Friday, November 30, 2012

Watch photography

I wanted to use these photographs for the review of the watch but decided against it as I think the background is a bit busy and takes away from the watch itself. What do you think?

Tried with this background, but I think a plain background would be better....

Have to say it is a beautiful watch...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Recently I was back in Malaysia for a holiday and got myself a couple of straps. These are 'locally' made leather straps but branded as made somewhere else (well, at least that is my understanding). Anyway, I like the straps and these were sized at 22mm. I wanted to fit the Longines Legend Diver and the Marathon JSAR with leather straps, hence the 22mm size.

The LLD with a local tropical rubber type strap.

The leather straps. Apologies for the poor quality of the photographs. :(

I like them. Looks tough but actually rather soft.

The strap change is simple. Use the right tool.

The leather strap mounted on the watch. I like it.

Looks good. Matches the brown dial of the LLD.

The black leather strap for the Marathon.

The Marathon on a rubber strap with blue stitching. Not very matching....

Strap mounted. Looks good, yes?

I got the longer version of the strap. 

And here is a note to one self and others reading this. Next time, when buying a strap, bring the watch to test fit. Failure to do so may cause problems like this....

See it?

Yes, the lugs are rubbing or over lapping the thread at the side of the straps. :(

Argggg. Oh well.... wait for the threads to break and I have an excuse to learn strap making or at least strap stitching....

This time it is the TAG Heuer that needs a battery change. It is from the discontinued 1500 Series and it is a ladies model.

The watch with a dead battery.

The new battery. Would love to use a Swiss made battery but sadly my watch guy, out of stock. :(

Out with the tools, tweezers, both metal and plastic, some Rodico, case back opening tool and strap change tool.

First disconnect the bracelet at the clasp. This makes it easier to change the battery as you will have better access. You don't have to remove the bracelet.

The case back.

The case back removed. I use some Rodico to clean the insides and the sides of the case back.

The movement with the dead battery. The battery is held in place by a 'washer/ spacer' thing. The bent parts rest against the case back and thus preventing the battery from dropping out.

Don't forget to lubricate the gasket. You can see the gasket is pretty dry.

After a short spa treatment. All lubricated.

The washer/ spacer thing. Don't lose this.

The old battery. Remember to use the plastic tweezers to remove the battery. You do not want to short out the PCB of the movement.

The movement ready to receive the new battery. Use some Rodico to clean the contacts and surrounding areas. Or you can use a blower.

The new battery.

The battery in the movement.

Don't forget to check and make sure the watch is working before you close the case back. Do a simple flip to check. But be careful to ensure nothing falls out of the movement. This is especially true when you are changing batteries on watches (quartz) with alarm or sound.

Put back the washer/ spacer thing.

The gasket is next. Be careful you do not rub the gasket against the movement and leave a trail of lubricant. If you do, use the Rodico to clean it up.

Close the case back and you are done. Here is a neat trick. You can use the Rodico to 'hold' the case back and align it to the case and screw it back in. You don't have to struggle to hold the case back while trying to screw it back in. This is especially true when working on small watches.

All done.