Ever since I was a young boy I have been fascinated with watches. To me they are not pieces of jewelry or utilitarian time telling machines. They are mechanical wonders. When done well, the art of watchmaking is engineering elevated to art. A few years back I decided to take my obsession from appreciation to participation. As the industry faces a growing shortage of watchmakers, I would like to think that I am doing my part to preserve and shed some light on some of the wonderful horological creations of times past.
I started this blog to share my hobby with those interested enough to see the process of restoring watches that are broken and neglected to the beautiful time machines they were built to be. As a fact lover, I also try to provide some history on the pieces I work on.
I have some restoration principles I feel are worth mentioning. I am generally against any process that covers up a watch’s age. This includes dial refinishing, re-plating, and re-luming. To me these processes detract from the final beauty of the pieces. If you want a watch that looks like new; buy a new one. If on the other-hand you are moved by the beauty of the pink-gold hue of classic Omega movements, or of seeing a watch used by pilots in WWII brought back to life, or are just generally curious about how watches work and are restored, I hope you will find this site enjoyable and informational.
If you are interested in acquiring any of the pieces you see, I do sell them. If there is a particular watch you would like to see restored for yourself feel free to drop in a request.
I also buy watches. If you have something you would like to sell, buy, or ask please feel free to contact me at AMBwatches@gmail.com
I hope you enjoy,