No Longer Mangling Watches

Episode 26

Chris is back from the British Horological Institute, where he spent a week working on watch movements. He and Jon chat about his time in the UK, the unique things he saw, and the incredible people he met along the way.

  • BHI Short Courses Short watch & clock making courses offered by the British Horological Institute
  • John Murphy Official website of John Murphy (FBHI, Cert. Ed., WOSTEP) who trained Chris at the British Horological Institute
  • ETA 6497
  • ETA 2824
  • Incabloc A cross-section of Incabloc’s anti-shock system, designed to protect delicate pivots in mechanical watches
Capillary action at work, lubricating the Incabloc system in a mechanical watch
A cap jewel being drawn up into an Incabloc chaton via capillary action
  • Hamilton 992
  • Upton Village The small, English village that Chris called home for much of the time between this episode & last
  • Upton Hall Headquarters of the British Horological Institute
  • Museum of Timekeeping The BHI museum at Upton Hall
  • Santa Fe Symposium An annual conference for professionals in jewellery & related industries
  • Museum of the jewellery quarter A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
  • Birmingham, UK
  • Frank Cooper Senior lecturer at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery
  • David Fletcher A brief introduction to 3D printing in precious metal, from David Fletcher of Cooksongold
  • Cooksongold A pioneer in additive manufacturing & one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the jewellery trade
  • Rio Grande Akin to Cooksongold, Rio Grande is of the USA’s leading suppliers to the jewellery trade
  • 3D Printed Watch Case Michiel Holthinrichs’ watch cases for the Ornament 1 are 3D printed by Cooksongold

An example of a 3D printed watch case

  • Struthers London Struthers London began making timepieces from antique, English made calibers, before branching off into creating their in-house Project 248 caliber
  • Deakin & Francis Located in the same building as the Struthers, this high end cufflink maker is England’s oldest family jeweller
  • Yard-O-Led One of the Struthers’ newest neighbors is high end penmaker, Yard-O-Led, who we spoke about back in Episode 1 of Off Hours
  • British Museum
  • Bonhams Clock Exhibit A historic clock exhibit, entitled Innovation & Collaboration, hosted by Bonhams in London
German / Gothic Chamber Clock
The oldest running clock that Chris has ever seen, from the ‘Innovation & Collaboration’ exhibit at Bonhams in 2018

  • Omega 2211 An Omega caliber based on the ETA 6498, with alternative bridge layout
  • Sea-Gull ST36 An Asian take on the ETA 6498, with yet another variation on the bridge layout