spoil the whole movement, if just for two minutes or so !

That's an extremely important thing,

which often becomes an exspensive cost for the newbie.

That's all for me for now


my dream would be to have a VC marine chronometer but only 36
10/23/2007 - 19:19

were made between 1919 and 1945 so they're kind of difficult (and expensive) to come by!

scan courtesy of Antiquorum

Re: BTW important !
10/23/2007 - 23:55

Doc, very impressive that you can do your own repairs - i would never dream of opening a watch (well, maybe a Timex, but not a VC)

Maybe one day I'll take a proper class to learn how to build and repair watches, that would be really interesting. But even then I will probably leave the care of my VC to the true professionals

my disaster story
10/24/2007 - 00:01

the only time I tried to any any repairs was on my wife's quartz Carier, I unscrewed the back to change the battery and all of a sudden all these springs started jumping out, needles to say that I never found whet had jumped out and took the watch for repair where they had to actually repair the movement.

That's also when I had a shock in the price of the movement...cheap!!

The only watch I did open its back side to see its movement
10/24/2007 - 00:52

was a pocket minute repeater, in a hunting case. Does it account?